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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 6:49 pm 
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I snapped this at the Natural History Museum in London. An amazing place (and it's free!). I could spend weeks there photographing all the specimens. Anyway this fella caught my eye:

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I just messed around with the saturation slightly for the main subject, and tidied up the background in PS. I'm quite pleased with the end result. I was thinking about adding a slight vignette, but I also like the clean finish. What do you reckon?

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I don't think I've ever seen one of these birds! Very colorful, and a good capture!

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Such amazing looking birdies these are Timmy. Is this a stuffed one?

I would probably get the bird off centre and get rid of that twiggy
sticky uppy thingy ma bob? lol

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I agree with Mia here, it would be very easy to clone out that stick.
Good capture otherwise.


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Interesting pose and angle on this one. There's something strange going on with the silhouette edge, particularly the tail; looks over-sharpened or clipped by magic wand selection or something...

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Thanks for looking and commenting everyone:

miadelight wrote:
Such amazing looking birdies these are Timmy. Is this a stuffed one?

I would probably get the bird off centre and get rid of that twiggy
sticky uppy thingy ma bob? lol


Indeed it is stuffed (which is a shame, but at least he kept still for me). Ordinarily I would try and make the main subject off centre, but as I was playing around with this it began to look more and more like one of those early scientific drawings (I have a couple of great books of this kind of thing, but here's a good example of the type of thing I am referring to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_of_America_(book)).

For that reason I kept the subject matter in the centre. I have a couple of similar shots of other bird specimens from the same museum, so I might try and do a "series", and it may make more sense as a collection of images.

Also, I think you are suggesting I get rid of the bird's tail! I don't think he would like that very much, but I admit it is at a bit of a funny angle and contrasts sharply with the background, so it doesn't look like it should belong there.

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There's something strange going on with the silhouette edge, particularly the tail; looks over-sharpened or clipped by magic wand selection or something...


I think it may be related to the PS work I did, and did indeed use the magic wand. I think it may also be to do with the fact I lightened up the background so much, and cleaned away all the clutter. It does have a lot of contrast now. I read somewhere that you can use feathering to soften up the effect of the magic wand, but didn't use it in this instance (I wasn't sure how to blend it with such an altered background).

Here's the unedited version:

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As you can see the tail did have quite straight edges to begin with. I think my changes have probably emphasised this more.


Thanks again for the comments everyone. I hope I have managed to explain what I was trying to achieve with this one, and would welcome any further feedback.

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Wonderful shot and very nice pp work. What a difference.

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KateMorgan wrote:
Wonderful shot and very nice pp work. What a difference.

I agree with Kate about the PP work, TimmyG, and I think center placement is perfekt for this one.

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So as my adventures with photoshop continue, I've stumbled across textures! As a result I've revisited this one as I found a way of getting closer to how I pictured this one initially:

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Toucan Specimen by timmygstyle, on Flickr

I also tried a similar style for another specimen photo I snapped, although this didn't turn out as well. The initial image was very poor on this, and the reflective glass of the cabinet has resulted in some soft areas. Still this is one of my favourite birds (I'd love to see a live one, although there are only about 130 in the world), so I thought I would try anyway:

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These images are spectacular. But to be perfectly Frank, writing sentences to try to describe my perceptions and feelings about images on this forum very often leaves me thinkinging I'm just saying "blah, blah, blah...." relative to the images involved. Not even lip service. Like saying nothing would be preferable. But then I think, if I were to simply say nothing, how would they know I did that?

So sometimes, when there is nothing to be said, as in this case, one just shows up, I guess.

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Thanks for commenting CJ!

Glad you like my little project at any rate, and I always read your comments and ideas thoroughly, before taking them on board. I must admit, I sometimes have to read them a couple times before I get what you are saying though ;) (my issue, not yours)

Keep it coming!

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textures are addicting :) The second attempt with the brown bag texture just makes the image. It lends an old-world feel - and expresses your old botany book idea much better. You brought out a lot of detail in the toucan..nicely done.


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