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Nikon D700: RAW
70-200mm f/2.8 lens @200mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
ISO 1000

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Shooting mode: aperture priority
Metering mode: pattern
Focus points: single
Focus mode: one-shot

This image was taken on May 23rd at 3:34pm. It was a perfect day, clear and sunny and I happened to have my camera outside when the chickens decided to preen. My little June Bug was very protective of the new peeps, even though Betsy hatched them. They must have come to some type of shared custody agreement.

Using a single focus point, I focused on her right eye with an aperture of f/2.8. I wasn’t trying to get everyone in focus, just Aunt June, which is why I shot wide open with my favorite lens for the shallow depth of field. I selected a high ISO because I wanted a fast shutter speed to insure a very sharp photo.

Below is the original and edited versions, color and light adjustments were accomplished in Lightroom, sharpening in Photoshop.

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