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Monday, 25 June 2012

Dont delete all those rubbish images... just yet!

Its been wet and miserable here in the UK during the past week and along with working long hours, finding time to get out has been hard to justify.  So this weeks post is yet more delving into the archives of my March trip to Venezuela. 

Below is an image from a dayout at Morrocoy

It was very dark, totally overcast with squallid showers on and off all day. I snapped about 20 shots of a large group of Flamingos, and to be honest the days photography had been generally poor. I didnt have any inclination to get more than a few record shots just to file as a first sighting of Flamingos on my world bird list......

..... so this is what I got

please click on the images to reveal all the hidden detail...lol, well maybe not in image 1


yep, too dark, no overall detail, poor composition , image too fussy, posts in the foreground making a nuisance of them selves...... basically lots of negatives and certainly one for the bin.

Well below is the salvaged result of the poor image above.

Dont ask what I did as I cant remember exactly but on this occassion it is not important, I just gave it my best shot for 10 minutes (at the most) and came up with this.
There was always something about the group of birds in the foreground that I thought maybe worth trying to crop around and see what happens and there you go, agreed its not the best your going to see but improved beyond recognition.


so dont be too hasty with that delete button!

27 comments:

Gary said...

They're beauties Dave. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

NatureStop said...

Dave,
They are beautiful...we had the Greater Flamingo's here a few years back but once the people cleared up the backwaters for concrete constructons they have all disappeared. Am so glad you shared this post.Have a great day!

Shantana

TexWisGirl said...

wow! nice job!!!

mick said...

Beautiful birds and you did a really great job with "tweeking" the original dark image.

Connie Smiley said...

Dave, it's just amazing what you did with that image. It's beautiful! I also love your header.

Adam Jones said...

Great work Dave. Just shows you what you can do with what looks like a poor shot. It ended up being a stunning shot.

Anni said...

pretty, and colorful...love the water's reflections too.

MERLIN FALCON

Andrew said...

It's a wonderful image Dave... that I could only hope to take at Chester Zoo.. so jealous.

heyBJK said...

Wow! Fantastic job, Dave! You turned that into a keeper and then some!

eileeninmd said...

They are beautiful birds, great capture. Glad you did not hit that delete button.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show :)

Carole M. said...

...and they look absolutely fantastic, especially nice how you framed the result. Loving flamingos!

Hilke Breder said...

You ended up with a really lovely image; should hang it on your wall or give to someone as a present.

JM said...

Great work, what a stunning image! Also love the new blog header.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Love that picture -- love the ability to crop, but it has to be a great pic to begin with as yours always are. Would love to see these birds.

Les fous du cap said...

Dave thank you for visiting us on "Les Fous du Cap" and to have left a few words. We also love your photos.
Céline & Philippe

Kusum said...

Great Job! Cropping always helps to highlight the subject.

Saun said...

Gorgeous shots thanks for visiting my blog. The gardening birding is going crazy all kinds of birds now. Including squirrels and chimpmunks which I dont want. Love your Puffin shot so lucky

Phil said...

Good advice Dave. Where would we be without Photoshop or eqivalent. Your flamingos turned out just great.

LeenaH said...

Those birds are so unreal to me like somebody`s imagination.
I would like to see them some day in person.
And your photos how could they be any better?
Many thanks for your kind words in my site! I have been so passive here in "blogosphere" that not many watch my posts :)

Island Rambles Blog said...

I would never delete that top shot...you did a great crop and nice framing...voila! Wonderful! Sometimes the rain creates a soft mist and that can be a moody shot. We have had the most rain ever this June! I am just shooting in the rain anyway now.

Barb said...

Love your magic touch for these flamingos. You've got a stunning photo there. Thanks for swinging by my blog, too.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

They are beautiful Dave, I love these selections, almost like watercolours~

Stewart M said...

Hi there -nice save on this image. Makes me wonder what I could have done with all the slghtly less than great images on slides that went into the bin in the past if they had been digital. Oh well!

The wood ducks in my post are about the same size and build as a wigeon - but they don’t have such a good call!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Kathie Brown said...

While the bottom photo may be photographically appealing I kind of like the top one for its dreamy quality too. It gives you a real feel for the day and the place. I would keep both!

Amila Kanchana said...

Wow, you really made some thing better out of your original photo! Your post processing rocks!

Liz said...

Well done and a great result!! I will remember your advice for the future (I have just deleted a whole bunch of "rubbish" images)