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    Another from my recent Osprey shoot. This is a pose I've never seen before. It was facing away from me but via a whistle or two from me it turned its head and I fired the shutter. Less of a blue cast than my previous post

    D500/500PF, 1/1600th sec@f8, iso640, manual mode HH.

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    Now that is a unique pose. Love the hint of clouds and those stacked feathers in tail and wings. Not to mention that look. TFS

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    Thanks David. Yes, it's the first time I've seen an Osprey pose like that. Hoping it's there again the next time I go. Cheers.

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    Paul, wow this super-poser really gave you a look here!

    While the light looks pretty steep, casting shadows on the perch I think you gained enough interest from the subject to deal with it.

    You might consider toning down the brights a bit on areas of the perch? Maybe also consider just a touch of punch to the mids maybe if you like.

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    Hi Brian. My previous Osprey post had too much contrast, so I backed off here...however, I now feel that it does need more "punch" as you say, as well as toning down the highlights. Your feedback is much appreciated. Cheers.

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    Hi Paul .... unusual pose , interesting somehow and a little awkward at the same time . But no deal breaker .... and well worth posting .

    Difficult to process in terms of harsh light ... basically you have done quite well , albeit I would have personally tried to get more depth in the HL and 1/4 tones . I do not think the image needs more punch ... IMHO.

    You will have your WF to deal with it if you like ....

    TFS Andreas

    Interesting to see that you have not the ( faint ) halo around the subject and perch . Just the sharpening halo is visible .... would try to mask the subject to avoid the halo . A more elegant way to deal with it is the option when you duplicate the Topaz layer and set the blend mode to darken and the copy to lighten , then you can reduce the opacity of the lighten layer to i.e. 40 or 50 % .

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    Thanks again Andreas...will try your suggestions. Cheers!

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    Lucky indeed with that head turn. Quite an unusual pose! I like Brian's suggestions and worth trying them out. A bit of a steep angle, but such a fun image!

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    Thanks so much Daniel.

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