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Feather in the shower

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:54 pm
by Matt Quinn
I shot this feather stuck to the wall of our outdoor shower. It was about 2 inches long; I have no idea which type of bird had lost it. I cropped it, worked the luminance and color in Lightroom and removed the bright line between the boards above and below the feather in PS, but don't know what to do with a the remnants peeking through the feather. Suggestions welcome. The winds took the feather so I can't take any more photos. Thanks. Matt

Re: Feather in the shower

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:36 pm
by minniev
Matt Quinn wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:54 pm
I shot this feather stuck to the wall of our outdoor shower. It was about 2 inches long; I have no idea which type of bird had lost it. I cropped it, worked the luminance and color in Lightroom and removed the bright line between the boards above and below the feather in PS, but don't know what to do with a the remnants peeking through the feather. Suggestions welcome. The winds took the feather so I can't take any more photos. Thanks. Matt
As you've probably noticed, I'm a sucker for the lost feather concept so you've won me on this one!

I think you need to remove the chromatic aberration, usually easy, it seems to affect the upper left edges most. Then step back and figure out what color the feather is supposed to be. If white, you may want to reduce the blues. If pale blue, then it's OK as is. My egrets, under certain conditions, will render strong shades of blue if I don't correct for it. I've found that since the dam has no other blues most of the time, I can correct it better by adjusting the blues in HSL than with white balance tools. If that doesn't work I take it into PS and do a selection and adjust just the feathers. Feathers are one of the most complicated of nature's objects to photograph because they are so detailed, their colors are iridescent even when they don't look it, and they're so highly reflective.

Getting rid of the bright line is gonna be a chore! I've attempted jobs like that but it's painful. I might just mitigate the lightest areas with gentle burning on a separate layer and see how that does. If you are serious about fixing it, it might be one of those pixel-by-pixel jobs like when I fix an egret's beak or the top of his head or a case of bird-eye. It can be done, but it isn't the fun side of processing.

Re: Feather in the shower

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:09 am
by PietFrancke
I think you found the perfect image to perfect your photoshop skills with. Do everything Min says, consider rotating it 90 degrees clockwise, consider replacing the background with a texture, solve the white strip issue (perhaps select the colors close to the edge and paint continuation lines).

With that feather gone, you will have to be more careful about protecting your modesty when you shower!!

Re: Feather in the shower

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:40 pm
by Matt Quinn
Minnie, Piet,

Hard taskmasters both. Weighing cost/benefit, I believe this photo is not worth the time and effort to do what you both suggest. (I know, it's learning PS; if it were easy, it wouldn't be worthwhile. I know.). But this encounter with cancer has juggled some of my priorities. If I were 20 years younger, I would jump in; my attitude now is to improve what I know and expand on that. I want to see more immediate results; delayed gratification has no appeal or meaning. (Eating lots of chocolate!) Not being maudlin, just sayin'. But thanks to you both, sincerely. I value your views and advice.

No need to worry about modesty, Piet. Woods on one side, trees on the other, and, out back, nothing but a sharply dropping hillside down to an abandoned cranberry bog with Cape Cod Bay a mile away and P'town another mile over the water. Only the birds have a view.

Matt

Re: Feather in the shower

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:09 am
by PietFrancke
Matt Quinn wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:40 pm
Minnie, Piet,

Hard taskmasters both. Weighing cost/benefit, I believe this photo is not worth the time and effort to do what you both suggest. (I know, it's learning PS; if it were easy, it wouldn't be worthwhile. I know.). But this encounter with cancer has juggled some of my priorities. If I were 20 years younger, I would jump in; my attitude now is to improve what I know and expand on that. I want to see more immediate results; delayed gratification has no appeal or meaning. (Eating lots of chocolate!) Not being maudlin, just sayin'. But thanks to you both, sincerely. I value your views and advice.

No need to worry about modesty, Piet. Woods on one side, trees on the other, and, out back, nothing but a sharply dropping hillside down to an abandoned cranberry bog with Cape Cod Bay a mile away and P'town another mile over the water. Only the birds have a view.

Matt
I understand completely - I always find things relaxing when I am in my comfort zone, and I feel a tension - perhaps even a stress, when I learn, or when I feel I Need to learn.

Also think I suffer from a form of turrets, If I think of anything at all funny, or I think it might be funny, I blurt it out. I am sure I have lost many friends due to this over the course of my life, so I value your forgiveness very much. And like you I value that very rare privacy.

But still, beware of those small fast birds! You know some of them get up pretty early - and they are the ones especially that you need to watch out for.

Re: Feather in the shower

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:46 am
by Matt Quinn
Thanks for understanding Piet. Yes, I too feel stressed when I believe I owe it to someone to learn something, most especially because the learning is much slower now at my stage of life. And the stress blocks the learning. I used to be a very fast study, so I got used to being able to use a new skill quickly. Not no more no how, no way. So I fall back on what I already know and try to improve that. I appreciate your candor and comments. Many thanks. Matt

Re: Feather in the shower

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:50 am
by Psjunkie
Not sure what you are looking for Matt but did notice "edit my shot"......so here's an edit...

Re: Feather in the shower

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:26 am
by Matt Quinn
I like it Frank; really enhances the drop of water. Thanks. Matt

Re: Feather in the shower

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:59 pm
by St3v3Murray
Matt Quinn wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:54 pm
I shot this feather stuck to the wall of our outdoor shower. It was about 2 inches long; I have no idea which type of bird had lost it. I cropped it, worked the luminance and color in Lightroom and removed the bright line between the boards above and below the feather in PS, but don't know what to do with a the remnants peeking through the feather. Suggestions welcome. The winds took the feather so I can't take any more photos. Thanks. Matt
There's a story in lost feathers but I'm not sure what to do with this other than rotate it. S-