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Le Polo-neck Sweater (64)
Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
I have been threatening for a long time to post this picture of the Grey crowned Crane – Balearica regulorum – 105 – 112 cm. This is a very beautiful bird, and a couple of versions have already been posted on TN, since it is a favourite Zoo bird and very striking. This pose is not so easy to get, as the crane ruffles it feathers and shake the head at the same time, resulting in this polo-neck sweater. There is no warning either that he will do it, it just happens. This is also one of the few bird species with blue eyes. There are only 15 crane species worldwide, 6 off calling Africa home. We have 3 species, one being endemic, our National bird, the Blue Crane. Cranes are long-legged, very large birds with relatively short bills. They favour wetlands, one of the reasons some are on the endangered list. Their courtship displays involve elaborate dances.
Picture taken in Krugersdorp Private Game Reserve; ISO 200; Nikon D70; Sigma 120-300 F2.8 lens and 2X converter @ 380 mm; 1/200 @ F8; Aperture Mode; iTTL balanced off camera flash; Pattern Metering Mode; Manfrotto Tripod and Wimberley head; no cropping, added space to right; bit of USM and Hue & saturation brightness; reduced to Site size. One of the first photographs I got with the D70 last year around May.
For Luc and Pieter – I do not always post the mug shots looking left, sometimes the compo ask for looking right

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Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
Haze Removal
Edited by:dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 7 N: 192] (718)

I only did this to half the bird so you could see the results.

I did Unsharp Mask at 175 pixels and 20%. Then I lowered just the middle slider in LEVELS only a tiny bit.

I think it removed the almost imperceptible haze quite nicely.

What a magnificent bird and shot, Callie!

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Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
Edited by:elroyie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)

Hi

I only played a little with the levels, what do you think?