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    Cormorants

    Foggy day. These are viewed as a pesky invasive on Lake Champlain - consuming too much fish and de-vegetating their rookeries. Here, I find a lot of personality. I need help with this shot - it's pretty well cropped to death. (Nikkor 70-200f4, 1/640@f4, ISO 320)

    I'll work on these unloved characters some more...

    Cormorants

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    Re: Cormorants

    Cool. Great pose.

    Minor niggle - the rocks are a bit on the bright side. Perhaps tone that down slightly to bring out the textures.

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    Re: Cormorants

    Thanks very much Bobo. Great point. That quano had actually blown my whites, which I trimmed, then used GND & brush, and it is now more balanced. Very helpful.

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    Re: Cormorants

    Interesting shot you have here. Great natural "expressions" on the birds. My only suggestions are to do a little noise reduction on the BG and possibly leave the crop a bit looser if it helps tell the story. Were the rocks interesting below the birds? Tough conditions for shooting in that fog.

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    Re: Cormorants

    Agree - not very nice noise. I have to pretend its intentional grain, but is not, nor is it called for. Much owed to harsh crop. Maybe less will help but I don't want to lose the expressions shown.

    I think I've done all I can with the noise in LR (max'd masking on sharpening) and K haven't figured out how to get much help from "noise reduction - luminance/detail/contrast - color/detail).

    Main lesson - get closer, or get a bigger lens, I guess.

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