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this is the original of the one that posted previously. After I got it only my computer. I just hit auto correct "levels" and I got that "jewel" look. I wanted a little bit more color and clarity and that was my reason for trying the auto correct. I have included the EXIF. Hopefully I got everything in the right spot

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 29.1 - 89.0 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Mar 2012 - 8:47 AM
Focal Length:54mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/10.0
Aperture:f/6.6
Shutter Speed:7.6sec
Exposure Comp:1/200
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Original of Dews and Webs (V1)
Username:catzeye catzeye
Uploaded:17 Aug 2013 - 12:29 AM
Tags:Bugs, Insects, Landscapes, Nature, Spiders, Webs, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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debu
debu  4 India
17 Aug 2013 - 12:31 AM

Nicely captured.
debu

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catzeye
catzeye  1 United States
17 Aug 2013 - 12:37 AM

Debu, thank you very much

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2013 - 8:04 AM

You should never use auto correct features. That is someone else, the programmer, working on your image. Always adjust the exposure, tonal range and contrast individually and to your liking. The auto settings rarely get it right. This one looks very under exposed and not very sharp. I suspect the long exposure is the reason. This is where a burst of flash could make all the difference, adding that sparkle. Back light would be even better.

Paul

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ErictheViking e2 Member 2124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2013 - 11:46 AM

For me the secret to a good image like this is contrast and sharpness. As Paul has said using auto controls lets the camera do the work and it averages everything out to a mid grey tone (even in colour). This produces the muted tones you have also just a point while this looked excellent in real life the mass of web in the centre has become a blend of focussed and out of focus fibres which have merged together into a fuzzy mass so in future look at single fibres which have nice dark background to help them stand out.

In my MOD I have used the levels adjust in the photo editor to gring more contrast and to brighten the highlights a bit - do thid by carefully moving the right hand slider to the left till you get the highlights you like. I then moved the middle slider to the right to darken and increase the contrast in the background. Finally I did some unsharp adjusting to sharpen the whole image - for this I used a small radius (2) and a threshold of 1 final adding the amount to look natural and sharp.

Let me know what you think

Erik

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catzeye
catzeye  1 United States
17 Aug 2013 - 2:07 PM

Thanks to everyone for your comments and critiques. I will certainly use your suggestions! thanks again.

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Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2013 - 12:33 PM

Yesterday's had more sparkle so wasn't far off the mark.
Eric's mod has certainly brought out the best of what you captured.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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catzeye
catzeye  1 United States
19 Aug 2013 - 1:11 PM

Looks good! It was really hard to shoot because it had been raining, I am posting another spider web with no adjustments. I'll certainly keep your comments and refer back to them for future use.Thanks again for the example

Let me know what you think of this new one

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