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A little sleepy

By Jazzyjack
Not so sure that there is a lot that I can do with this.....please prove me wrong.

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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Peterpools 4 2 2 United States
12 Dec 2011 7:20PM
A charming image. I wouldn't do a thing.
Peter

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andmolliethedog 10 120 11 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2011 7:28PM
leave it as it is perfect.
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2011 7:30PM
a charming image as peter says ,did a little cropping and playing with the tones and sharpness hope you like .rob
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3349 Canada
12 Dec 2011 7:56PM
Its a good shot as it is. The sparrow is positioned well, its sharp, and the pose is nice.


The overall colour tone appears cold, or slightly blue, and this is typically due to the Auto White Balance on the camera not doing a great job. Youre often best to set it manually to the actual conditions. This is common to many digital cameras.

So, using PSE 8, go to Levels; you will see a graph, sliders under the graph, and hopefully three eye droppers at the side. The top eye dropper is for identifying black. Zoom in on the shot, click the dropper, and then click the blackest part of the sparrows eye; you will see a change in how the shot looks; the click the bottom dropper (white, - the middle is grey) and click it on that grey diagonal joint above the sparrow. You will see a significant change in the appearance of the image. Them flatten the layers and save.

Thats essentially what I did with the mod, apart from using a 2 pixel white brush to dot a catchlight in the eye, right on top of the existing one, just to brighten it.


Hope this is helpful,


regards


Willie
Jestertheclown Plus
7 7.2k 249 England
12 Dec 2011 9:37PM
I don't think I can follow that Willie.

An excellent shot.

Bren.
Jazzyjack 4 73 1 England
12 Dec 2011 9:43PM
Willie,

Thank you very much for your brilliant advice. I've tried the adjustments that you suggest and I was very pleased with the results. I'm often guilty of leaving the white balance to the camera and it is something that i need to get my head around, as I now know that it can make the world of difference.

Thanks again.
paulbroad 8 108 988 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2011 8:27AM
Nice image, well seen, composed and captured. For me, just needs a slight contrast boost - possible in variuos ways. I'm not sure your +1/3 stop helped - many digital images look better at -1/3 as did transparency film - ups the depth of tone and saturation a bit.

Paul
13 Dec 2011 9:04AM
I think it's all been said. Essentially, it's a beautiful little image. Well done.
filbow 8 2 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 1:21AM
Yep, lovely image

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