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Old 03-11-2011, 01:56 PM
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First efforts

Okay,

Got new camera at Crimbo Panasonic FZ-38. Bridge camera fair enough but seems to be a good starting point as very adjustable and is getting me into thinking about all the necessary setting for good photography.

Caught this pic through the front window the other day and have been fiddling with it.

Mainly tweeked exposure and curve a little but big edit is getting rid of leaves in foreground with clone tool and one that was over left foot.

Questions then, have I done too much in the tweaking and lost quality in the image itself; is Cloning acceptable as a first effort; comments on composition (obviously off topic but whilst your at it...)

Thanks in advance
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:18 PM
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Re: First efforts

Use any trick you can to improve your photo. When you remove stuff though, be sure and replace it with credible detail. The back of the robin isn't quite right yet. Either hide the tail feathers or overlap the leaf and it will look better.
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:44 PM
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Re: First efforts

Nice capture!!

The reddish tint, bright background spots and center subject placement are distracting to me... The birds top most leg seems to be coming out of the center of the body (the body outline needs to be cleaned up @ the leg).... the foot you made looks great!!

It also appears as if you have lost some of the birds colors..

I had a quick try just to show what I mean (I like your foot MUCH better!)
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Old 03-12-2011, 02:05 PM
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Re: First efforts

Love the Robin Dave,

I bought the same camera about 6 months ago now, good to play with, even though it's not a DSLR there are advantages though, at least you don't need a suitcase to lug all the gear about in

I think you've done pretty well with your efforts, but I thought I'd have a play at putting a tail on it
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:43 PM
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Re: First efforts

Thanks for the feedback guys. Only spotted that the Robin should have a tail yesterday after looking at another shot that was more obscured on the body.

@OlBaldy - What method did you use to darken the background and lighten the subject, just out of interest.

Cheers Guys
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:39 PM
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Re: First efforts

Nice Tail John!!

Dave, To darken the bright sky areas I just sloppily painted a dark color on them from the original... changed the layer mode to Linear Light.. copied that layer, changed mode to Multiply, lowered opacity... merged those layers, mode multiply, adjust opacity, applied a mask and painted with black to revealed the branches bird etc...

combined all layers then copied and selectively sharpened the bird, changed mode to Hard Light, adjusted opacity, masked and adjusted to suit..

cloned, adjusted hue/saturation colors, curves,.. etc
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:17 PM
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Re: First efforts

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Dave, To darken the bright sky areas I just sloppily painted a dark color on them from the original... changed the layer mode to Linear Light.. copied that layer, changed mode to Multiply, lowered opacity... merged those layers, mode multiply, adjust opacity, applied a mask and painted with black to revealed the branches bird etc...

combined all layers then copied and selectively sharpened the bird, changed mode to Hard Light, adjusted opacity, masked and adjusted to suit..

cloned, adjusted hue/saturation colors, curves,.. etc

Just like that ;-)

PS thanks for the tail remark OB

John
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