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    After looking at Kevin's Wilsons phalaropes I decided to take a look at my phalarope shots back in Iceland. This was a lifebird for me on a small pond on a small island where the birds have the only source of fresh water to bath. Gail and I were photographing dunlins, plovers, redshanks, and red-necked phalaropes when we surprisingly saw this lone red phalarope. Woohoo! I believe this is a male and not sure it is in breeding plumage or not... The light made the shallow water this color and i did not add any saturation. I increased exposure bout .25. Almost full frame...


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    Not familiar with this species. Details on the feathers look great. Maybe just a tad soft in front and on top of the eye loses some as you get out to the bill. Not much I think some sharpening in those areas would help.I'm assuming the same size as my Phalaropes you must have been able to get close. TFS

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    looks good, agree needs more sharpening for sure but the details are there. Did you have to edit the eye? looks a bit funny to me

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    What an afternoon that was! So cool to see this guy!
    Nice image- love the green and blues in the water and the water droplets created when he pulled his beak up.
    IQ on the phalarope looks great.
    I see what the guys are saying about sharpness but admit I would not have noticed it on my own.
    Happy memories!! I am sitting here smiling as I think about that day!

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    A beautiful subject for sure. Would be happy just seeing this bird, let alone creating a wonderful image. Would evr so slightly brighten the eye. Love this canvas overall. TFS

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    Great find, and good shot of him. To me the eye looks as if you may have brightened the iris a tad too much. I don't know if you are using Topaz Sharpen AI, but it's worth a tweak of sharpening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arash_hazeghi View Post
    looks good, agree needs more sharpening for sure but the details are there. Did you have to edit the eye? looks a bit funny to me

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    yes i dodged but i think its too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dix View Post
    Great find, and good shot of him. To me the eye looks as if you may have brightened the iris a tad too much. I don't know if you are using Topaz Sharpen AI, but it's worth a tweak of sharpening.
    Thanks Bill, I agree, dodged too much.

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