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Old Jan 24, 2012, 2:28 PM   #1
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I've commented and critiqued a few images that have been posted in this forum recently. I thought it only fair to post an image and open myself to scrutiny.

Your comments, suggestions and critiques are welcomed. Bashing.... not so much.


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Old Jan 24, 2012, 4:11 PM   #2
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Great image! Nice bokeh, good detail/sharpness on the object. The only thing I could say to make it a little bit better, is to lighten the bird just a little bit. It looks a'bit dark
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 4:46 PM   #3
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Great image! Nice bokeh, good detail/sharpness on the object. The only thing I could say to make it a little bit better, is to lighten the bird just a little bit. It looks a'bit dark
Point well made.....point well taken.
thanks for taking the time to look and to provide comment.( I agree)
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I like it; I would like it better with crop to remove the object at the bottom.

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I took the time to show you how I would have edited the picture. Hope you don't mind. I made the bird a bit lighter. And then I cropped the bird, cause of his angle, he is looking to the left. Then the picture should be cropped to have more space in front of the bird (where the bird is looking at) and less space behind it. Never the less, I think your original photo is very nice. Just minor details

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Yes, a definite improvement.

Always good to hear different viewpoints.

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Zig...great composition, bokeh etc. I agree with the need for some brightening. Ivan's edit has brought out some of additional detail in the feathers. Being a convicted pixel peeper myself, the only other enhancement I would recommend is some slight additional sharpening to extract a little more detail in those fine feathers. I took a pass at it by selecting the bird and applying a layer of USM at radius 0.3 at 50%. I did not sharpen the entire image since the background would have shown grain.

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Zig...great composition, bokeh etc. I agree with the need for some brightening. Ivan's edit has brought out some of additional detail in the feathers. Being a convicted pixel peeper myself, the only other enhancement I would recommend is some slight additional sharpening to extract a little more detail in those fine feathers. I took a pass at it by selecting the bird and applying a layer of USM at radius 0.3 at 50%. I did not sharpen the entire image since the background would have shown grain.

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Hi Jehan,

Sharpening feather detail is always one of the more tricky aspects of post processing as it's altogether too easy to go beyond what's needed . The result usually looks artificial. The subtle work you did here looks fine.

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Wingman, scrolling back and forth between two images is always hard, so I may just have missed the value of your edit. But to my eye, the only thing that has been enhanced by your sharpening is the strands in the wire the bird is perched on.
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Wingman, scrolling back and forth between two images is always hard, so I may just have missed the value of your edit. But to my eye, the only thing that has been enhanced by your sharpening is the strands in the wire the bird is perched on.
It is very subtle, and you're correct in that scrolling between the two makes it hard to discern. If you look at areas such as the eye, the feather detail around the upper part of the leg, as well as the while feather detail under the tail (rump area), you can see the difference. As Zig remarked, sharpening is tough...there is a fine line between making enough of a difference and over-doing it.
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