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      and anothery..

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      Stunning landscape, beautiful colour, wonderful composition Elin. Belated congrats on POTW.

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      Hi Marty, I was interested in it but knew nothing about Photoshop at first so I used an old copied version of Photoshop (from a mate) for about a year until I got an email from Adobe telling me to stop and get legit. I decided to bite the bullet and get a subscription. When I thought about it, the cost really is insignificant. Works out to about AU$3.50/week. I spend more on a takeaway coffee. The subscription gets you Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC (the cloud version), Photoshop and Bridge as well as lifetime updates for no extra. Photoshop has a plugin called Camera Raw which is basically the same as Lightroom. The benefit of having  Lightroom is it’s file management ability which Photoshop doesn’t have.

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      The blue hue is an easy fix Marty (assuming you have Photoshop?) Add a Hue/Saturation layer. This will bring up the adjustment layer’s control box. Click on the little hand symbol with an arrow on each side of it then move it over the blue gloves and drag left to reduce the saturation of that specific colour.

      I like the aspect of the full shot but agree that it’s a bit cluttered and dilutes the story you’re aiming for. I did some layering to remove distractions (which may be a bit further down the road for you at this stage – not sure?) Anyhow, here’s my version for your contemplation.

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      Congrats Diane. Really like the colours and the depth in this one. It’s like a sneak peek into the spider’s world of construction – a web of intrigue!

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      An oldie PP’d.

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      Blood Moon 2018 (click for bigger)

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      Nice pics Steve. Can’t help wondering what’s going through their mind?

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      Stunning pics Charmaine. The wisdom of knowing you’re the top of the food chain oozes from the lion. He looks so at peace I just want to walk up and pat him. Wonderful images.

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      Coming in late to this discussion but what a fascinating subject. After sifting through all the comments, I have come to the conclusion that it all revolves around what we mean by ‘right’. I guess the purpose of a camera is to ‘capture’ something seen. How well that capture represents the original is generally what we are referring to when we use the term ‘right’. A lot of photography though intentionally deviates from the ‘acurate capture’ path before the shutter is even pushed in the name of creativity….out-of-focus, in-camera movement, DOF,  etc.

      So the question arises; Is ‘right’ a redundant term?” Personally, some of my favourite pics have come from what would be deemed failed shots if judged by in-camera settings. In fact probably my biggest failure to date turned into a POTW after some post-processing work. I think what I got right was seeing the shot in the first place and despite my disappointment on first seeing the image on my computer screen, I still saw something worth working on in post. In fact, I suspect that if the image had been ‘right’ in camera, I may not have bothered going any further with it.

      We live in a digital world and have enormous powers at our finger tips. I notice that the newer mobile phones now have the ability to sharpen blurred images (so they say) so getting it ‘right’ in camera is slowly being taken out of our hands anyway. The skill set is evolving away from the technical control side to the creative side. Being good at both is the aim ultimately but until I find the time to use my camera more and more, I’ll make do with the creative side (when I can find time after work)  🙂

      Case in point:

      Before: nothing ‘right’ about this at all!

      After: the polished turd.

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      My first thought was ‘Motherboard’. No criticism but rather curiosity. I’d like to hear (read) your own thoughts on what brought these elements together. The stone slab in particular is a mystery – or perhaps merely a support for the circuit board? Certainly got me thinking Anne 🙂

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      I shoot for myself but I would be lying if I denied the pleasure gained from other people’s appreciation. It’s an affirmation of what I’m striving for in photography – which is to get better at it.
      I do however think that I lean toward the creative aspect more than the technical aspect of photography. Perhaps this is because I still have a long way to go before I get anywhere near to mastering my camera. Only time will fix this, so roll on retirement.
      In the meantime I can try to improve my ability to seek out and find interest-worthy subject matter and to make photographs of it to the best of my current ability. If I ever reach a point where I’m happy with the technical side of things, then I’ll maybe shoot for other reasons like $$$ (but I ain’t holding my breath) 🙂

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      Another oldie from 3 years ago

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      Hi Vicki, I totally agree with you about the necessity for post work. That’s the beauty of a Raw file – it contains more detail than we might otherwise see pre-post and I have no issue with bringing that detail out if the image warrants it. Thanks for the kudus 🙂

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      Thanks Beth. I agree that the tiger does indeed look too dark on first view but when clicked for bigger it is a lot brighter and clearly a tiger. I think it’s a known thing in LS and wonder if the file type has anything to do with it? Images I post here are more often than not straight jpegs. As an experiment I used the ‘save for web’ setting in PS to see if it was any clearer but I couldn’t really see much difference. I think from now on I’ll join the group of people who always recommend ‘click for bigger’ as it does look a lot clearer than the smaller version.

       

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      Thanks Beaky. I struggle a lot too. The trouble with online tutorials is that the tricks and methods and tools they demonstrate are so hard to remember when doing your own work. It’s OK downloading all the ‘assets’ that come with tutorials so you can follow along and make exact copies of what is being shown in the lesson but starting with your own image is a completely different kettle of fish.

      There are quite a few free courses on the basics of Photoshop editing which go through the tools, menus etc but they barely scratch the surface of what PS can do. Just type Photoshop Editing into youtube for a sample.

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      Thanks for the feedback Jasenka. I’ve missed the clarity that the Stalkers provide. Back to the drawing board 🙂 .

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      Hi Dahlia, thanks for the feedback. I agree on all accounts. I already darkened the tree trunk which was a lot brighter. When I first took the shot of the woods some time ago, the bright tree trunk standing out is what attracted my attention but trying to shift the attention over to the superimposed tiger hasn’t worked that well I guess.  I also darkened the tiger in an attempt to blend it more into the surrounds. It looks better when clicked for bigger but it just isn’t quite there. Must keep trying 🙂

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      Thanks Robert. I needed that belly laugh 🙂 🙂 🙂

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