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    Blue-Throated Barbet

    A barbet has been building its nest on a tree behind our house, and our balcony provides a great place to take pictures of the bird during the day. Here are a few photos that I have taken over the last few days. The first two photos are taken at f6.3@250mm for 1/250s, ISO 400. The last one f5.6@250mm for 1/125s, ISO 100. All the post-processing is done in lightroom. Critiques and comments are welcome.
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    Re: Blue-Throated Barbet

    What a great looking bird. I like the cropped shot #2 the best. Great colors.

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    Re: Blue-Throated Barbet

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeperman View Post
    What a great looking bird. I like the cropped shot #2 the best. Great colors.
    Thanks Paul. #2 is my favorite too. I wish I had denoised #3 a little more.

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    Re: Blue-Throated Barbet

    Quote Originally Posted by abhi View Post
    Thanks Paul. #2 is my favorite too. I wish I had denoised #3 a little more.
    In that situation, Abhi, which I often encounter with insect photos, is to simply go over the noisy areas with a Blur Tool. Vary the size and opacity to suit.

    There isn't anything interesting in the background so a bit of blur won't cause any problems but should remove the noise.

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    Re: Blue-Throated Barbet

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff F View Post
    In that situation, Abhi, which I often encounter with insect photos, is to simply go over the noisy areas with a Blur Tool. Vary the size and opacity to suit.

    There isn't anything interesting in the background so a bit of blur won't cause any problems but should remove the noise.
    Thanks for the tip Geoff. I tried this with the adjustment brush in lightroom. I am not very good with selections, so I was being extra careful and have some noise left in the background near the bird. It looks much better now. By the way, does the bird look oversharpened? I had a hard time setting the sharpening for the red hairs on the head.

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    Re: Blue-Throated Barbet

    How fun to have such beautiful birds to photograph.

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    Re: Blue-Throated Barbet

    Quote Originally Posted by ilovelucydog View Post
    How fun to have such beautiful birds to photograph.
    Thanks Lucy. Here's another shot of it sitting outside it's hole in the tree.
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