Composition & Image Tweek

Jackdaw
Photo Information
Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-10
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Edited by: Paul Kettel (pauljk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 204 W: 64 N: 65] (226)
Edited Image Upload Date: 2007-01-12 16:58:14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED
Exposure: 5.6, 1/50 seconds
Workshop Note
Hi Simon,
Main change here is the crop. I've paced the bird to the left of the frame, giving a bit more space to the right...allows the image to "breathe"a little. Limited by pixels here...your original may well be able to be better cropped.

PP work.

ISSUE 1 - Improve feather detail. Set black and white points for image using a levels adjustment layer.
- Applied shadow/hight tool to shadows at 20% the pull detail from the plumage in shaod on the birds chest.
- then improved eye definition - slected eye using lasso tool and feathered by 3 pixels. Created a cuvers adjustment layer. Didn't touch the curve settings but did changethe blend mode of the layer to "Screen" this gave good eye edge definition.
ISSUE Sharpness - Ran PKSharpner Pro for 800pixel wide image with Medium sharpening.
- flattened image
- converted to sRGB space and the upload to web.
Hope this of use...if so can you please mark as useful..trying to get my gold WS status :o)
Cheers
Paul
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