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    Hi all,

    I took this shot of the juvenile Mountain Plover in Fall 2020 when a couple of these passed through the area. They are usually around all winter, but their preferred habitat is usually sod farms and agricultural fields that are under preparation. Those areas do not provide photo opportunities because they are private lands. So I was excited to have this opportunity when they were reported at the nearby wildlife area. Even then I had to walk about 3 miles on the muddy lakeshore to find them. I was so excited to finally find them right before sunset that I forgot to adjust my shutter speed (hence relatively low shutter speed).

    Processing this was somewhat challenging as I am never quite happy with the sharpness when I use the extender. After cropping and straightening the file, I used context aware fill in PS CC to fill in a small triangle in LRC. NR and Sharpening with Topaz. Added a little extra sharpening on the head.


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    Really like the low angle and the color of the BG is great! Could it be sharper...perhaps a tad on the head mostly beak, but overall the sharpness still looks acceptable to my eyes.

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    Yes I think detail is there it just needs to be brought out a little more, composition and colours look very good.

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    Awesome low angle. I'm a shorebird specialist but not captured any images of this species; I'm envious. Sharpness is passable, but I'd love to see the feathers and legs crisper. That would make this a real stunner.

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    Thank you for the feedback guys! I took another crack it with increased sharpness. Hope I didn't go too far in the other direction.
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    Sorry, it's the image at the bottom. I can't figure out how to get rid of the top image (wrong upload).

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    Fixed the repost for you. Yes it does look sharper.

    Great low angle and the warm light is rather appealing. I like the dirt on the bill giving us a hint at it having probed for food. Some may miss the feet - perhaps getting up an inch or two higher may have revealed them - but I am OK with it as is.

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    Hi Sharif ... love the low POV and all the earthy colors and tones .
    Subject is nicely isolated , but as you say missing some sharpness or finer details .
    YourRP does look better ....

    I just took the freedom to edit it further , hopefully with your permission .

    I sharpened it , used the full potential of the histogram and added some mid tones . Please let me know what you think .

    TFS Andreas

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    Hi Andreas,

    Thank you for your edit. Topaz did similar thing for me and I pulled back the sharpening as it seemed too far from the original. But perhaps I pulled back too much!

    I do like the added mid tones. They make the bird stand out more. That was a great call! Thank you!

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    No problem Sharif ... adding output sharpness is just perceptual , I just used the low res OP .... which is for sure not ideal . I was also thinking I went a smidge too far . If this would be one sharpening layer ( which was not ) ... I would reduce it by 30 % , with hindsight !!

    Always good to exchange thoughts

    Have a nice day

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