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harrattp 11 11 4 England
8 Apr 2010 9:06PM
It has the same effect on my monitor too Cheryl. Still a lovely image though.


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8 Apr 2010 9:06PM
OMG Superb !! Large is just stunning... Top Quality
grockleJB 9 3 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2010 9:23PM
Amazing detail and colours, great image. John.
jack33 9 53 England
8 Apr 2010 9:24PM
Lovely shot, nice detail and well exposed. nice detail in both the blacks and whites.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2010 9:31PM
Perfect shot, with the look that tells you..hurry up!
beautifully captured
csurry 16 9.2k 92
8 Apr 2010 9:48PM
Thanks all.

Thanks for confirming Paul. Processed originally in NX2 so I shall have to check that I have all sharpening turned off in the RAW processing as I do in Capture 1. That's the only thing I can think of, apart from the colours being quite contrasty in the first place. Since sharpening is really only an increase in contrast at the edges it could be either of those two causes.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
8 Apr 2010 10:10PM
Yep,got the edge contrast thing here too, which is most unlike you & your usual processing.Perhaps if you used a mask on the sharpening layer,hit Ctrl+Backspace to hide all then use the brush with white to paint the sharpening where you need it on the mask & you can change the strength of the brush by raising/lowering the opacity could avoid the edges? ( Don't know the corresponding buttons if you are using a Mac )...probably teaching Grandma how to suck eggs here though huh? Wink
Still a good 'un Wink
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2010 10:16PM
Cracking detail. A shy one this. Paul
8 Apr 2010 10:44PM
Fabulous detail, well captured

Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2010 11:50PM
I see the edge contrast too Cheryl but its a super image. Love the perch, could do with that one at Cannock Chase Wink
csurry 16 9.2k 92
9 Apr 2010 8:14AM
Aaaargh - that's way too much work Janet. I use the same sharpening for all images.

Resize for ePZ. Duplicate the layer - smart sharpen 0.5 - 0.7, normally at 70 - 80%, set layer blend to luminosity, then fade the layer to 80%. That's why I was surprised that even though I reduced the settings this still happened.
Vince_S 8 10 England
9 Apr 2010 8:42AM
Stunning shot- sharp with good composition. Interesting comments about sharpening way above my head but may be I can learn from them.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2010 11:00AM
Yes, there is a slight halo around the back of the bird and I wonder if it's a combination of sharpening and JPEG compression. From my understanding of how JPEG compression and sharpening work, I think it's possible for the compression to leave a halo that would look like a sharpening halo, or to intensify an existing halo that might not otherwise be very noticeable. I assume you have a full-size processed version of this for your personal use — does the halo appear there?
csurry 16 9.2k 92
10 Apr 2010 11:09AM
No halo on the original image and there is no halo on the tree edge, it seems specifically to have been enhanced where the edge is against almost pure black and pure white, which is why I assumed it was the sharpening.

When processing it was there before the save for web which would also point the finger at the sharpening. Will maybe have to modify the sharpening technique in future for such birds.

DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2010 11:30AM
Looks like it was the sharpening, then. Have you considered photographing the woodpecker at night to avoid the high-contrast edges? Wink
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
11 Apr 2010 10:18AM
Some really interesting and informative comments here - a wonderful way for us all to learn!
Superb detail, clarity and colours. Love the textures of the perch and clean bg tones. Although visible, the slight halo on the back does not detract from what is for me a top quality image, but it is great to learn how to avoid this in processing one's own images.

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