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Great crested grebe

By tom_earwaker
Critique always welcome, thanks for looking.
I've done some noise reduction and sharpening, brightened up the bird and dakened the water a little.

Thanks for all of the feedback on my photos lately, I'm learning a lot so its much appreciated.

Tags: Water Bird Great crested grebe Wildlife and nature Brandon marsh

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dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
21 Mar 2017 9:41PM
I'll let the wildlife experts do the heavy lifting here, as I've got a bad back... Too long walking around the NEC today.

The grebe's camouflage is working well: your challenge (should you choose to accept it) is to make it stand out!
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
22 Mar 2017 5:04AM
Lovely take
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2017 8:12AM
Very well done. A difficult subject as we have discussed. Ideally, a touch more contrast, but not much and a little sharper. The latter is difficult and you are so nearly there. I am being really keen I know, but as it is so good in general, that crispness on the head would be the finishing touch.

I suspect depth of field. Try and work at f8.

Paul
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2017 6:18PM
A nice bit of action captured here.

You do very sensible editing, Tom, and I fully understand your effort to make the grebe stand out a bit better.

I had a little go at it, but have only managed a slight improvement.
I brightened the image overall, darkened the water by reducing the shadows, lifted the highlights so that the whiteness of the grebe was increased, upped the saturation in the hope that the bluer the water the whiter the bird would be, then made the white a bit whiter.

Pamela.

PS: Looking at my modification, I see that I have oversharpened it. I forgot to check that, sorry.
22 Mar 2017 8:07PM
I like the mod, that bit of extra blue in the water works well. Just out of interest I got another very similar shot later on (see my mod) where the light was a bit better and the water was more blue. There's better separation, but I think I was focussed slightly behind the bird so not very sharp. Left to right is definitely a bit more satisfying as well...
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
22 Mar 2017 9:05PM
Almost there as Paul says, but not that far off.
It all comes down to practice and more practice.

I see on an earlier post that you like lower contrast than most, which is fine. However, it works better with some subjects than others.
There is, of course, sometimes a reticence or worry about pushing processing too far which I can understand. Try going too far then reducing the slider. You won't ruin your image (unless you click 'Save'!). Find that happy medium.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4270 Canada
22 Mar 2017 9:20PM
Your second version is quite good. This is fine too, not as sharp and detailed though. Loaded a mod.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2017 5:21PM

Quote:I like the mod, that bit of extra blue in the water works well. Just out of interest I got another very similar shot later on (see my mod) where the light was a bit better and the water was more blue. There's better separation, but I think I was focussed slightly behind the bird so not very sharp. Left to right is definitely a bit more satisfying as well...

Thanks for the feedback, Tom. I like your other shot that you have put up in the modifications. The bluer water really does work to separate the grebe from its background. But I think there is quite a bit of noise throughout, which is a shame. I took the image into my editing programme and zoomed in to check.

Pamela.

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