15 thoughts on “Cardinal Play

  1. Vicki 2017-11-11 / 6:14 am

    I love the edited version, purely and simply because the Cardinal is the subject and the green leaves and blue/green in the upper left are very distracting.

    If I had the editing software and skills, its exactly what I would have done. Must be the artist in us 🙂

    More than once I’ve spent 30-40 mins removing all the spots and rubbish in the lake water of a duck image because I find the spots distracting. I also delete odd bright over-exposed leaves and such due to the distraction they cause. No point photographing a beautiful bird and then being left with a very busy image that loses the viewer’s eye. and allows the viewer’s eye to wander aimlessly about the frame 🙂

    But that’s just my point of view and it may not suit everyone.

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    • Sherry Felix 2017-11-11 / 6:59 am

      You are exactly right about distracting things in a composition. I am puzzled. Sounds like you do have editing software if you cloned out bright spots. Before I used the other two apps I used Lightroom and Photoshop. Thanks for you compliment.

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      • Vicki 2017-11-11 / 8:00 am

        I only use the basic quick editing ‘tweaks’ of the Apple Macs El Capitaln standard editing tools. Sometimes I erase an odd leaf or spot delete rubbish on the water, or increase the contrast, but my poor short-term memory stopped me learning (and remembering how) to use Lightroom and Photoshop Elements 9. I do have the discs for an old version of Photoshop, but my intermittent Brain Fog makes learning new tasks pretty much impossible these days. Sometimes I crop off 1/8th of an inch on one or more sides. Since I have an art/desgin (and even graphic art) education 45 years ago and painted watercolours among many other creative pursuits over the years, some of it is bound to rub off on my 7 year old photography hobby in retirement.

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        • Sherry Felix 2017-11-11 / 11:36 am

          An artistic eye is more important that developing images. My method to learn is to use Google when I forget how to do something, learn one new trick at a time, then practice it. That way it gets into long term memory.

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        • Vicki 2017-11-11 / 8:15 pm

          Unfortunately, I have a health condition that affects short-term memory (and long-term sometimes). I often get embarrassed when talking to someone as i forget what they’re talking about. But you have the right idea in Googling it. I don’t know what I’d do without auto spell-check and Mr Google 🙂

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  2. Steve Schwartzman 2017-11-16 / 7:39 am

    It’s good to be able to remove the out-of-focus leaves that got in the way. We couldn’t have done that in the days of film photography, at least not without a huge amount of hard work.

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    • Sherry Felix 2017-11-16 / 1:01 pm

      I agree. It is fabulous being able to remove distractions with all the cloning and duplication tools Photoshop has.

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