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While at the Toronto Zoo this EMU was quite close and having a tele photo zoom, I was able to zero on it.

Once home I opened this file in Camera-in-the-RAW and thus used the black features to correct the colour balance, and then re-sized to 600 x 401 pixels and then applied applied the UNSHARP MASK till it looked quite sharp, lastly saved JPEG for sharing with you all.

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1
Lens:Pentax 50-200 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Oct 2012 - 2:10 PM
Focal Length:20mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Creative (Slow speed)
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:an EMU
Username:TimothyDMorton TimothyDMorton
Uploaded:31 Oct 2013 - 12:28 AM
Tags:Emu, Pets / captive animals, THE TORONTO ZOO
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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 12:33 AM

Emu,,Dont see one but what I do se is a beautiful Labrador.
Reminds me of an old mate of mine "Shadow".

Aidan.

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 12:42 AM

Looks like he had his Ready Brek this morning. ( for those old enough to remember...)

Seriously, the vignette is way overdone, spoiling a reasonable pet portrait.

Nick

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 12:42 AM

Ps, not an emu in sight!

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2867 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 2:20 AM

oops...

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 3:11 AM

Looks more like a dog, an old Lab, than an Emu.

Peter

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 8:46 AM


Quote: Seriously, the vignette is way overdone, spoiling a reasonable pet portrait.

That effect is really weird. Having looked at this for a bit, I don't think it's applied vignette, I think you may have used the Dodge tool, set to Shadows and a huge brush size, to lighten the shadows in the dog/emu, and you have swept the brush over the background behind the subject as well.
Either way it doesn't work, and the work on the dog is excessive. It flattens, gives a 2-dimensional look. Which is a pity because there's a really attractive picture lurking here.
You need to select the dog carefully, there are a number of different ways but the Quick Selection took would work well here. Then go to Select>Feather, on the original file select about 3 or 4 pixels radius - that will soften the edges of the adjustment, prevent hard cut-out edges. Then work carefully on the light on the subject - look at Enhance light>Shadows/Highlights. Try lightening shadows by maybe 5%, and then look at the Midtone contrast slider at the bottom of the box.
If you put the original up I'll have a go.
Black fur is always difficult to expose on. A small plus exposure compensation would help.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 31 Oct 2013 - 8:49 AM

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