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Getting emphasis right on shaded iguana
May 20, 2018 22:31:30   #
artBob Loc: Near Chicago
 
This shot, from an iPhone, interested me, but I had to do a lot of post processing to bring out the iguana and downplay other things. What do you think? Perhaps the umbrellas, which I want to kept as part of the scene, too light? Iguana just right or over- or under-emphasized?


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May 20, 2018 22:38:18   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington
 
What a fun, engaging photo! I empathize with wanting to keep a lot of the "stuff" - MinnieV calls it kitchen sink photography and I do it often myself

I don't have a problem with the brightness so much as the clarity. Have you tried a version with the background softened a little more?

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May 20, 2018 22:39:03   #
Bill_de Loc: US
 
I think the Iguana looks good. I'm not sure the umbrellas and anything. But, if you want to keep them I would make them fade more into the wall.

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May 21, 2018 02:25:54   #
N4646W
 
If you lighten and blur the foliage around the head, the eye is drawn more towards the whole iguana. As I viewed the original, my eye was drawn to the hind quarters first. ??? A really neat shot.

Ron

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May 21, 2018 05:47:56   #
ebrunner Loc: New Jersey Shore
 
artBob wrote:
This shot, from an iPhone, interested me, but I had to do a lot of post processing to bring out the iguana and downplay other things. What do you think? Perhaps the umbrellas, which I want to kept as part of the scene, too light? Iguana just right or over- or under-emphasized?


Congratulations, Bob on starting a new section. Moderating your own section is going to be a big challenge; but you have a sound idea and boundless enthusiasm. I'll be visiting often and I wish you all the best.
Erich

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May 21, 2018 14:07:12   #
timcc Loc: Virginia
 
Nice shot. Tweaking varies according to each individual's taste, of course, but I would suggest reducing clarity slightly for the iguana and significantly for the background. I think the iguana appears a little too contrasty, and the background would benefit from greater softening. To further separate the iguana, I would also darken the background somewhat, especially the umbrellas. It's a fun image to play with. Thanks for posting.

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May 22, 2018 21:55:48   #
artBob Loc: Near Chicago
 
OK, amigos, here is what I put together from your comments. (Kinda funny--set up this forum to be SHOWN what people mean, and now I have to GUESS. Hmmmmm----deep inner meaning in that?) ;-)


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