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Feb 8, 2012 09:34:30   #
Old Tom Loc: South Fort Myers
 
Looking at these photos from yesterday I see I was on the wrong side of the Sun (shooting S @10:30am) . I wanted to see if the picture could be improved. Photo labeled ORG is the orginal and the second is my attempt. I notice on the Histograms of the org that there is a lot of peaking going on in each color and in the improved the peaking is limited to one peak per color. Does that make any sence to you?

Feel free and please do try to work some magic on this photo.

Org
Org...



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Feb 8, 2012 10:28:27   #
docrob Loc: Durango, Colorado
 
Old Tom wrote:
Looking at these photos from yesterday I see I was on the wrong side of the Sun (shooting S @10:30am) . I wanted to see if the picture could be improved. Photo labeled ORG is the orginal and the second is my attempt. I notice on the Histograms of the org that there is a lot of peaking going on in each color and in the improved the peaking is limited to one peak per color. Does that make any sence to you?

Feel free and please do try to work some magic on this photo.


no sorry it doesn't if only because i don't bother with the histogram....but both these pics are overexposed if that makes sense.

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Feb 8, 2012 11:07:42   #
Old Tom Loc: South Fort Myers
 
I think me shooting into the light caused the over exposure but can a picture like that be fixed? That is the challenge!

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Feb 8, 2012 13:55:18   #
Elle Loc: Long Island, NY
 
What software/tools do you have to work with?

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Feb 8, 2012 14:00:33   #
rpavich Loc: West Virginia
 
If the first pic "org" is the actual shot, are you saying that you shot a jpg with that low a resolution?

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Feb 8, 2012 14:05:42   #
Old Tom Loc: South Fort Myers
 
corel Paintshop 4 is what i am using.

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Feb 8, 2012 14:08:10   #
rpavich Loc: West Virginia
 
Well...the highlights are blown out..no recovering them.

See the histogram where it shows the damage.

Also, the focus is very soft.



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Feb 8, 2012 14:14:18   #
Old Tom Loc: South Fort Myers
 
Actually the org is a 5 meg file and I cropped out one bird.
attached is the full orginal



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Feb 8, 2012 14:26:22   #
rpavich Loc: West Virginia
 
It's pretty close to impossible (but not impossible) to regain blown out highlights.

Q: How did you not realize that this happened when you were taking the picture?

Was the camera on "auto" something or other?

As was said...the histogram on the back of the camera doesn't tell all but one thing it WILL tell is blown out highlights (blinkies) and clipped blacks.

Like I said...the focus just isn't there either...so this shot is a bust...one for the dust bin.

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Feb 8, 2012 15:39:29   #
Elle Loc: Long Island, NY
 
While it may not make a magazine, the highlights are too overblown on this copy to bring out any detail, it is however a nice catch not seen every day. Pulling the copy posted here reduces any chance of seeing what details might still be brought out, can you upload the original file and mark download so that a better evaluation can be made?

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Feb 8, 2012 16:08:46   #
Old Tom Loc: South Fort Myers
 
I knew this photo was junk but what i wanted to see is if I could bring it back with PP. Then I wondered if some more experienced person could improve the photo.
It was shot with a PS camera into the light and the white subjects made the situation worst.



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Feb 8, 2012 17:57:22   #
English_Wolf Loc: Near Pensacola, FL
 
I am seeing several problems here. The first one comes from the camera that uses a digital zoom and, as a result, there are no details worth saving.

If you try to play with the exposure you first need to use a mask (exposure is right, globally). That will not bring back any detail, it will just make the feather look greyish.

1:1 view
1:1 view...

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Feb 8, 2012 18:00:09   #
Elle Loc: Long Island, NY
 
I'm not able to download the picture. I was hoping there might be more to pull from the original. I have PSP4 but also a lot of add-on filters.

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Feb 9, 2012 07:41:55   #
djw60 Loc: Vermont
 
This is the best I can come up with quickly. Can't crop too much or the pic is blurry. Sorry 8-)

Bird, done in Lightroom 3, crop, exposure, clarity
Bird, done in Lightroom 3, crop, exposure, clarity...

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Feb 9, 2012 08:37:33   #
Patw28 Loc: PORT JERVIS, NY
 
You may be able to save a lot of time and PP if,when you see a lot of contrast in your scene, you switch to spot meterig and meter on the brightest spot of interest. Then check your histogram or hi-lite blinker to verify that you have not blown out points of concern.

You can dig out more detail in under exposed areas than you can in blown out areas (zero!).

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