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Andean cock-of-the-rock - perched II, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette&#039;s favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays.<br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It&#039;s a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I&#039;ll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61114/andean_cock-of-the-rock_calling_jardin_colombia.html" title="Andean cock-of-the-rock calling, Jardin, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/61114_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1565827210&Signature=BeCgM7PcsJE4DEvRzjzviuJa7DE%3D" width="102" height="152" alt="Andean cock-of-the-rock calling, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette&#039;s favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays. <br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It&#039;s a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I&#039;ll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED!<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61116/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_back_jardin_colombia.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61116/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_back_jardin_colombia.html" title="Andean cock-of-the-rock - back, Jardin, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/61116_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1565827210&Signature=oU6gmLK78eV6TWv%2F7aOWarT9bFs%3D" width="102" height="152" alt="Andean cock-of-the-rock - back, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette&#039;s favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays.<br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It&#039;s a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I&#039;ll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61114/andean_cock-of-the-rock_calling_jardin_colombia.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61117/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_intense_stare_jardin_colombia.html" title="Andean cock-of-the-rock - intense stare, Jardin, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/61117_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1565827210&Signature=IBCbsmQqkUORhZg4mVUzzEWLRuU%3D" width="200" height="140" alt="Andean cock-of-the-rock - intense stare, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette&#039;s favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays.<br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It&#039;s a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I&#039;ll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61114/andean_cock-of-the-rock_calling_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61116/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_back_jardin_colombia.html<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61120/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_ii_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61121/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_back_jardin_colombia.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61118/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_stare_intensifies_jardin_colombia.html" title="Andean cock-of-the-rock - stare intensifies, Jardin, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/61118_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1565827210&Signature=F1ncxO1YAy4ioKZh58zuSq1ilCM%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Andean cock-of-the-rock - stare intensifies, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette&#039;s favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays.<br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It&#039;s a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I&#039;ll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61114/andean_cock-of-the-rock_calling_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61116/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_back_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61117/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_intense_stare_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61119/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61120/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_ii_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61121/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_back_jardin_colombia.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61119/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_jardin_colombia.html" title="Andean cock-of-the-rock - perched, Jardin, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/61119_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1565827210&Signature=H2XEvXqT%2FBFIt4UTzbX6TRaORus%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="Andean cock-of-the-rock - perched, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette&#039;s favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays.<br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It&#039;s a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I&#039;ll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61114/andean_cock-of-the-rock_calling_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61116/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_back_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61117/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_intense_stare_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61118/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_stare_intensifies_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61120/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_ii_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61121/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_back_jardin_colombia.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61121/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_back_jardin_colombia.html" title="Andean cock-of-the-rock - perched back, Jardin, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/61121_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1565827210&Signature=zeSPxdw9%2FD371Vm%2F37p%2FQBKj5tc%3D" width="200" height="172" alt="Andean cock-of-the-rock - perched back, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette&#039;s favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays.<br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It&#039;s a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I&#039;ll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61114/andean_cock-of-the-rock_calling_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61116/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_back_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61117/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_intense_stare_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61118/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_stare_intensifies_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61119/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61120/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_ii_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61122/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_portrait_in_backlight_jardin_colombia.html Andean cock-of-the-rock,Antioquia,Colombia,Colombia Choco &amp; Pacific region,Jardin,Jard&iacute;n,Rupicola peruvianus,South America,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61122/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_portrait_in_backlight_jardin_colombia.html" title="Andean cock-of-the-rock - portrait in backlight, Jardin, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/61122_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1565827210&Signature=9FKJu%2BBsYiK085ZxYaYLYaoojic%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Andean cock-of-the-rock - portrait in backlight, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette&#039;s favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays.<br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It&#039;s a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I&#039;ll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61120/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_ii_jardin_colombia.html<br />
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Andean cock-of-the-rock - perched II, Jardin, Colombia

This is Henriette's favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays.

I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It's a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I'll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED!

