Blue Tit variations

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Following a couple of welcome comments from mike recently – plus my recent “disaster” with the White Balance – I have revisited a recent Blue Tit image and tried several options.

Comments, Like/Dislike etc etc more than welcome.

#0: Ex Camera

#1: #0 cropped + levels

#2: #1 + smallest saturation in PSE9

#3: #2 + unsharp mask

#4: #1 cropped

#5: #4 + smallest saturation in PSE9

#6: #5 + unsharp mask

#7: original pos

#8: original post

Comments

29 Mar, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

No photographic expert JP so only speaking from personal preference.Given the olive green back of the bird and the background that seems to compliment this , I like your natural images best.

The blue tinting to the frame seems to have been absorbed into the blue feathers therefore #2 #3 and #4 to me , seem the most effective composition.

29 Mar, 2011
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johnponting said:

Thanks bb.

30 Mar, 2011
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littlewren said:

I like no 2 or 3 john....I know head shots are lovely but I prefer to see the whole bird.....I might have been tempted to clone out the feeder as the background colour is lovely...then again....what do I know lol

30 Mar, 2011
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johnponting said:

Thanks for the comments Sheila. I'm with you in preferring full bird shot, preferably with some natural habitat background. However, detailed close ups or head shots can aid identification, especially with very similar birds. And you know more than you like to admit.

30 Mar, 2011
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littlewren said:

I have to admit I love looking at all the photos....and love the detailed close ups showing the texture and colours of the feathers...I still have so much to learn....thought you sharpen photos so what does unsharp mask mean??

30 Mar, 2011
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johnponting said:

Unsharp Mask? Wish I understood it but many magazines, books and software say it is the better option to apply in general across a picture ... use Sharpen to specific areas of a picture. I think there is a version tucked away in PicniK somewhere under advanced sharpen.

Sounds like a meaty sausage from northern Italy to me but it seems to work for me.

30 Mar, 2011
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johnponting said:

Well what a comotion in my garden a couple of minutes ago. A Sparrow Hawk had grabbed a smaller bird and was sitting on the lawn squeezing the life out of it. Lot's of squealing. By the time I grabbed a camera and eased the patio open it had flown off to devour it's kill in peace. Really must keep a camera ready to go near the patio and learn to shoot through glass first and ask questions later.

31 Mar, 2011
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robashfield said:

Hi jp. Unsharp mask really is a contradiction of terms.When you have sharpened the main area of the picture,the unsharp mask picks out the outline pixels and sharpens them up, so that the picture stands out. I have a programme that allows you to adjust the % u/m then you can adjust the radius of the pixels,and finally the threshold of them. I rarely use it as i like a more natural photo.
But it can sometimes enhance a good close up....Hope this info helps explain a little....

1 Apr, 2011
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johnponting said:

Cheers Rob. I use Photoshop with the same USM adjustable parameters, generally at low settings for amount and pixels and then seldom having threshold lower than 4 or 5. For me, it works best with an out of focus background and just "lifts" the subject.

1 Apr, 2011
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robashfield said:

agree jp.Virtually the same settings I use.

1 Apr, 2011
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donna said:

I am with Little wren on this one I am only a beginner with my Camera and its early days yet, I went out today took 177 photos out of which 12 are ok .I love your photos they are Brill

1 Apr, 2011
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johnponting said:

Donna I've just checked and I have 106 shots from the Chaffinch visit and although I've not been through them properly there will be less than 20 that I keep.

4 Apr, 2011
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mike said:

Just an eye - with little or no bird knowledge - No 4 is my preference.

4 Apr, 2011
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johnponting said:

Colour wise I agree mike although I prefer slightly wider views.

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