Otter Photoshop!

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  1. Overread

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    Well sometimes editing is easy and other times I just feel really lost in it all - and lost is what I am now. Edited this shot twice now to two slightly different effects and really can't tell which I prefer:

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    So anyone got some input on these two edits? Ideas as to which is the better and any modifications people might try would be appreciated


     
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    They look the same to me. - TF
     
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    unfortunatly the difference is minor - if you save them to your computer and flick between the two images its easier to see the differnce - online like this they do look too similar to tell apart
     
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    LOOKS LI, whoops that always happens when I come back from photoshop - some will know why. So it looks like your used some shadow/highlight and sharpening.. maybe oversaturated it a bit after a few curves?

    I wonder if a slightly larger aperture would have diffused the somewhat distracting (interesting) reflection...

    Here is a different take on the saturation, levels, and with a blend of layers ultimately brushed together in a minute or so. -S

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    I rather like that edit - looks like you added more saturation into the ground and otter area whilst leaving the reflection untouched. Chances are a wider aperture might have lost the reflection though I think it would still have been there to a greater or lesser extent.

    For the original I applied a single contrast mask (essentailly shadows and highlights) and then the second I applied another conrast mask which was set to affect the foreground and only affect the water a tiny bit (50% ish with a layer brush)
     
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    Actually I ran the typical S curve with a slight bias towards the bottom (darks), then desaturated until my eye said stop, that is grass. Then I used an oval patch of your plan B and turned that layer down a touch to blend into my take on the levels.

    I think more bokeh would be nice on that reflection and give the subject more weight, but I sure can't pull past 200mm f/2.8... Oh I see you have an 1.4x on there..

    -Shea
     
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    I think you have gone way past what I understand about curves in that. S curve I can make a guess at but the other part you have lost me a bit.

    And yes a 1.4TC is on the lens - for wildlife in zoos and such I find that the extra 1.4 to focal length does help and f4 is not a bad max aperture (especailly on such a bright day!)
     
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    What did you start with? Can you post the unretouched version?
     
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    The shot is RAW so its tricky to post an untouched version online *unlit photobucket accept raws ;)* I can post a version with no edits save my RAW processing though - of course any error in my RAW processing will still be present
     
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    If you want others to play with the raw file, you can upload it to Yousendit and post the link here.
     

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