Swan with Cygnets

Discussion in 'Photography' started by J, Jun 27, 2012.

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    J Guest

    J, Jun 27, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    tony cooper, Jun 28, 2012
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    J Guest

    Cheers! It was one of those 'lucky shots' tbh as I just kinda turned round
    and there she was! Totally unexpected.
    Perhaps that's why I like it so much.

    J, Jun 28, 2012
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    Robert Coe Guest

    Robert Coe, Jun 28, 2012
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    dadiOH Guest

    dadiOH, Jun 28, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    PeterN, Jun 28, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    It's something the person added to the image. Easily added in
    Photoshop. I'm sure other programs for post-processing have this
    "feature". Like most "features" of this sort, it can be over-done as
    it is in this.
    tony cooper, Jun 28, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    It looked more like a mistake of some sorts.
    PeterN, Jun 28, 2012
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    Mort Guest

    That's a very nice picture. It again demonstrates why I always carry a
    high-quality camera in my pocket wherever I go. Such opportunities
    present themselves unexpectedly, and are often fleeting.


    Mort Linder
    Mort, Jun 28, 2012
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    J Guest

    It's a bad habit I picked up early on when I first began taking photos some
    years ago. I know it's not a particularly tasteful thing to do, but like all
    addictions, it's hard to break the habit. I used to feel the need to put all
    my photos into 'frames' using photoshop and the likes, but tired of it as it
    took so long, then the 'bevel' seemed easier and quicker than a frame, and
    the habit just stuck from then on.

    J, Jun 28, 2012
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    J Guest

    Same here Mort, on this day I just happened to have a small digicam with me
    (Canon SX30 IS) and wasn't even thinking of any 'serious' photos. I was just
    walking around the loch when I came upon the swan with her chicks, and
    automatically snapped the photo.

    J, Jun 28, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    I use a very narrow border around all images to set off the image from
    the background. PBase and SmugMug have a black background, and
    sometimes an image loaded to the web has a white background.

    In Photoshop, I "select all" and then "stroke" with a 5 px stroke.
    The width of the stroke can be increased. This image of a black
    ruffled swan has a white border. The border will be the foreground


    SavageDuck uses a wider border and sometimes a double border. I think
    he has an "action" set up to do this.

    It's all about personal taste. Do what pleases you.
    tony cooper, Jun 28, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    Yup! There are various frame plugins, but I prefer to keep thing simple.

    I have several actions set up to handle various sizes and orientations.
    One action will not work for all sizes and orientations.
    In the image below you can see the steps made when recording the
    action. All my adjustment workflow is in RAW 16-bit Mode and ProPhoto
    RGB. So the action also includes prepping for a jpeg save by converting
    to 8-bit Mode and sRGB.
    Note: adjustment to canvas are best made on a duplicate layer.
    So with all that in mind I start recording:
    1: Convert Mode from 16-Bit to 8-Bit
    2: Convert Profile from ProPhoto to sRGB
    3: Duplicate current Background Layer
    4: Adjust Canvas Size (in this case a 12x8) I usually add 0.4-0.3 inch
    to each dimension, extension fill is black.
    5: Then to Blend Mode to add a white stroke, usually between 10-12
    pixels, position outside.
    6: Merge Visible

    That is the complete action. In my work flow that is all completed with
    two clicks in less than a second. Now I can save the result as a JPEG
    to the file size of my choosing.
    < http://db.tt/jQxhIxoM >
    Savageduck, Jun 28, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    First off, the feathers right behind the neck are blown out - but it's
    probably a good tradeoff he made for the rest.

    It's not hard if you expose for it. In this case spot meter the sun
    drenched whites at +2.3 to 2.6, or just spot meter the sun lit grey
    rocks for 0.
    Alan Browne, Jun 28, 2012
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    J Guest

    Wow! That's a terrific shot Tony! Lots of detail and striking colours. The
    border does look more discreet yet effective!

    J, Jun 28, 2012
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    J Guest

    A very nice action it is! Again, it's very tasteful and would probably suit
    almost any type of shot. It's one of those frames which your eyes notice,
    but it doesn't detract from the subject matter of the photo.

    J, Jun 29, 2012
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    KurtP Guest

    Tried the action above with the images for Pairs Mandate. I think it worked. Looking forward to hearing the comments.
    KurtP, Jul 10, 2012
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