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    Well, the swans are back at Potter Marsh and looks like these were the first two. This photoshop stuff is a bit of a challenge. Can I get some feedback as far as ...



    Is the image to dark or just right?

    Is it sharp enough?

    Are the colors OK?

    Anything you else you might want to share with me would be great.

    Thanks for looking!
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    It could be a tad lighter, but it's still beautiful. Try some "Auto Contrast" and see what happens. I just use PSE 6 for the Mac to open the RAW image, and before opening I adjust the clarity, fill light, and exposure if I have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tull777 View Post

    Is the image to dark or just right?
    Is it sharp enough?
    Are the colors OK?
    I downloaded it, and tried a few things to see what I liked. Not to say that this is necessarily better, it's just what I happened to like.

    I upped the contrast just a bit, because it makes the whiteness of the birds standout from the background. It also just happened to give the ice a really interesting look too. But it blew out some of the white areas on the bird with its wings out, so I backed off on the brightness just enough to get all the detail back. That's pretty easy to see on a histogram too.

    I then gave it a shot of unsharp mask, which added even more to making the birds stand out. I didn't do it, but it would probably be a good idea to mask off the grassy areas for the unsharp mask, and apply it only to the birds and the ice.

    Nice picture! It is a great composition, and if I could do what I did to a JPEG, it obviously had to be pretty close to perfect exposure to start with.

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    Thank you much! It looks good on my screen but looks a lot different on others. My monitor is calibrated but always seems to look a little dark. Of course it has no brightness control. I need a new monitor and soon. Tired of playing the guessing game all the time.

    Thanks again!
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    I like it just the way it is. PS rules!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trapperrick View Post
    I like it just the way it is. PS rules!
    Thanks Man, glad you like it!
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    I like the photo, too. It's very nicely composed and framed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfromAK View Post
    It could be a tad lighter, but it's still beautiful. Try some "Auto Contrast" and see what happens. I just use PSE 6 for the Mac to open the RAW image, and before opening I adjust the clarity, fill light, and exposure if I have to.
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    I downloaded it, and tried a few things to see what I liked. Not to say that this is necessarily better, it's just what I happened to like.

    I upped the contrast just a bit, because it makes the whiteness of the birds standout from the background. It also just happened to give the ice a really interesting look too. But it blew out some of the white areas on the bird with its wings out, so I backed off on the brightness just enough to get all the detail back. That's pretty easy to see on a histogram too.

    I then gave it a shot of unsharp mask, which added even more to making the birds stand out. I didn't do it, but it would probably be a good idea to mask off the grassy areas for the unsharp mask, and apply it only to the birds and the ice.

    Nice picture! It is a great composition, and if I could do what I did to a JPEG, it obviously had to be pretty close to perfect exposure to start with.
    Quote Originally Posted by tull777 View Post
    Thank you much! It looks good on my screen but looks a lot different on others. My monitor is calibrated but always seems to look a little dark. Of course it has no brightness control. I need a new monitor and soon. Tired of playing the guessing game all the time.

    Thanks again!
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    I like the photo, too. It's very nicely composed and framed.

    Thanks Ray, I took your advise and made some adjustments and it does look better. Like I mentioned before, my monitor seems to be a bit darker than most others and it makes tweaking the images more difficult.

    Thanks again.
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    Great shot Eddie!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    Great shot Eddie!!

    Thanks Dan!
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    hey Eddie
    you might try to lighten it a click,use a touch contrast,and also about your Monitor, try the new spider 3, or even the spider 2. It works wonders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "Buck" View Post
    hey Eddie
    you might try to lighten it a click,use a touch contrast,and also about your Monitor, try the new spider 3, or even the spider 2. It works wonders.

    "buck"
    Hey Buck, good to see you back!

    I have the Spider 2, the colors look great and I calibrate about once every three weeks. but, for some reason the image is a little dark. My monitor has no brightness control. Will have to invest in a new monitor I guess.

    Have you been out lately and seen anything worth shooting? I have been haunting the military bases looking for foxes. I have a couple of dens staked out, a few adults but no little ones just yet.

    Thanks for the feedback, catch ya later and good shootin'.


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    hey Eddie
    Its good to be back. After shooting the Iditarod from start to finish and in-between, and then burying my oldest son after he fell asleep at the wheel in Idaho right after the Iditarod. So no I haven't been out much lately, but after this snow, that will all change.
    Sometimes you do have to change monitors, if for nothing else, for bigger and better. Good luck on the fox kits, .... you'll need it. Show me the pics if you do get them. Would be interested to see them.
    I really don't know if I will be on here much this year, other than in the down times, for I have a lot of traveling on my plate for this year. But I will stop in from time to time to say hi.

    Happy shooting
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    Quote Originally Posted by "Buck" View Post
    hey Eddie
    Its good to be back. After shooting the Iditarod from start to finish and in-between, and then burying my oldest son after he fell asleep at the wheel in Idaho right after the Iditarod. So no I haven't been out much lately, but after this snow, that will all change.
    Sometimes you do have to change monitors, if for nothing else, for bigger and better. Good luck on the fox kits, .... you'll need it. Show me the pics if you do get them. Would be interested to see them.
    I really don't know if I will be on here much this year, other than in the down times, for I have a lot of traveling on my plate for this year. But I will stop in from time to time to say hi.

    Happy shooting
    "Buck"
    Oh Man Buck, I am so sorry to hear about your Son! Most tragic. I have two Sons and cant imagine going through something like that. Again, sorry to hear about your son.

    Though I cant think of any better therapy then getting out and taking some pictures. Still rough though. Hang in there buddy and we will be thinking of ya.

    Take care ...............Eddie
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    Thanks for that Eddy, and yes your right, ........ we have to get back doing what we do and I think that is the best therapy. again let me know if you get those kit pics, would love to see them

    "Buck"

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