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Composite of Wood with or without deer

By Coracre
I have a question. Is it acceptable to enter competitions, not Nature ones, where there has been elements added to the entered image from another file. Would a judge discount an image if he thought that this had been done. I have added the deer and this has enhanced the image but because it looks like it could have been an original single shot. So would this now be considered as a cheat because I did not happen to come across a deer in the actual wood. Is there a fine line between an image that is clearly a composite and one that is not so clearly indicated in a judges opiniom.

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saltireblue Plus
10 10.7k 62 Norway
12 Dec 2019 6:36PM
It varies a lot. There are no set rules in general, so it depends entirely on what is stated in the rules for any given competition. If you are in doubt about what is and what is not allowed, then you would need to get in touch with the organisers and ask what level of processing/altering is acceptable.
Some allow considerable 'enhancement' and others allow only minor alterations and basic tonal/contrast adjustments.

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pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2141 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2019 9:01PM
The bottom image, when presented alongside the other one, is tending to look as if it NEEDS something extra on the right-hand side. You could say that the sun is the focal point, but the deer is so much better.
The light in that wood is wonderful.

One important thing to watch for in a composite is the direction of the light, and you have that correct on the deer. With its head turned away from the sun, its face is a bit dark and could do with a touch of brightening, perhaps with the Dodge Tool.

For a competition, you will need to know if this sort of amalgamation is acceptable. If it's not, and you just hope to get away with it, you are taking a big risk. For me, it looks good, and you've done it well. It's not "cheating" in my book, but then I am not a judge, and some have rules.

dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1665 England
13 Dec 2019 10:41AM
I'll agree with both points above - it depends on the rules of the specific competition, and the direction of light (and other factors, such as focal length, colour balance and level of digital noise need to nmatch, too).

Additionally, I'd say that this has the look of being VERY heavily sharpened - there's a wiriness to all the edges. Thsi is a major turn-off for many people. GRain is acceptable, but oversharpening isn't - if the original image is a bit softer than you want, find an alternativemeans of covering it up a bit - or accept that you need to go back to the woods on another sunny, frosty day.

It would be interesting to see an unprocessed original JPG, as it came from the camera - we may be able to suggest some alternatives...
chase Plus
14 1.6k 382 England
13 Dec 2019 6:31PM
Ashas been mentioned, the rules and regulations of the competition are the most important, that should be your first consideration.
This is ,to me, a nice composite image. Positioning of the Deer is good and it fills a space which would otherwise be just that...a space.
The light is pretty diffused through the trees but I do see a little colour banding there which could be down to oversharpening here.
There is a small square looking thing right in the middle of the image ...a house in the distance maybe ?, I would have cloned that out but if the competition rules say no, then it would have to remain.
It's not cheating in the truest sense of the word but rules in a competition are there not to be broken, sadly.
14 Dec 2019 10:05AM
Thanks very much for your comments. They have helped me to clear my mind and I know better how to go on.
Regarding the comment on sharpening. I have had this a few times before. But these started after I started to use Luminosity masks. So maybe I have been over doing these masks. Generally I use high pass at a low level.
The small square was a sign post on the unseen path beyond the "deer"
Thanks once again for your comments much appreciated
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2019 4:10PM
They do have the appearance of over sharpening. I use image processing as if in a darkroom - I don't over do the tricks - never find them necessary.

Image manipulation is perfectly acceptable in pictorial and general photography and you need not declare it. If well done a judge may suspect something, may even comment, but should not reduce marks. You should not manipulate in record or natural history sections other than sharpening and a bit of burning and dodging.

It is that simple. Anything goes providing you are not creating a record.


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