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    Default Baillon's up close (Baillon's Crake)

    Species
    Common Name- Baillon's Crake
    Scientific Name- Porzana pusilla

    Date- 10/10/2017 @8:53am

    Location- T-section Lagoons, Western Treatment Plant

    Camera Details
    Brand/Model- 7D Mk2
    Lens- Canon 500mm F/4.0

    Camera Settings
    ISO- 500
    F-Stop- F/7.1
    Shutter Speed- 1/1600 sec
    Exposure Bias/Metering/Flash- +0.33EV/Evaluative/Nil

    Technique- Ground pod; laying on lagoons edge

    Attraction Aides- Nil

    Post Production- Processed for exposure in DPP 4.0; shadows, highlights, DLO (Digital lens Optimisation), brightness & color temperature. In PS (CS2): crop, shadows/highlights, levels, NR on BG, sharpen, custom curves

    Notes- A close up of the Baiilon's I was fortunate to photograph at WTP. It walked right up towards me as I lay there in the filth. I had to remove my TC for this shot and it got so close at one point that my version 1, 500mm lens could not focus on it. I have decided to expand on my processing notes a little. I like to see as much detail of the processing parameters applied by others as possible because I reckon it allows myself and others to learn and experiment with the processing elements we apply. "Basics in LR" and similar truncated comments seem slightly lacking as a processing run down to me, so I thought I might try and lead by example! Comments and suggestions welcome. Thanks for looking. Wilson.



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    Very nice Wilson - laying in the filth has paid off. It's a bummer when they get so close you cannot focus!

    Will take you comments on PP and expand mine. Hope everyone follows suit as we can all learn. Hopefully pick up a little gem of wisdom.

    Cheers Tony

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    Have never had one come so close Wilson, lovely details here. My tiny nit would be double catchlight, I often get these myself but am inclined to reduce to one. I wholeheardedly embrace your ideal of more info re processing though I doubt a great many will comply. It is a good idea but I myself feel that listing all tweeks could easily become a nightmare and possibly have some loose interest.

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    Fantastic portrait shot Wilson - great detail and that eye really grabs ones attention

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les George View Post
    Have never had one come so close Wilson, lovely details here. My tiny nit would be double catchlight, I often get these myself but am inclined to reduce to one. I whole heardedly embrace your ideal of more info re processing though I doubt a great many will comply. It is a good idea but I myself feel that listing all tweeks could easily become a nightmare and possibly have some loose interest.
    Hi Les. Thanks for your comments. I didn't even see the double catch light and can understand what you mean; nicely spotted. Thanks for your comments on processing too. I wasn't really suggesting War and Peace, but you are correct, over-doing it could be laborsome and some may not read through it all or be interested. Somewhere in between less than 5 words and a 2 line tome was what I was thinking, but probably didn't express myself well. Thanks again and stay well. Wilson

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    I thought these were supposed to be hard to get close to?
    Amazing detail.
    I'm guilty of the "Basics in LR" but agree going forward it will be more detailed. I enjoyed reading your technique a week or so ago Wilson. In fact I've have never gone above +55-60 in sharpening until I read a comment by Athena who mentioned +80. So I'm a bit more game now.
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    A ripper, Wilson! The result was worth spending time in that smelly mess. They are generally a friendly species (as are all the Crakes) if you keep low and still. Have had them closer than 1.5m during the WTP Crakefest a few years ago. Thanks, too, for expanding the level of detail in your processing notes; everyone will benefit.
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    Spectacular Wilson, no other way to put it.

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    What a cracking good result Wilson!!
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    Nice one Wilson. Some great detail there. Well done.

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    Wow! I am struggling to find one of these lately. Did it have its head inside your lens?

    Wilson you are absolutely right in saying we should write a little more about processing. i am going to try, however I have to say my workflow is not going to illuminate anyone greatly. It is not my strong point and I easily hit the trash button. Cloning, adding canvas and taking stuff away makes me hold my breath and a bit faint because I know I am going to mess it up. DPP is my go to program because it seems to give me the best results very easily however I always crop and sharpen in LR. Not too much else. I rarely go into PS. I am going to endeavour to share my negligible wisdoms in the future.
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    That's insane, Wilson! What a cracker of a portrait shot.

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    Stunning Wilson!
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    Wow. Fantastic shot Wilson, I reckon you can just about spot his DNA here

    Love everything about it and I'm totally onboard with the processing comment.
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    Stunning detail Wilson. I reckon I might have had a close encounter with individual also. One of them regularly came too close to focus.

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