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Don't know his name little birdy

Don't know his name  little birdy
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-06
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon 400D Rebel XTi, Sigma AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS, Compact Flash 2-2gb, B-W UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/15 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-28 6:30
Viewed: 2884
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 114
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We are here in the * BIODÔME de Montréal* Canada
In this place you can feel like if you were in a forest, or in North Pole.

This place has a space for each kind of weather in the world, and show you the plants and animals of each of the enviroments.

Housed in a former stadium used in the 1976 Olympics, the educational and entertaining Biodome consists of four different ecological habitats !

Here we see a cute * I don't know his name * little bird .. but I am sure other TL members will tell ..thanks in advance!

Much to see in Montreal and other places, this year is the 400th Yers Aniversary of Quebec provence and a possible TL meeting .. a week in July
Thanks and below I will , once more , write the Photo Shop CS3 steps I standard use .. like this photo.

A few TL friends asked me .. *salmi* and *Kbeall* , maybe more of you need some guidelines and remember.. I wrote ALL the steps down, but not always needed to do all the steps!
For the record: This is given to me by *Vandana2923*
Thanks for passing by Folks

John T

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because
it has a song.
Chinese Proverb

Photo Shop CS 3:
1. Open RAW image first - when you open it in first window it will show you the details of exposure, shadows,
highlights etc. Pay attention to that. Do not change anything at this screen. Say OPEN.

2. Now you've got RAW image open in CS2.
3. First thing I look if any correction to the image is required...like cropping, adjusting the tilt adding Perspective etc.

For that Use "Ctrl A" that will select all image.

Go to Edit -> Transform -> and use the option you need. I generally use Distort to correct the horizon,
or tilts and Perspective to add Perspective to the image.
Once you perform this, apply and your image will be in correct way as far as look goes.

4. After that I go to Image -> Adjustment->Exposure
Here I correct any exposure problems and Gamma effect

5. After that I go to Image->Adjustment->Shadows/Highlights

Here I adjust shadows, highlights increase/decrease the Midtone contrsat if required

6. After that I check for Image->Adjustment -> Saturation.
If at all I need to increase of decrease the color saturation I do it here.

7. In Image - > Adjustmet ->Color Balance
I check here the balance of various colors.
That will add or remove the extra time of any color we've got in photo

7.1 In Image -> Adjustment -> Curves
I select this option to make my BG and FG changes as far as color density goes.

8. Then Image -> Adjustment -> Contrast
If ONLY required I change or add more contrast here

9. Last I go to Filter -> Sharpen ->Unshap mask
Amount 50%
Radius 6.0 pixels
Threshold 4 levels
I use above setting in general...and suits to almost all my photos.

Now based on the health of the image I may not perform all of these steps.

10. Also, if you want to use any filter effect on photos like warm filter or cool filter etc you can do that in Image
> Adjustment -> Photo Filter.

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Hi John,

Great shot of this mystery bird. like the BG and its long legs are amusing


Hello Johnny,
Quick from office :-)
Sorry, don't know what this bird is...
But I liked the way he is standing on that rock. Very nice composition and details.
I also see he is from the zoo, as he's tag on his (skinny) legs.
You got very nice bird from Biodome. TFS
ps: yes, I've marked the July 1st week, and in May will book tickets.

Fantastic shot, John.
This is amazing.
Sharp, and detailed.
All the best.

jean paul

hello JT,

a lovely shot of this little bird with amazing long legs.. :) remind me of a model.. i also don't know the name of this bird.. probably Mario know :)

kind regards, terry

ciao John.. excellent perform!! this bird has long legs, it looks like its habitats are pools or rivers of little lakes, isnt it? nice details (the identification mark means its species is under protection).. i like this perfect focused capture! colours are nice too!.. well done!
ciao Marco

Hi John,

I don't know the bird's name, but for sure, you captured it very well. Beautiful presentation and very usefull note.

Kind regards,

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-01-28 7:41]
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Have not dealt with raw yet so the tut is greatly appreciated.

After looking in my bird book its from the sandpiper family "Calidris". There are several varieties and this bird is photograhed in winter where its plumage would change somewhat so pinning down its real name is a bit tough, as bird books have a tendency to show us their underbellies and rear end a bit more. So conclusion... flip it on its backside so I can see.
Great shot John

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-01-28 7:48]
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The dark BG works perfectly here to set off the little bird. Great stuff.

The composition is superb


P.S. I wish you would try to make your exposure, colour, contrast and levels corrections in RAW and compare with the method you are now using. You will find that you can make subtler adjustments and improve your workflow!

