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Egret in the marsh

Post by PietFrancke » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:53 am

processed for detail by flattening and repainting back in highlights and shadows..
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Post by Psjunkie » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:02 am

so at first glance I thought too dark...then I thought about Piet's dark side....then I played and think a curves layer brightened a touch set to soft light may improve...now splain flattening and painting back in.....I realize I'm demanding, but worth it.....Bahahaha

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Post by minniev » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:10 am

PietFrancke wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:53 am
processed for detail by flattening and repainting back in highlights and shadows..EgretMarshS.jpg
That's just beautiful Piet. The grace of his flight is so well presented against the dull dark colors of the marsh.
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Post by davechinn » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:04 am

Stunning Piet !!! Details and highlights ... a success, not to mention the great capture in itself.
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Post by PietFrancke » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:10 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:02 am
so at first glance I thought too dark...then I thought about Piet's dark side....then I played and think a curves layer brightened a touch set to soft light may improve...now splain flattening and painting back in.....I realize I'm demanding, but worth it.....Bahahaha
Thanks Minnie, Dave, Frank!

Frank, like always, you put a smile on my face. I may have made the background darker than it needed to be!!!! LOL --- The process below.

Usually I shoot manual with auto-ISO. My settings for this particular shot was f/9.0, 1/1600, ISO 640. I had shot this bird before it took off and gimped and then I lowered the ISO and went full manual. I shoot raw. Part of my flattening process is to use ACR and I brought highlights to the left, shadows to the right, blacks some to the right (the shot was under exposed) and used the clarity slider.

Then in photoshop I added three empty layers, a normal layer, an overlay layer, and a soft light layer. I painted on those layers with white and black using a low opacity brush to emphasize the shadows and lights on the feathers. That had the added benefit of smoothing out some of the noise from the under exposure.

This got a lot of painting time from me...

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Post by Psjunkie » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:28 pm

thanks for the explanation, it clarified some of my suspicions...

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Post by PietFrancke » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:13 am

Psjunkie wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:28 pm
thanks for the explanation, it clarified some of my suspicions...
Brighter background for you Frank, I always like and think about your advise.
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Post by Psjunkie » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:55 am

very dreamy, like it a lot and would never have thought to do that.....my suggestion if you try it actually darkens the background.....

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Post by PietFrancke » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:55 am

Psjunkie wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:55 am
very dreamy, like it a lot and would never have thought to do that.....my suggestion if you try it actually darkens the background.....
listening..

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Post by Psjunkie » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:09 pm

but r u reading?? re-read my first reply......."then I played and think a curves layer brightened a touch set to soft light may improve"

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