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Old 12-11-2013   #1
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Following critique about the Nuthatch shot I posted yesterday being a bit oversharpened, initially I felt it was okay. Looking again today though, I've reconsidered and I think it may have been a little too much. So I've reprocessed it, it's the 1st image below. Following that are some more I took today, all 1000mm using my 1Dx, all low light and high ISO (between 4,000 and 20,000) Comments welcome.


Nuthatch version 2 by 2slo7, on Flickr

Next, a Goldfinch, 1/640 sec f/8 ISO 4000:


Goldfinch by 2slo7, on Flickr

A Mallard portrait, 1/640 sec f/8, ISO 12,800:


Mallard by 2slo7, on Flickr

A Moorhen portrait, 1/640 sec f/8, ISO 16,000:


Moorhen portrait by 2slo7, on Flickr

Lastly, a Pheasant portrait. She was under a tree in poor light, 1/640 sec, f/8, + 1/3 EC, ISO 20,000:


Pheasant portrait by 2slo7, on Flickr

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Great captures
I will say go easy on sharpening, some of the images are over sharpened.
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Excellent high ISO shots Mark. What noise reduction have you had to do? I do tend to agree with Josh about the sharpening, just a tad over cooked on the moorhen and goldfinch although the mallard and pheasant look perfect.
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Superb series Mark. The Mallard portrait is my fav
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Thanks fellas.

Kevin, you mentioned NR and sharpening. My workflow is RAW file into LR where I work through everything as required including input sharpening and input NR. Then export to Photoshop CS6 where again, everything as is required. To finish off I'll apply NR either std CS6 or one of the plugins (I have the full Topaz and Nik suites). Again, I just go with gut feeling based on the image I'm looking at, I don't have a precisely defined workflow. My last task before saving the image as a JPEG to put on Flickr is to consider minor output sharpening if I feel it's needed. Again I'll either use CS6, Nik or Topaz, all of which do the job, they're just variations on a theme.
I've no problem with people commenting on whether they think my images are over or under sharpened, I'll just say that we're never all going to agree
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2slo I tried to see if the exif data for the mallard was available here and on your flickr page
but it's missing
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I've no problem with people commenting on whether they think my images are over or under sharpened, I'll just say that we're never all going to agree
Very true Mark , I'm sure not everyone likes my PP. On another note, do you remove the exif on purpose or is it just a result of save for web? It's always interesting to look at other people's settings if possible.
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Very true Mark , I'm sure not everyone likes my PP. On another note, do you remove the exif on purpose or is it just a result of save for web? It's always interesting to look at other people's settings if possible.
I deliberately restrict the EXIF data for security reasons. Saying that, if there's a specific photo someone wants to know EXIF data for, I'll usually be happy to quote the relevant parts.
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I deliberately restrict the EXIF data for security reasons. Saying that, if there's a specific photo someone wants to know EXIF data for, I'll usually be happy to quote the relevant parts.
Interesting to know. What security reasons are they?
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Two people I know had images used from their Flickr gallery without their consent. Easy enough to do. Less useful if the size is restricted and EXIF data is removed. Doesn't stop theft of images but if I can make my stuff less attractive to potential thieves I'll do it.


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