cat portrait

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  1. StvShoop

    StvShoop TPF Noob!

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    fat cats are the cool ones. I really like this photo and i want to make a print of it for my family. I don't really like the black background though (and the junk in the background, which has to go of course).
    This is manipulated a little in photoshop, desaturated and messed with the levels a bit. The "junk" in the background was more visible before editing. I'm contemplating bringing that stuff back, or maybe constructing some kind of dark wall/floor/i_dunno in photoshop.
    or maybe a simple crop? thx ppl

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    here's a bigger one

    before making brighter...
    http://rpi.edu/~shoopr/files/photo/images/pic9.jpg
     
  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Erm, weeeeeellll, how do I express myself here.... um, all I see is black with a little bit of foreground. I even closed the blinds as to minimize reflection on my screen, but it doesn't help any... How am I to critique a photo on which I don't see anything???
     
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    StvShoop TPF Noob!

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    ack, sorry.
    i can see it fine on my screen, but I admit i noticed that it looked lighter/darker when viewed thru different applications.

    it's a really tight balance that i'm shooting for, but if you can't see it at all, that's no good. i'll brighten it and hope for the best :oops:

    edit: ok, fixed i hope
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I can see the cat on my screen. It is pretty dark though. I see glimmers of light in the almost totally black background but I cannot tell what is in the background.
     
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    StvShoop TPF Noob!

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    [​IMG]

    i plugged my laptop in to my desktop monitor and surely enough, the image was invisible.
    i guess i learned some things i hadn't expected to :roll: always view a web graphic on multiple monitors before publishing.
    hopefully this one is visible. if not, i'm out of ideas, aside from getting masichistic with the brightness setting.
     
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    StvShoop,

    This was hit with the auto contrast in PS. Seems a lot clearer, but if you were going for the "smoky" look, prolly won't be want you wanted...

    PS - cloned out your "junk" left the floor as is .... imvho it would look a bit floaty (?) without ..


    Hope you don't mind.

    Cheers,
    Gatsby

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    thanks man
    nice job with the ps. i was planning on having it really... maybe muted is the right word. but i hadn't seen this image with such a richness of different values, so that's something more for me to think about, thx man
    the floatiness is what i was worried about earlier. i guess that existing bit of floor does something for it, but it's kind of wierd, like you can't tell if it's the floor or what. i need to get up off my butt and try different things with this image. bed first though
     

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