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Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Image ID 39710)
Photographed byGlenn Pure on Fri 11th Oct, 2019 and uploaded on Thu 26th Mar, 2020 .
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ID39710
CommentI've just deleted a version of this shot from the Best of 2019 comp as I've since done more work on it after reviewing the results and not being convinced they were the best achievable. I've adjusted the lighting further and cloned out a perched bird on the far right that was partly cut-off in the original frame. The shot was taken at one of the water troughs at Gluepot. These were attracting very large numbers of birds in the drought conditions. In this case, there were large numbers of Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters queuing for a drink and conflict inevitably arose from time to time. To capture this, I turned the AF off (manual focus mode) and pre-focussed on the perch, closed the aperture down for greater depth of field then simply pointed the camera and fired off a burst as soon as some action looked like ti would unfold.
EquipmentCanon 80D with EF 100-400mm Mark 2, handheld at 271mm 1/1000 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.
LocationGluepot reserve, South Australia
Keywordsadult, behaviour/display
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