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Old Mar 18, 2007, 8:28 PM   #11
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I'm in for the second one. Looks like a sunny winter day. That being said, the bird does look a bit overdone in the second one, but still better than the first.



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Old Mar 19, 2007, 5:24 AM   #12
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the second one for me is too contrasty

maybe a crop to make the bird larger in the frame
and a tweak in levels to make the snow(?) whiter
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Old Mar 19, 2007, 7:09 AM   #13
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the second one for me is too contrasty

maybe a crop to make the bird larger in the frame
and a tweak in levels to make the snow(?) whiter
??

If you haven't seen this alternative, I have posted another similar method that I am presently using on the "Diva" job. It gives serious dimension with less contrast.

Another approach I use and am doing on the "Diva" story is this..

When the Raw image has been imported in to Camera Raw, I Sharpen at between 25-30 on the slider and 50 on Color Noise Reduction, Luminance Smoothing at Zero. Click OK.

When in Photoshop, go to Layers and make a Duplicate Layer. Now Desaturate the image. Go to the Layers Menu and click on Soft Light. Now, because you didn't use the Contrast Unsharp move, i.e. 10-15 percent at 40-60 pixels you can push the Opacity and Fill sliders much harder. 60 to 90 percent. When back in PS you can now push up your overall Saturation if so desired by +5 to +10 to compensate in the loss of Saturation produced by adding the B&W layer. I don't, I like that Desaturated look. It's a matter of taste..

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You can compare it to other method that is posted at:
http://pentaxlife.com/benjamin-kanar...ethod#more-213
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Old Mar 19, 2007, 8:21 AM   #14
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I like that desaturated mask part.. A little layer blend,, tone curve adjust, then a bit of brightness.
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