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Hot sand!

By justgroovy  
I noticed this little guy hunting for the beach crabs and lifting one of his feet, like the sand was too hot. I really like my subject but would like to make a 8 x 11 print and would like suggestions for enhancements. I primarily use Lightroom but can use Photoshop.

Tags: Beach life Humour and fun


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4084 Canada
14 Feb 2020 1:27PM
It seems a little soft and blurry Doug.

To know why and maybe suggest a way to improve it, we would need all the shot data (exif data) like shutter speed, focal length, aperture, ISO; is is closely cropped from a larger image, etc. Can you please add this information so we can provide feedback?



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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2148 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2020 2:58PM
As above, and could you add the original unprocessed image as a modification please? This does look as though it has had contrast and sharpening applied quite generously.
14 Feb 2020 5:34PM
Perfect timing, and I like your composition. Definitely one to keep, but I'm not sure it would print well... the bird is soft and a bit blurry, and sharpening won't fix that. You might just about getaway with a 5 x 7... maybe.

Another problem is that the strong contrast between the bird and the sand has resulted in haloing around the darker parts of the bird's silhouette, particularly around the legs and the head. I'm not sure how that would show up on the very compressed brightness range of a print, but it's a common problem with high contrast images and is very easily fixed in Photoshop ( |'ve fixed it in my mod ). If you don't know the technique you'll find several tutorials on YouTube that explain it.

dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 621 England
14 Feb 2020 7:50PM
Hi Doug and welcome to the Critique Gallerry.

I'm hazarding a guess that this is cropped down from a larger file, so to see that and the full exif will help us understnad why it's soft. The halo around the bird does suggest aggressive sharpening. If the detail isn't there, sharpening won't make it appear.

I do like the positioning of the bird in the frame and the fact you've caught it in mid action.
dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1575 England
14 Feb 2020 10:24PM
And welcome from me, too.

Nothing extra to say - there's sound advice above!

Well... Except this: if you really like it, get it printed anyway. The jaunty angle is witty, and the moment perfect. While the lack of razor sharpness means it's never going to win competitions, it's fun, and well worth having on the mantelpiece.

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