Wildlife in the Garden
Sorry it has been a while since I did a blog post, so here is a brief one.
This first picture is the "as-is" from the raw file.
One of the challenges I faced after taking this picture was how to 'process' or 'tidy' it.
Now I always photograph using RAW (I was going to say "photograph in RAW", but then realised how that could so easily be misinterpreted) to give me maximum post-processing flexibility. So the issue I faced was that since this was a nature shot I had to keep the appearance natural, but I knew that it needed a little 'tune-up' work BUT I just knew that this picture would be sensitive to adjustments and that there would be a fine line between 'perfect' and "well, it just looks fake".
So I opted to keep it simple, just raise the colour saturation a notch to bring out the Auburn colour out on his fur without bringing up too much of the green in the background foliage (that was where any over processing or 'fake-ness' would appear). Also I wanted to nudge up the contrast slightly so that the colours on the legs were more noticeable and the dappled markings would be more distinct. I hope you like the end result.
In case you are wondering, we also have Racoon's and Possum's in our back garden (Racoon cubs are adorable, they are curious and make noises like Ewok's). We have even had birds, including Cardinals, build nests in our hanging baskets. Don't believe me? Well this was one such hanging flower basket by the front door many years ago (this was with an old point-n-click camera while looking thru our front window at the Cardinal chicks)...
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