Making the most of it

Common Sandpiper

Yet another dreary grey Saturday, as seems to be the case this winter.  However I decided to try to make the most of it photographically in the poor light this afternoon.  Upon spotting this Common Sandpiper reasonably close to the Lapwing Hide at Blashford Lakes, I attempted some shots of it at various ISO’s – all the way from an ISO that is normally ok, ISO 800 on the 760D, all the way to the maximum of ISO 6400).   The images were further pushed as a positive exposure compensation had to be dialed in.  The higher ISO images, yielding sharper images due to the higher shutter speed, at a cost of increased noise.

After processing them all in Adobe Camera Raw, I finished them off in Photoshop CC, with “moderate jpeg” Topaz Denoise preset and a bit of sharpening.

Here are the results in ascending ISO order of today’s “keepers”.  None are perfect by any means, but they are record of today’s sighting nonetheless.

ISO 800

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper Camoflauged
Common Sandpiper Camouflaged

ISO 1600

Common Sandpiper with Prey
Common Sandpiper with Prey
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

ISO 3200

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

ISO 6400

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

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