so much to learn

I am still in the very early stages of trying to improve my photos……I want to thank all those who have given me fantastic advice and encouragement….Now I am looking at my photos a little more closely but still never sure which are better than others….I still wonder whether the originals are best and would like other opinions….
I have put on a couple of before and afters …what do you think?

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11 Feb, 2011
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muddywalters said:

It looks to me like you're a quick learner Littlewren.
With the Chaffinch image, I like both, but I prefer the original - I like the way the bird is framed naturally by the branches/twigs. But the Robin shot has been totally transformed with the removal of the twigs between bird and camera - very 'Paul Daniels'!

11 Feb, 2011
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johnponting said:

Always difficult knowing when or where to stop. Can depend on the reason for the picture.

With the Robin I may have kept the diagonal twig across the wing but would have removed the piece across the face. Of course, everybody will be looking at the face so blemishes will be noticed, as will cosmetic alterations.

All good practice with software and gives an excuse to get out again and take more shots.

It's so much easier with buildings and landscapes as you can check the view finder many times and move position or objects until you get what you want.

Most impressed at how you have embraced editting after your initial steps into simple framing. (hard to type without appearing condescending - I'm not).

11 Feb, 2011
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littlewren said:

thanks MW I think I agree with you about the chaffinch....too much altered......the robin less to take out.....so I think it still looks quite natural
Thanks John I don't think that at all.....its true I have come quite a way since joining this great site and having loads of help......Nice to be able to play around.....wouldn't show you the one I have just tried with a chaffinch....think he'd had plastic surgery on his beak that had gone wrong lol

11 Feb, 2011
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david said:

I like both edited pics better than the originas, Lw, but have yet to learn all this myself.

11 Feb, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

The removal of obstructive items from a photo is not something I ve grasped either so probably wouldnt have known had not seen original robin photo.I was also impressed with the removal of telephone wires from your kite photo.

As JP said its easy to overdo and sometimes less is more which is just as well as havent grasped all the editing possibilities.

Always good to see a different take on things though as some work very well.

11 Feb, 2011
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aster said:

I like the robin one but that is because I also like the texture of the bark and the blue sky background. The removal of the twig was a vast improvement.

11 Feb, 2011
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littlewren said:

Nice to hear opinions......I suppose its all down to individual taste and as you say BB a little sometimes works but I think the chaffinch was a little too far and looked false....but like you Aster I do think the robin photo was improved a little

12 Feb, 2011
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jane said:

I like the originals of both shots Littlewren...but I think the edited chaffinch does not look as natural as the first one. How many times do we take a photo and wish a bit of twig or leaf was missing ? Its happened to me a lot !

12 Feb, 2011
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littlewren said:

thanks Jane...know what you mean about the chaffinch.....

12 Feb, 2011
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hobbit said:

My word, you've learnt this 'tecchie' stuff quickly! Well done. I prefer both pics in their original form, in fact, the first pic is almost framed! Good luck, don't think you'll need it though. : o )

12 Feb, 2011
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littlewren said:

thanks hobbit and everyone else for their opinions nice to have them.....

12 Feb, 2011
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I preferred the original with the Chaffich, looked natural would have kept the branch in....i am in agreement with John, on the Robin pic i would have said the same thing littlewren. We, do try
to get the best out of our pics, but still trying to keep them as natural as possible!!

13 Feb, 2011
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littlewren said:

Thanks FP I have had some great feedback from you all and once again have learned something....much appreciated

13 Feb, 2011
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robashfield said:

I had this "problem" when I went to the local photographers club.People saying" you should do this,you should've done that"The way I see it.A photo is as individual as a painting,there is no wrong way or right way to edit,as long as the photo looks right and is composed right thats all that matters. A very good friend of mine is a pro photographer,who also loves birds,and we had this conversation,he agreed with me! keep doing what you are doing LW they are all good!!

13 Feb, 2011
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littlewren said:

thanks Rob.....great comment too......

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