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Full Critique Red soldier beetles Small skipper and ?? (no flash Ryan)

Roger S

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The soldier beetles shot is fantastic.
 

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I agree with Roger, the beetle shot is very nice.
Out of interest what do you normally do step by step when you edit your shots Les? Editing Programs, cropping, noise reduction for example.
 

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I agree with Roger, the beetle shot is very nice.
Out of interest what do you normally do step by step when you edit your shots Les? Editing Programs, cropping, noise reduction for example.
Hi Ryan i use lightroom i crop if needed then clarity (Lightly) exposure and noise reduction and ive just started to use Topaz sharpen for the end result
 

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Hi Ryan i use lightroom i crop if needed then clarity (Lightly) exposure and noise reduction and ive just started to use Topaz sharpen for the end result
I thought I detected a bit of something like topaz, especially in the last shot. Sometimes Topaz over bakes and you get these weird artifacts you can see around the wasp's abdomen. I am going to guess it was a fairly hefty crop and you set it for heavy denoise/ sharpen which is when I have experienced this behaviour before.
What was the original like unedited?
 

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Here is the original Ryan

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Nicely done Les. I also do notice the artifacts that Ryan pointed out in the final image.
 
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