Monday in Nature, December 31, 2018

Discussion in 'Nature' started by ShunCheung, Dec 31, 2018.

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  1. Hope Supriyo does not mind, Here's the after-effect of a quick Photoshop Shadow-Highlight pass of this very nice head shot.
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  2. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    I'm talking about the LEFT side of the photo, not the true-to-life left side of the giraffe. Sorry for the confusion.
     
  3. Rod, I think you were referring to the dark (black) area in the background on the right side of the photo. Is that correct? The extended blackness in that area bothered me as well, so I cropped it a bit from the original frame. My goal was to subdue the background to make the head stand out, which led to the right side becoming too dark may be. Actually there is enough details in the RAW file to retrieve information there. Using masks, it is also possible to independently lift up that area without affecting tonality in the rest of the image. There is a lot to play with in the photo I think. Will work on it in the weekend.

    Thank you very much for your observation.
     
  4. Thank you, Mary. Your edit shows that there is detail available on the right side background which can be retrieved. This is of course even more effective in the RAW file. One thing is, improving shadow details also makes the background vegetation more prominent which starts competing for attention to some extent. At what point, this becomes distracting is a good question. That is something I had to consider a lot when editing the photo, because in the original image, the vegetation was quite bright.
     
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  5. Eastern Phoebe taken in my yard in April 2008 taken with a D3 and a 200-400mm lens.

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  6. I see your point. Overall the original looks underexposed on my monitor with blocked shadows to the left. Casually-applied shadow-highlight pass reveals lovely details that were hidden in darkness but also, unfortunately, revealed the background that you would prefer to not emphasize. Think a solution can be to select the giraffe to brighten and leave everything else untouched? Selective enhancement (not adding or taking elements away) is acceptable under PSA nature rule.
     
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  7. Thanks. I in fact did some selective adjustment on just the giraffe's face in the posted photo. One issue might be, all my edits were done under room lighting on a macbook pro. Given the sharp contrast of this image, may be the edits should be done on a calibrated monitor to achieve correct treatment of the shadow areas. I have a factory calibrated monitor which I can use to revisit this image. It's such a great opportunity to learn by discussing with you guys.
     
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  8. Monitors vary. Some people insist on calibrating their monitors periodically. I am thankful my NEC monitors seem to do well without the annoyance of calibration. I tried it once on a laptop years ago and the monitor was messed up forever. I am sure it was my fault. :(
     
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  9. I agree, monitors can be finicky. If I am unsure of the post processing and what I am seeing on the monitor, I sometimes print a small test image in my Canon inkjet printer to see if the contrast looks correct.
     
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