Modern cameras are insanely good - and so is the software.

January 20, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

I went out with group from Birdlife Australia this week for the first time in 2019. We went to a place in Perth called the Baigup Wetlands - a first visit for me.

I came away with a couple of good images - the best of which is probably this Yellow-billed Spoonbill:

Yellow-billed SpoonbillYellow-billed Spoonbill

And I was quite happy with this Mistletoe Bird - even if a branch got in the way.

Some of my other images weren't so great, and some were just bad - either I didn't have the lens, or I messed up the exposure.

But all was not lost. Let me show some examples of images as they came out of my D850 and after processing in Capture One Pro.

Before and after images
Raw Image Processed Image
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Am I happy with or proud of these images? Certainly not. The image of the too far-away osprey was really just to see how hard I could crop and I must say that the bird is identifiable - even if Australian Geographic won't be beating on my door seeking rights to use the image. It's at best an image that can can used for ID of the bird that was probably a kilometre away.

As to the second image of the Warbler, I have only myself to blame for that. These little sods hide in the reeds and sing (loudly) to lift my frustration, so when I saw the bird in almost plain sight, rather than adjust my exposure, I just went for it. As a result, with that extreme backlight, at first I had only a silhouette. I processed it in Capture One mainly to see what the latest version, with its new luminosity masking could do. I must say that the camera and software impressed, even if I didn't!

Neither image is worth publishing, or even talking about except in this context. That said, if they were say, shots of a Night Parrot or something similarly rare, I'd happily publish.

I'm glad I got the Spoonbill (and a couple of others, I'd add). It reminds me that when I show some discipline, I can come away with reasonable images.

All the best

Shane Baker

 

 

 


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