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Lovely lady with Leo – feminine and feline
Played and played at eradicating stray hair bits in Photoshop – but it all looked so wrong, I just went with the unedited version after all.
prrrrr, prrr, cat, holding, portrait, interior, feline
Beautiful capture, Sharon
Prasad, I adore your work. Thankyou for commenting on the photo I love!
Two golden beauties… both looking happy and loved.Beautiful eyes show good souls!
That melts me, Margot – I am melting! Thankyou…
Wow, that’s dedication! You could use the eraser tool at 50 – 300 px, or just leave it natural as you did – I would, too. A nice shot! That looks like your Daughter. :))
Shhh! No identities, please! Yes, tried all the cloning away of hair strands, but there’s something directional about it that subtracts when it’s not there. If you get rid of the big strand – there’s a distracting dark bit left, and if you get rid of that, there just isn’t enough hair…and so on. And I tried toning down the dark bit, but that wasn’t sufficient in itself.What I really like is that strong direction that goes from the hair under her neck to the cat’s lower jaw to the line of it’s raised back paw – and then the same diagonal is echoed in the slope of the girl’s eyes. It was one of those flukey shots where everything came out right – though I shouldn’t say that; I should pretend that I was in full control of accidental perfection…. :)Thanks very much, reflector!
fab cat and portrait.
He’s a bit of pest-puss, but he does have a nice profile! Thankyou sedge
Only a Mother could notice all of those details! :)) I’ve selected/erased/or deleted hair from models I’ve used before – just keeping the dense bits and choosing a profile that’s got a solid curve to it so it looks natural.
If you use the flash indoors a portrait should be pretty easy to catch, unless there’s sunlight getting into the room.
I hate the flash – this one was ‘lightened’ in Photoshop. It’s against a white wall, which actually lent some nice tones to the background – each to their own, I say… :)
I hated using the flash on my point and shoot, too! On the SLR you can control the intensity of the Flash Exposure and set it to a range of -2 to +2, besides setting the General Exposure Value. Did you know you can emulate the Auto Contrast settings in Photoshop by overlaying an All White/Black/Shade of Grey Layer over you photo to adjust it’s tones in your own way – I use that over textures, sometimes – to tweak their impact.
Yes, sometimes I try inserting a single colour layer, and tweaking. There’s just so many ways to do things, though.I stay away from auto settings if I can – sometimes just trying them out lets you see the difference between that and your own adjustment, and gives a better idea of where to go – good to spot colour tints that way, but really – there’s just so much, reflector – you can provide advice, advice, advice, and there is always another way to achieve an objective – and it doesn’t matter so much HOW but that you DO get there in the end.I was very happy with this one – to me it looks light, bright and shiny, and everyone looks happy including the cat. Didn’t even need to use the ‘autocat’ adjustment – or autosmile :)))
I think that Manual Tinting method I described could be very similar to what happens to an image when we choose Auto Contrast in Photoshop and other editing programs. I can see your cat was set to Auto-Stare at the time you shot this pic. :-)) Or maybe it’s just watching a movie getting to an important bit??
Lol – yeah, I think he’s just been poking his tongue out at the dog
I suspect that leaving it all natural is going to be the best result anyway. A lovely shot!
Thankyou Mel – you’re someone who’s advice I would take on that! Short of having perfect hair to start with… I think natural was the only way to go from here