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Shot this in my garden this evening. Not sure if it is worthy of saving.
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Just wondering if the pink flowers in the bg are too distracting.
Funny how people's tastes differ - I rather like the pink flowers in the background!
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.
Thanks Karen. How did you do the lighting adjustment? Was it a levels adjustment? Also I forgot to sharpen. Your modification looks better.
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.
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!!
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).
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).
Thanks, you have all been very helpful to me.
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