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Pin-tailed whydah revisited


Please compare this picture with the past Friday's posting. The easy way, is to toggle between "previous" and "latest". to the right above the picture. It should be clear that the foreground (leaves and bird) are much sharper in today's pic, than that of Friday. I also noticed that the background mountains are more green.


As I was pondering the reason for the slip of quality, I started to remember a few things. First of all, I shoot in AdobeRGB, that provides a wider range of colours in the workspace. The next thing is that I got a new computer running a more recent operating system. Photoshop Elements 10, that I normally used for editing, was getting long in the teeth and is not compatible with ON1 - which I wish to purchase in the future. So I didn't install Elements 10 on the new computer. I opted for a Corel Paintshop package. So, I started editing with Paintshop. Paintshop has a number of nifty tricks and tools, not available in Elements.


During ponderation I remembered an important thingy. When I open a pic for editing in Paintshop, I get a message that the workspace is converted to RGB. I tried to stop it from doing that, but to no avail. As far as I am concerned, it means that Paintshop has problems working with AdobeRGB. So I installed Elements - it being an Adobe product, must be able to work with AdobeRGB. I took my original picture and converted it from RAW to jpeg and the result is a much sharper picture than the one on Friday - with the added bonus of truer colour for the background mountain.


Those of you who are used to tonemapping will understand what is happening. A wider colour range provides for sharper (better defined) edges of objects. When Paintshop converts the picture to the RGB workspace, they convert to a workspace with less colours. The result is a less sharp look.


Yes, I wasted money on the Corel product.


comments (6)

This is a no brainer what a difference
Louis: I am just glad that I was able to fix the issue. Glad that the difference is obvious - one tends to become unsure after the surgeons tuned one's eyes.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Apr 2017, 10:31
Ik hou meer van deze mooie foto - wat een lange staart hebt dit vogeltje!
Louis: Dankjewel, Philine. Een mooie vogel, ben ik met je eens.
I fully understand what you are talking about Louis, I was fortunate to buy Photoshop CS3 many years ago for a good price just after CS4 was released and still use that together with Lightroom. You may not be aware that Google now own the NIK software and have recently released the NIK Colelction free of charge (previously £105) as a plug in to various programs, I have it installed and working in my earlier mentioned software plus my copy of Elements. The link is https://www.google.com/nikcollection/
Louis: Thanks for the feedback, Brian. You mentioned NIK to me before, but then I had Windows XP. Now, with new equipment, I can use it. It is busy downloading as I write this.
What a difference. I understood not a word of what you were saying but there certainly is an improvement.
Louis: Well Mary, as long as you understand that Shutterchance was not to blame and indeed, such problems can be created before the upload.
there is quite a difference between the two Louis today's picture has much better colour and twice as sharp... and the mountains in the depth of field is more distinct....petersmile
Louis: Thanks for the feedback, peter. The surprise to me was that the issue came about in the colour workspace. One for the learning curve.
  • Ella
  • South Africa
  • 18 Apr 2017, 08:26
Very impressive, ou grote
Louis: O my aarde. Dit spook hier op die website smile

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