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    Ring-necked Duck... Which Vignette Do You Prefer?

    This morning looking at Paul's image of a Yellow-rumped Warbler with a lighter post crop vignette the image background made me wonder why is a darker vignette used almost exclusively. So I applied both to this image. I cannot decide which I prefer, so I ask the members which do you prefer and why?

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    Re: Ring-necked Duck... Which Vignette Do You Prefer?

    I prefer #2 because my eyes do not wander to the lighter edges of the frame in #1.

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    Re: Ring-necked Duck... Which Vignette Do You Prefer?

    Can't imagine using the lighter for the reason given by Bobo. Best to draw your eye toward the center of frame, does not have to be a strong effect for most situations, just a subtle change.

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    Re: Ring-necked Duck... Which Vignette Do You Prefer?

    ..... btw forgot to mention those ducks have strange looking eyes and usually come out funky, I like darkening the pupil just a bit since it will show the sharpness. Excellent image !!

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    Re: Ring-necked Duck... Which Vignette Do You Prefer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobobird View Post
    I prefer #2 because my eyes do not wander to the lighter edges of the frame in #1.
    Thanks Bobo, looking at the images I agree. The lighter vignette does draw the eyes away.

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    Re: Ring-necked Duck... Which Vignette Do You Prefer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aforns View Post
    ..... btw forgot to mention those ducks have strange looking eyes and usually come out funky, I like darkening the pupil just a bit since it will show the sharpness. Excellent image !!
    Hi Alfred, I agree with you and Bobo. Thanks for the tip on the eye, it did look funky but I was not sure why. I opened the original and darkened it with the adjustment brush.

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    Re: Ring-necked Duck... Which Vignette Do You Prefer?

    Yes, #1 doesn't look natural to me.

    You just about get away with it at the top but the effect is too strong near the bottom edge.

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    Re: Ring-necked Duck... Which Vignette Do You Prefer?

    Hi Joe. Just put me as one more adding to Bobo's vote (#2) and why (my eyes do not wander to the lighter edges of the frame in #1).

    Btw, very nice image!

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    Re: Ring-necked Duck... Which Vignette Do You Prefer?

    OK one vote for #1. I think because the main part of the duck is dark, my eye moves from light to dark and does not wander outwards.

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    Re: Ring-necked Duck... Which Vignette Do You Prefer?

    #2 The only time I like lightening up the edges is with flowers, portraits or high key etc and it progresses to a complete fade. Just about all other times I prefer the vignetting to be darker.

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    Re: Ring-necked Duck... Which Vignette Do You Prefer?

    Joe, I think the second works best for the same reasons as stated above. I very rarely use a white vignetter, however I am experimenting with certain uses. In the image this morning.... Yellow Rump Warbler and a Red wing, it was a bit dark out and the bright clouds behind the Warbler forced me to over expose slightly the background to get the detail in the bird. Having almost white for a background I thought I could take that further and leave only the bird and brach visible, somewhat like drawings I have seen where the branch never reaches the edges of the paper.

    I have only one other image, also taken recently where I used a white vignette. It was different circumstances and did not work as well as this mornings image.

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