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Little Egret

Little Egret (Image ID 38844)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 7th Feb, 2020 and uploaded on Sat 8th Feb, 2020 .
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ID38844
CommentI have post processed extensively using Adobe Photoshop RAW/CC 2020, followed by image sharpening and noise reduction using Topaz Sharpen AI and DeNoise AI with a trip back over Photoshop RAW to further even out shadows. Finally, I used Topaz Studio ‘Basic Correction’ in order to ad some punch to the colours and the density of the image. I then did some selective sharpening in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020 using the ‘Triangle Sharpening Tool’ on areas of the bird that needed more detail. Still, I have not been able to get details in the upper neck area of the bird. For the crop, I chose a vertical format and extended the canvas up above the bird to achieve that. It is a white bird in some morning sun glow, and with a black bill, a difficult scenario. Has anyone any comments and perhaps ideas of how to (try to) get more details in especially the upper back and neck areas of this egret? GENERIC DATA: The Little Egret is widespread in Australia, avoiding only the harshest Outback. It hunts in shallow water, and here it is seen having a brake in the mid morning light after chasing tadpoles and mosquito fish for hours on end. It is encountered at all major lakes in the Perth Metro Area, and also around the rivers and estuaries. Bibra Lake; GPS. Status: Least Concern
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X camera body with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens + Olympus MC-14 Teleconverter. Velbon Neo Carmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2. Camera settings: Exposure Program/Shooting Mode: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/1250 sec, f7.1 & ISO-400. Metering Mode: ‘Spot’; Focus Mode: C-AF and DRIVE: Sequential shooting ‘2frame’ (maximum burst habitually set to 12 to prevent filling up the buffer). Image Stabilizer on (S-SIS AUTO) Olympus Workspace & FastStone for viewing and sorting; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharpen AI, DeNoise AI & Studio for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationBibra Lake; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsadult, breeding plumage/features
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