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More Kruger (re)edits

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I’m continuing to go through photos of an epic trip to Kruger Park in South Africa back in 2011 and this time, not only re-edited an old photo but also stumbled across 2 photos I’d never looked at before.

The photos are from when we stumbled across 2 brother Male Lions sleeping just after sunset. From the looks of the one that stayed asleep, he had a bit of battle with his food with a fresh scar on his nose.

The first photo is a re-edit and I stumbled across the other 2 that I’d not edited before. These photos were taken with my good old trusty Nikon D70s which by today’s standards is very dated, but it was a fantastic camera to shoot with.

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Yawning at Sunrise - D70s, AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 116mm, f/5, ISO400, 1/500sec - {Flickr Link}

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Starling Murmuration at Rocester, Staffordshire (Video)

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I live only a couple of miles from Rocester in Staffordshire, so imagine my surprise when the BBC Midlands Today News broadcast a live report from there about the Starling Murmuration last night.

So as the weather was great today (and I’ve just about recovered from Man Flu that has kept my down all week!) I went up at dusk to see what I could capture.

From some of the photos and videos I’ve seen, the numbers tonight seemed a little down on recent days, however, they still put on a good show.

Nobody really knows why Starlings perform these masterpiece flight shows but it is believed that “strength in numbers” is part of the game. I did see some Sparrow Hawks flying around at the same time.

By the time they started to show in big numbers the light had faded quite a bit and cloud had covered the horizon so no great sunset colours.

I didn’t manage to get many still shots as most of the action was taking place over houses and it was getting too dark to photograph, I switched to a longer lens to try and get inside the Murmuration and got some silhouette shots. I did set up my D7100 to film at the same time (video below).

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Inside the Murumuration - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/2.8, ISO2000, 1/1250sec - {Flickr Link}

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Using Adobe Lightroom and DxO Optics Pro 10 to Edit An Almost Deleted Photo (Video)

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I had a few long distance shots of the Short Eared Owl that, due to high ISO, I almost deleted. They had a fair amount of noise and because I had to crop in, the noise was too much to be able to edit it.

However, I thought I’d let DxO OpticsPro 10 have a go at reducing the noise and as always it delivered. I was so impressed how it cleaned up the noise that I thought I’d show a complete workflow of the post editing.

The video maybe useful for any one else editing, but also may be a good watch for any non-photographers to see how a photo evolves through it’s post processing stage from it’s RAW format to it’s final published copy. For more information on RAW files and post processing, please see a post I made quite a while ago – RAW, JPEG and why Lightroom isn’t Cheating.

Here is the image that the camera captured, it’s a conversion to JPEG without any post processing

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Original RAW
Original RAW
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Some Cleaned-up Shortie Photos

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I took a look at some of the distant photos of the brief showing of a Short Eared Owl from yesterday evening.

They are certainly not the best photos I’ve taken and they are heavily cropped, but some clean up work has made them worth sharing. This is the great thing about the Nikon D810, it’s high resolution and good quality pixels makes the cleaning up of photos much easier due to the great data it captures.

UPDATE: To see a step by step guide on how I cleaned-up these photos, please see my blog entry “Using Adobe Lightroom and DxO Optics Pro 10 to Edit An Almost Deleted Photo (Video)“.

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Short Eared Owl - D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO3600, 1/2000sec - {Flickr Link}
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A very short appearance by a Short Eared Owl this afternoon

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I waited for an hour for one to take to appear, it did one lap of the field (unfortunately too far away from me) then landed in the long grass for 5 minutes before clearing off not to be seen again.

I did manage to get close enough to take a shot of it sitting in the grass.

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Short Eared Owl - D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/5.6, ISO280, 1/400sec - {Flickr Link}

Nuthatch in the Golden Hour

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This morning the light mist was creating a nice golden glow just after sunrise.

There was a lot of activity with Sparrows and Blackbirds building nests. I also saw a Mistle Thrush in a neighbouring field so I’ll be keeping an eye out for them again (Story from last year).

A pair of Nuthatches were going up and down one of our Oak Trees, always amazes me how they can descend head-first down a tree.

Here’s a photo I managed to get of one of them.

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Nuthatch - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/8, ISO220, 1/320sec - {Flickr Link}

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