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Spawny

Member Since 12 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active Feb 21 2014 02:18 PM
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In Topic: Critique wanted on whaleshark pics

17 February 2014 - 12:20 PM

Nice framing, did you touch up the color the blues of the water are really blue.

Thanks! I did adjust the colour balance and curves in general, i.e. I didn't specifically make the water so blue. It just turned out like that after adjusting the skin tone of the whalesharks.


[b]tdpriest/b], thanks again for your comments. I wish I would have had all these advice before I went to that trip. But, oh well, now I just have to go again someday. :D Meanwhile I can work on my editing skills. 

ps. I'm glad I'm not the only one "cheating" and removing photobombing people from the background.
 


In Topic: Critique wanted on whaleshark pics

01 February 2014 - 10:01 AM

NB! The link in the 1st post doesn't work anymore. Here's the new link for my photos:
 
http://www.kolumbus....asih/index.html

I've edited some of the pics further and added two new pics. 


In Topic: Critique wanted on whaleshark pics

18 January 2014 - 02:29 PM

 I blur a duplicate layer (Gaussian blur at about 15 pixels) and add a little noise (1-2 pixels), then I mask the layer (black) and paint over the backscatter with a small white brush (25 pixels diameter). 

Thanks for the tip, I'll definitely try that next! Maybe leaving more imperfections in the images will make them look more natural as well..? I don't know what other people's impression is, but when I look at my pics now, I don't really get the sense that the viewer would be "present at the location". In comparison, when I look at your pic, I can totally imagine being right there swimming with that whaleshark. Do you think that's a matter of composing the shots differently or trying to take it a bit easier on post-processing?

Generally I'm quite happy with my pics (especially since before the trip I had had several nightmares where my camera couldn't focus or malfunctioned some other way and I missed all photo ops), but since I'm keen on improving, I'd gladly let you guys pick them apart. :)

 

P.S. I just realised that my website can't be viewed with Safari on ipad or iphone because they don't support flash... 


In Topic: Critique wanted on whaleshark pics

12 January 2014 - 12:26 AM

With respect to the sharpness, what diameter dome are you using with your 10-17?

I have a Hugyfot fisheye port with 174mm diameter (6,85 inches, I believe).


In Topic: Critique wanted on whaleshark pics

11 January 2014 - 01:18 AM

Thank you all for your comments. :)

Firstly, Peter, thanks for letting me know. It works on Safari on my macbook, but when I try with my phone, it looks very weird... I'll see if I can sort that out.

danielandrewclem, I like your idea to try no 7 in BW since the colors weren't that good in it anyway. I think it might work better this way, what do you think?

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Steve, I admit that I went overboard with trying to sharpen the images. :D I've seen on this forum how some people get just incredibly sharp photos... in comparison, all my pictures seemed so soft. I'm not sure why I couldn't get that sharp pics in the first place, but I tried to compensate that in post processing. Here's a more subdued version of pic no 12 with hardly any sharpening at all (I use the method with high pass filter on overlay mode).

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I'll look forward to getting my screen calibrated. You mentioned that it might help with getting the blues more realistic. I'm glad that you mentioned it, because I wasn't completely happy with them either. I don't know how to better describe it, but I think my blues seem a bit thick. I'm not sure if it could also be due to excessive spot healing and cloning while trying to remove backscatter - or the fact that I couldn't get it all removed and the backgrounds are a bit blotchy..?

Anyway, thank you for the kind words, it sure was a wonderful experience to spend time around these amazing creatures. Photographywise it was great that we got to use scuba gear, but freediving with whalesharks was the most fun I've ever had in water.