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    Default Hiding in the leaves - Double-barred Finch

    Species
    Common Name- Double-barred Finch
    Scientific Name- Taeniopygia bichenovii

    Date- 11/1/17

    Location- Oxley Creek Common, QLD

    Camera Details
    Brand/Model- Canon EOS 550D
    Lens- 70-300mm @ 300mm

    Camera Settings
    ISO- 250
    F-Stop- f/5.6
    Shutter Speed- 1/15
    Exposure Bias/Metering/Flash- none

    Technique- walking toward the bird, allowing it time to move (it moved closer to me for this shot)

    Attraction Aides- none

    Post Production- Lightroom 5: slight crop, minor levels tweaks, vibrance, details and noise reduction

    Notes- Went out to OCC in the dying hours of the afternoon yesterday. Wasn't a huge amount about but just as I was walking back this little finch flew over to me and posed for me, letting me get very close - meaning I managed to get away with a slow shutter speed and very little crop, which I'm happy with. OOF leaves were a slight challenge in amongst the foliage.

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    Life list (WLAB): 358 Birds (Plum-headed Finch, Oxley Creek Common)

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    Nice one Louis. great effort with that shutter speed. Looks a touch dark on my screen. Well done.

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    Beautiful photo Louis and amazing work at 1/15! I reckon a higher ISO would have given you a bit more grace, but seems you didn't need it. I agree with Albie that it could go a shade brighter. I think I'd prefer the bird to be a bit more to the left in the frame.
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    Well done at that shutter speed Louis! A lovely little bird to capture. Great detail in the feathers. I agree with the above comments about going just a little bit brighter. Pity about the OOF leaves, especially that brighter one in the top left corner - if you have PS maybe cloning some of the leaf below it to mask some of the brightness. If you only have LR then maybe using an adjustment brush to darken the area?

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    Lovely pose and detail Louis, especially with those settings. I would be another vote for adding some brightness plus maybe a WB adjustment.

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    Great effort Louis but why ISO 250??

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    1/15? Good grief! An amazing result at that shutter speed, Louis. I agree that it looks just a tad dark.

    John

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