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  1. #961
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    Some lighting adjustments in the Highlights and Midtones in Elements and some contrast and sharpening in FastStone. I think I took the saturation down a notch too, just a quick edit...

    Actually in #1 he is almost smiling, he, he...

    Cheers, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
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    Olympus E-3 ~ E-30
    ZD 50 ~ 7-14 ~ 14-35 ~ 14-54 ~ 12-60 ~ 35-100 ~ 50-200 ~ EC 20
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  2. #962
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    OK, most recent version, you were right about the square crop, that seemed to be the only one that really worked. I applied my own version of slightly more subtle sharpening, though I did have the luxury of the original file.

    btw, the overexposure is somewhat intentional, the original shot was exposed with the area exposure (whatever it's called) so the guy was too dark. I made it brighter in photoshop, so his face is correctly exposed, more or less. Mild attempt at recovering highlights was made.
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  3. #963
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    Raven,

    I tend to agree with most of Don's comments, but bear in mind that I am not a portrait photographer; it is something I do not like to do. I think having his face away from the sun is preferable as he did not need to squint, etc. That said, this is the perfect shot for either a 36" reflector on his face or some fill flash. The leading lines into the background are a definite distraction, particularly since they make you look at the tree just in front of his face. Also, based on the sun being to one side a polarizer would certainly have popped the sky a good bit.

    I took #2 and made a second layer, used 'multiply' to saturate the background. I then erased out most of the old man from the new layer as a sort of PP fill flash. I also cloned out the tall tree just behind him to eliminate the distraction.
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  4. #964
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    Just 'cause everyone else is doing it too.
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  5. #965
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    OK, thanks. I did use a polarizer.

    I have been struggling between saturating the ground vs. keeping the correct exposure. Kgosden's version has nice saturation, but seems too dark for a sunny day. I'm also struggling between emphasizing the shepherd vs. showing the setting. Oh well, no easy answers.

    Jekostas, I don't see much difference in yours, what did you do?

  6. #966
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    Quote Originally Posted by raven15 View Post

    Jekostas, I don't see much difference in yours, what did you do?
    Compare mine with your original on the desktop side-by-side - they are quite different. I just used an advanced lighting adjustment in ACDSee Pro.
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    Zuiko 70-300 F4.0-5.6
    Konica Hexanon 52mm F1.8
    Cullmann 2503
    Benro KS-0

  7. #967
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    "I smell BBQ"....



    Cheers, Don
    Last edited by Don Kondra; 05-17-2010 at 08:27 PM.
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
    Product Photography

    Olympus E-3 ~ E-30
    ZD 50 ~ 7-14 ~ 14-35 ~ 14-54 ~ 12-60 ~ 35-100 ~ 50-200 ~ EC 20
    Velbon tripod/ball head
    Slik tripod/Jobu Jr 2 Gimbal

  8. #968
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    So very little time to shoot lately due to work
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    Zuiko 70-300 F4.0-5.6
    Konica Hexanon 52mm F1.8
    Cullmann 2503
    Benro KS-0

  9. #969
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    Darn squirrel figured out how to get on the bird feeder



    Cheers, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
    Product Photography

    Olympus E-3 ~ E-30
    ZD 50 ~ 7-14 ~ 14-35 ~ 14-54 ~ 12-60 ~ 35-100 ~ 50-200 ~ EC 20
    Velbon tripod/ball head
    Slik tripod/Jobu Jr 2 Gimbal

  10. #970
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kondra View Post
    Darn squirrel figured out how to get on the bird feeder



    Cheers, Don
    Nice pic but if you just want the birds to get your bird seed try this:

    http://www.buytelescopes.com/Product...l-baffler.aspx

    It holds off squirrels really, really well.

    It does not work to well against the Black bears on my property

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