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An Alaskan in Malta!

By alistairfarrugia    
This is a friend of mine's pet dog, an Alaskan Malamute by the name of Kane. The picture was shot in broad daylight, under some very harsh lighting that is. Any comments on how one can improve such shots would be appreciated... we'll be getting a dog ourselves in the coming weeks and I want to improve my technique in this area! Wink

So, as usual, comments, critique and modifications welcome! Thanks!

Tags: Dog Pet Malta Husky Alsation Malamute Buskett Pets and captive animals Alaskan

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marc484ie 11 31 1 Ireland
26 Mar 2013 7:40AM
Don't think you need any improvement on the metering of this shot. Superb work well done!

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richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
26 Mar 2013 7:48AM
Three nice portrait images! I like them a lot!!
26 Mar 2013 8:20AM
Excellent set of captures.
Wow, outstanding shot ! Grin
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 9:53AM
Horribly difficult conditions, harsh light just bounces off white hair. (I don't photograph animals but I have the same problem with elderly ladies... Wink ) I'd set exposure compensation to say -0.7 or -1 and test that out. As Kane looks to be quite cooperative, maybe get someone to hold a diffuser (which can be improvised!)
You're using Raw so I assume that you've used Recovery. One other thing that often helps me is to darken highlights by up to 15% before adjusting in Levels, where I can bring some white back where I want it.
I think you may have darkened highlights in V2 and it's gone too far the other way for me, the white fur looks grubby.
We have new neighbours who have two gorgeous huskies, so I may be taking more of an interest in this area in future.
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
26 Mar 2013 10:20AM
Thanks Moira for the tips, to be honest I took these without fiddling much with settings, but if I get another opportunity I will try remember the negative exp. compensation. Thanks again! Smile

I went for different editing approaches on each one of these, and to be honest I can't remember what I did for each version. Had a batch of 60 photos from this outing with friends, with some being portraits of Kane, and others record shots for facebook. I thought these three had what it takes to get some feedback and posted along. What I do remember though is that for each of these images, it was evident that I had to lower Highlights in fact, to try to recover some detail. That for sure. As I said, it was such harsh lighting that in some areas, especially around his face, all I was getting was one big mass of white!

Thanks again!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 10:24AM
Three beautifully worked and crafted compositions, each stuffed with glorious detail, charm and character. Image three being superb....

Regards Nathan
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 5:26PM
Just as an afterthought, you're using evaluative metering, and in harsh light like this the camera is quite easily confused. Spot metering could have given a better result - it's something that I tend to forget about, particularly when it's an unplanned, spontaneous shoot. Then I remember it later and think 'Damn, why didn't I do that?' But having said that, I suspect that this would always require some degree of compensation!
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
27 Mar 2013 9:25AM
Yeah, metering is the thing that most often tends to be an afterthought for me as well, except in some situations when I specifically want to achieve a certain effect (silhouttes for instance, or correct metering of subject against bright sky). In this case, as I said, I wasn't really fiddling around with settings as I was mostly after record shots. Still, it's something that should come second nature by now, so this reminder is helpful!

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