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Winter robin

By darcylouwho
Photo of a robin in the snow. Taken at Kingsmil resevoir, Mansfield, UK. I wanted to try some close ups with my camera. Pretty pleased with the photo.

Tags: Close up wildlife Wildlife and nature


ErictheViking 7 124 102 Scotland
21 Feb 2013 10:48AM
This is a really nice shot of one of our iconic winter birds, unfortunately you have also demonstrated that cameras rarely photograph snow as white.

To correct this you need to use levels to select a true white point and use this as a reference for the image (to do this use the white eyedropper by selecting it in the adjustment box and then click the eyedropper on the area of image you want to change). This adjustment sometimes takes a few goes to get the image you want but its worth the effort to whiten the snow. It also adjusts all the other colours but in this image i also boosted the colours with a saturation increase to really make them stand out.

Let me know what you think

Eric Grin

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Hermanus 7 4 South Africa
21 Feb 2013 11:52AM
Beautiful !
21 Feb 2013 12:50PM
Thank you for the advice Smile and thanks! Grin
Jestertheclown 11 8.0k 252 England
21 Feb 2013 3:50PM
Hi Darcy,

Your camera has struggled here with the combination of the brightness of the snow and the relative darkness of the robin and has come up with a compromise.
The image is consequently a little under exposed and the snow appears grey.
Also, the image is saved in RGB; you really need to embed sRGB as the profile for uploading to the web.
Anyway, I've produced a mod. in which I've used curves to adjust the exposure. Doing so has whitened the snow and brightened the colours a little. I've also cropped it to an 8x10 portrait and sharpened it slightly.
Finally, I converted it to sRGB using the 'save for web' function in Photoshop.
Hope this helps.

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4042 Canada
21 Feb 2013 5:10PM
Welcome to EPZ Darcy.

To add, when taking the shot in the first place, when in snow, use exposure compensation (EC) of +1 for a better result.

To see mods, scroll up the page and click the modifications tab.

Enjoy the site

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2013 9:59PM
Willies mod is spot on. Your problem is simply one of under exposure and that is due to the snow. You can get the same effect on a beach where the sand will cause under exposure in sun. Always check the image on the LCD and correct if necessary, then re-shoot.


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