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ant at work

ant at work
Photo Information
Copyright: Raju Chatterjee (rajuchatterjee) (45)
Genre: Protoctista
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 550D, Canon 18-55 Kit Lens
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-17 1:54
Viewed: 3145
Points: 4
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hi all
this photo has bben cropped too much,thats why it might be ruined(?).
after post processing and resizing for posting in TN,it has not satisfied me,something is wrong there. but i can't find it out. is the left side is over exposed?
suggestion required.

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Image looks colorful but no clarity in details. Good contrast and spreading of colors.

Hi Raju,
A few comments about the blur you see:
1 - when diminishing the size of a picture they often look blur, and you need to use the sharpening tools to make it look like the original.
2 - avoid multiple jpegsations. If you shoot in jpeg, reduce the size and save it, then you have 2 jpegsations of the file and this is bad. Shoot in raw, reduce the size and save in jpeg (if you don't want to keep raw because they're large, save them as full size jpeg, but make the small size from the raw and not from the jpeg)
3 - most of the parts of ants look outside of the depth of field. The most important part of the ant (eye of mouth parts) should have been included within the DOF. [I know they run fast]
4 - If it's a huge crop it means you're above the limites of your lens. Then the invisible defect on the glass surface with produce a blur overall (that you would also see in the unreduced size pic)

The light behind is composed of 3 colors only with a sudden bordery between them. Looked like what you get when the whites are burnt and you make it less bright. Could be due to the fact it's a large crop too. Shooting in raw usually helps solving this.

When you require technical help, it's good to include all capture data of the pic, so that we can help better

Best regards

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