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    While the New Zealand catalog is open, and I am browsing, I thought to share this image of New Zealand's endemic mountain parrot - the Kea. Photographed on a breezy, overcast day in the Southern Alps. They are very intelligent birds and famously mischievous; great fun to watch.

    This image made with the Canon 1Dx and EF 100-400 at 371mm. Shutter speed 1/1250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1600.

    Minimal processing required, in LrC and Enhance. Resized and sharpened for output in PS.

    Comments and suggestions warmly welcomed.

    Gerald

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    Hi Gerald, another cracking image, full of colour and on a killer backdrop.

    Personally I feel this is calling for the full subject and shot in Portrait, perhaps you have this in a few frames further on???? The open beak is a cool touch. Being overcast always helps and this illustrates it, but a bit more separation between Subject & BKG.

    I think you could add a little more pop to the subject and I might be tempted to add a bit more sharpening, but at this stage it's perceptual. If you are using Ps USM use the window that pops up, as this is at 100% of the file so it creates a good gauge. The content you can move ie to an eye.

    The RP might illustrate my thoughts, the option on crop is purely that.

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    Hey Gerald ... very cool that you are still floating around in the Kiwi archive , so we get stuff to see that we are normally not getting to see
    They must be fun to watch and photograph ...
    Lovely color palette in subject and BG , which is nicely isolated with very good slight variations ... way better than the almost mono color BG`s . Love the facial expression and the open beak .
    Personally I would sharpen the subject more , head does look a bit soft compared to the wings

    TFS Andreas

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    Such a cool species Gerald. One thing I love about BPN is seeing the amazing variations of birds around the world.

    This would be a treat to shoot. I do like your original composition and love the calling pose.

    I think it could stand to use a little pop of luminosity and also a little warmth. You could also probably give it another round of sharpening and it would be a real banger!

    Appreciate you sharing and hoping for more.

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    Super shot Gerald, a little more "thrutch" as my old Grandpa would say does bring out all the details.

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