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Stepping Into the Digital Darkroom – A Tip of the Top Hat

January 30, 2015
© jmillerphoto - Black-crested Titmouse

© jmillerphoto – Black-crested Titmouse

It has been a busy week, but I did manage to get in front of the computer a couple of times to work some images.  One of them has turned out reasonably well, and it is our friend here the Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus).

These birds, as I have mentioned before, are notoriously tough to get right.  You almost have to be on the aim spot when they land and then be quick enough to get focused and fire a burst before they’ve moved again to grab a seed and fly into a nearby tree to crack it open.

On this one from this past weekend I was lucky enough to be pointing where it landed and I grabbed a quick burst.  In the darkroom there wasn’t a lot to do.  The gray of the Titmouse is awful close to 18% gray, the standard by which most metering schemes work.  I did fuss a bit on the shadows and mid-tones, but I left the highlights alone.  A little cropping, a little more vibrance and saturation, and this guy was ready to go.  Camera settings were ISO 400, 1/400 sec at f/14 on the Standard Gear.

Image #169 into the restructured portfolio.  I will probably end up at 200 by the end of the weekend as I roll up previously processed images into the new portfolio.  But I’ll explain why at the end of the weekend…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2015 5:51 pm

    Awwww…so sweet.

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