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Charli dock diving

By Dackj
trying to capture my pup doing her flying dog imitation. This was edited badly in a coulee of programs. I'll look for the original and upload it as a mod if I have it on ask accessible drive.

Tags: Dogs Pets and captive animals Dog parks Dock diving


chase Plus
14 1.2k 259 England
28 Aug 2019 8:36PM
You did well to capture her in mid flight.
I do see quite a lot of magenta in the sky, I did a mod and reduced that as much as I could using colour balance. There is a distinct lighter halo around her, probably from lightening her a little I suspect.I used the clone tool on a separate layer, set to darken and took the reference colour from the sky.
Is this a big crop ? There is colour fringing very apparent especially on her back which I have attempted to correct with the colour replacement tool.
Bit of a crop from top and bottom to put her right into view.
I do like the idea, would be nice to see the original too.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4032 Canada
28 Aug 2019 9:23PM
Yes, we need to see the original please.
dudler Plus
16 927 1516 England
29 Aug 2019 12:39AM
Thanks for uploading the original, Dack.

As you say, the original edit wasn't very good, and has distorted the colours.

Again, manual metering, and I suspect you took a reading of around the frame as we see it in the unedited version, with a lot of sky, which fools the meter. And fools you, if you don't know that the meter won't give an accurate reading with such a big bright area.

In 1972, when I first had a camera with a meter in it, the recommendation was to point the camera down to take readings, so that the sky didn't lead to underexposure of the whole frame. Even with an auto mode, you'd need to dial in a bit of positive exposure compensation because of hte sky (that has no effect in manual mode).

It needs brightening quite a bit, but no major work on colour. It's a good principle, before any action in editing, to ask yourself why you're doing it: and afterwards, ask whether it made things better, or not. If not, reverse the action.

Less is often more...
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2019 7:50AM
You must sort your exposure calculation out. You have a good image here but it is very flat due to under exposure. Exposure and sharpness are the absolute basics of photography and you need to learn to recognise the symptoms on screen. This was obvious even from the thumbnail.

mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2078 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2019 8:03AM
The original looks pretty good, it just needed a wee bit more exposure. You used + 1/3 stop, you were on the right tracks, + 2/3 would have been better with so much bright sky behind the subject, but you nailed a good sharp mid-air capture. Very well done.

Now the question is what to do to improve it. Can you remember how you set about this, what your thinking was? Was it 'What aspects need to be improved?' Or was it 'Let's try some special effects and see what they do?' I'm seeing the latter, I'm afraid. Fortunately you used 'Save as' and kept the original, because your processing really spoilt a good image!

Always start by looking carefully, thinking 'What precise aspects are letting the image down, what could be improved?' So start with the basics, light and then colour; any necessary straightening and consider cropping to improve composition. But the essential is to start with the light, because that's what it's all about.

And as you make your adjustments, every so often go back a couple of stages and ask 'Am I really improving this?'

John (dudler)'s mod does all that is required, and a careful look at the original should tell you that it is all that is required.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2078 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2019 12:05PM
I've uploaded a modification - similar treatment to John's, a bit more exposure, added contrast, colour slightly warmed. I cropped differently - to allow more space in front of the dog rather than behind, and also to emphasise the height of the jump.

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