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My first photo edit (2 images)
(Note I did not take this image, full credit for this great bird shot belongs toRudyL)~ http://forums.dpreview.com/...ums/readflat.asp?forum=1033&thread=28447436.

The original shot-.

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I used picasa/flickr edit to capture a more "vivid" picture:.

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I know I went way overboard on sharpening/color saturation, but for anyone worried about a camera lacking the "vivid" mode, one can quickly and easily edit the photo to become "vivid"..

Comments (7)

Your enhancement really made a much livlier photo! I think you did great!LucyE- 510, 40- 150, 14- 54 and ZD 35 Macro lensesU ZI owner!Olympus C30-20Zhttp://www.pbase.com/lucyFCAS Member #98, Oly Division'Photography is the art of seeing what others do not.'.

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Comment #1

I am afraid that I much prefer the original unedited shot. The edited shot looks totally unnatural, but perhaps that was your intention..

You have done something to blow out the rocks and lost almost all of the detail on them.Chris R..

Comment #2

I don't agree..

In the original the stone and water look somewhat dull. In the altered version they look more like what I would expect the stone and water to look like..

I've never seen that kind of bird so I don't know if it is supposed to be brightly colored or dull, but the altered version looks as real as the first one. And to me the altered one is more attractive to look at..

Pick the one you like best..

Good work!.

If you think that makes sense, then you must have read someone else's post!..

Comment #3

Chris R-UK wrote:.

I am afraid that I much prefer the original unedited shot. Theedited shot looks totally unnatural, but perhaps that was yourintention..

You have done something to blow out the rocks and lost almost all ofthe detail on them.Chris R.

I agree it may look unnatural, but one might never know unless the original subject was viewed firsthand. Nevertheless, I'm providing these results for anyone who may be interested in that great vivid mode offered on several cameras, but don't have it on theirs. A quick photo edit can instantly make a picture "vivid"..

Comment #4

It is difficult to see at such a small size, but texture on the front stone that is visible in the original has disappeared in the edited version. This might be an effect of increasing the contrast which has blown some of the light detail..

As you say, which one you prefer is a matter of personal taste.Chris R..

Comment #5

The TRANSFORMATION.

The Original.

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Here is the subtle, enhanced pic and though a bit of detail is lost in the rock, I actually prefer the brighter tones of the bird brought out, see what you think~.

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The failure, I miss the deeper blue of the original and edits, I altered the exposure which I believe was a mistake~.

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This is what I call "vivid" with an obvious increase in color saturation, and though the rocks are bright, I attempted to retain the original level of detail on the subject with a bit of extra sharpening, notice also the increased visibility of the water. I actually enjoy this "brighter" water as one can peer deeper into it's depths rather than it's murky original~.

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Now this is "SUPER VIVID"! A transformation to be sure, the sun is at it's zennith, lighting the subject up at the compensation of some lost detail particularly on the rocks, notice the further back rock also seems to have assumed a bluish hue. This picture is a bit over the top and unnatural in my opinon, but to each his own!~.

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Comment #6

So, do you feel color saturation is worth it? I wonder how a canon g9 iq would fare compared with this same picture taken by the fz18.....

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