Try This One… « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Try This One...

This image was created on Great Gull Island at 5:11 pm on June 3, 2013 with the hand held Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera. ISO 800. Evaluative metering off the grey sky +2 stops: 1/2000 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode.

Central sensor Surround/AI Servo/Rear Focus on the forward part of the near wing near the body active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Try This One…

In the last blog post, Photoshop Hanky Panky, I asked if folks saw anything that indicated that I had done any extensive image optimization in Photoshop. Aside from two comments about possible halos by the legs (see image next), the general consensus was that there were no indications of any monkeying around.

So let’s try it again. If you can detect any evidence of Photoshop chicanery, please leave a comment and state your case. Let us know if you think that I have removed a bird or birds or a rock or rocks from the background. How about a rope or a wooden structure? Might I have replaced the bird’s eye or even worse, its whole head? Do you see any funky looking pixels or evidence of sloppy Clone Stamp Tool work? Be sure to click on the image to see the larger version as you gather evidence of manipulation.

In any case, please let us know by leaving a comment. I will tell all and share the original capture for both of these Roseate Tern images in two days.

This 141% crop was made from an image that was created with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. ISO 400. Evaluative metering -2/3 stop: 1/2500 sec. at f/7.1 in Manual Mode.

Leg Halos?

In yesterday’s aforementioned blog post, two folks left comments stating that the area around the bird’s left looked a bit funky. That area looks fine to me. Is anyone seeing anything problematic there?


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8 comments to Try This One…

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. Wonderful images as usual. The only guess I can make in the more-recent one is that you seem to have taken the tern to the eye doctor. I’ve been photographing terns here for more than a week now and sometimes I get the eye to look good if the light hits it right and other times you can’t see it, but your tern’s eye looks as if the great eye doctor Dr Morris has treated it because I see no highlight in it.

  • avatar Naveena

    Hi Arti,
    There is a large very faint blob and drag marks(starting from near the bird’s breast) infront of the bird, may be you have removed the bird that was flying behind the Tern. There are few smaller blobs behind the bird as well(above and below the tail).

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Faint blobs are from the distant waves. We shall see the original capture soon.

  • avatar Jerry Pogue

    Artie, the halo around the black head and peck indicate that you have darken these areas and removed something from its peck and then sharpened this area.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Jerry, Thanks for commenting. Assuming that you meant “beak” not “peck” I gotta say that I do not see any halo around the black cap or the bird’s beak.

  • Regarding the question about whether photoshop was used on that image, I”ll admit, it looks pretty awesome to me, but having done quite a bit of photoshop myself, my eye caught the horizontal darker shades of the gray sky in two areas just right of the bird. They had a horizontal brush stroke look to them which made me suspect it may have been the healing brush tool at work, possibly removing two objects (birds maybe) in the B.G. That you included a close up of the bird’s legs suggest to obviously look there, and there is some coloration difference on the upper part of the leg to the right with the slightest bit of a linear line appearing, plus the leg to the left has some chromatic Aberation looking elements off to its left side, suggesting to me that you may have mounted this white bird on an entirely different set of legs (and rock) shot. I am looking at this on my iPad, not a big screen monitor, but trying to play the game here none the less.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks for playing George. Do understand that the tight crop of the legs is from yesterday’s image, not the soft light image here….

  • Artie, It may be that the very small feathers at the top of the bird’s left leg gave the impression of a halo (or ghosting as I prefer to call it) when the image is not as enlarged as it is in this blog entry. Hope all is well with you and yours.