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I'm not sure if this would work better in b&w? Basically background too bright, dog too dark. Tried selective curves and a bit of shadow rescue.

Title:A wet German Shepherd
Username:Sus Sus
Uploaded:25 Mar 2010 - 11:11 PM
Tags:Alsation, Gsd, Pets / captive animals
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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139444 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2010 - 11:21 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Sus - you've certainly captured his wetness well here, and I like the way he is looking towards the camera. Smile

The obvious issue is that you have a dark coloured subject and your camera meter has exposed pretty much for the dog, allowing the background to become overexposed - but not to the extent that it cannot be mitigated.

In the mod I have uploaded for you I have made fairly aggressive use of the shadows/highlights tool in PS to rein back the bright areas whilst giving a little extra lift to the dark ones (i,e, the dog). i have also corrected the slight blueish cast.

Hope that helps.

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Sus  93183 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2010 - 11:52 PM

Ooh, yes, it seems to work, I was a bit too cautious on the recovery it seem.

CB - can I ask you what settings you used on the shadow-highlights tool, as I have no idea really what I'm doing with it and it always looks fake when I do it?

cheers

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cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2010 - 8:36 AM

mod uploaded - applied Noiseware, added some light and cropped

fascinating subject for photography purposes


well captured, by the way

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Carabosse e2 Member 1139444 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2010 - 12:08 PM


Quote: CB - can I ask you what settings you used on the shadow-highlights tool, as I have no idea really what I'm doing with it and it always looks fake when I do it?

As I recall I actually used it twice.The first time I set the highlights to 100% but the shadows set to a modest amount. The second time I proabbly set shadows to about 20%. Give it a try! Smile

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Sus  93183 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2010 - 2:44 PM

OK, will have a play, thanks for the alternative mod as well cats_123

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LouisePeaches
4 Apr 2010 - 12:34 AM

Lovely shot, love the way that you can see the little water drops dripping from the fur.

Gardner

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