Long-wattled Umbrellabird

Why do I take the time to process an image like this?

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Sometimes I look at an image that I have taken and have to make a decision whether or not to spend time processing it. Occasionally I decide to process it because it pleases me-what I consider a nice image. Other times I process it because it is a unique bird. Bottom line is if it evokes a memory or emotion for me it is worth the time. This is one of those images. A Long-wattled Umbrellabird seen in Ecuador. I will probably never see one of these birds again so I decided to put some time in and process it. Cannot make a “silk purse out of a sow’s ear” so it will never be a Nat Geo image. In the past I have spent too much time on images like this.

Converted from RAW in DXO Pure Raw, processed in ACR (bird up, BG down), WB set, brought to PSCC and some wire holding grapes cloned out, and some bright areas brought down. Finished in DeNoise AI.

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Emil Baumbach

Such an unusual bird. I’m glad you took the time to process and share with us.

Mike Warner

I know the feeling – get an unusual bird like the Umbrellabird in a difficult setting/lighting but you try and make the best of it. Indeed you did, giving this bird a well-defined sharpness and an interesting perch. Your efforts were well worth it!