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1 hour ago, dragon49 said:

I still know very little about photoshop, and using Adobe Camera Raw's suggested auto fix settings for white balance and color doesn't always produce the best results, but I used all the AI suggestions for this one, and I'm very happy with the output.

I welcome thoughts and suggestons.

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The sky looks unnatural. Way too dark gray, almost pinkish. The bird is also too dark, lift the shadows and overall exposure. This sort of stuff is much easier to do in Lightroom in my opinion, although it definitely can be done in photoshop. Remember, Lightroom can do 95% of the things you’d need to do to a bird photo just as good, if not easier, then photoshop. 

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Great Egret.  78th St. Crab Dock, Oak Island, Brunswick County, southeastern coastal NC.  https://ebird.org/checklist/S177786335

I think I got the lighting closer to right on this one.  The white areas aren't as badly blown out as what I usually produce, and the bird gave me time to do a little composition.  Of the three shots I kept, this one has the most feathers being blown.  No cropping or adjustments; straight out of the camera's .JPG.  Three seconds later a large boat passed in the background on the Intracoastal Waterway.

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1 hour ago, IKLland said:

The sky looks unnatural. Way too dark gray, almost pinkish. The bird is also too dark, lift the shadows and overall exposure. This sort of stuff is much easier to do in Lightroom in my opinion, although it definitely can be done in photoshop. Remember, Lightroom can do 95% of the things you’d need to do to a bird photo just as good, if not easier, then photoshop. 

Ty- My mistake in having deleted all copies of the original RAW file before asking for the advice.

Photoshop likes to suggest changing very blue skies to that almost pinkish sky.  I'll try playing around with lightroom with the next batch of photos.

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1 minute ago, dragon49 said:

Ty- My mistake in having deleted all copies of the original RAW file before asking for the advice.

Photoshop likes to suggest changing very blue skies to that almost pinkish sky.  I'll try playing around with lightroom with the next batch of photos.

I also don’t suggest relying heavily on the auto suggestions. It rarely does a good job

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12 hours ago, IKLland said:

The sky looks unnatural. Way too dark gray, almost pinkish. The bird is also too dark, lift the shadows and overall exposure. This sort of stuff is much easier to do in Lightroom in my opinion, although it definitely can be done in photoshop. Remember, Lightroom can do 95% of the things you’d need to do to a bird photo just as good, if not easier, then photoshop. 

I liked it.

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11 hours ago, dragon49 said:

My mistake in having deleted all copies of the original RAW file

I would suggest keeping all the RAW files that you save as JPGs. Over time, as your editing skills improve or your style/preferences change, you may want to rework some of your older photos and that is much easier to do with the original RAW file.

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