Enhancing shadow detail

European Goldfinch
Photo Information
Copyright: Stephane Ballestraz (Steffleu) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 26 W: 3 N: 53] (540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-01
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Edited by: Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710)
Edited Image Upload Date: 2004-11-07 17:02:21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Leica APO Televid 77
Exposure: 1.8, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Workshop Note
I used a variation of the Contrast Masking technique to bring out a little more shadow detail on this shot.

Basically we'll do it twice, but with two different blur values to reduce the appearance of a halo, so:
NewLayerViaCopy, Desaturate, Invert. NewLayerViaCopy. Turn off the middle layer. Blur/Gaussian, merge mode Overlay @ 65% on the top layer. Merge Visible. Now turn on the layer, and set merge Overlay @ 30%.

That's it, I hope you like it :)
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