The Proud Cockerel

The Proud Cockerel
The Proud Cockerel

The Equally Proud Cockerel
The Equally Proud Cockerel

I photographed this wonderful animal this afternoon and will be putting him into the Animals Ecards section of Quillcards in the next couple of days.

The question is, which version will I use? It is the same animal processed slightly differently each time in Photoshop.

I shot the image in RAW and I post-processed it in Photoshop CS5 by boosting the colors and increasing the sharpening. That was pretty much it for the lower image.

The top image is actually a more complicated version than the bottom image.

What I did was that I produced a duotone image which I then converted back to RGB. I then layered the original lower image over it and combined them to emphasise the dark areas and produce more contrast.

I think that works well around his tail feathers but the edging effect is too strong around the edge of his comb.

Which version do you prefer?

Technical
Nikon D7000 with Nikon 70-300mm lens at 200mm, 1/500th second at f5.3 at ISO 250

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