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Photographer AJ Miller  AJ Miller {Karma:49168}
Project #56 Wildlife and Insects Camera Model Nikon D70s
Categories Macro
Wildlife
Nature
Film Format Digital JPEG High
Portfolio Tarifa
Lens Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Uploaded 6/8/2007 Film / Memory Type Digital ISO 200
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Views 3626 Shutter 1/320
Favorites Aperture 10
Critiques 36 Rating
6.58
/ 14 Ratings
Location City - 
State - 
Country - Gibraltar   Gibraltar
About This chap was sheltering from the wind at the top of the Rock. He didnít seem at all concerned about having a lens stuck in his face (nor about the monkeys fighting at my feet...)

This is the first upload using a revised workflow with sharpening as the last step (thanks Doyle and Chris) - and yes, it does make a difference!

My main concern here is the crop - does the bit of beak blur add an abstract dimension to the composition, or does it detract from it and should be removed?
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AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 3/16/2008
Hi James! It was not a very long discussion, but here's the link:

http://www.usefilm.com/Photo_Forum/17/1013408/

Having since read more about this issue, it seems to be universally agreed that sharpening should come at the end, after resizing. This is a pain in the whatsits as it means you have to rework the final steps of post-processing separately for each location in which you want to use the image. But I now always do this and it can make a noticeable difference.

AJ

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* James * * James *   {K:20200} 3/16/2008
hi aj. i just managed to get myself a D200, and am trying to learn more about the post processing process (want to maximize my chances of better photos with this very nice camera).

regarding your comment about sharpening as a last step, which forum was that being discussed in? i'd like to find it. not sure why sharpening needs to be last. in fact, i've always sharpened as my penultimate step, before resizing, but would like to see the entire discussion as it happened if you could point out where i can find it.

thanks. james

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AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 2/23/2008
Many thanks, James. This is actually just a common seagull - imagine the beak off to the right of the image...

The revised workflow relates to a previous forum discussion about processing raw images. Both Doyle and Chris emphasised the importance of sharpening as a last step, after resizing. It's a little annoying as it means it has to be done each time an image is sized for a particular location, but it does make a difference.

AJ

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* James * * James *   {K:20200} 2/23/2008
Excellent work AJ, and as noted its razor sharp. What type of bird is this? Never seen the likes that face before.

Would you be good enough to explain the revised workflow you mention in the "About" up above?

Take care ~ James

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Penduko Ozadnem   {K:188} 10/29/2007
Reminds me the workof Otzuka,Japanease artist.
Great dominant color!
Regards

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Laura E.   {K:5598} 8/1/2007
Hi AJ,

I agree with Doyle - crop out the beak and leave the eye as the focal point. Wonderful color and sharpness, this is a great image.

Laura

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Alison DuFlon Alison DuFlon   {K:36566} 7/8/2007
Pretty amazing details and color in this intense stare. Beautifully taken. Alison

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Rachel Leah Rachel Leah   {K:26110} 6/29/2007
Haha great title for this! it looks like that is what his eye is sayin... except for the fact that he doesn't mind the lens all in his business! Wow, nice work with this, I love it!

~Rachel~

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Maja ä Maja ä   {K:17951} 6/28/2007
beautiful and clean colors, excellent crop, brilliant capture..
congratulations..

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Michele Carlsen Michele Carlsen   {K:146013} 6/26/2007
Excellent I think that the bit of beak blur adds an abstract dimension to the composition 'Perfectly'...... I think it adds and definitely does not detract from this image - 7++++++++++

Best wishes,
Michele~

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reza goudarzi reza goudarzi   {K:7097} 6/13/2007
what a super macro! very good capture.
thx for sharing...
regards,
reza.

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Riny Koopman Riny Koopman   {K:102911} 6/13/2007
Perfect Beauty
some times " No Comment "
is best comment :)

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/12/2007
EXQUISITE!!!!!

Remove it - IMO. It adds nothing. Brilliant work!!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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For Your Consideration :)


AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 6/12/2007
Hi Sally: I do have various tighter crops, but considered that the shape of the feathers around the eye was an integral part of the image and so preferred this version. Hadn't spotted the orange fringe, though!

AJ

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Sally Morgan Sally Morgan   {K:9219} 6/11/2007
I like the beaky bit - I'd be tempted to turn the orangey fringe on the top of the red bit, red too - then not only would it not look like blur - it would look bolder and purposely abstract, and perhaps crop in a little closer on the left so that the eye is nearer the third.
That's one scary close-up. Beautifully sharp.

