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The birthday, the Bog, the Birds

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Well, since I'm still 29 and getting younger every day, it was no problem getting up at 5 a.m. today and heading to the Sax-Zim Bog for some photography and companionship with JayinMN. gringrin

Quite the day indeed.

Here's some of what we found.

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Nice work Steve, I don't even know where to begin. I like them all, it looks like your birthday went well.

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They are all great shots, but the hawk, the black capped chicadee and the owl...well they stand out indeed!

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Wow, those tamaracks in the last of the evening sun sure made a nice back ground for that owl. I was waiting too see that hawk picture, I knew that one would be awesome as well. Great shots.

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Way to go Steve!...The birthday gods were sure with you and Jay for sure!.....that great gray sure looks sweet poseing atop that spruce!.....Alljust beautiful captures and the lighting with the sunny day on all your subjects is great!...A day like that was common down in the bog during the "owl invasion days" of 2005-06.....maybe it's a "sign" grin.....of course I'll be "down that way" this weekend......of course.........like the song..."Anticipation" grin.......It's what lifes all about I guess...

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Wow Steve it looks like the bog was giving you some very nice gifts today. The shot of the GGO is just perfect- Heck there all great.

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Great stuff as always Steve. That owl shot is fabulous!

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Great work as usual ol' (and I do mean ol') buddy! Hard to pick a favorite but kinda partial to the boreal and the owl! Up for a ride tomorrow?

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Steve, those are all great shots. I think the hawk had his eyes on you though!

Mic

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Very nice images Steve.

I really like the grouse image, but they all are good.

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What a fantastic day for you guys. Those are all beautiful Steve. I'm with Ken, the Boreal Chickadee and the Great Gray Owl stand out a little more for me.

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27 today, no cool pics, just a year older:-) Happy birthday to you!

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Absolutely stellar! Looking at your work over the last few months I can't help but to want to know about your post processing flow (not to suggest that you are doing a great deal of it). Your shots always really pop in my mind and I haven't been able to put my finger on what you are doing that takes a great initial capture and really makes it stick out. I am assuming that you are doing your shooting in RAW and working out the color correction, contrast, amount of sharpening, etc. I'd love some insight into your process (if your willing to share). Looks like you had a good birthday. grin

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What a way to spend a birthday. Awesome series, but my faves are the hawk and owl. But then, I am more of a raptor sort of guy.

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Absolutely stellar! Looking at your work over the last few months I can't help but to want to know about your post processing flow (not to suggest that you are doing a great deal of it). Your shots always really pop in my mind and I haven't been able to put my finger on what you are doing that takes a great initial capture and really makes it stick out. I am assuming that you are doing your shooting in RAW and working out the color correction, contrast, amount of sharpening, etc. I'd love some insight into your process (if your willing to share). Looks like you had a good birthday. grin

Michael, I didn't want you to think I was blowing you off. I just saw this.

There are some steps I take in PP with most images, but none that I automatically take with ALL images. I shoot some RAW, some jpeg. If exposure is easy and there appear to be no challenges, I'll shoot jpeg over RAW, but if there are any anticipated difficulties I'll choose RAW for the ease of alteration before opening the file. When I shoot jpeg, I shoot on "faithful" or "neutral" in picture styles so the camera isn't adding contrast, sharpness and saturation on its own.

Probably at some point I need to take an image and post the unaltered original, then a step-by-step on what I'm doing and pics through the process and then the final pic.

It's pretty involved as how-tos go

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