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By Overread  
f8, ISO 200, 1/125sec

One of the cat resting in the early evening sunlight (very glad that she was content to stay there rather than come and investigate the photographer). I was using the Sigma 150mm macro and 1.4 teleconverter and shooting low down on the ground so I was not in the best position to shift back and forth - but I think this range was a decent one to pick (at least I got all the head and ears in without chopping bits off).
I have also started to double process my images from RAW - making a normal edit of the shot and then saving that result (under a different file name) and then opening the original shot again, only this time adjusting the exposure right to low (so as to bring out details in the white areas) whilst leaving the other settings (especaily white balance) alone. I then cut and paste one over the other and use a layer mask to restrict the darker shot from showing to just the whites - building up the amount of the shot showing in these areas with a very soft brush.
Then I process the whole shot as normal - it takes a bit longer, but its really made a big difference to how I deal with whites on the animal

Tags: Pets and captive animals

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8 Apr 2009 11:47PM
Lovely shot.

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Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
10 Apr 2009 11:49PM
A pleasant shot of your cat. I note the two stage method you have used for the picture but I would suggest the whites are still verging on overexposure. It may be better, perhaps, if you tended towards underexposure in order to keep the whites within the dynamic range of the sensor and then tweak the image using, for example, the shadows/highlights tool in PS so as to bring out the darker areas while preventing the lighter ones from blowing out.

I've uploaded a mod for you which reflects my comments, and in which I have also applied a crop. Hope this helps.
Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
11 Apr 2009 1:10PM
I would agree with that comment on the whites - even on the camera histogram they were showing blown out results. I have used flash for fill on some occasions and then underexposed to get the whites undercontrol whilst having the flash for filling in the missing light - it all sounds good in theory, but I need to put more practice into it (at least she was a lot easier to work with than the black cat was!)

edit - also where did you crop in that edit - I can't see quite where it is (must be a fine cut)
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
11 Apr 2009 1:28PM
Sorry Alex, I uploaded the orginal.... that's twice in one day I've done that. I must be going do-lally! Lol! Wink

Proper mod now uploaded.

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