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Another GSW.

Have to say one of my favourite birds, even though really they only have one pose Wink

Not sure why but on my monitor this appears to have increased contrast at the edges, but I've turned the sharpening right down to 50% 0.5 and layer opacity to 60%. Must just be the colours exaggerating the effect.

Not much time to upload or comment this week as I've been a bit busy, hopefully all will be revealed after the weekend.

Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:200-400
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:GSW
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:8 Apr 2010 - 8:59 PM
Tags:Dendrocopus major, Great spotted woodpecker, Gsw, Wildlife / nature
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harrattp
harrattp e2 Member 7harrattp vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2010 - 9:06 PM

It has the same effect on my monitor too Cheryl. Still a lovely image though.

Paul

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2010 - 9:06 PM

OMG Superb !! Large is just stunning... Top Quality

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grockleJB
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8 Apr 2010 - 9:23 PM

Amazing detail and colours, great image. John.

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jack33
jack33 e2 Member 653 forum postsjack33 vcard England
8 Apr 2010 - 9:24 PM

Lovely shot, nice detail and well exposed. nice detail in both the blacks and whites.

Jack.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2010 - 9:31 PM

Perfect shot, with the look that tells you..hurry up!
beautifully captured
Lillian

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2010 - 9:48 PM

Thanks all.

Thanks for confirming Paul. Processed originally in NX2 so I shall have to check that I have all sharpening turned off in the RAW processing as I do in Capture 1. That's the only thing I can think of, apart from the colours being quite contrasty in the first place. Since sharpening is really only an increase in contrast at the edges it could be either of those two causes.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2010 - 10:10 PM

Yep,got the edge contrast thing here too, which is most unlike you & your usual processing.Perhaps if you used a mask on the sharpening layer,hit Ctrl+Backspace to hide all then use the brush with white to paint the sharpening where you need it on the mask & you can change the strength of the brush by raising/lowering the opacity ...you could avoid the edges? ( Don't know the corresponding buttons if you are using a Mac )...probably teaching Grandma how to suck eggs here though huh? Wink
Still a good 'un Wink

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PaulLiley
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8 Apr 2010 - 10:16 PM

Cracking detail. A shy one this. Paul

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Musicmike
Musicmike e2 Member 8Musicmike vcard England
8 Apr 2010 - 10:44 PM

Fabulous detail, well captured

Mike

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Steve_S
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8 Apr 2010 - 11:50 PM

I see the edge contrast too Cheryl but its a super image. Love the perch, could do with that one at Cannock Chase Wink
Steve

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2010 - 8:14 AM

Aaaargh - that's way too much work Janet. I use the same sharpening for all images.

Resize for ePZ. Duplicate the layer - smart sharpen 0.5 - 0.7, normally at 70 - 80%, set layer blend to luminosity, then fade the layer to 80%. That's why I was surprised that even though I reduced the settings this still happened.

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Vince_S
Vince_S e2 Member 5Vince_S vcard England
9 Apr 2010 - 8:42 AM

Stunning shot- sharp with good composition. Interesting comments about sharpening way above my head but may be I can learn from them.
Vince

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DRicherby
DRicherby e2 Member 6269 forum postsDRicherby vcard United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2010 - 11:00 AM

Yes, there is a slight halo around the back of the bird and I wonder if it's a combination of sharpening and JPEG compression. From my understanding of how JPEG compression and sharpening work, I think it's possible for the compression to leave a halo that would look like a sharpening halo, or to intensify an existing halo that might not otherwise be very noticeable. I assume you have a full-size processed version of this for your personal use — does the halo appear there?

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2010 - 11:09 AM

No halo on the original image and there is no halo on the tree edge, it seems specifically to have been enhanced where the edge is against almost pure black and pure white, which is why I assumed it was the sharpening.

When processing it was there before the save for web which would also point the finger at the sharpening. Will maybe have to modify the sharpening technique in future for such birds.

Thanks

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DRicherby
DRicherby e2 Member 6269 forum postsDRicherby vcard United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2010 - 11:30 AM

Looks like it was the sharpening, then. Have you considered photographing the woodpecker at night to avoid the high-contrast edges? Wink

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2010 - 10:18 AM

Some really interesting and informative comments here - a wonderful way for us all to learn!
Superb detail, clarity and colours. Love the textures of the perch and clean bg tones. Although visible, the slight halo on the back does not detract from what is for me a top quality image, but it is great to learn how to avoid this in processing one's own images.
Sylvia

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