Posted Sunday, September 4, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

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Location:

At home
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I went out to shoot some galahs, but as it turns out, they don't look interesting when they're on the ground. The finches are though, and this guy/gal was nestled in some Chinese Elm seedlings (which I need to pull up before they turn in to demon trees).

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM @ 255mm
Exposure: 1/500" @ f/7.1, ISO 800

Post processing:

Lightroom - I started doing my standard curve adjustments but didn't really like the results. I started mucking around with some presets, and found one I liked the look of, called 'EFF Dragan 6'. This has had a selective colour effect, and honestly, I would never have chosen this effect by myself. I still did a few adjustments after: lightened the bird's eye, a slight curve (lights +15, darks +20), and bumped up the green and aqua mix to +100 (to lighten and add texture to the leaves).

The wash-up:

I was trying for a clear shot.. and I did get one, but the focus wasn't quite on. As happens fairly often, this imperfect shot has worked out better.

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