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Gazing out

Gazing out
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Copyright: Nikhil Patwardhan (NikhilBirder) (23)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2011-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100, Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nikhil Patwardhan's Photo Stream [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-11 7:17
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I tried playing around with RAW for the first time using a program called 'UFRaw'. I find it to be quite useful since it has many settings like WB, Contrast, Curves, etc.

The Hawk was looking away in the other direction most of the time, probably to shield itself from the wind. I shot about 50 frames, exploring different settings in Aperture and ISO, and this was one of the rare ones where it was looking where I wanted it to look.

I found it difficult to control the blue sky colour in GIMP and it was looking quite a drab image, so I converted to B/W since there's not much colour in the bird anyway and I thought the shadows on the branches get a nice feel in grey-scale.

As always, I will appreciate any critiques/tips on this image. Thanks.

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