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Spinifex Pigeon

Spinifex Pigeon (Image ID 45673)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Wed 22nd Sep, 1993 and uploaded on Sun 11th Apr, 2021 .
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CommentI think we may all have a handful of those special photos that we love and treasure in our collections, irrespective of how, when and where they were taken. This image of the Pilbara Spinifex Pigeon (ssp. ferruginea) was taken on dias a long time ago, on my first, serious AF SLR camera, the Nikon F801s with an 80-200 f2.8 AF-D Nikkor lens; a Nikon Speedlight SB-25 was used for fill-flash. I am of the opinion that the image stacks up even by today’s high digital standards and have little hesitation in presenting it here. The image was taken at the remote location of Python Pool in the Chichester National Park, where I stumbled upon two of these pigeons sitting on rocks in the dry river bed below the seasonal waterfall here. In WA we have two subspecies of the Spinifex Pigeon; this is the southern subspecies of the Pilbara, which has a rufous coloured belly. The species as a whole is endemic to Australia, and the IUCN status (2019) is ‘Least Concern’. As the capture is a scanned dias image, no metadata are available.
EquipmentEquipment: Nikon F801s, Nikkor 80-200 f2.8 AF-D lens at 200mm and a Nikon Speedlight SB-25 flash-gun set to fill flash; handheld, kneeling. As the original image is a DIAS, no further technical data are kept/available, but when using the flash-gun, I would routinely have set it to -3 stops. Post Processing: Plustek dias scan to Jpg, then cropped, resized and canvas extended in Photoshop CC2021, followed by a Tif conversion. Shadows, selective sharpening and colour enhancement were controlled in Photoshop, followed by a blanket sharpening in Topaz DeNoise AI and then a further blanket noise reduction in Topaz Studio AI 2. Finally halos were removed in Photoshop, using the clone tool with layer set for ‘current and present layers’. ‘The Australian Bird Guide 2019’ was extensively consulted for subspecies distribution confirmation and other data as well as for colour checks.
LocationPython Pool, Chichester National Park, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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