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By BarryC123  
Walking the Royal Canal in Dublin, I came across this rather brutally cut back hedging.
Sadly the original sky was very grey and thus colour and lighting on the hedge itself wasn't very interesting.
I've added a grad filter in Picasa, and played with contrast, brightness and colour saturation levels a bit to try and get a strong image.
Oh, and I also added the bird, which had flown out of this shot but was in a few more that i'd taken.
I'd be interested in any comments on this -
I think it makes a pretty good image, although I'm not at all sure about the bird - badly inserted into the picture as he is- but I felt I needed something else apart from foreground in this..

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Ridgeway 14 222 2 Ireland
24 Apr 2009 10:48AM
Hi ya Barry, Well if nothing else it worked,last time I tryed a mod,
I couldnt upload it,,I was going to say "I couldnt get it up",,thought better of it,Lol.

Anyway,I liked the shot but felt the background was a tad bright,
Hope you like,,

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2009 2:17PM
Hello, Barry. You have captured some interesting detail of the chopped stumps with some colourful leaves still hanging on and a good clean background, with the digital addition of the bird. Your focus is good, but the light sky has rendered the stumps dark, and has also taken some leaf detail away where they meet the background. This may, of course, be due to the editing you did, by lightening the sky yourself. I like the plain light gold sky, it was a good choice, and it sets off the stumps and leaves beautifully, especially since there are some golden leaves. The intrusive bits on the left are a distraction and unnecessary, and bringing the frame edge nearer to the largest bit of tree will help the balance. The bird is a good idea, it balances everything, but I don't like it flying out of the frame, so have changed that in my mod. Since your focus is the hedge, I think you can eliminate a lot of the sky. In my modification, I cropped the left up to the tallest stump, the right up to the little stumpy bit, and the top so that there was just a bit of room above the tallest stump. I removed the bird, mirrored it and placed it top right, flying INTO the image. I lightened the picture, lifted the shadows so that the trunks were lightened, reduced the highlights for the sky depth, increased the saturation to bring out the bright colours of the leaves, adjusted levels, sharpened and added a frame. What do you think?
BarryC123 13 43 25 Ireland
24 Apr 2009 2:27PM
Thanks very much to both of you for taking the time.

Aidan, that sky really adds an great atmosphere to this.

Pamela, changing the bird around was an inspired idea - it fits so much better now. The cropping improves the image too - the original had already been cropped quite hard but I think you've got it even better now.
Sus 17 3.2k 9 England
24 Apr 2009 11:53PM
like it a lot. Wish you hadn't told me that the bird was inserted, but without knowing that, or even without the bird, a great photo.
BarryC123 13 43 25 Ireland
25 Apr 2009 12:53AM
Thanks, Sus - in truth, I try to avoid doing things like adding elements to an image at all, as I much prefer to try and get the shot right in-camera rather than processing.
I allowed myself to add the bird this time as he was actually in most of the shots i took of the scene at the time, but he'd flown out in this one, and I did feel I needed some balance in that quarter of the scene.

Lou, thanks for a lovely mod, a bright early afternoon compared to Aidan's evening.

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