Lovely little birdy! I have two great bird books that identifies most birds on the North American Continent, and some in Europe! I will look to see if I can tell what it is! In the meantime, it's a Great shot, nice sharpness!

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-01-28 8:02]

Hi John,
You show us an excellent bird photo! I like the simple composition emphasizing the pose of the sandpiper against the black BG. Very nice contrast and colors. The presentation is elegant. Bravo! Annie

Hi John,
Ben little birdy' yi çık sevdim.
Çok güzel poz vermiş.
Wonderful shot and good pov. Tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Bonjour John,
Lovely bird with long legs:) nice picture and well presented and composed with beautiful details and sharpness, Excellent POV. and great catching very well done..

Hi John,
A very special shot, and the post-processing is very effective . . . Bravo!
I don't know why it would be, but it looks like a sandpiper to me . . . I find them fascinating at the beach and have one of my own that I haven't posted yet.
Great work,
P.S. I've been practicing . . . I followed your recipe for the frame that you put in my workshop, and it worked just fine. But I do feel like I'm trying to learn how to eat with chopsticks. I could select a color with the eyedropper, but couldn't find the fill tool to pour it into the frame. Also, I haven't posted it, because I'm not happy yet with the crop, and I'm all thumbs using that part of the program. But hopefully the learning curve will kick in soon.
Creative juices right now are being spent on music--my other passion--working on a song for my daughter's upcoming wedding. Take care!

good capture of this bird John with good sharpness , superb composition as well.well done.

  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-28 10:36]

Hallo John.
Kwam ie op hoge poten naar je toe, met knikkende knieen ?
Zo te zien is ie getrouwd, met die ring om zijn poot.
Als je het niet in Canada had geschoten, zou ik gezegt hebben,
"een Wadloper".
Mooie foto tagen die zwarte achtergrond. Good shot.
Groeten van Jan

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  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2008-01-28 11:10]

Hej John,
Oh, thanks a lot for the explanations how you work in CS3, it's very usual for me.
A great picture, excelent focus, colors and details. Again a good lesson from you John, thanks!
Kramar frċn Sverige! Ha en bra kväll!

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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-01-28 11:15]

Simpel mooi John
Bedankt nog een keer voor de CS 3 uitleg

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-01-28 11:36]

A beautiful image and thanks for the long tech note.

A superb close-up picture John! Nice and sharp with great detail and clarity. Will ask my 'twitcher' friend, Paul, if he can identify the bird! Interesting and informative note too.

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  • bizsu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 71] (717)
  • [2008-01-28 15:02]

Hi John,
Superb photo. Good job, and good shot. Sharpness. Beautiful bird. Congrat.
Best regards, Zsú

Hi John :)

Wow ! You are as better as Mario (EOSF1) to capture birds ! Amazing sharpness and light, very wonderful shot my dear friend !

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  • Nikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 352 W: 3 N: 97] (2034)
  • [2008-01-28 16:22]

Hi my friend!

Wonderful picture, great macro and colours and he have funny legs!

Kisses to you Joao!


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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-01-28 17:21]

Don't know the name but he is cute and by 'cheating' I see he's a sandpier (had to know myself) Great pose and details always love your framing. TFS

Hi John
That's a very good shot of the Lesser Yellolegs (Tringa flavipes) belonging to the family of Scolopidaes
That's a common shore bird that breeds in the Northern part of canada, and winters in the south of USA. we see it in his migration here. It's an eays shot but the photo is very sharp.

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  • Dian Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 53 W: 4 N: 42] (246)
  • [2008-01-28 17:54]

John, you captured this little guys good side perfectly. I like the contrast between the bird and the background, it makes your friend stand out beautifully. Great composition here.
Thank you for sharing your process.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-01-29 0:27]

Hi John

Good sharpness & dof, on the bird, Excellent colour & sharpness, & superb framing. Tfs!

Very beautiful shot. Wonderful composition and nice lights. Well done.
Best wishes,

Hi John,
Sorry, I dont know its name, but I think it isa elegant bird. I like diagonal position of rock and dark background,
Selahattin E

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-01-29 2:31]

Hi John,
Wow! Beautiful capture! Details clear, colors superbs. Photo digne d'un National Geographic :) Thanks my friend.

Excellent capture.
BTW, I think his name is George :-).

Hi bro, well done on the sandpiper. You are looking for birds too as I can see.
Do you like the biodome? I've never been yet. I plan to go next summer with Ben.
I would like to shoot birds, butterflies etc. This is I guess, one of the best places to go for rare varieties.

