yellow, red & orange

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  1. Ajay

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    I don't feel like I'm that good with nature shots, so I'd love some serious critique. Thanks for checking these out.

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    The colors in these are great. The depth of field is nice too.
     
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    Thanks KOrmechea.
     
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    Any other feedback? Are they lacking sharpeness or are the highlights blown out? Too much contrast?
     
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    I like #1 and #3 the best. I like the detail in #3 it's just awesome. I would try and make more contrast on #1 so that there would be more detail in the image to seperate it from the background.
     
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    They're not that bad! :) 2, 3, and 6 are very nice, actually. #3, in my opionion, is your best shot. The lines in the picture and the colors are great. A more simple background would have been nicer, but is not always possible.

    #6; I think I would have taken a picture of only the end of the branch, leaving out the first side-branches. Zoom in a little more etc.
     
  7. Ajay

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    Thanks 93. I really like #3 as well. I tried upping the contrast in the first one but then I lose even more detail in the shadow/highlight areas. I think if i could go back I'd use a little more DOF to get more separation from the background.

    MDW - Thanks for the feedback. Yeah I couldn't really help the background in #3. The metal was was all wound up in a roll.

    I actually couldn't get any closer to #6 in camera. I was standing on a tall bridge and those buds were at the top of a tree a ways out from me. I'll try cropping it in PS and see what I come up with. That one bugs me anyway cause it's a bit noisy. I made the rookie mistake of not checking my ISO before all of these and it was on 800 the whole time. :er:
     
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    I did edited your image. I hope that was ok... I will delete it if not.

    Here's what I did. I used PS CS3 and I went into Adjustments>Exposure and dropped down the offset, exposure and boosted the gamma correction. Then I went back into the Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast and boosted the brightness and contrast. I hope this helps... :)
     

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    Hey, that looks so much better! I've never really messed with Exposure Adjustments before - usually just do that stuff in raw. I'm going to have to play around with it now. Thanks!
     
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    Love #3. Cool shots Ajay!
     
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    You can make all those adjustments in the raw format. I would since it will degrade in jpeg anyway. Do you save your images as psd before converting them to jpeg?
     
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    Thanks MissMia!

    93- It just depends on the image - if I think I want to work with it again or not. If I am working with a jpeg I do always save it as a new version and don't just resave the old one.
     

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