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Old 06-02-2012, 08:05 PM   #11
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Upon the river stood two twists of grass. Below, the reflection of the blue blue sky upon it.
Wow, not only do you have "the Eye" as Sage puts it, but you are poetic as well.

Also, I notice that Kildale's hummingbird now graces my opening page of Wildlife Gardeners. Very nice. Sage, how did you add clarity to the slightly blurred original? (I have some ideas, but perhaps you have a better program than any I use.)
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:25 PM   #12
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Wow, not only do you have "the Eye" as Sage puts it, but you are poetic as well.

Also, I notice that Kildale's hummingbird now graces my opening page of Wildlife Gardeners. Very nice. Sage, how did you add clarity to the slightly blurred original? (I have some ideas, but perhaps you have a better program than any I use.)
I just used Picasa which now has a couple pages of new features, very like some ipad photo apps. I don't really remember what I did to that photo, probably enhanced the contrast a bit, sharpened and cropped it. Very quick edit! Sometimes I slave for hours on my own photos in Photoshop, but generally don't have time for that, opting for the quick Picasa fixes. Or put something on the ipad and play with the apps there, but that's why the space is totally used up! Still have over 5,000 pix to delete. Waiting for my son to find a way or write a program for me to do that.

I think whatever program anyone uses, you must play with it til you feel familiar enough with it. They all generally do about the same things.

My favorite photo rules are the "Rule of Thirds" and the "Rule of Red".
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Thanks, Sage...I'll look into Picasa's new options.

I've used sharpen in Adobe PS, but am rarely happy with the results. I guess I've done well playing around, because I can think of more than one way to (potentially) enhance a slightly blurry image...I was just very impressed with how good your enhancement looked.

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My favorite photo rules are the "Rule of Thirds" and the "Rule of Red".
What is the rule of red?
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When doing sharpening, always do that last.

Rule of Red? If you see red, shoot it!
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Congrats everyone! Beautiful photos taken by all!

Gotta say my favorite tho....Oprah, the motherly chicken with her Kildeer eggs. It makes me smile everytime I think of Oprah sitting on them. So sweet. I'm so glad you posted that photo Equilibrium, because smiles are sort of rare for me these days.

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You are our resident nature photographer/poet. I enjoy every single one of your posts, because they always make me linger for a minutes more. Admiring the photograph while pondering your beautiful words of poetry. Sometimes it's nice to just be "lost in thought."

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Congrats on making the home page with your gorgeous hummingbird photo! 'Tis a great honor to have one's photo displayed in such an important place on the WildlifeGardeners Forum! Wow!

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Thanks for the photo tips!
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Oprah sitting on her Kildeer eggs placed..... too funny. I thought I recognized that new home page photo!!! Way to go Kildale!!! It's an awesome photo!!!
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Oprah sitting on her Kildeer eggs placed..... too funny. I thought I recognized that new home page photo!!! Way to go Kildale!!! It's an awesome photo!!!

It is a beautiful photo, Lib! ...wonderful story and a great composition as well...even the colors and clarity are great--an all around fantastic photograph.
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I crop really good!!! I can lighten up and make photos darker too!!! I'm happenin'!!! It was hard using 1 hand to lift up Oprah to expose the "goodies" while clicking with the other hand!!! It took me quite a few tries getting the eggs and Oprah in focus!!! The chicken coop doesn't have any electricity... no light except what comes in from the windows.
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You did a great job!
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I crop really good!!! I can lighten up and make photos darker too!!! I'm happenin'!!!
Cropping is often necessary...and thanks to the programs available, fixing contrast and such is much easier than the tricks I was taught in the one photography I took at the Art Institute where we had to develop our own film.

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I It was hard using 1 hand to lift up Oprah to expose the "goodies" while clicking with the other hand!!! It took me quite a few tries getting the eggs and Oprah in focus!!!
Been there, done that...especially when trying to take a picture of the underside of a leaf to aid in identification...or of my hand holding up an uprooted invasive in triumph! If only my arms were longer (picture me dragging my knuckles on the ground ).
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