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Art McCaffrey Art McCaffrey   {K:23631} 6/11/2007
thats it,. worked twice on the trot,. i knew i had to be in full zoom to engage the switch, now thanks to you, i dont have to refer to the manual to find out how to disengage,. lazy or what,. that great, thanks alot aj appreciated,. regards art,.

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Art McCaffrey Art McCaffrey   {K:23631} 6/11/2007
that was quick, thanks i'll try that right now,. be right back,. art,.

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John Hatz John Hatz   {K:156973} 6/11/2007
ULTIMATE PHOTO...well that is really a macro shot, I believe you stuck the lens to the birds face! hahahaha....really amazing photo that worths a lot, and not the easier one! Excellent job my friend. Great composition on the red elements!

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AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 6/11/2007
Art: yes it did occur to me! Funny how that bit of beak looks like a mouth, and then the perspective changes...

I may have the answer to your macro switch problem! You need to point the camera at something distant and refocus before you switch back from macro to normal mode.

AJ

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Art McCaffrey Art McCaffrey   {K:23631} 6/11/2007
keep the blury beak & do a mirror stich on the right vertical, what a face, maybe,tehe,. excellent close up work aj, can't fault it, brill,. aj, have you encountered any probs with the switch- machro to normal- on that lens, i find it a bit tempremental & does not always function 1st time,. regards art,.

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alessandro reggiani   {K:4788} 6/10/2007
wooow great close-up, great expression of the eye, excellent colours and details
alessandro

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Ann  Van Breemen   {K:13399} 6/10/2007
Excellent details on the feathers and the eye is pin sharp. Personally I think I like it better without the red line but that's just me.:)

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Paolo Corradini Paolo Corradini   {K:59552} 6/9/2007
without words so perfect crop and stunning details!
BRAVO!!!!

Paolo

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Subhrajit Basu Subhrajit Basu   {K:3102} 6/9/2007
Would've never believed that it was a real shot had you not written it! I think it works very well the way you've presented it. Oh...what a look. Tho' u say it didn't seem bothered by ur lens, I can see in it's eye that it was on the verge of breaking its vow to its mother to be good to strangers! :) Nice one dear AJ

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Craig Hanson   {K:7836} 6/9/2007
Very strong image!!! Personally, I would have left off the beak because I try and keep things as simple as possible, but I think it also works fine as it is.

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Kerry Nobbs Kerry Nobbs   {K:2800} 6/9/2007
As far as I am concerned this is a 7. Really nicely done. I think you should hang this on the wall at your front door. Kerry

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Avi  Avi     {K:70138} 6/9/2007
Excellent, AJ !!!!!.. Three cheers !!!

Avi

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 6/8/2007
AMAZING.. not words..hope in a awanrd my friend!
roby
7++++++++++++

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Jan Hoffman Jan Hoffman   {K:39467} 6/8/2007
AJ -- This is amazing; the impact is exceptional. I think the beak blur adds a color component that gives this more balance and was the right decision. 7 to the Power of 2!
PS: I always leave my sharpening to the end because resizing and other adjustments can work against sharpening so best to leave it to the final stage.
--Best to you, Jan
(Marking as a favorite)

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 6/8/2007
Hell of a lens. I'm ok with the fuzzy frown. De-emphasizes it and keeps the focus on the eye. Was that a product of your DoF?

Sharpening as the last step? Hmmm... I'll have to try sharpening something. Hehe.

Very impressive shot all around.

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Larissa Nazarova Larissa Nazarova   {K:12118} 6/8/2007
It's great like is. Very powerful.
LArissa

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Pete Akiens Pete Akiens   {K:1896} 6/8/2007
Thanks for the tip

Pete

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AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 6/8/2007
Many thanks, Pete. Actually, the lens is not a true macro, but a 70-300 zoom with a close-up capability. In macro mode the closest you can get is 95cm - needs a fast shutter and/or steady hand! For true macro work I think a 105mm would be far superior...

AJ

AJ

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Pete Akiens Pete Akiens   {K:1896} 6/8/2007
Not at all, I really like it. I think it adds to the composition nicely, draws the viewer into the shot focusing on the eye. Great contrast too.

Really nice image!

I've been thinking for sometime about getting a macro, how close did you have to get in order to take this shot?

Pete

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Paul Lara Paul Lara   {K:88111} 6/8/2007
No, I think the line a the bottom certainly adds an abstract element to this image that makes it stronger!

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txules                                . txules  .   {K:62773} 6/8/2007
it's a good question and i do not have an answer; i really like as it's, the crispy eye is very hypnotic and the blurred beak does not bother me; It works wonderfully as an abstract as well; love it
txules

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