Well, on a recent-ish trip I took a lot of pictures and I didn't like many of them. I never had time to really look at them until now. Of about 300 or so total, only two caught my attention. Both are very common wing shots, and certainly would never be found on this site, so please don't bash them too hard, as I don't plan them for here. However, I'd like to have them to print and also to use as my background. I was hoping that someone could give me a few pointers on how to fix them up so that they look less like garbage.
First off, and my favorite that I'd love to fix, is this creature:
I like it due to the angle and the clouds, but it looks dark. Although the day had little real contrast, I was hoping that someone could give me an idea of how to fix it without killing the colors completely. When i adjust the brightness, it's Ok, but I lose contrast, so I adjust that, but then I lose color. Can this shot be brightened or should I just hope it prints better?
Secondly, there is this piece of crap:
The main problem with it is that it lacks contrast, but I think I can fix this one my own. Really, with this one, I just want to know why it appears so unlevel. I level the sucker to one side and it tips on the other. If it had been taken with a WA lens, I'd understand. Is it an optical illusion. Anyway, I'd really only concerned with the first one.
PS-Remember not to bash my lack of skills, as I fully know that I do not have any.