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Wildwood Portraits

Posts: 260

San Diego, California, US

Can anyone offer any suggestions on this? I used Frequency Separation for the retouching and a 50% gray layer for the dodging and burning. I'm thinking it might be a little heavy on the dodge/burn and I'm not entirely sure how i feel about the background. I may soften the color up/desaturate the background a bit.

I know it's a little rough around the bird's tailfeathers too and a couple of spots on her neck. I'm not finished, still working on this image...But I'd like to hear some other opinions. Thanks. smile

Sep 01 13 08:45 am Link


Laura Elizabeth Photo

Posts: 2253

Rochester, New York, US

First off what's with that blue haze at the bottom of the origanl and why is it cropped?  It makes it a little harder to compare the images.

Anyways, you need you work on using masks better to replace a background.  There's many areas on the neck and shoulder on the right that really stand out as being places you colored inside the lines so to speak.  There's also a weird halo around the birds wings/body and around the neck.

I also can't be sure but it looks like the image lost some of it's sharpness but it's hard to tell at this size.  The skin is alright but overall the image looks dull and lacks pop, trying using curves to brighten it and add more contrast.

Hope that helps, keep working at it!

Sep 01 13 03:14 pm Link


Downtown Pro Photo

Posts: 1589

Crystal Lake, Illinois, US

Too hard around the hair and bird on the masking.
Good skin for what the original had to work with.  Focus issues on the original need addressing before I would have worked on it.  The eyes need to be sharp.
Also, take out the hot spot on the forehead, smooth the neck shadow and maybe some tone mapping to add depth.
finish off with a bit of noise to smooth out the work.

Sep 12 13 11:43 am Link


Images by MR

Posts: 8874

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I like the colors / tones in the before more

Sep 12 13 11:49 am Link


Jakov Markovic

Posts: 1128

Belgrade, Central Serbia, Serbia

You blurred.

You should've just made the eyes pop, accentuate the parrot and add a bit of shimmer to her face.

Sep 18 13 05:55 am Link