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  1. After you d-lighten it, you select the bird, inverse the selection, DeNoise everything but the bird. Then select the bird in Photoshop and using Topaz Adjust add Clarity. It's not going to be an award winning photo but it doesn't have to be tossed. Cropping is in there somewhere because it's composed wrong.
  2. Like you, I'm still using Photoshop Elements 13 (don't really feel the need to upgrade to full blown Photoshop), use a 300mm lens (I handhold everything/have trouble lifting bigger lenses/can't lug a tripod) and primarily photograph birds. I compete in 2 clubs' annual salons and my bird photos do fine. I also, however, have Topaz (Adjust, DeNoise, Impressions) and Nik plug-ins for PE13 and do a lot of post-processing which I enjoy and to add detail to the bird's feathers (Topaz Adjust), Topaz DeNoise to get rid of the background noise after cropping and Nik Color Efex Pro 4 to add things like polarizing the sky background and for punching up green foliage. PE13 I mainly use for the selection tool, to adjust lighting and color and to remove unwanted objects (like wires and signs) using Content-Aware. I do not shoot RAW primarily because with birds who twitch a lot, I shoot burst and discard a lot of photos. I have a Nikon D7200 and actually still use Picasa to crop and straighten before I bring the image into Photoshop Elements. I don't sell photos. Do you like to do post-processing? Most of the photographers I know are better photographers than I am but I can level the field with post-processing in some cases.
  3. Thank you so much. I especially appreciate the info along with the ID. I took a photo of the sign at the refuge with these types of birds on them to help me when I got home and uploaded them but I am looking at it now and all I see are dunlin, greater yellowlegs, semipalmated sandpiper, semipalmated plover, dowitcher, black bellied plover, avocets (turned up 2 days before I left), black necked stilt (which is easy to ID). I used to have a tee shirt with these type of birds on them and I remember the willet was one of them. Don't know why they didn't include them on their sign. I bought that old tee shirt from them.
  4. I only get to the refuges on the East Coast maybe once every other year. I can usually ID a Greater Yellowlegs (from the yellow legs - but I don't know if their legs are always yellow) but the rest of the little brown wading birds all look alike to me. I caught this one in flight. Can you please tell me what it is? Photo taken May 6 in Delaware. I'm sorry I forgot to re-sharpen it after I resized it to post it here.
  5. You can fix this one in post processing with minor editing. In Photoshop Elements use Adjust Lighting then Shadows/Lighten Shadows. In Picasa use fill light. If you have a Nikon add D-Lighting while it's still in the camera. If lightening it up makes it look noisy, De-Noise it. You can use Topaz for that. You posted a small image but I was able to lighten it up just fine and see both birds. If I wanted to take the time with a larger image after I lightened it, I'd select the osprey and the larger branches and add clarity or crispness. But, I agree that it's better when it comes out of the camera right.
  6. Thanks a bunch. I appreciate it.
  7. I have been at Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware for the last 2 and a half weeks (May 1 - May 17) and cannot ID this ugly bird. I'm guessing it is some juvenile heron (it's the right size for a heron and was in the vicinity of egrets and herons) who will grow into his or her adult good looks eventually. In my camera the bird's streaks looked more grey than brown so that's how I described it when asking for ID help at Bombay Hook to no avail. I was pretty far away from the bird but I do have another image that shows the back of the wings better if you need to see it. The streaks are what's throwing me. The photos of younger great blue herons on bird websites don't look so streaky. If it is a young great blue heron about how old is it (teenager, toddler --- sorry not up on bird age terminology)? https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-MkXm48z/0/9aff87fc/O/i-MkXm48z.jpg I'm sure the bird told all his bird friends about the ugly old camera lady taking his picture.
