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A wet German Shepherd

By Sus  
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.

Tags: Alsation Gsd Pets and captive animals

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Carabosse Plus
13 40.4k 269 England
25 Mar 2010 11:21PM
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 12 3.2k 9 England
25 Mar 2010 11:52PM
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
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 27 Northern Ireland
26 Mar 2010 8:36AM
mod uploaded - applied Noiseware, added some light and cropped

fascinating subject for photography purposes


well captured, by the way
Carabosse Plus
13 40.4k 269 England
26 Mar 2010 12:08PM

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
Sus 12 3.2k 9 England
26 Mar 2010 2:44PM
OK, will have a play, thanks for the alternative mod as well cats_123
4 Apr 2010 12:34AM
Lovely shot, love the way that you can see the little water drops dripping from the fur.

Gardner

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