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Great Egret

Great Egret (Image ID 38139)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Thu 2nd Jan, 2020 and uploaded on Mon 13th Jan, 2020 .
CommentThis is my third attempt at this image: The abominable Eastern Great Egret. In order to try to save this image and bearing in mind the lengthy comment from Bob Young with strabismus to those of Glenn Pure, I probably went right overboard using Adobe Photoshop CC 2019: Firstly I rotated the image back 1.8¤, so it now sits as taken. Then I did a crop to ‘Portrait’ getting rid of many black background spots, following by cloning of details into the remaining black areas here. Using several background Layers, I experimented, starting with labouriously adding details to the bird’s face, pixel by pixel, using the clone tool. I then selectively burned, dodged and sharpened. Finally I did a new Curve and then lightened up the image, followed by some mid-tone control using ‘Shadows & Highlights’. Then a trip over Topaz Denoise Pro and back to Photoshop CC 2019, where I added some black to the whites, selectively sharpened the face followed by using a warming filter to make the now murky white feathers a bit more pleasant to look at. The image now looking too digitalized, I did a Despecle in Photoshop. Was it worth it? Now, you be the judge(s) and let me know in order to determine if we should let the image slip quietly into ‘New Images’ in due course?
EquipmentEquipment: Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera body with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens + Olympus MC-14 1.4x Teleconverter. Camera settings: Shutter speed 1/2000s, f8 & ISO-320. Exposure Program Manual/Centre Weighted Average Metering Mode, Focus Mode: Continous AF. Velbon Neo Charmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2 Olympus Workspace; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2019; Topaz Pro plug-ins for sharpening and noise control
LocationBibra Lake; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsadult, behaviour/display
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