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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Wed 05-Dec-12 05:16 PM
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"Fall Wood Ducks"


Ottawa, CA
          





Both photos taken with 70-200 and 1.7 TC. First Duck was exposed at f8 @ 1/250sec ISO 400; Second at F10 @ 1/125sec and ISO 400.

Took a few visits to get 7 shots total with color, contrast, perfect sky and ducks all in one place!

I am finding that for my website the sharpening works but on this website my photos look a little too sharp. I believe its a function of the downsizing technique and cropping. I hope the results will be better next year with a longer lens and as I experiment with new downsizing techniques and Nik tonal contrast. Suggestions welcome on downsizing techniques!

Thanks

Victor

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danshep Silver Member Charter MemberWed 05-Dec-12 05:49 PM
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#1. "RE: Fall Wood Ducks"
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Olympia, US
          


Very nice.

Which camera did u use?

I like #1 bet. The colors in the water.



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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Wed 05-Dec-12 05:54 PM
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#2. "RE: Fall Wood Ducks"
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Ottawa, CA
          

It was a D7000.


Victor

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Rassie Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006Wed 05-Dec-12 09:11 PM
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Milton, CA
          

Nice shots, Victor.
I like the colour saturation in the first picture, but I like the lower contrast better in the second. It shows more detail in the dark tones.

I notice a slight roughness (almost graininess) in your pictures. This is something that I have noticed that has become more and more prominent with my newer cameras (maybe it's a feature of higher mexapixel sensors?). My D90 showed more of this than my D70S, and then again there's more of this with my D7K than with the D90. I reduce this "roughness" by increasing the masking feature in the sharpening portion of Photoshop ACR during post (I shoot RAW), and also by increasing the luminance slider in the noise reduction portion of ACR. I would actually appreciate if some of our more experienced post-processing members can comment on this, since I don't quite understand it myself.

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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Wed 05-Dec-12 10:14 PM
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#4. "RE: Fall Wood Ducks"
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Wed 05-Dec-12 11:08 PM by VR8

Ottawa, CA
          



You maybe on to something. Using a slightly different shot, I tried the sharpening mask. I used define for noise reduction nik tonal contrast (at very low levels (15 for highlights midtones, and shadow, and 0 on saturation), I used CS5 image re-size to 1200 on the long size, then save for web. The only thing I did not do was another sharpening for web (something another website -Cambridge in Color -recommends.) The crop is pretty big but not 50%. That could be an issue and why I have gone to a larger lens. I think this is better and the issue is the sharpening pre-save for web.



Victor

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jimmills Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2010Wed 05-Dec-12 11:32 PM
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#5. "RE: Fall Wood Ducks"
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Fort Walton Beach, FL, US
          

Good catch! Wood ducks are such a beautiful bird.

Jim

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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Thu 06-Dec-12 12:21 AM
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Ottawa, CA
          

Thanks much appreciated.

Victor

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cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006Thu 06-Dec-12 01:51 PM
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#7. "RE: Fall Wood Ducks"
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Plover, US
          

Excellent captures Victor!

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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Thu 06-Dec-12 06:05 PM
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#9. "RE: Fall Wood Ducks"
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Ottawa, CA
          

Thanks much appreciated.

Victor

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jot2nik Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Jul 2007Thu 06-Dec-12 02:07 PM
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#8. "RE: Fall Wood Ducks"
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Troy, US
          

Victor, nice work and love the colors.

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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Thu 06-Dec-12 06:06 PM
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#10. "RE: Fall Wood Ducks"
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Ottawa, CA
          

Much appreciated.

Victor

My website: www.rakmilphotography.com

  

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Antero52 Silver Member Awarded for his expertise in post-processing, being  consistently helpful and professional. Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009Thu 06-Dec-12 11:38 PM
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#11. "RE: Fall Wood Ducks"
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Thu 06-Dec-12 11:39 PM by Antero52

Vantaa, FI
          

That was a real fireworks of color and detail. I agree with Rassie in that it makes little sense to sharpen non-detail areas, in which much of the pixel-to-pixel variation is noise.

Regards, Antero

  

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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Fri 07-Dec-12 02:07 PM
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#12. "RE: Fall Wood Ducks"
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Ottawa, CA
          

Agreed. I often apply tonal contrast in specific areas, as I work through my process and see where the weaknesses are this is one thing I need to work on, selective sharpening.

I appreciate all the comments.

Victor

My website: www.rakmilphotography.com

  

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