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Contrast between Eagles and Background
Oct 4, 2021 14:28:20   #
Steve Carlson
 
In this picture of 2 Bald Eagles, the line around the eagles and the background look "fakeish" to me. Looking for suggestions on how in LR to make a smoother contrast between eagles and sky.



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Oct 4, 2021 14:40:57   #
DWU2 Loc: Phoenix Arizona area
 
You didn't upload the original, so it's hard to tell, but I wonder if your problem is with chromatic aberration.

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Oct 4, 2021 15:19:18   #
PHRubin Loc: Nashville TN USA
 
It could also be limited depth of field. I don't have and am not familiar with LR so I can't help there.

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Oct 4, 2021 16:42:01   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
Steve Carlson wrote:
In this picture of 2 Bald Eagles, the line around the eagles and the background look "fakeish" to me. Looking for suggestions on how in LR to make a smoother contrast between eagles and sky.


Levels/curves. Lighten the white of the heads.

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Oct 4, 2021 16:49:51   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
Steve Carlson wrote:
In this picture of 2 Bald Eagles, the line around the eagles and the background look "fakeish" to me. Looking for suggestions on how in LR to make a smoother contrast between eagles and sky.


You didn't ask but I fiddled with my phone app: white point, brighten, and contrast. I think you took a dazzling shot. Just needed a little processing.



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Oct 4, 2021 23:30:53   #
magicunicorn Loc: Melbourne Australia
 
What a lovely shot stunning birds

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Oct 5, 2021 07:52:34   #
kymarto Loc: Portland OR and Milan Italy
 
What is happening with the OOF leaves? Totally weird bokeh; almost look ghosted. What lens did you use?

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Oct 5, 2021 08:03:00   #
cedymock Loc: Irmo, South Carolina
 
Steve, this appears to be an editing issue of trying to make a blue sky, did the same thing when I first started editing.

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Oct 5, 2021 08:55:24   #
Alphabravo2020
 
The masking ability of LR is not very intelligent or ergonomic. I am seeing some anti-aliasing along the edges between the sky and the subject which may be an artifact of your masking margin width. This is such a tough masking task that you might not improve much unless you go to Photoshop.

Edit: I'd be curious what the photo looks like in B/W before you do any masking. Whenever I'm having trouble with color I check B/W. Not very inspiring I know.

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Oct 5, 2021 12:36:57   #
chasgroh Loc: Buena Park, CA
 
...fringing is quite evident, along with the weirdness of the bokeh (as Toby mentioned). There are a few ways to address fringing (the calibration tab in LR is a start, but plenty of You Tube vids out there, too) but I always end up in Photoshop, sometimes taking the time to clone stamp around the subject...ugh...

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Oct 5, 2021 14:57:08   #
just.a.guy
 
thanks for sharing. I would also like to see the original. It is not that you may have composed this from a different original,
Composing is very much accepted. The original helps us understand what changes were made.

Thanks for sharing!

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Oct 5, 2021 23:48:40   #
Orphoto Loc: Oregon
 
sharing the original will not demonstrate much other than the degree of adjustment made in exposure, saturation and other variables. no, it is not chromatic abberration or any other lense issue.

this is a masking problem as others have stated already. Your best bet in Lightroom is to apply local adjustments and then refine them using the little range masking option at the bottom. Chances are you can make it work using either luminence or possibly color picking.

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Oct 6, 2021 01:30:49   #
kymarto Loc: Portland OR and Milan Italy
 
cedymock wrote:
Steve, this appears to be an editing issue of trying to make a blue sky, did the same thing when I first started editing.


Aha. If the OP tried to darken or intensify the blue of the sky, that could have caused the issues with edges where the blue meets another hue.

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Oct 6, 2021 07:40:37   #
ptmedia6300 Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
 
Not knowing the details surrounding your settings on the camera and the type lens used. I offer to show that I had the similar problem as well. I determined that shooting these birds through a three inch glass may have introduced distortion to the image.

The above images shot using Canon EOS 90D, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, 100mm Canon lens.





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Oct 6, 2021 11:29:11   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
ptmedia6300 wrote:
Not knowing the details surrounding your settings on the camera and the type lens used. I offer to show that I had the similar problem as well. I determined that shooting these birds through a three inch glass may have introduced distortion to the image.

The above images shot using Canon EOS 90D, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, 100mm Canon lens.


Superb shots 🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅

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