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Post by uuglypher » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:45 am

The gyrfalcon, a holarctic species with three color "phases" ( black, gray, white) regularly winters in central South Dakota .This federally licensed falconer's trained Gyr is pictured against the wintry landscape of Harding County, SD.

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Post by minniev » Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:12 am

An elegant bird, well captured and presented in a stark environment. His gaze is distant and and he seems either thoughtful or subdued, but those add to the mystery! You did as well as one could with the harsh light and resultant shadow. Thank you for bringing him to us.
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Post by LindaShorey » Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:04 pm

A stunning portrait, Dave! Is it a composite? If I look very closely, I can see a bit of white around the beak and part way up its head. I would not normally peer that closely, but you placed in critique section :) Love the sun's reflection in its eye. Overall, great impact in this image IMO.
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Post by uuglypher » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:23 pm

Thank y'Kindly, ma'am , for your comments and your sharp eye.
My intent was to reveal it as a composite eventually, but you caught it, so no better time than the present. Both the background and subject images were taken in South Dakota in early May of 2008 just after a late blizzard, and I thought they were images "...qui vent trés bien ensemble" (to quote Paul McCartney's lyrics in "Michelle, My Belle")
The falcon had been trained by a falconer friend of mine.u

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Post by Duck » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:01 pm

The nice thing is that is an easy fix. A small blur brush along the edge will blend the foreground to the background and make it look as if it was shot on location. :thumbup:
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Post by uuglypher » Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:55 am

The juncture of beak and composited BG is usually the second "giveaway" that the compositing gurus usually notice...the first has yet to be mentioned here.
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Post by St3v3M » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:41 am

I thought I spotted this as a composite, but not having done one it was more guess than knowing what to look for.

This is an amazing image of the falcon and having not heard their name before I thought to look it up!
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Thank you for sharing this. What a wonderful bird! S-
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Post by uuglypher » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:53 am

Hi, Steve,
the feature that is most often noticed that doesn't even require closely inspecting the beak margin is that the brightest of the background's sunlit snow is a bit gray...not the white of the falcon presumably illuminated by the same sun. AND...it is noticeable at normal viewing distance..

Thanks for your comments, Steve,

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Post by St3v3M » Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:14 am

uuglypher wrote:Hi, Steve,
the feature that is most often noticed that doesn't even require closely inspecting the beak margin is that the brightest of the background's sunlit snow is a bit gray...not the white of the falcon presumably illuminated by the same sun. AND...it is noticeable at normal viewing distance..

Thanks for your comments, Steve,

Dave

I guess the lesson here is to learn how to spot it so we know how to correct it! S-
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Post by davechinn » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:34 am

uuglypher wrote:The gyrfalcon, a holarctic species with three color "phases" ( black, gray, white) regularly winters in central South Dakota .This federally licensed falconer's trained Gyr is pictured against the wintry landscape of Harding County, SD.

Dave Graham



A beautiful bird Dave !!! A very nice image and I would not have guessed it to be a composite. I would loved to have captured something of this nature.
Dave

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