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How can I salvage this?
Posted By: Wombat, 06-26-2008, 08:49 PM

This shot of an Eastern curlew in flight had everything wrong.
The bird was too far away, the light was bland, the lens (Sigma 70-300) was at its max and is very poor at that point and I was hand-holding it, with watering eyes, in a howling gale! I want to enlarge it, but you'll see for yourself why it's not good enough. "Why not just chuck the photo?" you ask. Well, this bird is my favourite and is quite rare around here. The best I could do with the shot is twiddle around and turn it into a strictly non-realistic photo.

I'd welcome any other ideas of how it might be salvaged.


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06-28-2008, 07:21 AM   #16
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Lovely, Rosemary. You've somehow made the sky look almost like sea spray, which is so appropriate for these birds. In this part of the world they migrate every year from Siberia to all parts of Australia, even right down the bottom where I am, then go back north after summer to breed. (Some, usually young ones like this one, stay over during winter). It's a staggering effort and your treatment gives that sense of drama that characterises the epic journey they go through twice a year. Thanks.
Thank you. Just learning somethings about photo shop. Been half afraid to learn it, LOL. People use to think how I got my impressionistic look photos was from photo shop even before I started learning to use it.
They sound like cool birds. Are these small birds? It's really hard to tell by the photo

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Yes, they're a great-looking bird allright. In body size they're equivalent to, say, a bantam chicken, but,as you can see, with an enormous curved bill and a longer tail than a chook. One of my books has the bird as 580-620mm, of which a full 180mm is the bill. (Sorry, I don't know what that is in inches. I have a 300mm ruler which is 12 inches, so I suppose roughly two feet all up).
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Wow! that is impressive
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I went for the sepia historic look - lack of detail works wonders there I've found previously.

Zip file contains the big image - I doubled the jpg size to start with, then cropped. Just a selective contrast, desaturate, transparent brown layer, and some addding of noise and dust via filtering.

Tried it in B&W, didn't look so good imo.

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It's hard because it is so small. Not much to play with, but here is my shot =)

Love what you've done DuckysDoll. The sky is so smooth, the color on the bird is accurate.

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