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    This was the world's tamest Rusty Blackbird ever, with these guys being usually pretty skittish (at least in my experience). It was eating left-over seeds left for ducks (picking and choosing mostly millet). Here's a full-frame image of it for you.

    Canon 7DII + 500mm f/4 II + 1.4TC III, manual exposure, evaluative metering, 14/250s., f/5.6, ISO 1600, natural light, handheld, FF, some bill cleanup near the tip.

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    Hi Dan, superb detail with the kit, you nailed it for sure and is up there with the latest of gear! Quite a striking backdrop, compared to your usual postings, almost bordering on psychedelic, was there anything extra in the 'Thanks Giving' meal this year???

    I quite like the jaunty, tilted head, but being cut through the body, I'm just not sure, I'm 50/50, think being smaller in frame and all of the subject may have been better, or going portrait, but just my take.... I guess you are happy with the green strip running vertical down.

    Personally I might to added of couple of brush strokes over the brighter eye just to drop the exposure, I know it's the light, but somehow going a tad darker works IMHO. Now one thing you can see is a slight 'ghosting', less so on the back of the bird, although it's there, but more so down along the chest, as if a layer wasn't quite aligned, so it's like two millimetres to the left and then two mm to the right, perhaps from when using a layer mask and they got knocked???

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    I don't know what I like the best...The bird or the BG...The detail on the bird is amazing, beautiful rich colours and a great pose and HA....The BG takes me back to the sixties

    Well done Dan...something different and it works....

    Will

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    Thanks guys! Steve, I see what you mean about the slight "ghosting" - it's there on the raw file, and besides, I've do not use layers, never did (really!). Odd thing: I do not like the green strip when looking at the small thumbnail, but when viewed larger I rather like it.

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    hanks guys! Steve, I see what you mean about the slight "ghosting" - it's there on the raw file, and besides, I've do not use layers, never did (really!). Odd thing: I do not like the green strip when looking at the small thumbnail, but when viewed larger I rather like it.
    Hi Dan, I was very reluctant to comment, but feel if you don't raise the question it's the equivalent to not commenting. I have no idea and if it is in the Raw even more bizarre!!!! Personally I'm not but if you left it in then fine, I would rather a BKG with similar continuity, but that's what's great, we all see things differently. Thanks for replying and if I get a heads up on Firmware I will drop you a line ASAP.
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