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African Olive Pigeon (PAW 11/52)
African Olive Pigeon (PAW 11/52)

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Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve, NW, South Africa
Date: Feb 28, 2013
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Action, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 11, 2013

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Ratlhogo Dam, Pilanesberg Nature Reserve, North West Province, RSA.
He landed on the far bank, drank some water, contemplated life for a few minutes then took off straight over my head. Gotcha! 1st ever BiF of this species for me! Whilst not endangered, they are not as widely seen as the other pigeons and doves but very pretty and spectacular in flight.

This one was quite far from me and I took it on AF 3D Auto. This image is cropped 50% from original to 16:9 (1920x1080px and 300dpi). I used Topaz Labs De Noise 5 JPG Basic to get rid of some slight but not all Pixelation noise in the blue sky enhanced by the digital crop. Some Topaz Labs Detail 3 to recover what the DeNoise removed. No other PP tricks. Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG HSM APO @450mm no TC.

Any comment or critique; complimentary or critical are welcome and appreciated.
Questions about gear, technique etc. also welcome.

This image is copyrighted 2013 by Harvey Grohmann. Duplication, publication, copying is strictly forbidden and protected by law. To obtain pricing and consent contact me via Photocommission.com

for Photograph a Week 2013

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03/20/2013 11:31:51 AM
Thanks for the explanation especially of focus using AF 3D Auto. I'll give it a try the next time I see a bird.
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03/17/2013 02:54:41 AM
Ann, correct, for print purposes I'd leave the noise in too.
03/17/2013 02:50:41 AM
PM'd you Dennis. Not really but the 50% crop does increase what is there. It's easier to remove it than to respond to the "Why didn't you use DeNoise software?" comments :)
03/16/2013 09:12:33 PM
Wow, for a pigeon, he is really striking. Is the NR a real issue here with only 800 ISO?
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03/14/2013 03:07:10 PM
Nice. It's almost like he posed for you.

At web size, he looks great. At full size, I think the noise reduction is a bit overdone. I might have gone a bit more toward noise in the noise/detail spectrum.
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03/13/2013 11:54:03 PM
Very nice Pigeon. Not your typical Pigeon from my area, so it's nice to view one that I wouldn't typically see.
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03/12/2013 07:43:14 AM
Thanks ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' kasaba and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' nam (Gaby, Nikki)
Gaby did you click on "View full-sized image" above? Then press F11 and stand back 2 meters and have another look at the image :)
03/11/2013 10:43:09 PM
I find it quite nicely crisp - that's the first thing I noticed after taking in the very lovely bird himself. I do think it would be nice if you could lift a bit more detail from the shadow areas.
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03/11/2013 05:08:47 PM
Very nice capture Harvey. Could be used as an ID type photograph.
I think the de-noise worked well.
Personally I would like to see it a bit crisper, have you tried the "Sharpen I" in Topaz?
Also the black in the tail and left wing is very dark (no detail). I am sure you shot RAW? can't you lift the shadows a bit?
Sorry, I probably sound overly critical. I hear a lot of judges at the local club comment on bird photographs and have become very "alert" (not that I shoot birds myself ... always easier to comment than do yourself, I know).

If you ever feel the need to shoot some more of these come and visit. We have several resident ones here on the property.
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