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This is Harry being lazy. Smile But I need help with the editing. I keep trying to edit this in different ways and it doesn't work out... but without any editing, there looks like there's something wrong as well. I tried lightening the eyes, but it turned out strange... I'd really appreciate a mod, thanks! Smile

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Alpha SLT-A55V
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Dec 2011 - 4:20 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/10sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Action (High speed)
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Lazy Hazy Harry
Username:Sararose Sararose
Uploaded:30 Dec 2011 - 11:35 PM
Tags:Bokeh, Cat, Close-up, Pets / captive animals, Whiskers
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9710 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2671 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 11:49 PM

Its just underexposed. I made a layer copy, changed mode to screen, used a mask to remove brightness behind the cat. Used the shadow tool in CS5 to lighted the eyes, and added catchlights by painting over existing small catchlights with a soft white brush.


Use the onboard flash for these shots, it should perform as a fill flash, low power, and will do a great job on the eyes. Shutter speed was very low, so youre lucky to get a decent shot at all!

Loaded a mod, happy new year.



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Last Modified By banehawi at 30 Dec 2011 - 11:53 PM

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Sararose
Sararose  3 United States
31 Dec 2011 - 1:01 AM

Thanks, banehawi! Happy New Year!

I rested the camera on the surface Harry was laying on, so that probably made it a bit steadier.

Looks good, is it just me or are the eyes a bit noisy? Maybe it's just my screen...

Thanks again!

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 2:10 AM

I like both this and the mod--- your kitty looks lazy, half asleep and the bokeh makes a nice contrasts with the sleepy cat!

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84168 forum postsKarenFB vcard England160 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 7:10 AM

A gorgeous capture, I love the way you've caught the coloured lights in the background.

Although Banehawi has already given you a brilliant mod, I thought I'd have a go too. I haven't made a better one then Banehawi's, just different!

I selected the lights in the background and adjusted the contrast, then, after selecting 'inverse' I adjusted the cat's head (making it a lot lighter). After that I zoomed right in to the eyes and played with the 'burn' and 'dodge' tools. Thank you for allowing us to 'play' with your image - it was fun! Grin

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MrsS
MrsS e2 Member 74527 forum postsMrsS vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 10:28 AM

I think this is a well composed image - the most important bit! Smile

The mods show what you can do with it - as always, practice, practice, practice! Wink

Fran x

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9710 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2671 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 4:29 PM

Eyes are a little noisy, - very perceptive. Its because they were so underexposed that lightening revealed some noise. So flash next time for good eyes!



Willie

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4395 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 4:48 PM

Another beautiful shot of Harry !!!!....he looks so cosy & peaceful !!!

I've done a mod. for your interest......to lighten the face & bring the eyes 'to life', as they're mainly in shadow......hope you like ??

regards......Keith.

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Sararose
Sararose  3 United States
31 Dec 2011 - 7:28 PM

Thanks for the modifications, everyone! Grin

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