Aerial antics

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theverbiage on July 19, 2011

Stitched from two fluttering sequences, and I have no idea why the sky tone varies quite as much... I don't think I changes camera settings shot-to-shot, and I shot in M. No polarizing filter attached. The bird would just sit on the pole and sing for a bit, then it would flutter pretty much straight up, somersault in the air, then alight on the pole again. Some kind of mating ritual, I would assume.

Adventure Gold on July 19, 2011

That looks very interesting. Would the camera be adjusting the white balance for each frame as more of the black was in shot as the birds wings opened up? I don’t know if that is the reason but thought it may be one possible cause for the differing sky tone.

theverbiage on July 20, 2011

Hmm, I don't think so - the white balance was "hard-set" - at least I thought it stays put unless it's on auto. I think I should look at my post processing routine a little more closely. One contrast/exposure adjustment in particular seems to produce very different results across shots, barely affecting some, dramatically changing others. Thanks for stopping by!

Yes, it was an interesting "dance" in the air... I should really do something about my focusing technique, though.

Kevin Childress on July 31, 2011

Absolutely worth a full size view. What a project - I love it! It would be interesting to see how Hugin managed balancing the exposures in a project like this.

theverbiage on August 2, 2011

Yes, it would be interesting - however, at this point I'm not adventurous enough to install too much new software. I think it's just a matter of highlights and shadows correction being a little inconsistent, even at identical settings (I usually try that at certain settings to see if the shadow areas become any easier to see, then either adjust or cancel the change, and go into curves... It was just S&H this time around, if I remember right)

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