Meffordon March 22, 2007
Great detail in the bird!
btw - the changes I did are far from perfect - I was taking the steps towards the idea I had in my head... I would probably do a few more things like change the orange cast in the corner to a more neutral color etc... etc...
TomLon March 22, 2007
Thusie is right -- lots of the birdies aren't exactly engineered solely for their exposure value. still a nice shot. looks like the feeder has a new roof - surely they'll show their appreciation for that by not messing it up. keep hammering, Sean. the more i see the words, the more sense it makes.
one is a curve. .acv - needs to be loaded when your in the curve dialog
the grads need to be loaded when you in the grad dialog. gailgrds.grd
the PSD = well... that should open as long as your using Photoshop
Sean thank you for all the work did, I can not open any of the links you sent me?
Oh and the PSD file if you want to dissect it. the cheek selection is in the channels... plus if you look the curve made a slight darkening of the BG to the right of the head - that would need to be fixed.
Gradient layer - Color R:121 G:68: B:22 - Grad to White 0% opacity at Location 62% -- set at 71.91 degrees angle. Layer set to multiply and 60% and then finally a bit of blending options (optional).
Next drew a loose lasso around cheek area making sure to avoid the eye - 10 pixel feather - you would need more for original size... then I used this curve to fix it. http://www.sherstone.com/downloads/cheekcurve.acv
grad pallete to load if you need it is here : http://www.sherstone.com/downloads/gailgrads.grd
Final image after my quick and dirty fixes. here: http://sherstone.smugmug.com/photos/137857940-O.jpg
I tried toning this down but I just couldn't get it right.
Have at then tell me what you did.
This central composition seems to work quite well. The only thing I can think of to improve things a bit .. is to decrease the brightness on the wood highlights so that they do not demand so much attention. Neck highlights I'm not sure about they don't seem blown but they are hot as Thusie has mentioned, I would leave them alone until the wood is subdued and see what it looks like.