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    Default Black-Fronted Dotterel

    Species
    Common Name- Black-Fronted Dotterel
    Scientific Name- Elseyornis melanops

    Date-17/12/2017

    Location- Turkey's Nest lagoon

    Camera Details
    Brand/Model- Nikon D800
    Lens- Nikkor 200-500 @500mm

    Camera Settings
    ISO- 500
    F-Stop- f/5.6
    Shutter Speed-1/3200s
    Exposure Bias/Metering/Flash- Nil/Evaluative/Not Fired

    Technique- Handheld sitting on a low camp chair

    Attraction Aides- Nil - this little guy was attracted to me!

    Post Production- Brighten and contrast adjustment, medium crop, Background NR, Bottom Vignette, Vibrancy and saturation adjustment on final image.

    Notes- I was photographing another bird when this little guy decided to check me out. It had no fear of me at all and kept coming closer and closer to me. I am not very good judging distance but he must have been about 12 feet away when I took this image. I really liked the soft lighting that was a result of a grey overcast day.

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    Stunning shot Narelle - the low angle is fabulous and the setting with the rocks works a treat too. Love the eye contact he's giving you. Just one thing - on the leftmost point of the bird's body you seem to have a bit of an artefact left over from sharpening the bird while blurring/NR the background - it's not much at all though. I reckon you could even have done much less sharpening on the body as a whole, it looks like it didn't need it. Up to you though, and really good shot regardless.
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    Thanks for the feedback Louis - much appreciated. If you are talking about the little white line on the birds body, its not an artifact. Its actually the birds white feathers. I had a look at the unprocessed RAW file and its also present in that so I just think its the angle of view that the photo was taken at. I would be interested to hear from other members if they think the image has too much sharpening - I personally don't think it does but we all perceive things differently.

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    Great Image

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    Beautiful sharp image Narelle. Looks good to me. Well done.

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    Very nice indeed Narelle. I like the pose and the rocky setting is great. They are such sweet little birds. On my screen it looks like it could go a smidge brighter.
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    Lovely setting and great eye contact Narelle. A really nice image. For my eye, sharpening is fine. I personally struggle with brightness but it may possibly benefit from a little more

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    Hi Narelle. Sharpening is fine - I see no artifacts. I agree with you that the LHS of the body shows the white feathers. Brightness looks fine to me.
    I very nice image indeed.
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    Exceptional image Narelle, I like the shot as is. The pic conveys the conditions shot under and I like the result, details and colour are not lacking. Agree that faint line of white is the margin of the black 'collar'. I have lots of shots of these little ones and some have come very close. Particularly like the rocky foreground and eye contact.

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    "sitting in a low camp chair" - luxury Narelle. Lovely shot, great detail

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    Another of your amazing collection of birds from this little pond, Narelle. I like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob drummond View Post
    "sitting in a low camp chair" - luxury Narelle. Lovely shot, great detail
    Its my version of getting down low - occasionally I will succumb to lying down on my stomach but then I struggle to get up again.

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