Started talking about Raptors over on Oppo a moment ago and that, of course, gave way to talk of actual raptors, as in birds of prey. So I thought I'd share a shot I took of an osprey.

Pardon the quality, it's a screen shot of the version of the photo I posted to Instagram back when I originally took the photo.


Original specs, IIRC: Nikon D300s or Nikon D2H. Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 lens. ISO would have been about 400, since I usually try to keep it at that during daylight. Aperture at f/2.8; shutter speed would've been whatever was fast enough to compensate for that aperture, so probably around 1/5,000 or 1/8,000.

Image was originally edited in Photoshop. Standard editing in my workflow includes: white balance adjustments in Curves and Levels. A bit more tweaking in Curves, and a slight bump in sharpness using Unsharp Mask. Minimal edits for print. Image was subsequently edited some more for Instagram, but not much. Mostly contrast boosts and the frame. Image was cropped, both for print, and for IG.

As far as the title of this post, "Contact Sheet," well, that goes back to when I'd actually make contact sheets with my negatives. Sometimes I still like to look at them. ^_^