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    Default American Coot in Soft Light

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    I made this image couple if weeks back in Oquirrh lake, UT

    Camera Settings:-
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    Nikon D850 550 PF
    Info 1/1250s f/5.6 ISO2000
    Manual; Matrix metering
    Fill Flash Manual 1/8 Power

    Post Processing:-
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    Raw Processing using C1P 20
    Slight Crop to Straighten
    Neat Image NR
    Sharpening for Presentation
    Cloned double catchlight in the eye

    Let me know your thoughts and comments.

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    Krishna, very peaceful feeling here. Coots don't get much airtime but I find them fun to watch. And when you can get the red eye to pop along with the crest, as you did, it makes for a good subject.

    I like when you post these smallish-in-frame shots. You got the subject laser sharp and a fun canvas to work with.

    For me personally, I would've smoothed/cloned the darker spots (other birds?) in the bkg. The serenity I think could be felt more prominently.

    FWIW, the feathers look more grainy than I'm used to seeing. Not sure if it's a sharpening process adjustment?

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    Agree with Brian's comments/suggestions here. Definitely a serene atmosphere here, brought about by the lovely BG/FG. I get the feeling that the bird may be over sharpened. I'm not sure what you use to sharpen, but I would have selectively sharpened just the head/beak/eye area. It seems to me (maybe I'm wrong) that unless an image is super sharp it's not worth posting...I know it's important for the eye to be sharp, but I wonder whether the bird is that sharp in reality. Food for thought?

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    Just beautiful canvas overall. Love the FG and BG with perfectly OOF others. I only wish main subject was just slightly less sharpened. TFS

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    Good looking frame. It's nice to see these guys getting some lens time. Low angle and bokeh are wonderful. I agree about the sharpening/crunchiness. I don't mind the OOF stuff way behind. It's going to be fairly heavy-handed cloning to removed all those, so I'd just leave them. Soft/filtered light really helped you on this high contrast exposure.

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    Nice peaceful scene.
    I don't mind the OOF dark areas in the BG.
    I like your crop and could see a version with an even looser crop.
    Agree the bird is oversharpened.
    A lovely frame,
    Gail

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    Thank you all for the comments.

    Here is another version backing off sharpening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krishna Prasad kotti View Post
    Thank you all for the comments.

    Here is another version backing off sharpening.
    Sweet perfection IMHO. Nice improvement.

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    Feathers do not look crunchy in the RP. Love the soft tones and the image. Hated the white border in the original post.

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