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Brown Skua

Brown Skua (Image ID 34741)
Photographed byGlenn Pure on Mon 25th Feb, 2019 and uploaded on Sun 7th Apr, 2019 .
Resolution1400x986
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ID34741
CommentThis bird was fearless. I crouched on the beach some distance from the bird, maybe 10 metres, as it moved towards me. Rather than divert its approach, the bird walked right up to me within touching distance. Then it simply detoured around me like any other obstacle in its way and continued on down the beach. This is an almost uncropped frame, with just a little off the right edge for composition. Note focal length used for the shot.
EquipmentCanon 80D with EF 100-400mm Mark 2, handheld at 188mm
1/640 sec, f9, ISO 1600.
Initially processed in Canon DPP 4 to crop, adjust exposure and lighting and perform noise reduction (at about 50% of default values). A 16 bit TIFF file was created from the RAW DPP image and finished in PSE (Adobe Photoshop Elements v9) where further noise reduction was applied to the main subject(s) using Neat Image plugin for PSE. Stronger noise reduction was applied to the remainder. Main subject selected and adjustments made to lighten shadows, darken highlights and increase midtone contrast as appropriate. Inverse of main subject selected and adjustments made as appropriate to contrast, highlights, shadows and saturation to make the bird stand out more effectively. Main subject sharpened after resizing for upload.
LocationKing Haakon Bay, South Georgia (Unknown)
Keywordsadult
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