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    Barney and I set out for the marsh this afternoon, a bittern had been seen the two previous days so I thought this could be my luck day. Wrong! after 5min walk the heavens opened and the skies went heavy grey. We went home both wet and cheesed off. I have been rummaging through some old files, this was from 2010, I picked up some road kill pheasant and took it to a local meadow where there was a local buzzard and where I had a hide set up. I fastened the pheasant to the ground so the buzzard couldn't fly off with it before I got some images.

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    Great fieldwork and preparation for this image.
    I don't suppose you have more room on the left to include the tail and add more room for the buzzard to look into?
    This would also get rid of the squarish crop.
    I love the scalloped pheasant feathers (say that quickly 5 times!)
    Great DOF throughout the image. I really like the FG and BG.
    I wouldn't mind a bit more contrast in the buzzard.
    Nice image!

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    Another intimate frame with clarity and great tonal range. Small nit, I also wish for that tail in frame. TFS

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    Jonathan, this is a great scene. Brilliant idea placing the Pheasant!

    Subject looks very nicely processed to my eyes. Great body position and stare back against the lens.

    So, you call this a buzzard? Looks very similar to our Red Tail Hawk but with a hood going further down the chest.

    Been meaning to ask you as well, do you handle brightness on your bkg's separately from your subjects?

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    Really Nice Image.
    I like the Head Angle.

    Crop works very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Sump View Post
    Jonathan, this is a great scene. Brilliant idea placing the Pheasant!

    Subject looks very nicely processed to my eyes. Great body position and stare back against the lens.

    So, you call this a buzzard? Looks very similar to our Red Tail Hawk but with a hood going further down the chest.

    Been meaning to ask you as well, do you handle brightness on your bkg's separately from your subjects?
    Brian regarding backgrounds being handled separately, the answer is most frequently. I and constantly looking for new ways or routes to process my images, if I didn't I'd go stir crazy with boredom!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Ashton View Post
    Brian regarding backgrounds being handled separately, the answer is most frequently. I and constantly looking for new ways or routes to process my images, if I didn't I'd go stir crazy with boredom!.
    I get that Jonathan, so easy to get stir crazy in these times...

    Ok yeah I only ask because on a personal note the bkg in the past few posts have felt a touch dark. The subjects perhaps a touch dark for my tastes as well, but not horrible by any stretch. Sometimes I will reduce brightness in the bkg or even increase it independently of the subject (I'll always mask the bird within PS regardless).

    So do I understand correctly, you said you DO mask the subject on a new layer most frequently?
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    I like the head turn, the placement in the frame and of course the action is awesome! Nice work!

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    Wow - didn't realize the pheasant from the thumbnail - that really kicks it up a notch! Really strong and intense image. Exposure, detail, and stare on the raptor look great. Also, thanks for the disclosure about the pheasant. So many wouldn't do that.

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    This is a beauty Jon....No nits here....I love it...POV, pose, colours, details...very well done. I tried it once with a dead rabbit(road kill) but...never worked..

    Will

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