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f8, ISO 200, 1/125sec

One of the cat resting in the early evening sunlight (very glad that she was content to stay there rather than come and investigate the photographer). I was using the Sigma 150mm macro and 1.4 teleconverter and shooting low down on the ground so I was not in the best position to shift back and forth - but I think this range was a decent one to pick (at least I got all the head and ears in without chopping bits off).
I have also started to double process my images from RAW - making a normal edit of the shot and then saving that result (under a different file name) and then opening the original shot again, only this time adjusting the exposure right to low (so as to bring out details in the white areas) whilst leaving the other settings (especaily white balance) alone. I then cut and paste one over the other and use a layer mask to restrict the darker shot from showing to just the whites - building up the amount of the shot showing in these areas with a very soft brush.
Then I process the whole shot as normal - it takes a bit longer, but its really made a big difference to how I deal with whites on the animal

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 150mm macro, 1.4 teleconverter
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:purrfection
Username:Overread Overread
Uploaded:8 Apr 2009 - 9:26 PM
Tags:Pets / captive animals
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vickyal
vickyal  6 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2009 - 11:47 PM

Lovely shot.
Vicky

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10 Apr 2009 - 11:49 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A pleasant shot of your cat. I note the two stage method you have used for the picture but I would suggest the whites are still verging on overexposure. It may be better, perhaps, if you tended towards underexposure in order to keep the whites within the dynamic range of the sensor and then tweak the image using, for example, the shadows/highlights tool in PS so as to bring out the darker areas while preventing the lighter ones from blowing out.

I've uploaded a mod for you which reflects my comments, and in which I have also applied a crop. Hope this helps.

Last Modified By Carabosse at 10 Apr 2009 - 11:50 PM

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Overread  63746 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2009 - 1:10 PM

I would agree with that comment on the whites - even on the camera histogram they were showing blown out results. I have used flash for fill on some occasions and then underexposed to get the whites undercontrol whilst having the flash for filling in the missing light - it all sounds good in theory, but I need to put more practice into it (at least she was a lot easier to work with than the black cat was!)

edit - also where did you crop in that edit - I can't see quite where it is (must be a fine cut)

Last Modified By Overread at 11 Apr 2009 - 1:14 PM

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11 Apr 2009 - 1:28 PM

Sorry Alex, I uploaded the orginal.... that's twice in one day I've done that. I must be going do-lally! Lol! Wink

Proper mod now uploaded.

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