The Story Behind the Photo

One late afternoon, January 2013, my son and I traveled down to the Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge, hoping to photograph the Short-eared Owl that has been noted there. The roadway to the entrance to the main part of the refuge was closed, awaiting repairs from a hurricane the last fall. We went down to the parking lot at the third beach, which abuts the Sachuest Wildlife Refuge saltmarsh. We met a couple of other photographers there who stated that they have not seen any owls that day.

From the back of the parking lot, we could look across the saltmarsh to the bank on the other side. We captured a Great Blue Heron flying by.

Great Blue Heron in flight at sunset

Then obtained images of the sunset.

Sunset from the marsh

Just before and after the sunset on the opposite side bank, appeared some white-tailed deer.

The original image was dark. However, today with the more modern technology, we’re able to rescue the image. I shot the image with my Nikon D 800, Nikon 500 mm F/4 with a 1.4 converter on a tripod. The settings were 1/1250 sec, F/5.6, ISO 4000. The histogram was pushed to the right. The first part of the processing was performed in LightRoom.

The original white-tailed deer image
Original histogram
First processing of the white tailed deer image in LightRoom
Lightroom workflow

The image was then exported into Photoshop, where I processed the picture in Topaz DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, and Adjust AI.

White-tailed Deer – Odocoileus virginianus Final image after processing

As more and more tools are being developed, he should be able to rescue additional images that you would have to toss.

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