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Julian Nell
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · critique wanted


I was wondering what could be better about this image.





Feb 20, 2012 at 03:22 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · critique wanted


More color contrast between background and bug would make it stand out more. A tighter crop would also help for that. Less leaf, more bug = more impact.

Edit: added illustration..







Above I lightened the background to make the bug contrast more. I'm not suggestion you edit your shot this way, but in future when shooting ask yourself: 1) What is most important here? and 2) How can I make it contrast from the background and be noticed?

In the tighter crop I played the bottom right edge off the bottom right corner of the frame and the curve of the top antennae off the upper right to create a sense of connection between the content and the frame.

Edited on Feb 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM · View previous versions



Feb 20, 2012 at 03:34 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · critique wanted


Hi Jullian,

I had a shot at your image,

I added a curves layer and changed the blending mode to Multiply, then on the mask I used a black brush with a small flow rate about 5% and lightened the bug a bit.

Then I cropped it and applied a small amount of sharpening.

Cheers Ray







Feb 20, 2012 at 07:25 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · critique wanted


Nice rework ... digging the leading line from the corner crop


Feb 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · critique wanted


I like the Dougo's more contrasty rework
I would crop a bit more the bottom and maybe I'd leave the top part untouched

Also: clone away that small thing on the bottom left corner

Cheers
Francesco



Feb 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · critique wanted


I think Ray (dougo) has very nicely illustrated the kind of rework suggested.
Nice!
scott



Feb 20, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Julian Nell
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · critique wanted


Thanks for the suggestions.

Julian



Feb 20, 2012 at 04:34 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · critique wanted


Does look good?




Edit: Does it need to be warmer?



Feb 20, 2012 at 04:55 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · critique wanted


Here is a warmer version, is it better?





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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · critique wanted


Warmer is better to my eyes, but it's subjective.


Feb 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · critique wanted


@Julian Nell,

The only thing that really matters is which you prefer, it is your vision. We can re-work and suggest; the final choice is yours.

FWIW, I prefer something between.

regards,

Bob



Feb 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Julian Nell
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · critique wanted


I agree that something in between and I actually prefer the more wide open version but I don't have Photoshop to clone out that small little dirt or whatever it is.

Julian



Feb 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · critique wanted


This is more what I like.





Feb 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · critique wanted


The problem is lack of separation between the brown bug and the the brown background. Because the background is so large relative to the size of the bug the bug disappears into it. That's what its coloring is designed to do in nature, but that makes for a less interesting photo.

Global adjustments of the color shift bug and background together so there's no net increase in contrast. That's why in my edit I masked out the bug and leaf and changed the background in CS5.

Absent the ability to do that with your editing program one solution would be to crop tight and show more bug than background then use the dodging tool to lighten the tone of the background.




Feb 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Julian Nell
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · critique wanted


I only have the viewNX software right now and I don't think that option is on my software.

Julian



Feb 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · critique wanted


As a very disappointed Capture NX user (through 2.2.6) in the way Nikon has mismanaged that application (which has the capacity to be better than CS5 in color rendition if they'd only done it right), I suggest you consider LR 3 Academic Version if you can qualify ($89). I am not sure what else is available at a reasonable cost.

Bob



Feb 21, 2012 at 01:03 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · critique wanted


Thanks I might be able to figure that out.

Julian



Feb 21, 2012 at 02:29 AM





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