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United Kingdom
Title: Catfight!Canon EOS 20D
Catfight! (14)
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)

Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom
Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164) [2007-09-22 19:01:15]
Technique: I played with the red and yellow sliders in Adobe Lightroom and the saturation of those until I got darker woodchips in the background.

I'm not sure if it does much, but I thought that maybe trying to bring more color into the woodchips in the background would make the bottom cub's head pop out more. Since that's the one that seems, to me anyway, to get lost in the background somewhat.
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United Kingdom
Title: Bald eagle portraitCanon EOS 20D
Bald eagle portrait (49) *
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)

No crop
No crop
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408) [2006-08-14 06:19:28]
Here is the full frame as it was taken. You can see why I cropped it!! Loads of interference from the wire cage, but more importantly, extremely badly composed! Shameful! I'll use the excuse that the wires stopped me doing a proper job ;) If I hadn't already said I'd post a WS, I'd keep this hidden away!
Of course the image will be a lot smaller, but I'd welcome suggestions for a better crop from this original.
Andy
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United Kingdom
Title: Bald eagle portraitCanon EOS 20D
Bald eagle portrait (49) *
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)

Color cast reduction
Color cast reduction
Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915) [2006-08-11 21:05:18] [4]
In CS2,

Reduced the red color cast and increased depth using selective colors. Slight smart sharpen and noise reduction.

Mike
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United Kingdom
Title: U L L S W A T E RCanon EOS 20D
U L L S W A T E R (38) *
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)

Clone out the branch!
Clone out the branch!
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408) [2006-08-09 09:53:32]
Loads of people naturally pointed out that the branch in the mid-foreground was distracting, so I thought I'd post this workshop with the branch and it's reflection in the water removed. I just used the clone tool to do so. In my opinion, there is not a drastic improvement, I love the photo with or without the branch :)
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United Kingdom
Title: Bengal Eagle OwlCanon EOS 20D
Bengal Eagle Owl (27)
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)

Dual RAW conversion, Layer Mask
Dual RAW conversion, Layer Mask
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408) [2006-07-19 06:11:18]
OK, so a lot of people criticized the plain white background on my original post. I did say that the original sky was dull already as you can see here, and I knew it would be extremely difficult to keep the darker sky and the correctly exposed owl, which is why I decided to post it as it was. Remember that TN rules 'officially' restrict the type of PP'ing this workshop has involved, I know everyone does it, but I like to keep my posts as close to the original as possible.
Anyway, here's what I did to produce this workshop: Opened my original RAW file with the exposure settings I used before. Duplicated the image, then opened the RAW file again with very little exposure compensation. The sky was bluer but the owl is drastically under exposed.
I copied and pasted the 'white' image as a new layer on the dark image, then used a layer mask to carefully remove all the white sky. The main difficulty was the wing tips where a lot of white light has shine through the wings, so even though the sky now appears blue, there is only white showing through. If I let more of the darker layer show through, the wings will look far too dark. Finally, I re-sized and added a very subtle USM, to minimize the obvious edges.
So, this is the best I could do. I don't think it's good enough for a full re-post so I've left it as a workshop.
Andy.
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United Kingdom
Title: Flying Scarlet MacawsCanon EOS 20D
Flying Scarlet Macaws (69) *
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)

Original image full size
Original image full size
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408) [2006-07-12 10:25:26]
Not as soft as I remember it being but still far from perfectly sharp. I think I may have sharpened it before and after re-sizing it, to reduce the quality loss. This is a full-scale crop of the original unsharpened RAW file.
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United Kingdom
Title: Catfight!Canon EOS 20D
Catfight! (14)
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)

Elements 3
Elements 3
marhowie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5731 W: 1197 N: 98] (486) [2006-06-23 12:48:54]
Hi Andy,
I reduced highlights a teensy bit, as well as a teensy bit of USM :)
Howard
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United Kingdom
Title: Tawny EagleCanon EOS 300D
Tawny Eagle (72) *
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)

Additional views to ID the bird
Additional views to ID the bird
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408) [2006-03-13 11:55:04]
I've uploaded these images as a workshop so that we can properly ID the bird, as my original ID of a common buzzard is likely incorrect.
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United Kingdom
Title: A little piece of AfricaCanon EOS 300D
A little piece of Africa (14) *
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)

No adjustments
No adjustments
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408) [2005-11-14 10:44:22]
This is how the image looked using the RAW data and making no adjustments at all in photoshop, using the default exposure/contrast/brightness/saturation levels.
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Maldives
Title: Peek-a-booOlympus Camedia C920-zoom
Peek-a-boo (8)
flagman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)


Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982) [2005-10-06 12:53:48] [2]
I first reduced brightness (-9) and increased contrast (+15), then I used shadow/highlight to increase density of the light tone. I cropped the image to make the fish bigger and to put it off center. Finally I slightly increased sharpness (Gain=100; Radius=0.7).
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