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Jun 05, 2011 12:25 |  #1

These photos were pretty blown out but I played around with levels and came up with the following. What do you think?

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Jun 05, 2011 23:08 |  #2

great captures.
You are right with being blown, which is a shame. The harsh shadows, esp in #2 also detract.
Where did you shoot to get such black backgrounds? I wonder if a little more background (sky, landscape etc) could help this shot.


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Jun 06, 2011 00:10 |  #3

Here is the original which is only fit for the garbage bin. It is so wrong, but by doing some drastic level tweeking in DPP I quite liked the unusual and drastic black background. Full size it looks quite cool as you can see the water drops like little jewels against the black. But I thought I would post it for C&C as it may be just too much.

My son had been crab fishing with bacon and was throwing the last bits away, hence the mad scrabble of gulls.

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Jun 06, 2011 00:24 |  #4
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Oh crap....that middle one's got something. Just works.


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Jun 06, 2011 02:13 |  #5

GtrPlyr wrote in post #12543304 (external link)
Oh crap....that middle one's got something. Just works.

I agree - its the best one


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Jun 06, 2011 02:20 |  #6

Thanks for comments - but which one do you mean? Is it the one with the big bunch of birds, or the bird about to grab the bacon?


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Jun 06, 2011 02:29 |  #7

the bunch of birds. Its a little blown in places, but I like the craziness of it, and the one bird (in front and a bit 'left out' ) makes it.


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Jun 06, 2011 08:39 |  #8
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Heeeeey...wait a minute...am I crazy or did you delete a third photo from post #3??

Yes, I was talking about chaos birds


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Jun 06, 2011 08:45 |  #9

Yeah I deleted the photo as it was a crop of the chaos birds, but I think it was confusing things as it was the same size and looked like another photo.


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Jun 06, 2011 15:21 |  #10

The second one in post 3 is brilliant, a cut above your average gull snap.


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Jun 06, 2011 16:17 |  #11

One frame earlier, moment of impact... a bit too abstract perhaps?

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Jun 06, 2011 16:43 |  #12

I think the first one is better. No head visible in this one and as said before, I think the lone seagull in the front add more 'tension' to the shot.


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Jun 06, 2011 20:10 |  #13

jwhittaker wrote in post #12543731 (external link)
Thanks for comments - but which one do you mean? Is it the one with the big bunch of birds, or the bird about to grab the bacon?

No wonder they are in a feeding frenzy - bacon!:lol:

They are all interesting but most suffer from issues like blown highlights - except for that next to last one which works real well for me. It is just a feeding free for all.


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Jun 07, 2011 06:52 |  #14

how did you get rid of the colour in the water?

masks?

Desturate specific colour tones?

plzz tell me!:D

I really like the pic in post #11!




  
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Jun 07, 2011 07:27 |  #15

porky101 wrote in post #12550634 (external link)
how did you get rid of the colour in the water?

masks?

Desturate specific colour tones?

plzz tell me!:D

I really like the pic in post #11!

I lost the water using DPP. On the RAW tab, I simply played with the histogram sliders. I think I was lucky that the tones were just right that the water could be removed this way, it won't work with every shot with water. It surprised me greatly when the water went!


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