Take care, sis :)

merhaba sevgili arkadaşım.
wonderful lovely picture,wonderful note.good colours.well done my friend.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Lovely PP work John, well composed with good colour and detail. I am going out on a limb here and saying that it is probably a Common Greenshank (Tringa Nebularia. They migrate south to as far as Tasmania. TFS,

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2008-01-29 13:34]

Hi John - cute little guy - interesting that he has a bracelet/band. Some one must be tracking his movements. Sharp image - well presented - wonderful colors. Bravo


Hi John

Nice shots on this bird and very sharp... congrats

Amri HMS

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-01-29 17:50]

I like this little sandpiper very much John. Great colour and detail . His eye is well captured as he watches us. Lovely presentation, and very interesting notes. TFS

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2008-01-29 23:36]

What a beautiful scenery Johnny, excelent POV, great colors and composition.
You did a great job!


Hi Dear John:)
Very Beautiful capture of this bird with good sharpness , superb composition.
Cordial Greetings.
* pl

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-01-30 8:28]

Merhaba myfriend John...
verynice comp..and shot ..superb colors and pov..bravo...selamlar

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-01-30 8:50]

Lovely shot of this little bird with amazing long legs. Well done.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 350 W: 105 N: 198] (7374)
  • [2008-01-30 14:53]

hi John,
it is called yesilbacak in turkish, and ....
En. Greenshank, Da. Hvidklire, Du. Groenpootruiter, Fi. Valkoviklo, Fr. Chevalier aboyeur, Ge. Grünschenkel, It. Pantana, No. Gluttsnipe, Sp. Archibebe claro, Sw. Gluttsnüppa...

nice portrait really... and it is juvenille as I can see...

I see a bird photographer is groving :) ...

John... be sure you need some extra equipment... you know that is a bottle with full of vodka...

take care...

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2008-01-30 15:51]

Hola Señor John,

A beautiful moment of the nature is aesthetically composed. Stance of the bird is gorgeous. Well done my friend.

Thanks for sharing this image.

Uhm - eens kijken hij heeft wel erg lange pootjes - we noemen hem gewon de Canadese Steltloper.
John, moet heerlijk geweest zijn daar.
Snelle groet vanuit het Arubaanse.
Bon Dia

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-01-31 7:40]

allo JOHN het is een kleine snip
zo te zien is ze nog geringd ook!

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-01-31 10:00]

Only one word: Perfect.
Congrats John.
My regards, mb

Hi John,

I am amazed how you are advancing with photoshop, who said that an old timer cannot catch up with technology LOL!!!!
Very nice shot, I like the very good exposure, the excellent DOF and the sharpness. The PP work done is quite good and with the rate you are going you will be a wizard.

Hi John! By now you must have gotten a ton of guesses as to what this bird is. I guess it's some sort of Plover. Out west, we have Killdeere (look like that, but rings around the collar). They are funny to observe when they are protecting their young. When you get close to their nest, they will pretend to have a broken wing and lead you away from the nest site, all the while squaking with a shrill voice.

Hi John,
Very nice bird, very detail and sharp, good composition.

Zo john ook in de vogels;-) Mooie plaat man en goed PP werk zo met die zwarte achtergrond. Hoe die heete dat ben ik vergeten.

Grtz Pim

Wacht nog steeds op 1 steentje:-(

A big smiley for this one John! I don't know where my first critique went on this photo. Very good John & I did say that you got a great critique from Twin so what more do you want!!! :} Don

hello john!
wonderful bird shot, great sharpness.


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2008-02-02 11:25]

Hi John,
Ahhhhhh- one of my favorites. This is an awesome shot of this little critter- wonderful lighting and details. TFS Julie

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-02-02 14:36]

Hola amigo John,
magnífica foto,
detalles y buena compo...
creo que es un "tringa flavipes".
muchos saludos TFS.

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  • efi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 11 N: 211] (3730)
  • [2008-02-03 0:42]

hi john;
i loved this bird's very naif shot.very sharp and eleganth infront of a black BG.tfs..

Hi John, the best is that the background is black and so we have the best impression of this very nice-lovely being, I do not need the name the image is enough for me to enjoy it.
Havea nice evening.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-02-05 14:52]

Hi John, I like the dramatic effect of having diagonal black as the upper background. It gives a very striking effect. Good notes too. TFS. Murray.

Hello John,
A fine composition with this fluffy little fellow!
Good details in the plumage, and the long yellow legs are real eye-catchers...
I haven't done any bird photography, but it seems like those who are into it really get hooked!
Pablo -

It may be just be a sandpiper,
then maybe its passing friend....

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