Bird Photography – Strong Swimmer

The pied-billed grebe is another bird that winters here in Southeast Texas. Its amazing to watch this bird dive for its food within a few feet of an alligator as if the alligator wasn’t a predator. Its either very brave (hungry) or very foolish.

Pied Billed Grebe

Strong Swimmer
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 50D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM with a 1.4X extender mono-pod mounted at 420mm, f/5.6 for 1/500th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.

2 thoughts on “Bird Photography – Strong Swimmer

  1. Eric,

    Thanks for reading.

    I usually run any image for print through Noise Ninja to provide a comparative measurement of the chrominance (color) and luminance (shadow) noise. In this case I used Lightroom’s Develop module to add vibrance (mid tone saturation) and fill light (to lighten the darkest shadows on the bird) to the RAW image and this increased the noise level. Running it through Noise Ninja reduced this without affecting the sharpness of the image. I could have used the noise reduction sliders in Lightroom itself but I’ve found that Noise Ninja does a better job on noise reduction without softening the image.

    Jeff

  2. Followed your links from dpreview and I have one quick question. If you are shooting ISO 100, why Noise Ninja?

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