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Hooded Plover

Hooded Plover
Photographed byDavid Seymour on Wed 5th Sep, 2018 and uploaded on Tue 11th Sep, 2018 .
Resolution1400x788
Viewed45
ID31809
CommentIt often seems to be on the most open and exposed ocean beaches that these little birds start congregating and getting ready for breeding. In this case it was good to see a sizeable group of them showing signs of pairing up for the oncoming season.
As they are small birds and inhabit the most open environments they can be a challenge to approach. I ended up with a substantial crop, and processing was a balance between NR and detail retention, necessitating leaving a bit of remaining digital noise in the image.
EquipmentCanon EOS 7D II
EF 100-400 L IS II + 1.4x III TC, at 560mm, centre spot servo AF, handheld
Manual exposure, 1/1000 sec, f11, ISO 800, spot metering
Processing: Canon DPP4 for RAW conversion, lens corrections and initial exposure corrections, NR and sharpening. Then 16-bit TIFF export to Photoshop CC2018 for further NR using Neat Image plugin applied at different levels to bird and background; final sharpening of the birds only, after size reduction to web submission dimensions. (Acknowledgements to notes on DPP4 processing by Ian Wilson and Glenn Pure)
LocationLong Spit, Marion Bay, southeastern Tasmania (Tasmania)
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