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#1 John W

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 09:37 AM

I found another fox while out scouting for the Snowy Owl I have heard was is in the area. This one was captured from the best blind ever invented, a Ford F-150 4x4. He was smelling something and not as shy as usual. Too close to get the entire fox in the frame. Handheld on the window, 1/2000, f7.1, auto ISO - 4000, +2/3 ev, 500 F4 E, D850. Processed in LR then moved to PS. Worked on the eyes to remove reflections in the tops of the pupils. Separated the fox and applied nr to the the bg. Sharpened the fox with the PS smart sharpen filter. Slight vignette applied. cc

 

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#2 Kerry Gordon

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 09:50 AM

Another stunner.  Wonderful colour and detail.  A very handsome fellow indeed!



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Posted 22 December 2017 - 10:20 AM

Now John, that's what I call a sly fox, the look on his face says it all, Great Pic!



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Posted 22 December 2017 - 10:30 AM

Beautiful portrait! Fantastic detail. Thanks for describing your process. Great job with the noise reduction at ISO 4000. How close was “too close”?

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 11:22 AM

Foxy looks to be in great condition, you captured it superbly John. Can`t comment on your PP work without a before image as a comparator though I have no doubt it was skilled as your camera is..(-:



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Posted 22 December 2017 - 11:44 AM

That's a beauty John.  Sometimes a nice detailed face is better than the entire body.  Simple, isolated and good separation from the background. 


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Posted 22 December 2017 - 12:42 PM

That's beautiful, John.

Packed with detail and a nice sympathetic pose.

Some seamless PP work makes it look so good.

He must have been thinking of coming into your tent - err, hide.



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Posted 22 December 2017 - 03:03 PM

Thank you. I included the original below if anyone is interested.

 

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 03:35 PM

Fantastic!



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Posted 22 December 2017 - 04:59 PM

Stunning picture John and t hank you so much for including the original.   that really helps me with post work.   you removed a lot of the refection off the eyes( very very impressive). DId you just reduce clarity and exposure?  Well done!  



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Posted 23 December 2017 - 02:45 AM

Just lovely John..Not much needed to bring out the best in foxy and you got it just right.



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Posted 23 December 2017 - 10:23 AM

Thank you. 

 

" you removed a lot of the refection off the eyes. DId you just reduce clarity and exposure? " - Edward - I tried different easy fixes but they looked edited so I magnified the eyes in PS to about 400%. Then I used a clone brush at size 10+-, opacity 85%+- and flow of about 50% ( varied as needed).Then very carefully using the clear part of the pupil as the starting place, brushed the reflection out of the eyes. It probably took me about 15 minutes. There may be quicker ways to do it but I am fairly happy with the result here and I cared I enough about the image to spend the time. 


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Posted 23 December 2017 - 10:44 AM

I am going to admit be a little dumb here as I have had similar problems with eyes and never crossed my mind to use clone tool.. I am an idiot. I am understanding the time on the post work more and more as I get better at it and learn how much more is possible. You posting before and after images does help greatly. The work you did on the eyes really makes the picture. Again great job
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Posted 23 December 2017 - 05:10 PM

Great shots.  The pose and colors are great.  That D850/500mm F4 combo seems to be working out well for you.


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