Andean cock-of-the-rock calling, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette's favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays. <br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It's a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I'll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED!<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61116/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_back_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61117/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_intense_stare_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61118/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_stare_intensifies_jardin_colombia.html<br />
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Andean cock-of-the-rock - back, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette's favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays.<br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It's a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I'll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61114/andean_cock-of-the-rock_calling_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61117/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_intense_stare_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61118/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_stare_intensifies_jardin_colombia.html<br />
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Andean cock-of-the-rock - intense stare, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette's favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays.<br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It's a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I'll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61114/andean_cock-of-the-rock_calling_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61116/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_back_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61118/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_stare_intensifies_jardin_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61119/andean_cock-of-the-rock_-_perched_jardin_colombia.html<br />
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Andean cock-of-the-rock - stare intensifies, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette's favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays.<br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It's a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I'll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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Andean cock-of-the-rock - perched, Jardin, Colombia This is Henriette's favorite bird so we went to a place that gives really good odds of seeing them: the cock-of-the-rock reserve in Jardin. This reserve is simply a large forested garden operated by a nice old lady. There are no fences or nets, so the birds chose to be here. On any given day, you can see as little as 1 or as many as 30 cock-of-the-rocks. Almost all are males which are known for their loud and extravagant courtship displays.<br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It's a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I'll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It's a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I'll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61114/andean_cock-of-the-rock_calling_jardin_colombia.html<br />
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I think we saw about 8 males, and no females. It's a very fun, loud and entertaining sight to see these males go nuts. They are constantly head-banging and loudly calling. They are of course all known for their appearance, in particular the disc-like crest that gives the illusion of the bird having a protruded head, and no beak. I'll be sharing many shots, get ready for lots of RED! <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61114/andean_cock-of-the-rock_calling_jardin_colombia.html<br />
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    comments (16)

  1. Ooh! Love this one! Posted one year ago
  2. Another bucket list bird. Posted one year ago
    1. Time to go see them, Barry :) Posted one year ago
  3. So beautiful! Mind sharing the lady’s address? Posted one year ago
  4. Ferdy! Great shot. Magnificent coloring and design on this bird. What lens?
    Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks, Stephen! This one is taken with the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, with a 1.4x extender. This is my allround travel lens for birding, mammals, etc. Posted one year ago
      1. A little envy here. I too have a similar setup as you might recall. Canon 5Ds R and shoot regularly with the newer 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR but don't normally use my 1.4x III. I can't get images this sharp at 560 or 400 for that matter and I feel I have very good camera manners. Tripod or no tripod, fast shutter, higher iso (to achieve faster shutter) when necessary, and clean lenses. What is your PP on an image like this? I know adobe products very well. Use DDP (canon) post with as good or better than most results. I truly believe this 5Ds R is a great camera with amazing cropping capacity but if every aspect of shooting isn't 100% perfect... soft. Look at your settings as an example. ISO 7200! If I shot at 7200 the noise would be horrific. So I could not get the settings you achieved. I would have lowered my f stop (shallower DOF) although at 560mm not a big deal but I still would have not been able to get 1/400. ISO 1600 is the highest I can go without issues. Even 1600 is not fun in post. So at best I would have been shooting at f8 (auto focus), ISO 1600, and shutter @ 1/100 if lucky at 560mm total camera shake or subject shake if on a tripod.
        Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
        1. Can you clarify what you mean with "soft"? You mean you have locked on focus correctly and it is still soft? Soft at 100% crop, or in general? Did you calibrate your lens?

          I really don't like to use my 1.4 extender, I am kind of forced to do so as on these trips I need the range. It means my aperture at full focal length *starts* at f/8, which is quite bad. Add to that the poor light in forests and you get an ISO this high.

          I've done testing in my garden prior to this trip. The extender does soften the results, yet this is at 100%. True, with giant resolution sensors like this, shooting sharp at 100% is nearly impossible, but for birding you don't need to get this sharp as you don't crop in so far. I mean, I crop almost every bird shot, but not up to 100%.

          This image is definitely noisy. Click on it to open full screen, then click "load original", and then zoom in on the branch. As you probably know, noise pretty much disappears when you scale down far enough, and in part that is what's happening here. But lots of other things are at work, continuing in the next comment.
          Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
          1. Lenses are calibrated. Focus locked on. Softness isn't focus its the negative sharpening effect noise and/or noise correction has on a otherwise sharply focused image.

            The Nikon 8XX is simply a better sensor as far as noise and dynamic range. The pixel pitch is larger so the issue of shake and motion blur is reduced as well. All factors that effect sharpness on the 5Ds R and I believe is the largest impact on lack of sharpness.
            Posted one year ago
            1. There are definitely differences in the sensor capabilities, but based on the sample you sent me, the main difference is that I typically crop 50%, whereas you're at 75-100% in the example. This shot has no crop at all. Do not underestimate how noise disappears when downsampling by a factor 10. Posted one year ago
        2. Regarding this image, it is not representative of my typical workflow, nor is it a good example to discuss sharpness. First, a few things that are favorable in this image: the subject is very captivating and has an enormous color contrast with the background. This in itself gives a perceived sharpness as sharpness is simply a matter of local contrast. If you would go beyond the beauty of this bird and have a critical look, you'll notice that you can't really decipher individual feathers on the body. In part this is due to sensors for some reason being very bad at capturing extremely deep reds.

