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Posted By: JohnA, 12-01-2011, 10:18 PM

I think the birds have already had the best of the berries off this bush. john a

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Not bad- I'd pop the colors a bit in PP though.

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Thanks Adam. I agree about popping the colours, but I'm still learning how to do that. I've got the "auto smart fix" button in Photoshop Elements figured out but I've got some learning to do to get past that and take control of the colours, etc.

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Thanks Adam. I agree about popping the colours, but I'm still learning how to do that. I've got the "auto smart fix" button in Photoshop Elements figured out but I've got some learning to do to get past that and take control of the colours, etc. john a
I have a great book for elements 9..."The Photoshop elements9 book" by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski. It shows you what you can do in jpeg and RAW, tells you how to do and gives step by step instructions. It's full of great examples and a full tutorial on how to utilize the organizer. It really helped me out! Tom

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I have a great book for elements 9..."The Photoshop elements9 book" by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski. ... Tom
Thanks for the tip, Tom. I picked up a copy of that book and it looks like a great guide. john a
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I love dogwood branches (I think it's dogwood)... and when they are wet the reds are soooo rich. I love the bokeh in this, and as others have mentioned you could bump the reds, even make them a bit more luminescent, as maybe turn down the boost a little to take the highlight off the leaf.

this is a difficult shot... great job ...and thanks for sharing!
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I love dogwood branches (I think it's dogwood)... and when they are wet the reds are soooo rich. I love the bokeh in this, and as others have mentioned you could bump the reds, even make them a bit more luminescent, as maybe turn down the boost a little to take the highlight off the leaf.

this is a difficult shot... great job ...and thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the feedback, Tessfully. As this was one of my first I didn't know to fix the white balance and I relied on the "auto enhance" function in Elements. I went back and started over with the DNG file, using your and Adam 's suggestions plus the guidance in the excellent book that Tom suggested. I also tried to restrict the sharpening to the branches and not the bokeh. Plus applied a different crop (5x7 versus 8x10).

I appreciate the help and suggestions. Obviously there's no 'correct', but the finished result is truer to what I was seeing when I took the shot...
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