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Mar 26, 2010 18:38 |  #1

While hiking very early one morning I came across this doe very cautiously waiting to cross an open area with her two fawns.
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Mar 26, 2010 18:49 |  #2

Nice moment..I think a little more post processing would really make this shot pop!
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Mar 26, 2010 20:49 |  #3

Very Nice.
Been a big couple years for twins in our area.




  
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Mar 27, 2010 07:59 |  #4

Karen

I think a little more post processing would really make this shot pop!

Although I have most of the programs for post processing I’m really not very good at it. If you or anyone else would like to attempt making this image pop have at it.

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Been a big couple years for twins in our area

The same for our area. One doe even had a late birth of twins on our property. She lost one due mostly I suspect to the deep snowfalls and the extremely cold winter we had here on the east coast.


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Mar 27, 2010 08:47 |  #5

just a quick pp


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Mar 27, 2010 15:48 |  #6

I think the re-do is too much...somewhere in between with some contrast and sharpening. I'm no good at it either so it's easy for me to say but not doooooooo..lolol.
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Mar 28, 2010 01:15 |  #7

Trying to process a photo downsized and compressed like this one doesn't give good results compared to working with the original file, but I did a quick re-work of it. The white balance was too warm, giving the photo a yellow cast, and the contrast was low.


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Mar 28, 2010 05:57 |  #8

Very nice! I like the original version the best.




  
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Mar 28, 2010 05:59 |  #9

I think the OP just wanted some concrete suggestions. All too often posters quickly and silently make some changes. M50D gave some very helpful and concrete suggestions. Hopefully the OP can use these and repost a better pic of his own!!!


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Mar 28, 2010 10:23 |  #10

I like the second re-do, makes the deer stand out more. Good shot to begin with, of course!
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Mar 28, 2010 15:21 |  #11

Was this taken last summer? Last summer and fall wasn't a good year for fawn survival around here. The winter was very mild when it was all said and done, but the wolves are getting thicker ( I hear them every night from home) and and the deer thin, not to mention there's no shortage of coyotes either. It appears that my property and that around it is becoming a refuge for the deer. Last fall there were lots of does, but not one fawn left, now there are at least three fawns (last years) that showed up here. Still, there a very few fawns in proprtion to adult does.


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Mar 28, 2010 15:45 |  #12

Here's my attempt.
In AE8, I increased the overall contrast, then readjusted the highlights, midtone & deep shadow levels.
I could have altered the WB cast, but with the angle of sun, I figured it was more natural as is.
I should have hit it with a little bit of USM too, but considering it's a for-the-web .JPG, after another bout of recompression it wouldn't really worth it.

((WHOA! I really need to get that calibrator! I switched machines and boy does this retouch look different on this monitor!))


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Mar 28, 2010 17:02 |  #13

Thanks everyone for the great comments and touchup suggestions, they all look great to me.

So here’s what I came up with another doe captured just moments after the others went past. This shot was taken very early in the morning last spring on a hill when the sun was very low and fresh on the horizon filtering threw the pine forest. If memory serves the yellow tune shown in the before shot pretty much is what I can remember.
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Mar 28, 2010 19:45 |  #14

Wayne, in my opinion the "after" one of the last 2 photos you posted of just the doe looks more natural and better, but it's only my opinion.

I know the sun can make things look more yellowish, but the way my monitor displays your first photos it is a lot more yellowish than in real life. Monitor calibration can have a significant effect of how the colors look, and depending on how each our monitors are calibrated and thus rendering colors we may see a photo quite differently. I know mine could use recalibrating now, but I don't think it's far off. I would actually like for more people to weigh in with their opinions on the WB.

In any case the scene you captured was nice, the spotted fawns are very cute and nice to see.


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