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I love chickens and am fascinated by all the different varieties. I took the rooster shot last summer and am just now getting around to playing with the edits. I was having trouble cloning out the hen's body in the background so I just darkened and blurred it a little more so that the rooster stood out. Are my edits okay? Anything suggestions for improvement?

I decided to add this one, too. I wish it followed the ROT better, but it was the best shot I got shooting through chicken wire. I also wish the head was in a different, more interesting position. However, I like the texture and colors. CC is welcome.

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Wow. The colors in these are incredible.

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I love the second one! You can really see the different textures in the feathers, and the colours really pop! The first one, the dark area behind the rooster (is that the hen you mentioned?) really distracts me, but the rooster itself looks awesome!

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I love the peacock shot! beautiful! I agree about the composition but I know how hard that is in this situation lol.

The rooster photo seems too yellow but not sure if it'd look right if you adjusted for that. Is that a tick sticking up from his comb?

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It's not a tick; I think he may have injured the comb. The spot was blacker but I lightened it. Perhaps I should clone it out. I'm not calibrated, but the color looks pretty accurate to me, from what I remember of the rooster.

"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

I love the peacock shot! beautiful! I agree about the composition but I know how hard that is in this situation lol.

The rooster photo seems too yellow but not sure if it'd look right if you adjusted for that. Is that a tick sticking up from his comb?

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"TracyF" wrote:

I love the second one! You can really see the different textures in the feathers, and the colours really pop! The first one, the dark area behind the rooster (is that the hen you mentioned?) really distracts me, but the rooster itself looks awesome!

The hen is still bothering me, too (d#*% groupies!) I think I'm going to take the time to carefully clone the background. I also think I'd like to get back to the farm to take some more photos.

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Any better? Are the edits too noticeable?

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I think what is bothering me about the rooster shot is the reds on his comb. They look blown. I hope you don't mind, but I brought it into PSE and desaturated the reds to see what it looks like. (I can take it down if you'd like. It's private on Flickr.)

I also feel like the focus fell on his feathers on the left side of the frame. I think that you did a nice job with the cloning out of the hen on your edit! I personally can't tell that she was there.

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Thanks, Stephanie! I think your edit looks great (the blown spots bothered me, too). You're right about the focus. I masked and sharpened his face a bit. I think I was just enthralled by his beautiful feather colors when I shot it!

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Yeah, I was really loving the shot, but something about it was just bugging me. Then I thought that it might be the reds. When I brought that down, I thought it did wonders for it. I did also notice that the blacks on the bottom are clipped. I'm not sure if you'll be able to fix that or not.

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I really like Stephanie's edit. The red channel looked blown to me, so bringing that down has improved the image to me.

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I agree, the red channel was a bit blown and I like Steph's edit. I love number 2 though! GREAT COLORS!

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Great shots and I think the edits are going well.