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Yellow-throated Miner

Yellow-throated Miner (Image ID 42916)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 9th Oct, 2020 and uploaded on Fri 16th Oct, 2020 .
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ID42916
CommentYellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula ssp. wayensis) of inland Western Australia.
At first I had discarded this capture, as I saw no catch light in the bird’s eye. But on closer scrutiny I realised that there were only a few really interfering grevillea leaves near the face and body of the bird in an otherwise very busy capture. The eye was easily enhanced/lightened up, showing good details, and I only had to remove a few of the most annoying grevillea needles and blur the background a bit here and there. In the end I feel this image is a quite plausible one, showing the bird in its environment.
EquipmentNikon D850 – DX Mode
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Technique: 1.5X cropped DX sensor used = 750mm 'focal length equivalent in 35mm terms', but the trade-off is that file size cropping occurs in camera at the said factor.
Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing upright with personal camouflage netting over the camera rig.
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/1000 sec at f7.1; ISO-400. Metering Mode: Spot; Focus Mode: AF-C high/5 frames per sec & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. VR: Off
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for cropping to 117% and resizing image, selective sharpening and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise for very mild blanket sharpening and moderate noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationReynoldson Reserve, Wongan Hills (GPS), Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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