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Canada
Title: Bruant à gorge blancheCanon 50D
Bruant à gorge blanche (28)
yamataraja Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 902 W: 85 N: 1394] (7662)

Crop Top of BG
Crop Top of BG
ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555) [2010-05-11 18:46:24] [1]
Hi Serge,

Great sparrow shot! I wanted to see how your photo would look without so much BG at the top. I used Picasa to recrop. Maybe, you already tried this crop. Anyway, I hope that you like it!

Regards,
John
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France
Title: Délicatesse ensoleillée...for Mushtaq...OLYMPUS SP 590UZ
Délicatesse ensoleillée...for Mushtaq... (32) *
reggaetime Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 610 W: 138 N: 1019] (6525)

CS4 Blue Hue/Saturation Adjustment
CS4 Blue Hue/Saturation Adjustment
ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555) [2010-04-26 13:45:19] [1]
Hi Catherine,

Your photo is very appealing. I wanted to look at a variation with a bluer shade in the BG. I used the Hue/Saturation function in CS4 to adjust the blue hue, and lighten it a little. My intention is not to "correct" your shot, but just to provide a slightly different BG. I hope that you find this WS useful.

Regards,
John
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Portugal
Title: blue
blue (1)
miscaro (162)

Straighten, Recrop & Sharpen
Straighten, Recrop & Sharpen
ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555) [2010-04-26 12:32:24] [2]
Hi Jose,

I tried to make a few improvements to your "blue" photo. Firstly, I straightened the pole. Secondly, I cropped the image so that the tip of the pole is 1/3 from the top, as well as 1/3 from the left side, according to "The Rule of Thirds". Thirdly, I sharpened the image a little. I hope that you find this workshop useful.

Regards,
John
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United States
Title: Catch of the dayNikon D200.
Catch of the day (44) *
jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)

CS4/PSE Selective Colour Saturation
CS4/PSE Selective Colour Saturation
ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555) [2010-04-14 16:21:12]
Hi Jafar,

As I said in my critique, I like your photo, but it seemed slightly dark on my monitor. I used the selective colour adjustments in CS4 and PSE to try to bring it out a bit more. I used Curves and Exposure adjustments in CS4 also. I combined those adjustments with a little brightness and contrast hits. There's not too much difference in the end, but I think it is a bit brighter. I hope that you think it's useful.

Regards,
John
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Turkey
Title: sunsetCanon 450D Digital
sunset (14)
eadnan2 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 29 W: 2 N: 0] (100)

Recrop to focus on the sun
Recrop to focus on the sun
ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555) [2010-04-13 20:24:15]
Hi Adnan,

You sure caught the sun nicely! I tried a few variations in cropping to see if I could improve your composition. The first thing that struck me with your photo is that the central object might look better 1/3 from the top and 1/3 from the edge. I also thought that there's possibly too much black in the shot. So, I cropped it closer to the sun, and placed the sun at the 1/3, 1/3 position. I didn't think that it looked quite right. Then, I used the same close cropping, but placed the sun 1/3 up from the bottom edge, but still 1/3 from the side. I thought that it looked better, but I still didn't like it entirely. Finally, I decided to use the Golden Ratio of 3/8 to 5/8, instead of the Rule of Thirds, as I had done in the first two attempts. I placed the centre point of the sun up from the bottom edge to the 3/8 point. I had it off centre, because it is not usual to place the central object in the centre of a photo. I have found that sometimes it is a good idea to break the off centre rule; I think that this is one of those times. So, my final effort was to place the sun in the centre, from left to right, but still 3/8 up from the bottom. And, I kept the close cropping, because I think that it makes the best use of the wonderful light given off by the setting sun. Again, congratulations on your timing in catching the sun so well in the first place. I hope that you find my workshop useful.

Regards,
John
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Pakistan
Title: The Ruddy ShelduckCannon 40D
The Ruddy Shelduck (6)
zahoor_salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 0 N: 792] (5820)

CS4 Blue Sky
CS4 Blue Sky
ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555) [2010-04-09 19:04:50] [3]
Hi Zahoor,

Nice shot of those Ruddy Shelducks. I wondered how your photo might look with a blue sky. I used CS4's Photo Filter, with one of the Cooling Filters, to change the colour. I also did a noise reduction with Neat Image and a very slight amount of motion sharpening. I cropped off a piece on the right as well as a small slice just below the lead duck. I still left more room in front than behind the last duck. Oh yes, a final thing, I removed two small spots from the sky. What do you think?

Regards,
John
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United States
Title:
"Tufted Titmouse" (22)
shelbeesmom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4128 W: 1096 N: 12722] (58278)

CS4:Crop, Spot H. Brush
CS4:Crop, Spot H. Brush
ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555) [2010-04-02 22:25:21] [2] [+]
Hi Linda,

I like your photo very much. I saw another photo in there, however. If only a few of the twigs on the left weren't there, a slice on the left could be removed. I removed it anyway, and used the Spot Healing Brush to delete the few twigs and touch up the BG. I didn't do anything else, because I didn't want to interfere with the colors or the bokeh. It's not necessarily better, just a variation.

Regards,
John
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Canada
Title: Bruant chanteurOlympus Evolt E-330
Bruant chanteur (8)
bigil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 283 W: 38 N: 75] (2536)

Crop with Picasa
Crop with Picasa
ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555) [2010-03-31 20:40:50] [1]
Bonjour Gilles,

As I said in my critique, I thought that the Bruant chanteur should be more the centre of attention, so I cropped more closely to him.

Regards,
John
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Indonesia
Title: Concrete JungleCanon EOS 50D
Concrete Jungle (16)
MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)

Straighten, Noise Red., Sharpen
Straighten, Noise Red., Sharpen
ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555) [2010-03-31 14:00:32] [1]
Hi Murray,

Your Jakarta skyline is great. I particularly like the mood of the shot. The version I have posted has some very subtle adjustments. I noticed that the building on the right is vertical, while all of the other buildings are leaning very slightly to the left. I straightened the main cluster, while tilting the right-most building almost imperceptibly to the right. I used Neat Image to reduce a little of the noise, even though there wasn't much there to reduce. And, I sharpened a bit. I brought the brightness up a bit, but stayed away from the contrast, because I didn't want to exaggerate the slight amount of noise left over in the sky. I needed to use Photo Filter in CS4 in order to get a similar sky shade as the original. Overall, my adjustments were intended to make minor enhancements without interfering with the mood of the shot. I hope that you find this useful.

Looking at the workshop after I've posted it, I see that the buildings are slightly darker than yours. I've left it as is, rather than repost a slightly lighter version.

Regards,
John
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Canada
Title: BokehNikon D80 Digital SLR
Bokeh (32)
RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)

Lighten Bokeh
Lighten Bokeh
ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555) [2010-03-27 13:30:30]
Hi Ron,

As I said in my critique, I think that your submission is terrific. I did this WS in order to see the effect of reducing the intensity of the bokeh, thereby attempting to enhance the prominence of your central image.

Regards,
John
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