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Managed to catch this before he/she flew away. Can you tell me how this can be improved please?

many thanks. Smile

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-30 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Jul 2013 - 1:14 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Bird on a badger
Username:LouiseTopp LouiseTopp
Uploaded:11 Aug 2013 - 9:30 AM
Tags:Birds wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2013 - 10:25 AM

Interesting image, effective.
I've done a mod where I made the sky white (levels in PS) Straightened the image and cloned out west arm to simplify. Also flipped to maybe improve the composition.(click on modifications above)
These are my ideas, others will have their views too I hope,
regards
Ian

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LouiseTopp
11 Aug 2013 - 10:30 AM

Thanks that's very kind of you. i am thinking of getting Lightroom, is that very good?

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 2124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2013 - 10:31 AM

Hi Louise
This is a nice silhouette and you will see from my MOD it varies little from Ian's. I like my silhouettes to be against a pale background but if possible not white as I feel this can give a very stark unnatural look to an image (unless this is what you are trying to achieve). In my image I isolated the weather vane and bird and used levels to lighten the sky.
I think your square format is just right for this image and while Ian has flipped the image with the badger and the bird facing in opposite directions for me it doesn't make a great difference (down to personal preference)

Erik

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iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2013 - 6:22 PM

Glad you like my mod.
Lightroom is good but is mainly useful as a workflow tool and RAW converter. I personally would suggest Photoshop Elements, which would do much of what PS does but a lot less money. Also has RAW converter. Full Photoshop does a lot more than more than photo processing, stuff not needed by the average photographer.
You could start a topic in the forums asking views on which would be best, give a description of what photography and processing you do.
Ian

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LouiseTopp
11 Aug 2013 - 6:28 PM

Hi I mainly want it for enhancing, sharpening, vibrancy etc. I am not into layers etc.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2013 - 7:30 PM

I like this. My kind of thing, but you need a sky to set it off. Dead easy with a silhouette to change the sky. I have a stock shot folder and every time I see a cracking sky, I shoot it for future use. Select the silhouette, copy, then paste onto the sky. Must be the same resolution of course for best match.

Clean up the edges and flatten. As we used to use the darkroom to produce the image we wanted in the film days, you do need some image processing software whatever some might say. Post processing is part of photography and always was. For your purposes I would forget Lightroom unless you are very flush.

Go for Photoshop Elements. All the tools you will need and an inbuilt RAW converter. You do not need the full version of Photoshop, but do need to correct with histogram, contrast tools, dodge and burn and clone out marks and rubbish.

Paul

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Jestertheclown
11 Aug 2013 - 8:40 PM


Quote: Hi I mainly want it for enhancing, sharpening, vibrancy etc.

As Ian has said, I'd also suggest Elements as opposed to Lightroom.

You can, of course, download and try both of them for nothing, then make your own choice.

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 11 Aug 2013 - 8:40 PM

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