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Got Too Close (34)
JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
In my last post I showed a Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus) walking along the surf, and I talked about how these birds have a flight distance threshold of about 30 feet. Well, this is what happens when you get too close. I didnít lose her this time, she just flew a few feet down the beach to start her walk over again.

I believe this is the female, with the longer beak. I have another shot of her, with a down beat here, and one of the male here that I took a few minutes later.

Workshop:
I follow a generic workflow now as outlined in my Bio.
Details and differences to this are as follows:
Shot taken at 200mm, ISO 250, f/6.7, 1/500 sec
Levels Ė tweaked, midpoint lightened, masked bird at 50%
Used overlay layer with 5% opacity black and white brush for dodging and burning
Saturation (incremental +10 to master, +10 to red (based on proof colours compare)
Saved at 100% quality for 276K

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JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
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This is another shot of the female, with a downbeat.

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JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
PS CS2
Edited by:JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)

This is a shot of the male taken a few minutes later. He had just taken off, and hadn't pulled his feet up yet.