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Masked Lapwing

Masked Lapwing (Image ID 38215)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Thu 18th Apr, 2019 and uploaded on Thu 16th Jan, 2020 .
Comment16.01.01 Incorporating everything BirdLife moderators and the external Bob Young have taught me, I did a complete re-work of this image. Procedure is as before, but I saved several versions of the PSD file and worked each of these over in layers and background copies, experimenting. It became a question of permutations, and in the end I did 3 JPG copies in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019, compared the 3 and chose this one as the better result. In the process, the image was rotated 1¤ clockwise as I thought this gave the birds a more natural stance; I also selectively sharpened the heads and the whites and added a bit more saturation and some warmth. I settled for a slightly larger crop than last time, as I think the image can now support it. Finally I did a colour balance to match my bird guide.This procedure is probably not for the faint-hearted, as it took me from 5am in the morning to 08:30 am to do.
EquipmentNikon D800 camera body, regrettably in Centre Weighted Average exposure mode (no EV adjustment), 1/1250sec, F8 & ISO-400. Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens, Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head. Adobe Photoshop CC 2019, Topaz Studio Pro plug-in. Slater’s Field Guide for colour match
LocationYanchep National Park, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, female, adult, behaviour/display
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