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My first `big bird '.. think it`s a `Common Buzzard`? and taken with
200mm + 2X tele converter.. I know it`s not a great shot but it`s a
first form me.... The other two guys were just sitting ducks in
comparison..!!
Thanks for looking... Gordon.

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Very nice shots Gordon. Yes the 1st is a Common Buzzard, 2nd a male House Sparrow and the last a Blue Tit ( to help others with their IDs )
You need to be careful with the PP as the Buzzard has a halo around it
The Sparrow is excellent with a sharp colourful subject, good composition and head angle with a great background and perch, well done.
The Blue Tit looks a bit washed out as though you've been a bit too aggressive with a Shadows and Highlights adjustment and all the information is bunched up in the middle.
Here is a screen shot of the levels adjustment in photoshop showing the improvement by moving the ends of the histogram

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I'd also remove the hot spot above it's tail.

Sorry Gordon, I've just noticed you say ask 1st for Editing. If you want me to remove it then I will.
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No problem Kev always open to advice. I start messing around
with P/shop and end up making the posted image worse ...!!!
Anyway thanks for looking and the helpful comments / IDs.
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Nice set of images Gordon and I like Kevin's edit.
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Just had another bash at the `Blue Tit`.. Is this a little
better guys? thanks..
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IMO yes and no. You've cleared the spot above it's tail, making the background look better and you've got a lot more dynamic range so it doesn't look too washed out. I think the whites are a bit harsh now and if you do a luminosity mask in PS to lower the whites it looks a lot better to me. I could post an example is you like. Are you shooting in RAW?
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Thanks so much for the help offer Kev, I do shoot RAW and have to
admit to not having a rounded grasp of `Photoshop`, I understand layers
and mask basics but not their finer uses, as regards `luminosity` I see it in the drop down menu but have never used it (or many other options I see there).!!!
When you have time.. an example or link would indeed be much appreciated.
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Thanks so much for the help offer Kev, I do shoot RAW and have to
admit to not having a rounded grasp of `Photoshop`, I understand layers
and mask basics but not their finer uses, as regards `luminosity` I see it in the drop down menu but have never used it (or many other options I see there).!!!
When you have time.. an example or link would indeed be much appreciated.
Regards.. Gordon.
Always willing to help Gordon, it's one of the reasons I come to Photocamel. There are lots of tutorials at the top of the page in the Sticky section Bird Photography - Post Processing
Inside this is a great explanation of Luminosity layer by Clyde C Hopper Luminosity layer
I started with a very limited knowledge of photoshop but decided to learn it a bit at a time. So instead of being overwhelmed by all the options I picked one thing, Cropping, and learnt all I could about it and then moved on to Levels, same procedure, then curves, layers, masking etc. Any questions at all Gordon, then please ask either here or via PM, I'm always willing to help, as are other members, and it makes me question my methods and hopefully learn as well


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