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Old October 21st, 2016, 09:35 PM
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Spruce Grouse background & DOF?

Spruce Grouse - Lubec, ME

Spruce Grouse background & DOF - I still have not learned how to precisely do the DOF stuff yet, during the actual process of taking a picture with my camera - this while taking the Pictures - Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

I use various back ground manipulations. I do know that there are some functions in post processing applications to blur the background. Other effects on image of the bird include selecting the bird create contrast. I then select the inverse of the picture at which point dull or mute the background. Cropping out background and replacing it with a solid colored background.

Spruce Grouse with background cropped out. This is supposed to represent a narrow DOF [Depth of Field]. Does it work??? My images of the spruce grouse include the original, muted background & background replaced.
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Old October 31st, 2016, 09:06 AM
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Re: Spruce Grouse background & DOF?

Very Nice...for some reason I was thinking of a very large airplane..
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Old November 2nd, 2016, 09:35 AM
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Re: Spruce Grouse background & DOF?

I like the idea of leaving the background in. It shows habitat and tells a little about the bird.
I'm not against dulling down the background to accentuate the bird.
It looks like you tried to add background top and bottom to accommodate the vertical crop, but it looks rather sloppy. With such a busy background, it is very difficult to make any added background blend in.
This almost looks like you cut and pasted. I would stick with what you have in the original. Crop if you want to, but don't try to add more background.
The ones where you got rid of the background are not very well done. Both show very hard edges around the subject that make it look like it was cut out.
The colors of the replaced background do not mesh well with the kind of light that was in the original picture.
I would reserve that type of background cutout for studio work.
IMO, nature photography works best with only the manipulations that are absolutely necessary, like exposure, color balance, contrast, etc.
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