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Waiting for the sheep to cross

By cathsnap
I wondered if there is any editing that would improve this shot

Tags: Sheep Pets and captive animals

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tonyguitar 9 77 37 Canada
3 Oct 2016 2:05AM
This photograph tells an interesting story very clearly..TG
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4255 Canada
3 Oct 2016 12:33PM
The image does benefit if its brighter.

Its somewhat underexposed, likely due to the bright sky and reflection from the road, so a + exposure compensation would have helped.

I would also crop or clone out the sheep leaving the frame on the left.

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paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2016 3:23PM
A perfectly reasonable record of a fairly common incident in sheep country. Crop a bit of the unused space from the foreground. Lighting was against you and the result on auto is under exposure and you will struggle to correct that due to highlights then burning out.

A bit of burning and dodging will help, but you could go even further and darken things more going for near silhouettes.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2227 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2016 5:12PM
I realise that you are asking how to improve the image with editing, but it's always worth understanding why it needs editing, and for that it's helpful to have your complete Exif Date/camera settings.
In answer to your questiion, it simply needs brightening up.

Willie has explained why the image is underexposed, but it also lacks detail, and I would want to see that detail in the sheep, because they are your subject. They were moving, and I don't think your shutter speed was fast enough to freeze their movement.
To get more of the scene in focus, you also needed a small enough aperture to give you a fairly large depth of field.

I think you must have been in the car behind the one on the right when you took the shot, so even if you realised you were shooting into the light, there was little you could do about it, and if you moved your viewpoint, the image's story would be lost.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1870 England
3 Oct 2016 11:07PM
What you really needed was to add a little positive exposure compensation when you took the shot, as Pamela suggests. We do need the EXIF data to be sure, though.

The craft of photography is about working these things out in advance, and applying the corrections before you take the shot: it helps to check the picture immediately you've taken it, using the review to check the histogram.
4 Oct 2016 8:43PM
Thank you all for the very helpful comments. Have taken on board the photo needs to be brighter and next time I will try using plus one exposure compensation if the sun is ahead.

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