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this photo is the result of cropping sharpening and whatever else I could think of with lightroom and a little Photoshop. just for fun I printed 4 copies of it in 4 different sizes from 8x10 to 13x16 surprisingly it held up fairly well...

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D70S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jul 2014 - 11:42 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/3200sec
Exposure Comp:0.000000
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:hummer 4
Username:unk001 unk001
Uploaded:8 Aug 2014 - 4:16 PM
Tags:Humming bird, Wildlife / nature
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2014 - 4:39 PM

This is interesting. I think its crossed the line from photography to digital art. In a way, its so bad, thats its very good, if you get my drift.

Its full of JPEG artifacts, - those block-like bits in the image, that is gets a sort of mosaic appearance that can look intentional. Im not surprised it looks good printed either. These blocks will print, but noise, as we know that small grain, is not likely to print, and will be less visible than on screen.

So for fun, I took it a bit more digital art. I applied a very strong blur overall, and intended this to suggest a painted appearance. Its flipped and the canvas size is altered, - theres something where images reading left to right can be more appealing than the opposite. For those of us that read left to right that is of course.

I like it.


regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2014 - 4:54 PM

Not sure what to say. Willie covers it, i think. The quality is not good at all, but there is some appeal. Depends what you want the image for?

Paul

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unk001
unk001 e2 Member unk001 vcard
8 Aug 2014 - 5:01 PM

Wink I like your mod! and its funny that when I did the work on this photo I thought the result was bad on the screen but when I printed it wasn't so bad. there were a lot of little things i wanted to fix but could get it done... however your fixed most if not all the issues I had... changing the orientation to left to from right is a fix I never would have thought of. Thank you again for your insight, comments and mods....c

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unk001
unk001 e2 Member unk001 vcard
8 Aug 2014 - 5:08 PM

Paul, I love to experiment sometimes just to see whats possible...and I agree Willie's comments covers pretty much all of it...c (Charlie)

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dudler Critique Team 11103 forum postsdudler vcard England314 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2014 - 5:58 PM

I actually like grainy images, though I'm less keen on digital artefacts: the saving grace is that it's actually rather sharp in critical places.

Willie's mod has lost some of the grit, so I've done soemthing similar, cloned (VERY crudely) to reframe, and sharpened, to keep the artefacts nice and sharp (I've found that scanning darkroom prints with grain, the effect can get lost in the processing, and a hefty dose of sharpening keeps it alive and like the proverbial golf balls.

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unk001
unk001 e2 Member unk001 vcard
8 Aug 2014 - 6:15 PM

I've visited your gallery and your images are great. Needles to say the remind me of days Kodak tri x... back then a 400 speed black and white film was all the rage... to your mod it really is where I was going...I too like grainy images, and like i said I like to experiment... c

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2014 - 8:46 AM

As I mentioned. depends what you are going to use the image for? Technical book, record, libraries - all must be technically perfect, sharp, usually low grain, colour etc.

Arty stuff, on the wall, general internet exhibition? OK, can be a bit different. Grain, contrast and so on.

There are a number of people who are involved in this section often favour the more artistic approach, lets say. I have no problem with that, providing the image is intended to be artistic rather than accurate.

Paul

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9 Aug 2014 - 4:12 PM

Just so you know I tend to lean toward the "artistic" side as that's my training from an early age... However technical perfection is always a goal... and i am impressed with your's and Willie's gallery s with the level to that end you have achieved...c

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