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When Water is Scarce (54)
JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
When water is scarce smart birds like the Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) get a drink (please see workshop).

This was shot on the same day as my previous post in the Botanical Gardens in Canberra. This bird obviously knew about this sprinkler and knew how to make use of it. As you can see from the exposure I used, there wasn’t a lot of light for this shot, so the depth of field is a little shallow. Still, I thought it was worth posting for this portrait and for the bird’s great antics.

Workflow for this shot was as follows:
The shoot – shot in Raw with Jpeg reference (105 mm ISO 400 f5.6 1/45)
NEF file adjusted for exposure and shadow, and vignetting
Levels – tweaked manually – slight
Curves - adjusted RGB for contrast – s-curve
Dodged and Burned with overlay layer (10% opacity white and black)
Added saturation layer +15 to master
Saved as a tiff
for this post cropped for position, resized, selected on and reduced noise in background, created a new layer, inversed selection, selectively sharpened, framed and saved as a jpeg

Altered Image #1

JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
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Edited by:JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)

Check out that tongue!

Half an hour after I took this shot it started to rain.