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By chloew
I would love some feedback on this photo. I think the water is to dark, should I have lightened it??

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
17 Feb 2013 2:35PM
Everything needs to be brighter jac. You can get an idea yourself by looking at the dark feathers, - you can see no detail at all, so for some reason, - I cant tell from your settings, its too darl all over.

the weather must have been poor to use ISO 1100, and the noise is visible, - this might be because this is cropped from a larger image.

My guess would be that there was light being reflected by the water, that may have caused underexposure. You exposure mode is not identified in your data, so thats doesnt help with figuring out the exposure. Do you remember what it was, auto, Aperture, Shutter, Manual?

I did upload a mod, and I used the shadow and highlight tool in Photoshop CS; and also Noise Ninja to reduce the visible noise.

Nice detail on the head and eye.

Hope this helps,



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chloew 5 Australia
17 Feb 2013 2:48PM
Yes, thanks, that is good feed back. I will check tomorrow what I shot in. I keep forgetting to give all the info. Jac
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 6:14PM
A little dark, but I would leave the water alone and work on the bird a bit with the dodge tool, pulling some detail from the feathers and darker areas. Nice sharp image in general.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
17 Feb 2013 9:23PM
It is quite dark but as Paul says, leaving the water and brightening the bird (by whatever method) would make it stand out.
The noise needs to go though.
I think that there's a really good shot in there. It just needs a little help.


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