  8. How about some Noise software as a plug-in to Photoshop or Photoshop Elements? I use Topaz DeNoise. I remove the noise from the whole image and then use my selection tool in Photoshop Elements to select the bird and go into Topaz Adjust to put the detail in the bird back in with filters called Clarity, Crisp, etc., which can be adjusted. In Topaz DeNoise, you can try different levels of noise reduction until you find what you like. With the strongest level of Noise Reduction. it will deband, too, if you have that problem.
  9. Thank you both for responding. Yesterday, about 30 gulls arrived! I don't feed the ducks/geese at all anymore and would never feed them by hand. I used to give them black birdseed (like cardinals and chickadees eat) just to keep them eating elsewhere while I photograph the gulls (because the ducks like grapes, too). Birdseed is ok for ducks/geese and so are grapes. The geese and ducks here are very aggressive but funny. They come up to your car and tap on it with their beaks to let you know that they are here. Then, if you have your driver's side window open, the geese (not Canadian geese) look at you and then toss their head away from your car to signal you to throw some food out to them. I feed the wintering seagulls grapes. They prefer the red ones and the red looks good in photos when they fly off with one. I toss the grapes to them. The young gulls can't eat them. They can't seem to pick them up with their beaks. I feed the seagulls so they fly towards me (rather than left to right or vice versa) in front of me because I prefer those type of photographs. It's easy to photograph gulls at a lake compared to an ocean. They float in the water like the ducks, repeatedly dunk their heads to bathe, fish for food, then fly to the shore, perch on the lampposts (when it's not windy) with the crows or the floating docks to sun themselves. I will wait to see if more gulls show up. Thanks again.
  10. I'm not a birder but I am a bird photographer hobbyist. I've tried to do some research on this but cannot find the answer and was hoping some of you know. I live in Tennessee. Ring-billed gulls arrive at the lake in my town typically the last week of November or the first week of December. The earliest I have them arriving is November 22. I know this because I check every day to see if they have arrived and I name my photo files with the date the photos are taken and have done that for the last 7 years. They always leave the first week of March. I'm talking at least 75 - 100 of them. This year 2 showed up a week ago, it is now December 10 and the rest aren't here yet. These are my questions: 1. Why do they migrate here at all? Right now it's 27 degrees at 10:30A. Can't be much colder where they are from. It is usually 40s and 50s during the day but why not go further south? 2. Is it possible they won't show up at all this year? If so, why would that happen? 3. We also have ducks and geese at my lake all year long. People used to feed them all (ducks, geese, gulls) but the town put up a sign not to feed the ducks and geese bread (bad for them) and instead use the newly installed machines with duck food. Well, that's fine/right for the ducks and geese but the wintering seagulls don't seem to care for it. This would be the 3rd winter of no bread if they were actually here. I feed them grapes. The question is, could no longer getting bread from a lot of people make the gulls change winter migration destinations? Anything you can tell me would be appreciated.
  11. I upgraded from the 7100 to the 7200 because I had banding problems with the 7100. No more problem with that. I handhold my camera for all photos.
  12. I just went through all 87 pages of this thread and I am impressed. I ran out being able to "Like This" somewhere in late 2010. I would just like to tell the people that photograph small birds that don't hover, I especially appreciate your photos. It's my experience that it is much harder to photograph the flying little guys. Good job!
  13. You can put more detail in your bird shots with software plug ins. Just select the bird, first and then apply the effect.
  14. Thank you both for your responses.
  15. While watching little warblers flying around, I saw this larger bird fly to a tree acting like a woodpecker but with no red makings whatsoever and a bit of brown/gold. I'm used to seeing red bellied woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers and the occasional pileated and red headed woodpeckers, northern flickers and yellow bellied sapsuckers. I'm not used to seeing no red at all. I'm thinking maybe the brown/gold on the head turns red when the bird gets older but what about the brown/gold on the back? Maybe it's a female. I took a photo of the side and back. I'm thinking it's probably a juvenile of one of the aforementioned but if it is, it was large compared to the small woodpeckers I have seen. I'm in East Tennessee and it was taken this week. Thanks.