          The feet show the true sharpness under these conditions, and this shows that at 100% it is quite soft, yet when zoomed out it does look sharp enough. The counter intuitive thing here is that if you're not cropping, you probably should raise contrast and blacks during post. At 100% they make noise even worse, yet when zooming out to a normal size, the good parts (local contrast) survives, and the noise does not. This is oversampling at work, which is also the main technique used in smartphone cameras.

          Discussing post processing in next comment...
          Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
        3. Some thoughts on post processing. I am very pragmatic at it. Given my giant set of images, I determine per image how much work I'm willing to do.

          First, my typical flow based on the scenario of a dark forest, with f/8 and ISO 3200 or higher. If it's no super spectacular bird or pose, I give it the quick treatment.

          In LR, use the radial filter and drag the shape roughly around the subject. Set a high 'feather'. Now we'll work on the sliders. Everything you will now manipulate, will affect anything *outside* the shape. Now I set a noise reduction of about 50.

          In most cases, you're done. The background now has most noise removed or reduced yet we're keeping noise on the subject. When zooming out, the subject appears sharp and is contrasting with the background. You can tune a bit more with this technique, for example lower the exposure outside the shape, decrease sharpness, etc.

          Extra tip: when done with the radial filter, click the tool again and select the existing selection (shown as a circle). Right-click and "duplicate". On the new one, click "invert". Now you're working on the inside of the selection. I sometimes use this for very dark subjects.

          The above process is very effective when you don't crop too deeply. I can PP an image in 30 seconds this way. It is not perfectly accurate due to the sloppy selection, but nobody can tell, unless you're printing a giant poster.

          Which brings me to this image, which I actually did print as a mega poster. So this one got the extra treatment, which means using the brush tool to make careful selections to reduce noise, increase contrast, etc. Therefore I do not consider this image typical.
          Posted one year ago
        4. Final comment, coming back to your claim of ISO 1600 already being almost too noisy to handle.

          I would love to see an untreated sample image of this. Modern high-end DSLRs like yours should have workable results up to 6400. Performance nowadays should be so good that the attitude is shifting: photographers stop obsessing over low ISO, instead focus on an sharp shot no matter how high the ISO, using the aperture of your choice. Quite different from 10 years ago, where everybody wanted to keep it below 400, even if it means missing the shot.

          So I'd like to understand the noise you discuss. Whether it's only a 100% crop issue or a wider issue. Let's see if we can get to the bottom of this, ISO 1600 should not be a problem nowadays.
          Posted one year ago
          1. I can work with ISO's as high as 6400 but to crop heavy and maintain detail at the level that is acceptable for this type of photography is not achievable without sacrificing huge on sharpness.

            I sent you a dropbox link with a ISO 1600 image via email. Very doable but I know the 5Ds R is noisy for this type of close up or heavy crop photography where sharpness is critical. Not to mention the pixel pitch (4.14 microns) issue on motion blur.
            Posted one year ago
            1. Thanks and I have sent a reply. Since you can't change the sensor, the heart of the problem is cropping too heavily. Avoid such deep crops, yet if you can't, get the most out of PP. I frankly don't have a better answer, and face this all the time. Sharp, noise-free deep crops from a handheld shot are impossible.

              As to whether your combination is soft compared to other setups, that would require a very detailed lab-like comparison. You seemed to have pretty good light in your scene, so the result is somewhat soft, but definitely not dramatically soft or very unusual.
              Posted one year ago

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The Andean cock-of-the-rock is a medium-sized passerine bird of the Cotinga family native to Andean cloud forests in South America. It is widely regarded as the national bird of Peru. It has four subspecies and its closest relative is the Guianan cock-of-the-rock.

The species exhibits marked sexual dimorphism; the male has a large disk-like crest and scarlet or brilliant orange plumage, while the female is significantly darker and browner. Gatherings of males compete for breeding females.. more

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Uploaded Jun 5, 2018. Captured Oct 30, 2017 15:38 in Cl. 9 #7-184 a 7-320, Jardín, Antioquia, Colombia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/8.0
  • 1/400s
  • ISO7200
  • 550mm