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Waiting for the Mist to Clear

Waiting for the Mist to Clear
Photo Information
Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma AF 70-200 F2.8 Apo EX DG HSM, Digital ISO 250
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-07-17 17:09
Viewed: 3511
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A first posting with my new F2.8 70-200 lens.
Saturday morning started very misty, the weather forecast was for a full day of sun, and when I left home to go the nursery 5 miles up the road it was bright and sunny, but my journey involves me traveling out of the River Trent valley and over into the Vale of Belvoir and as often happens local conditions generated thick mist on the ridge between the two valleys which hung around for several hours into the heat of the sun finally warmed it enough to make it disperse. I arrived at work and unlocked for the rest of the lad and walked down to my potting shed on the nursery, and perched on the electric cable supplying power to it was a pair of swallows (Hirundo rustica) fast asleep waiting for the mist to clear so that the insects they rely on would come out of shelter and start to fly which would not happen until things got warmer.
The BG is the mist, nothing else is visible.
taken with me steadying the lens against the potting shed door trying not to wake them up. You can tell its cool because this one has its feathers all fluffed up to keep it warm.
Crop image to size
Make a copy layer.
In layers palette use the drop-down menu on the left and select Hard-light and then reduce the opacity of this layer to some where between 20 and 70% when it looks sharpest.
Save as and post and hope you all like

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-17 20:56]

I really like the sleeping pose of the swallow.
He appears to be in deep sleep... blissfully oblivious. : )
The fluffed-up feathers give the shot a soft feel,
which works well with the misty BG.
Great shot, Rob, and TFS. : )

I like the softness of this photo and think it works well with the ambient light and mist, and he looks so cute, a rare shot indeed.

Hi Robert,

A nice shot of this swallow,however imo still abit soft,normally I sharpen most of my pictures with adobe photoshop cs2,I did the same on your picture see ws hope you like it,


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  • starky (87)
  • [2006-07-19 7:51]

Hi Robert.Nice picture with nice colours.
Regards Bosko.

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