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Old Nov 22, 2003, 2:44 PM   #1
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This Great Blue Heron was about to takeoff from the Cleveland OH North Chagrin Metro Prk. Captured with a 10D and 100/400L.

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Old Nov 23, 2003, 6:16 AM   #2
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Nice shot.

This is what I don't like:
1. you add too much sharpness to your shot. It becomes noisy instead of sharp.
2. Pitty you didn't manage to get the full mirror of the heron - in the water.
3. The composition could have been better. The heron is almost in the center of the shot. I would place it more to the left.
4. The heron divides the shot in the middle - try to use the 1/3 - 2/3s rule horizontally.
5. due to the sharpess theres too many white pixels in the shot and it becomes a kind of odd.
6. the upper part of the heron fades into the tree behind because of too many burned out highlights.

I like this:
1. very nice location - looks almost like a jungle or something.
2. good catch
3. the bird on the tree and its mirror into the water
4. colors of the heron and its feathers.

That was my comment. Have a nice day.
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Old Nov 23, 2003, 9:29 PM   #3
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Damn, the picture is gone! I like GBH's.

Put it back up!

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Old Nov 24, 2003, 1:06 PM   #4
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Apparently, while Klaus was responding with words, I was busily responding in Photoshop. This is one way of altering the composition and of toning down the argument between background and subject, but it's surely not the only way:

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Old Nov 25, 2003, 8:27 AM   #5
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bcoultry.

Maybe you should describe, what you did - to help this fellow.

Excellent edit BTW.
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Old Nov 25, 2003, 10:19 AM   #6
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Maybe you should describe, what you did - to help this fellow.
I really meant to write down what I did, but I got so happily involved that I didn't, but I'll try to remember:

(1) Selected both birds using Quick Mask, then inverted the selection so only the background was selected.
(2) Almost completely desaturated the background, picking each color individually (red, green, yellow, etc.) so I'd have better control.
(3) Applied blur to the background...probably Gaussian.
(4) Using the Burn tool, darkened some of the highlights that were detracting, particularly in the water.
(5)Used a small bit of gradient set to Multiply mode to darken the bottom right corner.
(6) Inverted the selection, deselecting the background bird because I wanted to slightly blur the heron to counteract the oversharpening in it.

I think I've covered all of it.

And thank you, Klaus, for the compliment.
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Old Nov 25, 2003, 10:46 AM   #7
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Second edit looks alot more real.

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Old Nov 25, 2003, 10:22 PM   #8
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I third that, excellent edit bcoultry :!: Looks more pleasing than the original.
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Old Nov 26, 2003, 1:36 PM   #9
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It seems easier to edit someone else's work, doesn't it? Or is this my own peculiarity? I can drive myself nuts just trying to do a simple crop on my own photo, but when it's someone else's, I stop being such a Nervous Nellie. Odd.
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