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Aug 15, 2017 21:20 |  #1

I never post in this thread. I get enough criticism at home. However, I have this photo that I really like, but it doesn't look good in a print. So, what's the problem?

These are Black Skimmers, Oso Bay, in Corpus Christi, with Texas A & M CC campus in the background.


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Any suggestions, ideas are welcome. Maybe it just won't work. Thanks.

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Aug 15, 2017 21:58 |  #2

I like it. What's wrong with the print?


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Aug 15, 2017 23:51 |  #3

As above, without knowing what you don't like about the print it is hard to offer advise.


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Aug 16, 2017 00:15 |  #4

Could it be the size you are trying to print? Maybe its too large for the available resolution?


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Aug 16, 2017 00:17 |  #5

If you look at your histogram, everything is mid-tones. The wings of the birds should be black so there should be at least a small spike near the left side of your histogram, but there is not.
Part of the birds and the buildings are white, so your histogram should show a full range, but it doesn't. I used levels in Photoshop and used the eyedroppers to click on black, white and mid-tones (I used what I assume is a road just above the lake for mid-tones). This was the result. I didn't make any other changes.



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Aug 16, 2017 08:09 |  #6

Thanks to all. One of my habits, too much shadow boost and hilite mute. That helps. Are the buildings a big distraction?


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Aug 16, 2017 14:14 |  #7

mikeivan wrote in post #18429074 (external link)
Thanks to all. One of my habits, too much shadow boost and hilite mute. That helps. Are the buildings a big distraction?

Short answer: no.

Long answer: the point of using shallow depth of field is to render whatever is not the subject a blurry non-distraction, methinks. Besides, even if they were distracting, you can't lose them without losing two of the birds.

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