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an EMU

By TimothyDMorton  
While at the Toronto Zoo this EMU was quite close and having a tele photo zoom, I was able to zero on it.

Once home I opened this file in Camera-in-the-RAW and thus used the black features to correct the colour balance, and then re-sized to 600 x 401 pixels and then applied applied the UNSHARP MASK till it looked quite sharp, lastly saved JPEG for sharing with you all.

Tags: Emu Pets and captive animals THE TORONTO ZOO

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Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
31 Oct 2013 12:33AM
Emu,,Dont see one but what I do se is a beautiful Labrador.
Reminds me of an old mate of mine "Shadow".


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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2013 12:42AM
Looks like he had his Ready Brek this morning. ( for those old enough to remember...)

Seriously, the vignette is way overdone, spoiling a reasonable pet portrait.

Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2013 12:42AM
Ps, not an emu in sight!
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3864 Canada
31 Oct 2013 2:20AM
Looks more like a dog, an old Lab, than an Emu.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1916 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2013 8:46AM

Quote:Seriously, the vignette is way overdone, spoiling a reasonable pet portrait.

That effect is really weird. Having looked at this for a bit, I don't think it's applied vignette, I think you may have used the Dodge tool, set to Shadows and a huge brush size, to lighten the shadows in the dog/emu, and you have swept the brush over the background behind the subject as well.
Either way it doesn't work, and the work on the dog is excessive. It flattens, gives a 2-dimensional look. Which is a pity because there's a really attractive picture lurking here.
You need to select the dog carefully, there are a number of different ways but the Quick Selection took would work well here. Then go to Select>Feather, on the original file select about 3 or 4 pixels radius - that will soften the edges of the adjustment, prevent hard cut-out edges. Then work carefully on the light on the subject - look at Enhance light>Shadows/Highlights. Try lightening shadows by maybe 5%, and then look at the Midtone contrast slider at the bottom of the box.
If you put the original up I'll have a go.
Black fur is always difficult to expose on. A small plus exposure compensation would help.

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