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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Monday, 25 May 2015

RECYCLING. (25/05/15)

It isn’t nice today. We have a cool northerly wind again and it’s overcast.I was just back in from our walk and had decided on a porridge day when there was a thump on the side of the van. I went out to investigate and found a Greenfinch fluttering around on the ground. I picked it up as sometimes after a rest in a box they come round and are fine. This one had a broken neck so was an ex-finch. I had my breakfast and decided to immortalise the poor mite I propped it up in a ramekin dish as best I could but it’s head was flopping this way and that. Impossible to get a realistic set of images for focus stacking but I did my best.

2015-05-25-10.14.30 ZS retouched                  A seeds eye view at 1:1. The bit to the left of it’s beak had a horrendous glowing artefact. I tried to retouch it but not very successfully. This is a stack of 79 images taken with EOS Utility, stacked in Zerene using P.Max and given a bit of a shove in Photoshop.

2015-05-25-10.24.39 ZS retouched             Again 1:1.This one worked better but the processing was pretty similar a 44 image stack and this one had a bit of a crop. The scale was popped on before the crop so should be okay. Lens is the Canon 100mm macro and aperture is f9.

That’s all for today.

26 comments:

  1. Buenas macros Adrian. Lo has inmortalizado muy bien.
    un abrazo

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    1. Gracias Laura, que era un poco pequeña para comer.

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  2. Spam above ~ deleted something similar from the same user.
    Is the bird dead?

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    1. Carol, it is one I tamed earlier. Yes it is an ex-finch.
      Second time today this cow has spammed me. Think she would have better things to do.

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    2. How can a cow spam you as Spam is a pork product!

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    3. Sophia the swine then.

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  3. Great macro shots but pity it had to die Adrian.

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    1. Margaret, I'm just glad it wasn't an emu.

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  4. Super shots, shame it didn't survive.

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    1. Ian, it is but this is the first dead one I've had this year. There will be more trying to fly through glass as the fledglings come along. I draw the curtains on the feeder side of the van to try and dissuade them from suicide.

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  5. You've made a lot of work from Ruben

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    1. Worth it just for the stacking. I am amazed how many layers of feathers it can cope with.

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  6. Poor Norman Greenfinch. He certainly should have gone to Specsavers. Or perhaps you should consider painting your van day-glo pink to warn off other kamikaze birds.

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    1. YP, I suspect there will be a few more before summer is over.

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  7. She got me too.... Tiresome. Loved your bird.

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    1. Bill, Blogger has been spam free for ages. I'll report her to Google if she does it again.

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  8. What a shame about the finch but you put it to good use.


    peter

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    1. Peter, I need more practise with stacking. The first has a slight halo and I don't know why.

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  9. I'm sadly getting the same spammer, the bonus of moderating comments you can tag them as spam and the filter does the rest. Shame about the Greenfinch but we've managed to see it in really good detail

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    1. Douglas, it is as quick to delete them as it is to load comments. Spam is a pain.
      It seemed a shame to waste it but in retrospect I would have taken the olives out of the ramekin before popping the finch in.

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  10. Nice photos of the deceased but I hope you gave a decent ceremony for this critter. Sometimes these birds hit with a real thump and leave on their own steam and sometimes they're toast!

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    1. Red, it is lying just the other side of the fence. I'm hoping it will attract some burying beetles.

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  11. It's no consolation to the departed, but it makes a pretty corpse. And it served a purpose even after death.

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    1. Pauline, it kept me amused for a couple of hours. I will have to use stacking more often.

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  12. Beautiful Greenfinch, although dead.

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    1. Bob, the dogs shed a tear but I told them it was just resting.

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