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    Default Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis)

    Species
    Common Name- Buff-banded Rail
    Scientific Name- Gallirallus philippensis

    Date- 16/9/2017

    Location- Lord Howe Island

    Camera Details
    Brand/Model- Canon 7D II
    Lens- 100-400L II at 400mm

    Camera Settings
    ISO- 1250
    F-Stop- 7.1
    Shutter Speed- 1/200
    Exposure Bias/Metering/Flash- Aperture priority EC +1/3

    Technique- Hand-held, prone

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    Post Production- WB, black point, selective sharpen, levels and crop with DPP/Photoshop CS 5. There was a slight greenish cast due to reflection from the grass which I've corrected a bit.

    Notes- One of the many incredibly friendly Buff-banded Rails at Lord Howe Island.
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    Wonderful detail in those feathers Patrick. I particularly like the detail in the beak. I reckon you could add a little bit more contrast or push the blacks up a little bit more. Could be my screen though.

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    Great detail and colours Patrick, and I must say I found them more approachable in Lord Howe than in some other places. I would be another vote for lifting blacks and contrast
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    Well composed portrait Patrick as already mentioned heaps of detail, How close did you get to these guys on LH ?
    Cheers Chris

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    I like the muted tones - nice shot! Cheers Mark

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    Beautifully composed portrait with great feather detail, Patrick. I like it as it is, but it would be interesting to see a version with the blacks adjusted a tad.

    John

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    Great portrait shot Patrick. I'm not familiar with any birds on LH, perhaps clinal differences but looks to me like a contrast boost and perhaps a little saturation would enhance.

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    Thanks all, I'll have a tweak of the blacks and contrast. Chris, they are so comfortable with humans on Lord Howe that they would come and nibble my toe as I sat on our verandah. And if the screen door was open, they'd pop inside the room to check things out!
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    Agree on the blacks/contrast Patrick but a wonderful close capture and portrait. Nice work, Wilson

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    Beautiful portrait Patrick and love the composition,works really well.

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    Excellent detail Patrick

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    Great detail Patrick. I think you could give it a bit more oomph by playing with the levels, curves or contrast

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