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Old 08-08-2013, 11:00 AM
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Question accentuate this GBH

I've got a ton of these Herons in flight with most of them "selected" at the pixel level...just in case I needed it done.

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...r-question.jpg

Problem is that the bird is lost in the foliage and I can't figure out how to PP them in CS6 to accentuate/separate
the Heron from the foliage. In this particular series there are 11 birds shot in series as he traversed the pond,
I have in mind to do a metal triplet prints of all eleven birds images.

PP suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:11 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

Blur the background using a plugin like Topaz Lens Effects.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:46 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

Blurring was one of the first things I tried...still looks too busy.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:40 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

I played with selections, and it is a few layers ( a bit of everything), but no blurring, and it looks much more bird-centered to me now.

In the end, I decided to heal a bit.

What you want to do in cases like this is differentiate the subject form the backdrop by:

hue
saturation
luminosity
local contrast
texture

If you do this, it will always pop.

P.S. Yes, blurring works, but in order to blur it, you first have to replace the subject with what would be behind it, then blur in order not to get the smudgy edges, and that is just way to much work.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:25 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

skoobey...it is "bird centered" albeit, a little garish.
My color knowledge is somewhat lacking...let us assume that I wanted to keep the bird it's natural, flat looking, blue/gray color. What color dark tint might I apply to the background to contrast that pale blue/gray?
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:20 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

the biggest problem with the shot are the bare branches intersecting the bird's neck and beak, destroying any sense of focal point.

here's a pretty heavy handed approach to darkening, and it still falls short so long as those branches are there. Some careful cloning (not the crap I did) would go a long way toward making this a usable image.
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:12 AM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

We have saturated red branches that are also much lighter and contrastier than the bird, we have contrasty bright green leaves, and in the middle of it all a blue desaturated bird.

It is never going to be center of attention unless you color contrast it.

A vignette is a part of the solution, but you have to make everything else more yellow. Simple as that.

It's like putting a model among the group of people all wearing all sorts of outfits, and asking for her to stand out. Ain't gonna happen unless you affect her color/luminosity.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:13 AM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

I hear you when you talk about the yellows but, in this rendition, working in LR, I desaturated the
yellows/greens (-25) and boosted luminance/saturation in the blues. I think it looks better...what say you?

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...etouch-pro.jpg
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:01 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

I agree with Flashtones the busy background is distracting. You can try and contrast the blue bird with yellow but for me I would prefer to remove the distractions and also apply a degree of blur to the less interest background.

Removing the branches that dissect and surround the bird also to my eye look better - I too did a sloppy job but it may help you decide.

There is at least one good mask lurking in your file if you want to take this route - it is in the b channel of Lab and with a minutes work should provide similar to shown in attached. The blur was limited to the back and foreground.

Of course if you like the idea then you are going to have a little work on 11 images
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:36 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

Blur definitely works, maybe less of it, but I can see what you we're aiming at.

The trick with blur is:

Cut out the bird and put it on a new layer

Fill in the gap on the background layer (you amy even use that smart fill Shift+f5)

And then blur the background layer

Never ever ever ever blur with the subject on the layer, as it will result in subject being transferred all over the background.

That desaturated verision OP posted, also looks far better than the original.

So a little bit of everything is the recipe.

P.S. Might I suggest motion blur, as that will emulate panning.
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