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I like this photo for the colours.

Bridge at Bressingham gardens Norfolk.
E3. 14.54m. 1/30sec. F4.5. +0.3ev.iso100.

I have done a little p/p contrast, noise remove and in camera settings +sharpen.+1RGB.+1contrast

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Re: I like this photo for the colours.

Well, I like the composition. But to me it's been sharpened within an inch of its life, and the greens just seem "wrong". Unless it's my monitor, I cannot see any detail in the leaves and the grass.
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Re: I like this photo for the colours.

Agree with Stephen. It's not necessary the sharpening that killed the grass but the noise reduction. Nice composition but I will recommend being a little more careful with the post-processing. If you use RAW you don't need the settings on your camera as you can edit it later. If you're troubled with noise, overexpose with 1/3EV or 2/3EV and drag it down. Noise is normally in underexposed areas.

What noise reduction software are you using?
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Re: I like this photo for the colours.

My first thought were that it has been over-sharpened - this is evident in the tree foliage. It is also a touch overexposed. Witness the burning out of the tops of the wall, the path over the bridge and where the foliage is against the white sky. Whether the +0.3 compensation has done this or the flat lighting I don't know. I almost always underexpose by 0.3 or 0.5 stops and never have problems with noise. You get better saturation, which is why I do it with slides as well (when I take them, which is seldom these days).
Apart from that (sorry) it is a well composed image.
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Re: I like this photo for the colours.

I agree with Dave

it looks oversxposed to me and therefore I have to wonder whether the rest of the adustments were really needed

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Re: I like this photo for the colours.

Edmund I love the composition!
... but the brightness and colours hurt my eyes a little.
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Re: I like this photo for the colours.

Thanks for all your input fellows I have now made some adjustments to improve it. Gamer down a spot and unsharpened.I going to change camera settings to normal.
I hope what I have done has made a difference.

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Re: I like this photo for the colours.

The colours are a lot better but I'm still seeing strange artifacts - a sort of moire pattern on the grass, for instance.
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Re: I like this photo for the colours.

I believe that is the grass that is worn and faded.
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