August 2017 Winner - Flight

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  1. den9112

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    Taken tonight as the sun was just about to disapear ....
    Its not been the best year for cloudless sunny evenings this season with the Little owl ,so when the window of opportunity arises i try to take it.
    Tonight was a lucky night as the juvenile came in just at the right time ,i just about managed to notice him coming in were he stopped and landed on a post first ,this gave me some time to get ready for his next move , i had an idea which direction he was coming from and the rest was just hoping i got a lock on the eye and he was in focus ,this is the 2nd shot of 3 in the sequence on low continous ....A1 servo single point focus with surrounding points ...500mm f4 at 5.6 iso 800 1/2500 sec +1/3 EV processed in LR .

    [​IMG]Juvenile in flight August 15th 2017 (1 of 1)-2 by dennis greenwood, on Flickr
     
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    Great capture Den :cool:
     
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    Great capture. Good job
     
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    Fab focus and nice capture
     
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    An unsurprisingly stunning shot Dennis :smashin:
     
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    Great shot.
     
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    Awesome shot.

    There is some weird noise going on under each wing-pit(?) though, have you rasied the black/level shadows quite a bit in processing?
     
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    Nothing looking weird on my side when i view large...Minimal PP done ....
     
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    I can see a bit of noise if pixel peeping (I'd not done so until you said ;)) but nothing I'd say was weird. However, that being said I can't see much in the way of noise elsewhere on the pic.
     
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    Just had a look at the RAW image and to be honest there was very little PP needed ,i also cant see anything weird going on...
     
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    Looks very blue too.
     
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    looks ok on my calibrated monitor
     
  13. snerkler

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    The underbelly and under the wing has a blue hue/tint but I would expect that given the time of day, looks normal to me.
     
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    Tbh, I don't see what the problem is?
     
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    Then I suggest you recalibrate it. It looks blue on both my calibrated monitors and on multiple handheld devices in the household.
    However you don't need to use a calibrated monitor, simply use a colour picker in a photo manipulation programme to interrogate the colour values, hold on I've done it for you, the HEX value is #415FB0, pop that into an on-line converter like Hex to RGB Color Converter and it will give you the relevant Red Green Blue values which happen to be (65,95,176) which is blue.
    The image according to the OP was taken at sunset, the colour temperature at this time of day is at it's warmest so definitely the opposite end of the scale to blue. My reckoning is he's adjusted the white balance globally to remove the warm colour cast but has failed to notice the adverse affect on the under exposed areas in the shadows that have been pushed as @MeanDorris mentioned.
    It matters because Little owls don't have blue feathers, they are brown and white. If a woman had her photos back from her wedding and her white dress looked blue I'm sure that would matter to her and her beloved. It's not an accurate representation of the actual object. Photos added to the monthly competition need to stand up to scrutiny otherwise what is the point?
     
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    You're right, for some reason when I first red it I thought it was after the sun had gone down so in the blue hour.
     
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    Little owls dont have white Feathers ,there is a slight cream to them,anyway i dont need your rude comments about recalibrating as to me its fine to the conditions i took the shot in ,if you put the WB picker on a netural part of the bird white (cream) tip and you get a RGB of aprox95 equal amounts and if it looks like what i saw then thats it for me...you see blue then fine but i still dont see blue feathers.....i always judge the harrshness of the light in the owls eye,as in this case ,pretty harsh but with a sharp light,another 30 mins later then i would have had a much warmer image ,with significant effect ,the bird was flying right to left and directly in to the sun,i could warm it up but its not the what it was....its a fun photo comp you dont have to scrutunize ,its only a WB issue,i dont like to guess anymore maybe warming it up may suit the scrutinty to the technical side ,but the light on the night was very close to what i saw in my viewfinder....
     
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    I said white as it is a relatively neutral colour just for generalisation. Cream by its very nature is very pale yellowy colour so will have a tendency to appear slightly warm and as you say the sampled area you picked may well represent what you saw at the scene I don't dispute that. What I dispute is the fact that the left hand flank of the bird is blue not cream. Sample an area with a colour picker and the facts stand for themselves whether you or I see differently. The sample area is blue.
    I wasn't being rude in my previous post it was, as it still reads, a suggestion. If you have an issue with my writing style and believe it isn't acceptable, feel free to alert the moderators.
     
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    Im a grown man quite happy letting yourself know, so we can move on from that issue ....no need to get any mods involved.
    As Snerkel pointed out the underbelly pixel peeping may have a slight hue ....but to me if that is the case then i can live with the rest of the image being what it is...Looking forward to your entry but make sure your WB is spot on :):):):):smashin:
     
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    I still think it's a stunning pic :thumbsup:
     
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    @den9112 great capture, didn't expect anything less :) @GaseousClay agree with the suggestion Re WB.
     

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