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Life is good!

By cathsnap
Beautiful day yesterday - took my camera out on our walk. Tried to capture a "feel good" photo to cheer us all up as the Winter approaches!

Tags: General Humour and fun

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2013 1:04PM
Definitely a feel-good picture! This really is adorable, and also well thought out. The contours of the rock and the human form were made for each other, and you have exploited both by using a low viewpoint and a relatively wide angle.
I'm surprised that the -1 exposure compensation was necessary, it may have been down to light bouncing off the pale rock. I think the image is slightly under-exposed, the white fleece jacket looks grubby. If you have Levels in your software (in Adobe Elements for example it's under Enhance> Adjust light> Levels), open it and look at the histogram, the graph that appears on the right. It will show a sort of mountain-range graph line above the baseline. The graph line will fall back to the base well short of the right hand end, that means that there are no true whites or really light tones. Move that right hand slider slightly leftwards and you will introduce some highlights. Don't over-do it though.
Two more points: there's a dust bunny in the sky, just a bit above her jeans pocket - you may have got some dust on the sensor if you have changed lens. If you take the lens off the camera it is very important to do it in still, dust-free conditions.
Plus I would be inclined to crop a bit, to get rid of the bit of background bottom right which distracts the eye from those lovely curving lines.
I'll upload a Mod in a little while, it will appear under the Modifications button, click on the thumbnail.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4255 Canada
31 Oct 2013 1:35PM
Very nice image and pose, a keeper.

The exposure comp was not needed, as this is underexposed one stop! This is something that does cause confusion quite a bit. What you need to keep in mind is, that when using any mode other than Manual, the camera itself will make a decision on exposure; if the light is bright, and contains a large chunk of sky, it will reduce exposre itself to compensate; so in general, when shooting upwards to include a lot of sky, and you have a figure between the camera and the sky, that figure will be UNDERexposed, and therefore you need to use +1, not -1. In this cace though, as there was also a lot of light reflected from the stone, the camera exposed the shot very accurately, and then the added -1 reduced it. So it the opposite of what makes intuitive sense; you plus for bright, and you minus for dark, and that might be a way to remember it. A completely black cat filling the frame will be overexposed if you leave it to the camera, so you need -1 to get it black.

The surest way to knw, right at the time, is to view the image on the LCD and look at the histogram view; it will shw clearly that its 1 stop underexposed, so you adjust this, take the shot again, and check. Takes only a few seconds, and is reliable when you have a posed subject. Not good for candids and motion though.

So the image I uploaded, - and Im sure Moiras is brighter. Mine by +1. I cloned out the small area of background bottom right, and added sky to get to an A4 format.

The colour balance is slightly warmer, - the exposure affects this also. I used Adobe Camera Raw to add the +1.

Its a lovely shot, well worth making the small tweaks and printing the original.

Hope this is helpful


31 Oct 2013 8:55PM
Thank you, Moira and Willie, I have taken careful note of your advice and I have tried to do the photo editing. Glad you liked it. Great mods - thanks.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2013 9:39PM
It's always good to get feedback, it says that we are doing something right! Keep practising, you have a good eye for what makes a picture.
salopian 9 3 28 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 11:12AM
A lovely shot that just makes you feel good. Moira and Willies mods make it just that bit better. Thanks for cheering up a dull, wet morning!


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