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A sheep skull I found lying in the grass on Pumlumon Fawr in the Cambrian Mountains.

I just really liked the contrast of the lines in the skull.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 1000D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 29.1 - 89.0 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 May 2013 - 1:12 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:What Ewe Lookin' At?
Username:RHemingway RHemingway
Uploaded:17 May 2013 - 8:07 PM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom872 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2013 - 8:21 PM

Would need to see the original, but your mono is too contrasty burning out the whole top of the skull. If the original is burnt out, then you can do nothing about it. You are converting to mono with the channel mixer, I hope, where you have access tom all three primaries, R, G AND B. You can then control mono tones much better.

Otherwise, quite an interesting image which would work in mono.

Paul

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RHemingway
17 May 2013 - 8:41 PM

Thanks Paul,

I shot in mono, then adjusted contrast & brightness in editing. Agree about the top of the skull, but I was struggling to get the right balance as i felt i lost something in the detail of the grass too.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1070 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2013 - 9:11 PM

I like the idea and the composition, but yes I want to see more surface detail and texture in the top of the skull.
Given that we are shooting digital now I have never really seen the point of setting the camera to mono - much better to capture the complete file and examine the possibilities later. I do tend to see the world in mono, but I shoot in colour so that I can see it better later on.
Moira

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom872 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 11:29 AM

I would never shoot in mono. You get a far more controlled result shooting in colour and correcting/converting later. You then also have the colour image. Camera mono conversion depends on what some programmer somewhere wanted your image to look like, not you.

Paul

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chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 4:16 PM

I think your subject matter suits the mono treatment,makes it look rather sinister.
Try taking a small diffuser out & about with you ( one that folds & fits in your pocket would be ideal),drop the diffuser in between the harsh light & your subject,it will work wonders filtering out some of the light & you will wonder how you ever managed without one eventually Wink You could also use a light coloured foldable umbrella to do the same thing.

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RHemingway
18 May 2013 - 4:26 PM

Turns out i did take an image in colour so have turned to mono in processing and uploaded as a mod to get rid of the burn.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom872 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2013 - 7:13 AM

Your own mod is a great improvement with respect to overall tonal range, but you are now a touch dark overall. Can't win can you? Lighten your mod whilst watching the skull detail for a brighter image. Will try a mod, I suspect the histogram will tell all.

Paul

Last Modified By paulbroad at 19 May 2013 - 7:17 AM

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RHemingway
19 May 2013 - 2:59 PM

Can see the improvement your mod makes Paul, thanks for taking the time to make one and upload it.

Would you be able to recommend a good article explaining histograms and how to use them? At present I do what I guess all learners do, drag the pointers round on screen until I think it looks better (but not necessarily as good as it could be, as you have shown!)

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pamelajean Critique Team 8806 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1636 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2013 - 5:16 PM

So sorry to be late on this one, Richard, but I did a modification for you yesterday and then my internet connection went down.
This is what I was going to say:
"I agree with what has been said, Richard.
I have looked at your version under the Modifications section, and the burnout has gone, much better. I just feel it needs a bit more space on the right and some contrast adjustment, so have done a modification with that addressed using Levels. I also selectively sharpened a few areas on the skull".
Pamela.

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