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Superb Lyrebird

Superb Lyrebird (Image ID 44448)
Photographed byGlenn Pure on Fri 5th Jun, 2020 and uploaded on Tue 26th Jan, 2021 .
Resolution1800x1309
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ID44448
CommentMale lyrebird tails are beautiful things but they are big and hard to photograph in a way that doesn't diminish them relative to the rest of the bird. I've chosen to use a different approach to show of the tail while still doing some justice to the bird - in the process breaking a widely accepted rule that the bird's eye should be in focus. Clearly the tail is central to this shot so I hope you will forgive breaking the eye rule. I works for me. What do you think?
EquipmentCanon 80D with EF 100-400mm Mark 2, handheld at 321mm
1/160 sec, f7.1, ISO 2000. 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.
LocationSaltwater Creek Campground, Ben Boyd National Park, New South Wales
Keywordsmale
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