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Shot this in my garden this evening. Not sure if it is worthy of saving.

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:24-105l
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Pink
Username:khedarin khedarin
Uploaded:31 Jan 2010 - 8:40 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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khedarin
khedarin  7 Australia
31 Jan 2010 - 8:43 AM

Just wondering if the pink flowers in the bg are too distracting.

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84277 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2010 - 8:51 AM

Funny how people's tastes differ - I rather like the pink flowers in the background!Smile

I've had a bit of a play, but to be honest there's not a lot wrong with this image. I cropped a little closer, adjusted the lighting slightly and gave it a little sharpening.

Last Modified By KarenFB at 31 Jan 2010 - 8:53 AM

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khedarin
khedarin  7 Australia
31 Jan 2010 - 9:02 AM

Thanks Karen. How did you do the lighting adjustment? Was it a levels adjustment? Also I forgot to sharpen. Your modification looks better.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2010 - 9:07 AM

Yes, a nice shot. Flowers OK by me, just needs the bird a little sharperr. Background can be blurred some more with a bit of sellection and gaussian blur.

Paul

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2010 - 9:29 AM

I love it and the pink flowers. They tone nicely. I must admit, Karen's modification has improved what is a superb image. Well done both of you!!

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84277 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2010 - 10:59 AM

I looked at the levels and they were fine. I went into 'Quick Fix' and darkened the highlights and the contrast. I can only do the very basic adjustments (I only have Elements 4).

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malc_c
malc_c  8 England167 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2010 - 12:26 PM

Lesley,
The pink flowers could easily be distracting but I'd say you can just get away with them because they are separate from, but framing, the bird- and provided you lose those on the far right, such as in Karen's crop.

I'd agree with Paul that the bird needs to be a touch sharper, but feathers are a devil for post process sharpening - you really have to get them right in camera, even though you also need to sharpen after reducing to 600pix to compensate the effect of the compression (but no more).
malcolm

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khedarin
khedarin  7 Australia
31 Jan 2010 - 7:29 PM

Thanks, you have all been very helpful to me.

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