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    Double-crested Cormorant, powerful legs, feet that are paddles, wonderful swimmer not so great at flying. Comments and critique welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for viewing.

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    Cropped slightly for composition and presentation
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    Hi Joe, a very 'regal' pose and the contrast between subject and BKG does make the subject pop to a degree.

    Overall it lacks that 'black' it appears quite light, not even in the darkest shadows does it get to 100%, using the Tone Curve, but better PS Curves, as you can pull more out to make the subject more striking, more Darth Vader.

    A bit more of the post would be good, its a bit tight to the trim. Talking of that do you check the box in Lr Enable Profile Correction as the post verticals look slightly out, so may be if the LH line of the post is vertical it may help??? Small I know but its subtle differences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Kaluski View Post
    Hi Joe, a very 'regal' pose and the contrast between subject and BKG does make the subject pop to a degree.

    Overall it lacks that 'black' it appears quite light, not even in the darkest shadows does it get to 100%, using the Tone Curve, but better PS Curves, as you can pull more out to make the subject more striking, more Darth Vader.

    A bit more of the post would be good, its a bit tight to the trim. Talking of that do you check the box in Lr Enable Profile Correction as the post verticals look slightly out, so may be if the LH line of the post is vertical it may help??? Small I know but its subtle differences.

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    Hi Steve, you have a good eye. I normally check the box Enable Profile Correction, in this image I had forgotten/not done that. In this edit I added a small amount of black and using the Tone Curve on the subject only I pulled down/darkened the dark feathers. The darkest shadows not slightly clip. Unfortunately no more to add on the bottom. WDYT?
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    Hi Joe, it's better, but with the Tone Curve it's bit of a 'one trick Pony' for me, and not always the best, simply because in PS you have far more control and can make several adjustments & masks with varying Opacity and 'Blend modes' to suit.

    Just a thought as I know you love the Lr masks, but just select the subject and then toggle through the various options (sliders), as the adjustments are in real time and so you are just applying it to the subject. Be careful the eye and bill don't end up getting cooking in the process.

    Joe, you added NR which has also smoothed the detail out, so it makes things a little harder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Kaluski View Post
    Hi Joe, it's better, but with the Tone Curve it's bit of a 'one trick Pony' for me, and not always the best, simply because in PS you have far more control and can make several adjustments & masks with varying Opacity and 'Blend modes' to suit.

    Just a thought as I know you love the Lr masks, but just select the subject and then toggle through the various options (sliders), as the adjustments are in real time and so you are just applying it to the subject. Be careful the eye and bill don't end up getting cooking in the process.
    Hi Steve, I wish I knew Photoshop better. I started this journey of bird photography when I had to 5give up golf and kind of fell into using Lightroom. I know lightroom pretty much inside out and while maybe not as good as Photoshop I think it is getting better with each update. Photoshop is such a massive tool it seems overwhelming to learn at this stage. But I never say never...

    P.S. I fixed the eye and bill so it was not masked.
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    Hi Steve, I wish I knew Photoshop better. I started this journey of bird photography when I had to 5give up golf and kind of fell into using Lightroom. I know lightroom pretty much inside out and while maybe not as good as Photoshop I think it is getting better with each update. Photoshop is such a massive tool it seems overwhelming to learn at this stage. But I never say never...
    Joe, I can sympathise, I think it was around 2006 I got into Lr from ACR,CP1,DPP, but PS was from earlier days in the 90's OMG!!! Most years I will do a dive in with Adobe to refresh and just keep my hand in, but I.m only scratching the surface compared to some of the young blades. It was a nice feeling going to meetings and letting these folk loose with their 'creative thoughts' in what could be achieved... anyway I'll drop you a line.
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    HI Joe nice solid image with a good amount of detail in the subject .
    Head turn is very good and the pose is great .
    Due to the contrast between subject and BG .... the bird is popping of the screen .
    I am not too fuzzed about the perch , but hey that's the point that the subject picked for resting ... so no deal breaker

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    The repost looks pretty good, I too felt the original was a little too pale.

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    Nice pose you managed from the subject Joe. I like the light BG, but agree with Steve the blacks look to light on OP and the overall image feels a bit flat. I like the repost better.

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    Yes, repost is better with the richer blacks. Now you need to cormorant to perch on a better post - another type of "repost"! :-)

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