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Old Aug 14, 2006, 12:25 AM   #11
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I have to say, I am disappointed with this set, they all seem to look "flat" to me, not sure what I did or didn't do. I shot in RAW and did the post processing and this is the best I could do but am not impressed in all honesty.
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I think they look great, if you are unhappy with them here is one other trick to try (if you have already tried this then just ignore).

Apply USM with a setting like 20 for Amount, 50 for Radius and a threshold of 1. This will increase contrast. Increasing the amount will increase the effect. Here is your first picture with this USM contrast enhancement using the numbers I have given.

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Thank you for that tip, I shall try to remember it for future referrence. These shots only look ok in my opinion because I reduced their size significantly, the larger size files just looked so flat to me. I think part of it may have been because of the situation of the bird and the fact there was light coming through the trees.
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One more comment on naming birds. What you call a Robin in England (and possibly the rest of Europe) is a small bird that looks like a wren. We do not have those birds in North America instead we have a larger bird that looks like it may be a thrush. Confusing isn't it.

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Allison,

Re. your concern about the images looking flat, I think it may be because the subject is competing with the background. While the background is blurred for effect, it consists of white splotches which compete with the white highlights on the feathers of the buzzard. This is particularly evident on the 2nd and 4th images. Not sure if you can use some PP to even out the background color. Anyhow, just my humble opinion! Jay
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This is about as far as I would dare to go with my method:
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Old Aug 14, 2006, 8:01 AM   #15
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Re. your concern about the images looking flat, I think it may be because the subject is competing with the background. While the background is blurred for effect, it consists of white splotches which compete with the white highlights on the feathers of the buzzard. This is particularly evident on the 2nd and 4th images. Not sure if you can use some PP to even out the background color. Anyhow, just my humble opinion! Jay
I think you hit the nail on the head there Jay. My last set of Buzzard shots had totally different, less detailed backgrounds and they were so much better. I think the background, in addition to the awkward lighting on this lot is what makes them look somewhat flat.

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