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    Splendid Fairywren

    Malurus splendens
    15 October 2017
    Dwellingup, WA
    Camera Details.
    Brand/Model: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
    Lens: EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
    Camera Settings
    ISO: 1600
    F-Stop: f/5.6
    Shutter Speed: 1/100
    Exposure Bias/Metering/Flash: +1.0/Evaluative/Nil
    Technique: Hand held.
    Attraction Aides: Very brief callback.
    Post Production: Crop. Adjustments in Lightroom CC and exported as TIFF. Opened in PS CC for some additional adjustments. Cloned out a twig and dead leaf.
    Notes: Saw plenty of these during my travels but found them really challenging to get clear shots. This was one of several fully coloured males foraging in the scrub. The location was generally quite heavily shaded and I was very fortunate that this one popped up into one of the few areas of light and called. The image stabilisation of the lens is quite amazing and I was able to capture a number of sharp frames despite the slow shutter speed.

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    Incredible Image! Do you do any noise reduction in post processing? You shot at ISO 1600 but I can't see much noise in the image. I usually never reduce noise in editing as I think it may reduce quality. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

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    So very nice Graham... that open stance and singing shows great interaction. Along with light, detail etc etc, it is tops.
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    Splendid indeed Graham, foliage a big plus to my eyes.

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    Like the calling pose Graham, bird looks very nice. Seeing the raised crest made me wonder but on reading your notes I see why, he is in defence mode due to use of call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Earnshaw View Post
    Incredible Image! Do you do any noise reduction in post processing? You shot at ISO 1600 but I can't see much noise in the image. I usually never reduce noise in editing as I think it may reduce quality. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
    Thanks Thomas. When I process for posting on F&P I usually use some selective noise reduction on the out of focus areas of my images and usually use NIK Define in Photoshop CC for this. The 1Dx Mark II produces very little noise at ISO 1600 and it is especially low in this image because it was taken using Aperture Priority with the exposure bias set at +1 stop (an error on my part as I had been taking some backlit frames and forgot to adjust back). The overexposed image below is a crop from the raw image in Lightroom with all adjustment sliders (including Sharpening and Noise Reduction) set to zero. It was then resized to 1200 on the long side and the Watermark added when it was exported as a .jpg file from Lightroom CC with Limit File Size set to 390Kb. No sharpening, noise reduction or any other adjustments have been applied. It is straight of of the camera and shows how little noise was present in the original. Generally, the main reason that I apply noise reduction to my images for F&P is to help to get them under the 400 Kb limit with the Quality slider set as high as possible (usually at the maximum value of 100 and almost never below 90) when I use File/Export/Save for Web (Legacy...) in PS CC to save the .jpg for posting.
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    Tis the season for the Splendids!

    Cracking shot, Graham.

    John

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    Wow, what a cracking shot and amazing for 1/100 - even with IS, the bird is not still when he's singing like that. Well done Graham.
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    Beautiful image Graham! That's impressive at 1/100!
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    You make it look so easy! I know how they almost vibrate when singing their heads off like this and not a hint of motion blur. I've actually started to use my 5D MKIII more after looking at your photographs taken with an extender.
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