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Old Apr 12, 2005, 8:19 PM   #1
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patience was key for this one =)
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Old Apr 13, 2005, 10:01 AM   #2
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Doesn't really understand how the heron is holding this fish. It looks like fish is sticked to the beak :lol: Nice shot!
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Old Apr 13, 2005, 10:43 AM   #3
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Thanks! They actually spear the fish with their sharp beaks then they flip around a bit till it lands in their mouth - it's pretty funny to watch.

I just wish I could have made this shot a bit cleaner. I shot it with 5.6F, 200 ISO at 12x optical zoom. Anyone have any idea of what i could have done differently to improve for future shots?
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Old Apr 13, 2005, 2:54 PM   #4
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This is an image which calls for post processing. I just downloaded it, and in Photoshop, simply darkened it. In three seconds it looked completely different. If I wanted to spend five minutes more it would be perfect.

Nice shot!

Get more out of post processing, and an expensive program like Photoshop is not necessary. The cheapest image processing program can do these basic tasks.

Indeed, to really screw up the photography, highlights are blown or the dark areas are blacked out. Your image does NOT suffer froom these problems. It's a fine shot!

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Old Apr 13, 2005, 5:31 PM   #5
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Hey - thanks for the advice! I do have photoshop CS as well as Paint Shop Pro 9. What things should I be doing to images like this to improve it? Darken it? etc?
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Old Apr 13, 2005, 6:14 PM   #6
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To simply make a decent shot, go to the levels commmand and just darken the image. A simpler method would be to go to variations and do the same. In either case, less than 30 seconds.

To make a perfect image, first do the above, to see what happens, Is the fish now to dark? The background. Take a good look, then hit undo, mask off those parts of the image that you don't want affected, and repeat...

It may be that you want the fish a bit darker, but not as dark as the rest of the image...

In other words, make sure you have the original in a safe place and then experiment.

When you mask off an image, make sure to use the "feathering" command on the resulting mask, other wise there will be a distinct "zone" (my words, so don't bother to look that Up ) which will be conpicious and annoying.

It really is a much better shot than you think. None of the highlights are blown, a problem I always have to suffer with



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Old Apr 13, 2005, 7:48 PM   #7
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Thanks! I tried those things.... does this seem better?


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I like the darkened version better!
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