Back Modifications (1)
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By LesleyWalter
Shot this in my garden this evening. Not sure if it is worthy of saving.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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31 Jan 2010 8:43AM
Just wondering if the pink flowers in the bg are too distracting.

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KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 168 England
31 Jan 2010 8:51AM
Funny how people's tastes differ - I rather like the pink flowers in the background!Smile

I've had a bit of a play, but to be honest there's not a lot wrong with this image. I cropped a little closer, adjusted the lighting slightly and gave it a little sharpening.
31 Jan 2010 9:02AM
Thanks Karen. How did you do the lighting adjustment? Was it a levels adjustment? Also I forgot to sharpen. Your modification looks better.
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2010 9:07AM
Yes, a nice shot. Flowers OK by me, just needs the bird a little sharperr. Background can be blurred some more with a bit of sellection and gaussian blur.

VIKI 10 18 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2010 9:29AM
I love it and the pink flowers. They tone nicely. I must admit, Karen's modification has improved what is a superb image. Well done both of you!!
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 168 England
31 Jan 2010 10:59AM
I looked at the levels and they were fine. I went into 'Quick Fix' and darkened the highlights and the contrast. I can only do the very basic adjustments (I only have Elements 4).
malc_c 10 2 167 England
31 Jan 2010 12:26PM
The pink flowers could easily be distracting but I'd say you can just get away with them because they are separate from, but framing, the bird- and provided you lose those on the far right, such as in Karen's crop.

I'd agree with Paul that the bird needs to be a touch sharper, but feathers are a devil for post process sharpening - you really have to get them right in camera, even though you also need to sharpen after reducing to 600pix to compensate the effect of the compression (but no more).
31 Jan 2010 7:29PM
Thanks, you have all been very helpful to me.

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