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Marvelous Mallards

By TheSweetcornKid
This shot was taken last spring, but with my newly found editing software I have rejuvinated it somewhat...........

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strokebloke 8 493 17 England
22 Apr 2011 3:33PM
Pleased to hear that you've got an edit program Stu. Well done.
Don't overwork it though. Composition is still your strength, & I can tell you from experience, that you can wreck a perfectly good image by over-editing. I've done it many times & learned nothing more from it than :-
1. how to get it so horribly wrong, &
2. always make sure that what you're working on is on layers and is always saved under a new title.
that way you've always got the original to go back to & try again Grin

I'm sure others - Paul, Bren, Willie Frank et al will be along at some point to chat about your image.
I'm not even going to try ~ I'm still on 'L' plates myself Grin Grin Grin Tongue


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Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
25 Apr 2011 8:58PM

Quote:Don't overwork it though.

Hi Stu,

Sound advice from Jack.

This is just too saturated Stu. As Jack's trying to politely point out, you've got a bit carried away!
The composition's OK in my opinion although others will say that the ducks are too close to the edge or that they need to be bigger.
Personally, I think that sometimes it works to let the background take over the shot, relegating the "important" bits to second place and I reckon this could be one of them.
I've uploaded a mod. which I produced using only "Picassa".
First, I desaturated it a bit, then increased the colours warmth just a tiny bit, then clicked on the "auto colour button". Finally, I sharpened it.

Hope this helps.


Edit: Jack suggests using "layers" to preserve your edits as you go along. He's quite right but you don't have the option using Picasa. Sadly, the lack of layers is one of its weaknesses.
A good alternative, if you'd like to have a go at something a bit more powerful, including layers, is "Pixlr."
It's web based so you don't need to instal it, you can access and use it anywhere you can access the web, it'll do a lot more than Picasa and best of all . . . it's completely free!
25 Apr 2011 9:25PM
See what you mean Bren, your Mod looks much more matural and all round a better picture!!

I'll check out Pixlr, I think somebody else mentioned that one as well.

Thanks again pal.

Stu Smile

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