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Mar 01, 2012 20:35 |  #1

I have not been here as much due to my health. I am not taking pictures as much for the same reason :(. I was lucky to go on a trip to Maui recently. I have always wanted to get a great picture of a whale, and I did not do very well. I used my 7D and my 70-200mmL lens, which I cannot hold very well anymore. I know I messed up on the settings, and my focus is off, but is there anyway to save this picture? Thanks to anyone who can help!

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Mar 01, 2012 22:41 |  #2

I am not a fan of cropping, but in this case it may be the only way. But when you crop, just make sure to make it the same shape as it is now, if that makes sense. It would have been awesome to see more of the whale too.


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Mar 02, 2012 00:15 |  #3

Looks like a whale just breeching taken from a long distance. So this is probably a crop.
It seems to be a very de-saturated image. I can't get any color out of it; but here is what I did.
If you post a link to an original image or PM me and email one I will try to do better.


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Mar 02, 2012 11:42 |  #4

The low contrast of the shot in general makes the whale blend in to the background too much. I guess I can see now why most of the photos of breaching whales are from the surface level, though this probably wasn't an option for you.

I wish I could offer an edit but I don't think I'm that good in PS. Qbx did a decent job...better than I would have done that's for sure. Can't wait to see what he can do with the orginal file.


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Mar 02, 2012 11:53 |  #5

Qbx wrote in post #14004012 (external link)
Looks like a whale just breeching taken from a long distance. So this is probably a crop.
It seems to be a very de-saturated image. I can't get any color out of it; but here is what I did. If you post a link to an original image or PM me and email one I will try to do better.

Thanks! I emailed you. Thanks to everyone that responded. I wish I could have done better....oh well.


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Mar 02, 2012 11:59 |  #6

You can only fail if you don't try...that's what I always say.


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Mar 02, 2012 12:07 |  #7

rivas8409 wrote in post #14007605 (external link)
You can only fail if you don't try...that's what I always say.

You know, I have to start thinking that way, thanks for that :D. It is just hard to have so much difficulty in something that used to come so easy. I may have to sell my 100-400 L that I love so much, I just cannot hold it any longer :(


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Mar 02, 2012 12:33 |  #8

If you decide to, keep me in mind.


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Mar 02, 2012 16:13 |  #9

rivas8409 wrote in post #14007812 (external link)
If you decide to, keep me in mind.

Will do!


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Mar 03, 2012 09:27 |  #10

This is all I could do with the original. At least we can see its eye and some detail. Frankly I'm puzzled that there was not more detail in the original since it was taken with a 70-200 L on a 7D body at 1/1600 sec.


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Mar 03, 2012 20:30 as a reply to  @ Qbx's post |  #11

Thanks for trying, I appreciate it. Maybe I am not the ONLY problem. Here is one taken same day, same camera (more sunny too), but with my Canon 100-400 L lens (cropped):

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