Here's the first of a few shots I'II post from a recent 2-day workshop in and around Melbourne, Victoria. The first day concentrated on working with natural and existing light with studio lighting dominating the second day. Day one was held in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne. The arrival of a local kookaburra provided some added fun for the group.
I was able to get up to about 2 meters away from our feathery friend. As two of the workshop participants were somewhat closer, I made sure I stayed back so they could get their shots. Nevertheless we were all able to make some pretty reasonable shots without scaring our subject, always a consideration when photographing wildlife.
As the subject was backlit I used a little fill flash to add a catch light in each of the bird's eyes and reduce the contrast between the bird and a much brighter background.
Initial image processing was conducting in Adobe Lightroom 2 with a few final local touches added in Adobe Photoshop CS3.
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