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Old August 17th, 2007, 09:48 AM   #1
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I just don't understand how Don DesJardin got the plumage colours so sharp, again ... and the contrast is between black and grey ... and I find the outcome astonishing; I mean I have never seen in 67 years such a beautiful contrast between black and grey.


An adult bird on a bush, looking for a prey and flying away. Ventura County, Southern California, USA (ssp <i>gambeli</i>).

How did you do it, Don?
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Old August 17th, 2007, 03:32 PM   #2
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This is real nice!!

But what I find interesting is how the greys look so smooth and there are no feather edges to be seen on the back coverts!! It looks clear but smoothed!!
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Old August 17th, 2007, 08:57 PM   #3
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Thanks for the compliments, but I don't what to tell you. All I did is take an XL1, vintage 1999, had nice morning light over my shoulder, aim, focus, adjust exposure, and hit the record button. The lens I was using was my Nikon 80-400mm. Shrikes do have very smooth and uniform body feathering, and you really can't see much in the way of any edging, even when observing it through a good spotting scope at close range. I think you can see that the video is fairly sharp by looking at the detail in the weed it's sitting on. I guess I was just lucky on this one.....
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