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Nankeen Night-Heron

Nankeen Night-Heron (Image ID 42211)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 30th Aug, 2020 and uploaded on Thu 3rd Sep, 2020 .
Resolution1800x1400
Viewed66
ID42211
CommentThis image has a rather busy and interfering background. However, I submit the capture for the (in my opinion) beautiful, frozen wing position. Unfortunately, the situation did not allow much for a better in-camera separation of the background from subject, as I needed the f6.3 to get enough depth of field for such a large bird. The larger f-stop also assisted in allowing for imperfections in the focus-tracking. The action was fast, as the bird only flew a short distance to get a better roosting spot for the day. In order to make the bird stand out a bit more, I desaturated the green paperbark foliage behind the bird in Photoshop CC and lightened this up somewhat as well. I was restricted to standing in the one and same position, due to interfering greenery on my side of a little patch of open water
EquipmentNikon D850 with GPS engaged
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head, standing upright
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/3200 sec at f6.3 & Auto ISO-400. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C High & AF Area Mode: Group Area (9 sensor points, centered). VR: Off
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing canvas, cropping to 153%, selective sharpening and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise for mild blanket sharpening and moderate noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationHerdsman Lake, Western Australia
Keywordsin flight, adult
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