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Old Dec 20, 2007, 11:03 PM   #1
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what do you all think of this?
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 1:06 AM   #2
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Very nice - quite sharp. I like it. Is that the bird's natural color?
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 2:47 AM   #3
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Hi 87olds,

It's a very nice raptor portrait. I like the B/W conversion and resaturation of the eye, and the sharpness and feather detail is great. It took me a while to really see what you had done, which shows how much impact the initial viewing had.

I do have a citicism though. The masking to black out the background is a bit too abrupt for me -- looks like a cut and paste job. You might try feathering the mask or use a softening brush around the edge.

I like creating a black layer, then erasing all of the background, using a small brush with low opacity and density around the edges of the head. An advantage is that you can unerase areas and redo them easily

You can get a pretty seamless transition this way, and the technique is also good for throwing a background way out of focus.

I also think that a bit more contrast on the head would make it more dramatic.

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Old Dec 21, 2007, 7:30 AM   #4
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I think it's very striking, but I also suspect the original shot, wth that level of feather detail, would be rather impressive.

Editing question for snostorm: When I've done selective color, what I've generally done is to create an editing layer, desaturate it, then erase the areas in which I want the color to come through. Would using a soft brush for the erasing using this technique give the same effect as you're suggesting?
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 12:27 PM   #5
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very bold and pronounced. i like it!
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 1:40 PM   #6
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Quite nice...I just wonder what the original looked like!

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Old Dec 21, 2007, 3:57 PM   #7
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Thanks all for commenting. Scott I will blend the background in for a smoother transition. Thanks for the critique this is the way we learn. Here is the original.
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 4:03 PM   #8
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Here is another from the same day.
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87olds wrote:
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Here is another from the same day.
I like this second image more, but I do like your selective colour treatment of the first image.

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I agree with Ira and like the second shot better but the infrared look you applied to the first one is very interesting.

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