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Green Finch

By woodlandlad
This shot is similar to my Gold Finch Shot however I have cloned out the othe feeder in the background. Also I have played around with it in photoshop a bit to see if I can make it "pop" a little. When I look at some other pictures in the galleries I can't help but notice that mine all look dull in comparison. I hope I haven't done too much and spoilt it ! I think the key to photoshop is knowing when to stop !


Tags: Wildlife Bird Green Finch Feeder Wildlife and nature


ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2013 9:13AM
A lovely Greenfinch, well done,

iancrowson Plus
11 215 168 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2013 9:42AM
Good picture, lovely bird capture.
I've done a mod, adjusted in levels, sharpened, increased contrast and brightened.
You could go back to RAW image and increase clarity and vibrance in the RAW converter, you can pick up punch with those sliders.
You maybe could tone down the high lights on nose, I ran the burn tool over it. In ACR try decreasing highlights.
If you are using ARC try 40 clarity and 20 vibrance. I also increase saturation there by about 10.
Vibrance boosts the saturation of your lower-saturated colors. That means that it won’t over saturate colors that are already bright. Another great feature of vibrance is that it won’t turn your skin tones orange like the Saturation slider will.
Clarity has a similar functionality to contrast; however, it works on the midtones of the image rather than the entire image like contrast.
Saturation increases or decreases color intensity across all channels. Too much saturation will make your photos look fake and blow out your colors, while -100 saturation will remove all color.

There are lots of approaches in ACR and PS,
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
12 Apr 2013 4:07PM
Its raining, so I did a mod.

The image is decent, but the setting is not good, and the exposure has been influenced by that bright metal post.

Dull, or flat has a lot to do with contrast, and low contrast = dull. First I noticed the bird is a little underexposed. Im zeroing in on the bird, not the beak, and not the post. So if thats sorted (that small bunch of feathers at his "elbow" is a reference for white and brightness) things start to look better. The beak is too bright, but theres a quick way to sort that. Take a 3X3 colour sample of the coloured area of the beak; this changes your foreground colour to the beak colour; change mode from Normal to Colour, and carefully, on a layer, paint over the blown areas, and adjust opacity as needed.

The food in the beak, - you could reduce the amount, its quite large.

Brighten the eye, and using a 2 pixel soft white brush, paint in a catch-light, - it brings life to the eye. Sharpen the bird a little more, and increase contrast a little. I also increased vibrance to +22.

Then get rid of that metal post!

Ive obviously replaced the background with a gradient that has had some clouds treatment, and added in a branch from Canada. The environment, with the red brick wall isnt helping.

If you like to shoot birds near home, make an environment thats natural, and then a hide. Your results will be a lot better.

Hope this helps.


banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
12 Apr 2013 4:25PM
Just looked at the Goldfinch. Its also underexposed, and for the same reason, so correcting exposure and adjusting contrast does make it pop. Clone out that feeder on the right, and clone some bark over the metal post.

Ive done a mod I can send you id you like, just send me a PM with your email.

12 Apr 2013 10:26PM
Thanks for the comments guys!

I'm really loving this site. Learnt so much !

paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2013 2:24PM
Quite a decent effort compared to many and you have filled the frame. It does look a little contrived with the perch and slightly strange background. It is also better to not have food in the beak if possible, unless that food is natural, a caterpillar.

Possibly just a touch crisper, but quite close.


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