Thanks so much Dayo! My husband also commented that it looked like an old photo. As for the highlights, that's very possible. The florida light and shadow is very harsh sometimes. I tried to find the best b&w processing. I was hoping a little grain might hide other issues. I need your eyes and knowhow!Looks almost like one of those staged Victorian images of exotic creatures.
Not sure if just my monitor but seems some highlights are blown ... wonder if they could be retrieved a bit if so.
Did you make it b/w because of the highlights or is that that way you wanted it?
Thanks for your comments, Allan and Mike! I was just playing with how it would look in black and white. The Cafe is the closest thing I have to photo school, so all suggestions are so appreciated. Here is another try.......Very interesting composition!
There are very few blown highlights and I don't think they are especially problematic, though eliminating them certainly can't hurt. For me, the issue about that is that the light is relatively flat on the bird's torso, which maybe lends to making people think there are a lot of blown highlights. My experience is that the key to making whites pop is to ensure that there are enough grey tones. If you judiciously increase the grey tones in the bird, I think you'll like the whites better.
Actually, the biggest problem for me is the crushed shadow tones. Lots and lots more crushed shadow tones lacking any detail than blown highlights. I think revealing the shadow tones will help frame the subject.
Use a software tool that displays the blown highlights and the crushed shadow tones as a guide to what you might want to adjust.
Yep. That's the shot!
Karen, Dayo, and Mike, I so appreciate your feedback. I definitely like the remake better also. If you guys lived in my area, I would definitely be baking you cookies!So much more detail displayed in the second version. Well done!