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By bgrunes
Taken at the Foodies Festival at Tatton Hall. Any comments appreciated as recently getting back into photography and loving the digital world. So much to learn, again.

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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 10:55PM
Nice processing and well used.

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TanyaH Plus
15 1.3k 394 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 10:10AM
Hi Brian. I love the simplicity of this image, and the fact that all bar one of the kippers seem monochrome, which really highlights the one that does have colour. The only thing I'd personally do is to boost the colours a bit of the one fish, and do a slight crop on the right hand side (and maybe at the top to remove a little of the black up there). I've uploaded a mod to show what I mean - probably not the best mod in the world, but hey! Grin
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
11 Jul 2012 12:42PM
Welcome to EPZ Brian.

This is a well seen and creative image that works well. The selective colour works, and this is something that doesnt always work very well. The funny thing I noticed when looking at the thumbnail is that the image appeared to be a line of nuns standing in a row (maybe its just me!) so Kippers were a surprise.

Theres not a whole lot to say, except some small tweaks for making the image "pop" a little more in post processing, and the original is well done.

I like Tan's suggestion re the colour, the right hand crop and the mod looks good.

I have a different approach on the black at the top, and have loaded a mod with a little more at both top and bottom to balance the space removed on the right. In addition to boosting vibrancy and saturation, one thing the image needs here is sharpening, which itself makes the fish shine more. Theres a precess for re sizing for the web that includes sharpening that I will include in general guidelines for new members below.

General guidelines and tips for new members:

Always load you exif, or shot data.

There are features in this gallery you may want to use: Theres a "Like" icon beside a comment; and theres the small "Nominate for Constructive Critique" link at the bottom of every comment. The Critique Team approves or denies submissions for constructive Critiques, and members can accrue points. Critique Team members cannot approve comments on their own feedback. When you provide constructive feedback, you can also start collecting points, which can mean you are improving to the point where you can see how to improve other members shots. To qualify as Constructive, the feedback has to improve you image, your skill, your knowledge of the photographic process, or post processing. Comments like nice shot, love the scenery, etc dont qualify.

So its a process that goes like this:

Resize image: Image>Image size> set pixels per inch to 72; then set the longest side to what the site allows; then during the save as process, you will adjust the quality slider to get the right file size, then save.

Next: OPen the new image. Check for sharpness at 100%. It will very likely need to be sharpened. You can use whatever method you prefer; here is a reliable method you can use:

Filter>sharpen>unsharp mask; set Radius = 0.8; set threshold = 3; now slide the Amount slider all the way to the right, which oversharpens the shot; then slide it slowly back to the left until it doesnt look soft, and doesnt look too sharp. You can view your image and turn Preview on and off to see how youre doing. When your happy, press OK, then SAVE. Now upload.

Most of all enjoy the site!

Hope this helps,


TanyaH Plus
15 1.3k 394 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 3:29PM
Ah, nuts ... I forgot about the sharpening! Sad
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
11 Jul 2012 4:36PM
You did good Tanya!

11 Jul 2012 6:49PM
Thanks for the welcome. Need to get my head round the tweaks that make a difference. I look at others work and envy the pin sharp quality of the images submitted. Appreciate all the comments. Thanks
TanyaH Plus
15 1.3k 394 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 3:14PM
No problem Brian, the more the merrier! I'm in a similar position ... trying to find my creative mojo again after a long time of doing absolutely diddly squat on the photography front. Translating knowledge from film into the digital arena is a challenge in itself, but a good one. The quality of work on this site is mind blowing, but one thing I find interesting is to look at the earliest uploaded images of those people on here whose imagery I admire, and then look at their latest uploads and see how they've improved. (Mind you, some are just brilliant right from the start - hey ho!) The only way is to try different things, step outside of your comfort zone occasionally and never stop learning.

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