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This week I have been mainly....

By cats_123  
This week I have been mainly playing with `selective sharpening' in Gimp. Although I've a long way to go...Smile

next week I will choose another topic to learn.

So for the final display this week.....taking on board Pamelajean's helpful critique yesterday I have been more precise with the lassoo.

V1 is selectively sharpened around the head and shoulders of the leading Iguana.
V2 is the original...

Vs 1/2 shot with an 18-70 lens

V3/4 & V5/6 are Before and after's of a couple more shots..not sure whether the `afters' are a little too over processed?
Vs 3-6 shot with 70-300 lens
Please try [b]LARGE[b/] if you have time

One of the highlights of our visit to the Galapagos is getting to walk among the wildlife. The Iguana aren't worried by humans but are territorial and show displays of bobbing up and down to demonstrate their superiority - a bit like doing press-ups. Their body colours make them blend in perfectly and we had to be careful not to tread on them - they don't move!!

There are 3 types of Iguana, Land, Marine and Hybrid (The hybrids climb trees!). We saw all 3, so were very lucky.

Thanks for looking, please feel free to do mods or give advice/comment/critique

Tags: Close-up and macro Galapagos Santa fe Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Land iguana Conolophus pallidus

Voters: SurreyHillsMan, barbarahirst, pascalg and 9 more

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barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2010 8:54AM
Its very clever this seletive sharpening
What wonderful looking creatures these are
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
30 Jul 2010 9:07AM
fascinating set... & animal
twelvemegs 11 6 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2010 9:47AM
You are achieving some good sharpening.
Its interesting to see the before and after.

30 Jul 2010 11:14AM
Excellent captures and great subjects to experiment on. I think for me the sharpening works on V1 & V5 but I feel that V3, for me, is a little over. May just be my eyes as Iím no expert and I always have difficulties in deciding the right amount to apply and often get it wrong. However I consider V5 to be brilliant.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
30 Jul 2010 11:53AM
thanks, Rob...wasn't too sure either...v5 was the one that gave real doubts

again I've now managed to rescue some shots that were at best average. Amazing what the technology can do (with a little help from a human! Smile )
Mynett 13 142 6 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2010 4:23PM
they look so different with the sharpening - much improved

30 Jul 2010 8:58PM
Great work Jeff, fabulous images.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2227 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2010 4:56PM
The first one works well.
The second one is just a tad overdone.
The third one is an amazing transformation.
Well done for selecting them all very well.

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