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Old Nov 6, 2006, 8:18 AM   #11
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I agree with KEM, it (cool color) was the first thing I noticed while looking over the picture. You can make it warmer in PS, but ideally it's better to have the camera's white balance set to the conditions. I like your pics and look forward to seeing more.... I also want to add that it's nice that you asked for CC.... it's a good way to improve on your/our hobby.

On a a side note.. I started out with a Tamron 200-500 lens and returned it within my 30 day window as it was really bad with CA (Chromatic aberation) also known as purple fringing.... I went to prime and thats the end of that story. Maybe your Tamron will be better than the one I had..... hopefully.


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Old Nov 6, 2006, 10:58 AM   #12
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Thanks Buzzsaw, I will try a few things and see what happens. Hey, I always welcome comments and critiques. There is a lot of good experience out there and I love taking advantage of it. Thanks again to all the took the time to look and comment.
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Old Nov 6, 2006, 6:19 PM   #13
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It's people like you who make it easier to comment! Keep up the good work. :-)
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Old Nov 6, 2006, 9:23 PM   #14
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I actually love the brigt colors, especially on the ducks. The toned down colors on the fall scene suit that as well. I could print these out and wallpaper my room with them and be a happy camper!

Amazing photography. (I must get a tripod!)
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Old Nov 6, 2006, 11:45 PM   #15
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Thank you MsPuck,
While I didn't use a Tripod on these shots (well I did rest the lens on the window) a tripod is definately reccomended for a lens of this reach. I did practice my control breathing however. LOL
You know, I might have to check this pictures out on another monitor because they don't look that overly vivid to me. They look pretty much like what I remember the birds and the scene looked like. Please, anyone who wants to re-process any of the pics to what they think looks better (warmer, less vivid, whatever) go ahead. I would very much like to see what your vision of the pictures is. No hard feelings from my part, honest. I would like to see what you are all thinking.
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Old Nov 7, 2006, 3:49 PM   #16
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Hi Steve,when I first looked at these pics and before I read any of the comments, I thought "my goodness what amazing colors". And after looking at them on my laptop and also on my monitor for my PC, I still think they are amazing. I surely don't want to offend anyone but you asked for opinions and that is mine. They are great as is.

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Old Nov 7, 2006, 8:21 PM   #17
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smac wrote:
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Finally a Mallard Pair
Hey SMAC, Here's my attempt at removing what I'm seeing as a Vivid issue. I did just get a new monitor so maybe I'm not used to the brightness
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Anyway, let me know how it looks to the rest of the group....

In elements 4 :
- tweeked levels
- tweaked shadows / highlights
- tweaked brightness / contrast
- finished with a little Unsharp

-Kent

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Old Nov 7, 2006, 8:37 PM   #18
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And the Drake... about the same tweaks....
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Old Nov 7, 2006, 10:02 PM   #19
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Hey Kent,
Thanks for the reposts. I can see the differences between the pictures. After going back and forth about a million time looking at the subtle differences I think I will dial back on the color setting and see how the pics turn out. I have to admit that there have been a couple of shots that, when I saw them out of the camera, didn't look right. I appreciate you taking the time to re-touch the photos so I could see what you were getting at.
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Old Nov 8, 2006, 9:14 AM   #20
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Another good guide when viewing ducks to see if they are over Saturated or too vivid is take a look at the orange in the feet.... if you over do it, they really stand out.


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