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    This bird has the nickname of Butcher Bird, know for killing prey sometimes as large as it self then impaling the prey on a stick, thorn or prong of barbed wire. This activity secures the prey for feeding. I captured this image along Joe Overstreet Road. The pastures and sod farms bordering this road attract many Loggerhead Shrike to the area. Comments and critique welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for viewing.

    Nikon D500
    Nikon 500mm F/5.6 VR AF-S ED PF, image captured handheld through the open window of the vehicle
    1/1250 F/5.6 Matrix Metering EV +2/3 ISO 1400 Auto 1 WB, image captured at 500mm (750mm 35mm equivalent)
    Post processed in Lightroom Classic, Photoshop CC 2021 and Neat Image for noise reduction when needed
    Cropped slightly for composition and presentation
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    A fine shot Jo, I like the tones, the detail in the lores is good as is that in the plumage. I think I would have not cropped quite so tight but maybe there was good reason for this.

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    Such clarity ,well exposed and that eye, BG uniform and killer (must be JP)... TFS
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    I love the framing...

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    Nice detail in the whites, maybe a little to centered.

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    Joe, man you got close here? Nicely shot.

    I know the forum's swaying the other direction but I'd be one for just a touch more depth in the blacks. Not to erase the super detail you captured, but Shrikes I see are generally strong in the black band across the eyes.

    Great suggestions on composition; opening a little on the left might make a notable impact.

    Oh - also seems there are 2-3 white cloning marks or at least white blurs just left of the subject and far left upper corner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Sump View Post
    Joe, man you got close here? Nicely shot.

    I know the forum's swaying the other direction but I'd be one for just a touch more depth in the blacks. Not to erase the super detail you captured, but Shrikes I see are generally strong in the black band across the eyes.

    Great suggestions on composition; opening a little on the left might make a notable impact.

    Oh - also seems there are 2-3 white cloning marks or at least white blurs just left of the subject and far left upper corner.
    Hi Brian, thank you for viewing and commenting. Regarding the depth of the blacks on the lore, probably could go darker. I will make a virtual copy and see how much I can go without losing detail in the blacks. The 2-3 lighter marks are falling rain, there was a off and on rain showers all the time we were there. No cloning or work on the background. That is why I love going to Joe Overstreet Road for the pure backgrounds the pastures and sod farms provide although the perches are mostly fence posts or barbed wire. Thanks again, Brian, I always like your suggestions and comments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Przybyla View Post
    Hi Brian, thank you for viewing and commenting. Regarding the depth of the blacks on the lore, probably could go darker. I will make a virtual copy and see how much I can go without losing detail in the blacks. The 2-3 lighter marks are falling rain, there was a off and on rain showers all the time we were there. No cloning or work on the background. That is why I love going to Joe Overstreet Road for the pure backgrounds the pastures and sod farms provide although the perches are mostly fence posts or barbed wire. Thanks again, Brian, I always like your suggestions and comments.
    Joe, glad to hear that :-)

    Ok, makes total sense on the rain drops now. Maybe you might choose to extract them since there aren't many across the frame. Either way, very small nit.

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    Hi Joe,

    Love the crouched pose on weathered post. Great head turn, fine feather detail, and beautiful greens in the background. I too find Joe Overstreet Road a excellent location. Would love to return there some day.


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    Thanks everyone for viewing and commenting, much appreciated.
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