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Stepping Into the Digital Darkroom – Dove on the Rock

June 26, 2014
White-winged Dove

© – White-winged Dove

With the weather being stormy again today and an ever-increasing backlog of images sitting in my process pile, I thought I would take a few minutes to work one of those images.  Today I chose a White-winged Dove from my recent trip to the Transition Ranch.  This was shot at the Windmill Blind.

The easiest image for me to work was this image of a White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica).  I shared another image from just about this location in my last blog post.  The doves were hitting this particular rock fairly often during the afternoon shoot.  This was one of the better poses in terms of sharpness and exposure, so I fired it up and started working on it in Lightroom.

Normally I wait until the end of the post to mention this, but this was shot with the Standard Gear, on the tripod, and with no flash.  Technical details were ISO 400, 1/200 sec at f/11.

The histogram on this image was really pretty good to begin with.  It needed more contrast than the day had provided so I moved a couple of sliders, warmed up the temperature a bit, and took out some of the noise.  I also cropped it, though not the crop that you see here.  As always, my standard crop is 4×5 format so on the one I worked there is more above and beyond the dove.  This puts the eye of the dove awful close to the top right intersection on the rule of thirds.

I then pushed the image to Photoshop CS6 where I went through my normal routine:  Adjust levels, add a touch of vibrance, add the file details, and push it into the portfolio.  Image #112 in the new portfolio.

If I had a chance to do the shot again, I would have opened up the aperture one more stop to further blur out the background.  It isn’t a bad image as it is, but a little less definition in the back would have been preferable.


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