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Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:42 am Unread post
Avon, pity you didn't get the logo or name of the OSV in the pic the operator would pay a lot for using this GREAT shot for marketing!
Yeah, I know, I know, you didn't take the pic for that, just thinking aloud!
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Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:49 am Unread post
I struggle a lot trying to do some post processing on a few shots ...
could you please help me with this one for example?
thanks

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Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:55 am Unread post
Something like this?

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Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:13 pm Unread post
looks better indeed, thanks Duques
do you think there is something to do to improve the background as well ?



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Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:56 pm Unread post
Something like this?

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Want to know what I did? It's easy...



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Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:00 pm Unread post
not the same photo anymore
thx
I have to learn how to do this before I post some photos .. 8)



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Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:09 pm Unread post
The first version:

- created a circular mask around the head of the bird;
- reversed selection (so selected the head and shoulders of the bird);
- sharpened a little;
- upped brightness and contrast a little.
Using the mask has the advantage that you do not have just that circular area which you edit, but that it "bleeds" to the area around it, giving a smooth path from edited to original.

The second was even easier, just selected the two portions of the sky, and bucketfilled it with a blue color.

But yes, it's not the same photo anymore. And it's very easy to spot that you doctored it, a blue sky like that would never give those colors on the owl or branches. :wink:



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Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:51 pm Unread post
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One of my best memories of the recent trip but a disappointing photo. I think the problem was a mixture of: long focal length with midday heat: dust on the lens and taking the picture though very close vegetation.

Can anyone suggest anything to give the image a boost.

Thanks

Louper



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Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:12 pm Unread post
I am useless at computer stuff but I would open the RAW image then do a Background Copy Layer then Levels then Saturation (to 15) then click on this Background Copy Layer and go to Enhance and go to Highlights and Shadows and play around with the sliders where you should see an improvement
Then Flatten image and resize and sharpen and post...as I say you may also wish to increase your exposure or decrease it in Photo shop first...Best though is use LOW ISO in light like this...under expose by at leasta stop and use a lens hood and then this drastic PP work can be avoided..my 2c worth but check with Duco and Madach etc who know these Photoshop/Lightroom products backwards...good luck its a great image with lots of potential



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Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:10 am Unread post
That's going to be a very hard one, it looks like heatwave as well.
I'm going to be away next week, maybe mail me the RAWfile early next year and I'll see what I can come up with?



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Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:52 pm Unread post
Thanks for the comments

DuQues, I will take you up on the generous offer and send the file next year, thanks, also in ref to your other post what do you think to me having this printed on canvas, maybe go for the painting look?

Peter
I will have a go, however my first step is to buy PP, I take it you can do all this on Elements?

The blurs, most notably to the left of the cat were caused by vegetation amount 2m from the lens. This is another example of a 4X4 being invaluable, in a normal car we would of missed the whole thing.

Just after this encounter we had another wonderful sighting, travelling at about 45kph we had an Eland appear a about 4 m to our left, doing the same speed, parallel to us as us, it simply filled the passenger window. As well slowed it crossed the road infront. The shear size and speed were unbelievable, it was like watching the runners at the Olympics from the cameras that travel round the track. Sadly I did not get any photos!!! I will be ready next time this happens!!!!

We looked for what ever it was running from but found nothing.

With thanks

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Thu May 22, 2008 12:35 am Unread post
hi
for some reason i have always like this photo but there just seems like there's something that could do with changing or adjusting. any ideas???

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thank you



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Thu May 22, 2008 6:47 am Unread post
Nothing wrong with the sky....but the ellies are too far away...so if it is sharp at 100% then crop heavily. Also the shot looks like it was taken in harsh conditions...try early in the morning or late afternoon (Golden Hour) Also I try and avoid tar roads. Animals look so much better on a dust road or a track or in natural bush off the road. You would have seen plenty of ellies in Kruger off Tar Roads. There also seems to be a dust spot on the sky (dirty sensor) ..Cloning out will solve that



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Thu May 22, 2008 11:36 am Unread post
Something like this?
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Took out a little sky, downed the saturation, made the colours a little more true to life? (On my monitor that is...)



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Thu May 22, 2008 6:13 pm Unread post
Thanks DuQues
it looks so much better, i didn't think to down the saturation, but it really works, i will have to try it with some others. thanks again
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