Barbara Dunn  

Sandhill Cranes at Sunset by Barbara Dunn

September 2020 - Sandhill Cranes at Sunset

About the Image(s)

Canon 7D Mark II; 600mm; 1/1000; f/6.3; ISO 6400

Steps taken for image:
1. Reduced noise and sharpened in Topaz DeNoise AI.
2. Cropped image.
3. Adjusted brightness and settings, using Lightroom "auto" feature.
4. Resized for PSA website.
5. Sharpened

6 comments posted

Timothy Morton   Timothy Morton
The sunset allows one to see the details of these Sandhill Cranes and allow one to see they are flying from left to right and allow to wonder if they know English is read that way or do all birds fly this way.   Posted: 09/09/2020 21:13:54
Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

Well done and cropped. The lead bird sets the story of the leader with his wings raised and the rest following in a curved formation creating a pleasing composition. I like the soft colors and how the blue and pink tones complement each other. It is a challenge to get the details and light and shadow in the wings.

Could you tell me why you use Topaz DeNoise for sharpening and how much you cropped the image?

I did the Greg Benz luminosity masking course and he recommended using "convolution sharpening" as the first step in LR. That means, set detail to 100, amount to 45, radius to 0.5 and masking to 0. I use to use PS, filter, other, high pass, to sharpen but then just switched to convultion sharpening. If I felt an image required more detail, I went into Nik Color Effex Pro and invoked the detail filter and applied only about 2 for sharpening.

I apologize if this question is too technical. However, with your bird image, I assume that you have had to work through the challenge of the best way to bring out detail and would appreciate your experience.   Posted: 09/27/2020 12:44:58
Barbara Dunn   Barbara Dunn
Hi, Judith,
Thank you for your comments. I did not crop anything off the sides of the image, but enough off the top and bottom to make it look like a panorama.
I used to use "Unsharp Mask" in PS to sharpen. Since I started using LR, I have not liked their sharpen function, it seems to create a lot of noise and other artifacts. I haven't tried your method, but I wrote down the numbers and will give it a try. I use Topaz DeNoise AI as the first step for most of my images through LR. It combines the denoise and sharpening in one step. I like it because it is intuitive, fast, and easy. I really like the Topaz products.
I have Nik, but mostly use it for B&W.   Posted: 09/27/2020 16:02:38
Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

If you have time,could you google Greg Benz deconvolution sharpening and tell me what you think. I do not have Topaz so am unable to compare it.   Posted: 09/27/2020 17:28:38

Wendy Stanford   Wendy Stanford
Hi Barbara, well captured shot of the cranes, your eye starts at the left and comes across to the right, I like the way the wings are either up or down. The panoramic crop isolates the subjects beautifully, and the soft muted colour enhances the image really well.   Posted: 09/19/2020 06:52:03

Steven Wharram   Steven Wharram
Lovely set against that orange sky. Sharp too with that 1/1000 speed to freeze the wings. They almost look like a set of 3 or 4 birds that have been cloned into different places on the frame. Well seen and well captured.   Posted: 09/20/2020 09:52:32


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