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Imagine ( Living life in peace )

By kuipje  
Taken in Gaia Zoo in Kerkrade (province of Limburg, Netherlands)
A very nice Zoo in the hilly country side. The rest of Holland is flat like a penny.
Most of the animals have space and not have to live in "cages"
Spent a lot of time looking at the meerkats who did nothing more than playing and playing.
As always comments/advise/tips welcome

V2 is orginal

Title song "Imagine" John Lennon

Tags: The netherlands Zoo Pets and captive animals Kerkrade Gaia Zoo


IshanPathak 7 202 12 India
3 Jun 2014 10:03AM
A nice moment capture here Smile

I must say that again i find this image too soft and dull. I know you dont like too much brightness and stuff but if you see closely youll notice that the image is a bit misty and blurry. Its a brilliant shot and you wouldn't want it to be like that.

Ill be giving a mod and hopefully youll like it this time.

One more thing, for me, the image is too tight. IF its a cropped image, it can be rectified though.

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
3 Jun 2014 10:27AM
Good afternoon (your time?) Ishan
Always nice to hear from you.
Your right the picture is not sharp but I liked it anyway. Tomorrow I upload a sharper one.
And you are right 2x I don't like to bright or to dark but your mod is getting close to what I like. Step by step I getting ther, be patientWink
I just uploaded the orginal maybe you see why I cropped the way I did, what doesn't mean that's perfect
Bianca & Jos
IshanPathak 7 202 12 India
3 Jun 2014 11:00AM
Its afternoon here too 15:26 to be exact Smile

I saw the original and understood the reason for a tighter crop. I too took it to my Paint Shop Pro and tried a crop, which is just a bit less tighter than yours. I know it will be kind of distracting from the right with that uneven head and neck but as your image consists of them, there was no way you could avoid it, and you wouldnt want your image to be too tight and conjusted would you? We all like breathing spaces and im sure the animal does too Grin

Seeing your original i wondered whether it was possible to put a step towards your right and then snap the picture and also if possible a step back too? That way your image could have had more space Smile

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
3 Jun 2014 12:01PM
Hello Ishan Good afternoon too (13.00hrs local time)
I started from stratch and did some removal. I left some (extra) space right removed the other animal. I left some (extra) space because the main animal is looking in this direction.Tongue
Some better?
IshanPathak 7 202 12 India
3 Jun 2014 4:14PM
Better will be an understatement. Smile

Its looking much better and you have cloned/ filled / replaced it out with perfection Smile
I'm happy to see that you are so much dedicated in getting your picture towards perfection.

By the way did you clone that head out or what and in which software? I am also learning these things only and might come in handy Smile

I think that if you did so much as to clone that head out etc, you could have improved it again by tweaking Smile

Mod: Same tweaking but now glitch free from my part Smile

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1885 England
3 Jun 2014 5:20PM
I've done a mod, too, using levels to brighten the image generally, and darken the shadows (moving both highlight and shadow sliders towards the centre of the histogram), and then burning in the edges.

I like Ishan's versions.

Sometimes, an image is so attractive, or so important, that this overrides technical issues: clearly that way for you, here!

Certainly, this is far less cuddly than meerkats are usually seen to be! Taht makes it worth seeing.
kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
3 Jun 2014 6:33PM
Thanks Ishan & John for your comments.
I have uploaded V4 with, I hope, two of your comments/mods combined in one. (At least I have tried)

I use Photoshop Elements 11 that has a tool named "Spot healing brush". It works like this. It takes information around the spot you want to remove/replace/"heal"
When you select the spot/line whatever it replaces the centre with that information. So it is no cloning it works finer (on most small areas )
Here is a link that could be helpfull
Good luck
Bianca & Jos

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