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    Crested Caracara banking

    This image was created on 5 November 2020 at a great raptor set-up (baited) at the Laguna Seca Ranch in Hidalgo County, TX. I used the handheld Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens (at 600mm) and the blazingly fast AF King, the Sony Alpha a9 II Mirrorless Digital camera body. ISO 1000. Exposure determined by Zebras with ISO on the rear wheel: 1/2500 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. AWB at 9:14am on a sunny mooning with just a hint of moisture in the air. Center Zone AF-C was active at the moment of exposure and performed superbly. Click the image to see a larger version.

    To learn more about the creation of this image, to see the next frame in the sequence, and see my "Bosque Bad News?" comments see the SONY 200-600 G Lens with the a9 ii on the Laguna Seca Ranch: the (Crested Caracara) Bank is Open! Bosque Bad News? blog post here.

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    I love the flight pose and HA...Not sure if I like the contrasty look...although you can still see detail in the darkest feathers....Maybe its the high contrast I like..sort of grows on you...

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    Too contrast for me. I like the framing and positioning of subject in the frame.

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    I can see detail in the dark plumage yet I am uncomfortable with the presentation, the darks just look too heavy to me. When I open in PSCC I se a strong color cast. The image does not have an embedded color profile - maybe this is not helping presentation.

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    Thanks Bill, Krishna, and Jon. I re-did the master file to reduce the contrast and was sure that I was going to like the original better. But I like the less contrasty version. Go figure.

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    Cashing-in at the bank! Yes, I prefer the repost as well. The subtle browns and blues on the wings are rather pleasing. I love that face!

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    Hi Artie, the banking pose is awesome and set against the 'aqua' backdrop it really pops, but I feel you can still extract even more detail & definition enhancing more of the plumage, plus there is a sharpening halo all around the bird.

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    Repost - beautiful!! Love the colours but I agree some dark areas are still inky black and therefore lack definition.

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    Love the pose and BG. The high contrast treatment works for me on this species. Such a handsome bird. TFS

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    The repost addresses my concerns! Great top wing view and tack sharp.
    Very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Ashton View Post
    Repost - beautiful!! Love the colours but I agree some dark areas are still inky black and therefore lack definition.
    Thanks again. We have had this discussion before. I like my BLACKs black. I see no need ta all to tease out detail in BLACKs especially those in the sun when a bird has bright white on it. The darkest BLACKs I can find show RGB values of 2, 4, 10. I am 100% fine with that. I don''t want or need detail (if that is what you mean by "definition" in my BLACKs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Kaluski View Post
    Hi Artie, the banking pose is awesome and set against the 'aqua' backdrop it really pops, but I feel you can still extract even more detail & definition enhancing more of the plumage, plus there is a sharpening halo all around the bird.

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    As far as more detail in the BLACKs, please see my reply to Jon :). As far as a sharpening halo "all around the bird", I, and everyone else who commented does not see such a halo. My excuse is that I am on a road trip and I left my electron microscope home :)

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    Thatís fine Artie re blacks, itís all subjective and how we perceive things. Enjoy your road trip and no need for the microscope.
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    Artie, super nice banking angle here. We get to see a beautiful top view but the direction of the head and intent stare make this even better.

    Repost def looks better in terms of contrast. Wouldn't hurt my feelings if you richened up the sat on the bkg a little.

    I do see the halo esp on the leading edges of the wings and above head on both monitors fwiw.

    Well done my friend!

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    No nits from me Artie...love it! I'd love it even more if I could get something as good...still working on that!(and I read some time ago that you felt you weren't a good bif photographer!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Burdett View Post
    No nits from me Artie...love it! I'd love it even more if I could get something as good...still working on that!(and I read some time ago that you felt you weren't a good bif photographer!)
    Thanks, Paul. I wasn't until I got SONY. I am good at anticipating flight patterns and knowing where the birds are going but the motor skills are somewhat lacking. I had to move this bird back on the frame a bit. I am constantly telling myself, "Pan faster!" In most f my flight images the bird is towards the left side of the frame; but I am still practicing.

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    ps: it is a huge pleasure not to have to pray for a sharp image when you get a great flight pose ... When you get one that is NOT sharp on the eye with SONY the is a big shock. Sorry :)
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    I like the pose, the color look good for a caracara, they plumage is dark and making lighter than the repost is not the right thing to do IMO. sharp with good details. I only wish you had a colorful BG, they must come lower to grab bait no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arash_hazeghi View Post
    I like the pose, the color look good for a caracara, they plumage is dark and making lighter than the repost is not the right thing to do IMO. sharp with good details. I only wish you had a colorful BG, they must come lower to grab bait no?

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    Thanks, Arash. The do come down low but without banking ...

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