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    Default Dickcissel from Tennessee

    Pet-sitting for 2 dogs and 3 cats in Nashville for another day before we head to Indianapolis for 4 days (1 dog) and Chicago for 10 (2 indoor/outdoor pigs and 6 chickens!).

    Here's a frame from a local park. It was conceived as a birding outing, but I ran back to the car and grabbed my rig when there were Dickcissels singing
    from exposed perches, this guy lured with a audio.

    I went with the loose crop for 2 reasons. First, the bird was a bit far off. A tighter vertical would be better, but I don't have pixels to maintain the IQ (already a heavier-than-usual crop).
    And second, this is the most uniform BG I've ever generated, so I figured an exaggerated crop would highlight it while still allowing the bird to pop.

    Canon 600mm f/4 IS II + 1.4x III on EOS R5
    1/3200 at f/5.6, ISO 1600
    Processed in LR ad Topaz. Cloned a small clump of leave since their bright undersides were showing (and thereby distracting).

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    Hi Dorian ... stunning subject , very well processed . Nice head turn and simple perch .
    Color , tones and contrast looking good as does the sharpness .... even for a " large " crop .

    The only thing I do wish would be a somehow structured BG , a bit too uniform for my liking .....

    TFS Andreas

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    Beautiful bird with a nice head turn toward you. I love the BKGR. Perhaps less YELLOW and a bit lighter on the greens.

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    A really fine image of the Dickissel Doran.

    Fantastic lighting and angle, that limey backdrop is silky smooth and really love that budding stem its on. I think Artie has a fine point on a possible way to enhance the bkg.

    Slight bit of haloing around the beak, but you could touch that up a bit only if you want, very minor.

    Well seen, TY!

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    Hi Dorian, nice clean image. I am not familiar with the bird but all looks good. Thank you for sharing.
    Joe Przybyla

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    I love the comp as is, very well balanced. Good pose here, and nice of the little guy to perch high on the branch. I would have ran back to the car too!

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