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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F80, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G ED
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-08 18:14
Viewed: 4809
Points: 30
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I saw these guys in a small picnic area on the outskirts of Shoal Bay. I had a shot with the one sitting there waiting, while the other flew in. This was too blurry. I had another shot of both birds on the hollow of the tree. The back one was hiding its head. Then it lifted its head and wing. I had my shot.

I had never seen Galahs before I came to Australia, either wild or as pets, so these were the first two I ever saw. Here across Australia they are common, as both. They can be found as large flocks that congregate together in flocks or roosting. They eat dry seeds, which can include agricultural product so they can be seen as pests. They form permanent pair bonds, but will take a new partner if one dies. They are a member of the Cockatoo family. Breeding times vary depending on location but generally they breed from February to July up north, and from July to December in the south. They nest in a tree cavity and produce on average 3-4 eggs which take about a month to incubate. Both parents care for the young.

Much of this from: http://home.iprimus.com.au/readman/galah.htm

This is a re-post. I first posted this shot back in December-2006. I canít remember a lot about the original workflow. It was a scan of a slide, and I didnít do work in layers, as I do now, so much of the original information is gone. Also I scanned it at the time in 8 bit mode.

This shot was taken on my second day in Australia, my first day of shooting pictures. I always liked the composition, though found the colour a little weak, and the shot a little soft. Rather than delete the shot I felt it was time to rework it.

To get it to this state from the original post, I have re-cropped from the original tiff. I actually intended to crop tighter than what you see here, but would have lost much of the Eucalyptus Trees and blue sky in the background. These say Australia as much as the birds, so I left them in. I didnít use levels, as I had an even distribution in all colours, I added a slight s-curve to enhance the contrast, especially in the feathers, added 10% saturation, added an overlay layer for some dodging and burning (with a 5-10% opacity black and white brush), selectively sharpened the birds and tree, and re-framed. I debated reducing noise for the scan, but this reduced the sharpness so it became a tradeoff, and I opted not to do it. The save was done with the Save for Web command. With the amount of detail in the shot I had to reduce this to 67% for 197.9K.

rcrick, darwin, Jamesp, mariki, jusninasirun, waylim, Adanac, mvdisco, mlines, earthtraveler, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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Hi John,

Nice capture of these two Galahs in there natural environment, colours are good and strong, like the framing with the gum tree in the foreground really gives it a sense of their natural bush setting, lovely detail,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-04-08 18:58]

Hi John
Great Australian bush capture of these two Galahs
Nice details and natural color.tfs jon

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-08 23:13]

Hi John

A lovely shot - I like Galahs and cannot understand their reputation- good composition and POV with good colour and detail. Well observed and captured.


Hello John,

Excellent composition. Good POV, DOF and focus. Splendid colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-09 1:51]

Hi John,what a romantic scene! Beautifull couple of very nice birds and great situation to take,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-09 4:19]

Hi John,
what a wonderful shot. Great timing, looks like they are getting to embrace.
wonderful composition with those two lovebirds sitting up the tree.
Nice details and the colors are wonderful.

Hello John. You must be one lucky guy to be able to capture this moment of the movements in nature. The image is good from scanned film with pleasant lighting and clarity. The tree trunk makes the composition interesting and of course, the act itself in contrasting sizes and one of the wing spread wide. Best regards and thanks for sharing. Jusni

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-04-09 16:00]

Well I have never heard of them before, needless to say seen them. You captured them nicely. Not as close up and sharp as we TN members like to see but good enough. I like the original version better, Though not as dark and contrast, it has softer color and tone yet still show the details and colors nicely. Anything at all would be something in between the two version. Thanks for posting. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-09 19:11]

Hello John,
Looks as if its putting its wing around the other bird. What a delightfully colored pair, capture superbly in natural surroundings. Great work John, thanks for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-09 19:39]

Hi John,
Excellent shot of this couple and they seem to be having a quiet meeting. Very impressive sharpness and colours with great control of available lighting and exposure levels. You have captured these Galahs in a fine pose and I like the natural surrounding. Well chosen POV to portray and The huge tree forms a fine natural framing. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-09 19:43]

Hello John

This is a lovely shot of these beautiful Galahs.
The plumage detail and colours are wonderful.
Nicely composed in a romantic and natural setting.
Excellent pov.


Hi John,
Beautiful picture and well taken photo of the two Galahs, Excellent POV. and great colors and sharp picture ..Well done..

Hi John, Good everyday seen well captured and presented. The colours are very realistic. TFS. Murray.

Hi John, Your reworking this proved fruitful. I like this closer squared crop and sharpening work. The birds look great here on the tree making for a pleasing composition. The spread wing adds interest. Tfs Richard

Hi John,

The galah birds are impressive. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the birs. The photo is clear and precise. the subject is well framed. There is a good contrast between the colors. have a nice day.


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