Opinions wanted - which one better
Posted 25 November 2004 - 01:28 PM
Dual Ikelite Strobes
Photo site - www.reefpix.org
Posted 25 November 2004 - 09:28 PM
I like the 1st one much more. But I think it might be even better just a little less warm - it would look more underwater-ish. If your convesion software allows setting white balance, by clicking on points in the image, try clicking on parts of the shark, and see how it comes out...
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Posted 25 November 2004 - 10:52 PM
Posted 26 November 2004 - 12:49 AM
I still find the reef a little bit too warm in the third version. Just because we can warm up colours underwater it doesn't mean we have to. Underwater colours are naturally cool and I don't have a problem with that. If you are still enjoying experimenting, try a slightly cooler look, but with a bit more saturation to keep that rope sponge looking great and a bit more contrast, which will help the shark.
Posted 26 November 2004 - 06:25 AM
At Alex's suggestion I have given it one more try. This is closer to the WB of #2 but I have pumped up the red saturation a bit and tried to eliminate some of the shadows and halos that that James pointed out.
Posted 24 December 2004 - 01:37 PM
Posted 31 December 2004 - 12:45 AM
Sorry this took so long but the final version looks too fake, in the water colour. I wish I had ever seen water that blue. Sometimes less is more. I prefer the earlier adjustments, as they look believable.
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Posted 31 December 2004 - 07:10 AM
If it were my shot, I'd do only minor tweak in raw, then pull it in to PS and do a magnetic lasso around the shark, select inverse and adjust the background. Then select inverse again and adjust the shark. Feather maybe 3 pixels worth and you might have a real keeper, not that it isn't already a keeper
I would do a shadow-highlight to the shark and attain more highlights in the shark, showing a tad more detail.
Posted 31 December 2004 - 10:15 AM
I personally like the first version best. In the second version you lose something in the white areas on the bottom of the shark and the red sponge in the foreground is too... The final version keeps the detail in the shark but I have to agree with Marli, it's too contrasty, a bit fake looking.
You took an excellent image to begin with, I hope I can shoot one as good someday.
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Posted 31 December 2004 - 11:56 AM
When I originally posted this thread I was preparing the image to enter in a couple of photo contests. In addition to posting it here, I also ran the image by a number of non-divers. Kind of an impromptu focus group (I do that alot when selecting images for a contest.) The interesting thing about it was that most of the non-divers prefered image #2 while members here seemed to like that one the least. I'm not sure what that says about our perception as u/w photographers but those were the results.
I didn't end up using any of the versions exactly as presented here. The one I selected was something in between #2 and #4. I'd show it to you but my server space is full for the moment.
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