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Sigma 18-50 does wildlife

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by saddler, 15 Jan 2006.

  1. saddler

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    Not the obvious choice for wildlife but if you can get close enough...

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    The pics were taken through a window hence the slightly 'washed out' effect. What is the best way of solvng this problem?

    Any comments and suggestions welcome

    John
     
  2. hoodmeister

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    Very nice, perhaps a slightly faster shutter, but good n' sharp nevertheless...

    I'd use curves to get rid of the washed out effect, but i'm no pro ;)
     
  3. matty

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    a poloriser might help shooting through glass, is this the F2.8 or the budget version?
     
  4. ranarama

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    I don't know if a polariser would have helped to remove the washed out effect. If it's from reflections then it would make a difference. Otherwise reducing the brightness and upping the contrast will help.
     
  5. xolotl

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    Levels is a good way to get rid of the haze.
     
  6. mrgubby

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    I had a play with it , adjusting brightness/contrast/shadow/highlight of full image . Then selected the bird , increased saturation/USM , inverted selection and removed noise from background and got this :

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    Still pretty washed out but I think it would print out nice :)
     
  7. matty

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    whats causing the washed out look?

    I had a quick play, managed to get a fairly clean image by dropping curves, tweaking the saturation and smidge of sharpening
     
  8. Joe T

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    Read the OP, he's shooting through a window!

    Upping the contrast and the saturation are the simplest ways to remove most of the effect.
     
  9. DizMatt

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    nice PS there grubby
    makes the blur just look like shallow DOF
    good colours too
     
  10. matty

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    yeah i got the shooting through the window bit :p , i use a poloriser on glass, but it doesnt always work, so the question is what is causing the lightness
     
  11. matty

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    this is what i managed, not as good as My Gubbys colourwise, and i overdid noise removal, lol

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  12. matty

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    this was taken through glass with a pol fitted, and flash fired

    this piccy here
     
  13. saddler

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    looks much better mrgrubby, one of the reasons for the lightness is that the sun sines directly onto that window all day so that doesnt help. The window itself is an elderly double glazed unit with some moisture trapped between so again not very helpful. The lens used was the 18-50 F2.8 and ive found it to be very sharp.

    I'll play with the levels on some of the others ive got and see what I can do.
     
  14. matty

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    try and get the lens as close to the glass as you can to cut down on glare, failing that, build a hide in the garden....
     
  15. Richard T

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    nice shots.... I have this problem shooting through the glass as well
     
  16. saddler

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    matty, the lens was right up against the glass and I live in a first floor flat so guess i'll have to rely on the wonders of post-processing.

    I think this looks a bit better
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  17. morgan

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    best thing in my experiance for 'glazed' or shots that are dull is black point eye dropper in curves in photoshop. then a bit of sponge tool on bird and burn slightly on the peanuts

    great range of birds
     
  18. saddler

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    My effort with the goldfinch

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