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This is one of my very early shots taken when I first bought my camera and still learning all the functions. The white feathers were over exposed so in PS I isolated this area with the lasso tool and in layers brought down brightness and slightly saturated the colour. I then sharpened a tad with "unsharpen" (wooo hooo, I'm learning at last)

It certainly isn't a perfect shot technically but I liked it anyway especially his expression - eyes closed - pure joy - aaaah what a life!!

This shot was taken in a pond in Harare, Zimbabwe towards sunset after a hot day.

Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:26 Sep 2010 - 5:45 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Action (High speed)
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Shake 'em up Baby
Username:Disee Disee
Uploaded:3 May 2012 - 12:47 PM
Tags:Humour / fun, Wildlife / nature
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mhfore  8 England176 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2012 - 6:01 PM

Hi Dinah,

I'm glad to see your practising you PS skills and what harm can you do to a copy? if it get's out of hand chuck it in the bin and make another one, simple ehWink

Dinah to bring the water ripples out make a copy and then in your blend modes select "Overlay", if you feel it's to much reduce the opacity (strength) with the slider at the top of your layer pallet. Overlay lightens the light colours and darkens the dark ones but in a subtle way. Once you've made the adjustment erase the effect from the bird by selecting a layer mask (at the bottom of your layer pallet) and paint over the bird with a brush set to black (using the black and white squares on the left). Black erase's the effects, if you take to much off change the brush to white and this will replace what you've just removed.

Take care

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paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom952 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2012 - 10:37 AM

Must have been low light - 1/100 @ f5.6 and ISO400 suggests this. Pleasing image but just a bit too far gone - a lot of movement - just a bit too much. Would prefer part of the duck sharpish.


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