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Hey folks,

Shot this yesterday at the OKC Zoo, but wasn't happy with the original. The day started out with good cloud cover but then got sunny, so I wound up getting some harsh glare from the chain link fence I had to shoot through (and the light on the cat is more than I liked)... but, I liked the image of the cat itself and didn't want to junk the photo.. so I played in photoshop with the goal of salvaging the image as maybe a desktop wallpaper. C&C Welcome.. thanks guys and gals!

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The photo looks excellent to me. Whenever I shoot critters with whiskers that's the first thing I check for sharpness. Your kitty's whiskers are tack sharp.
 

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ShooterJ, looks good but the thing that I'm noticing is the highlights and shadows on the back (camera left lower corner.) I took a shot at editing it using dodge and burn to even it out a little bit.

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Awesome.. thanks Ron! It was bugging me too but I hadn't learned enough about photoshop yet to edit it without trashing the image.
 

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Awesome.. thanks Ron! It was bugging me too but I hadn't learned enough about photoshop yet to edit it without trashing the image.

Anytime, I think it could use more tweaking to it, but the online photoshop.com is VERY limited. I'll play with it more tonight and see what I can come up with.

Use layers in photoshop and you don't have to worry about trashing it.
 
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Cool. I'm familiar with layers but handnt learned much about dodge and burn yet. I appreciate the info and feedback. Make any edits you like, it helps me learn.
 

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ShooterJ, I did one with LR4 using dodge and burn brushes and then I did one with PSE Layers and masks Which do you like best? To me #2 is better. The white back there I believe is blown out because I couldn't do anything with it.

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#1 seems like the best edit. Looks more evenly distributed. Nice job Ron.
 
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Cool. I've been thinking about getting LR... think I may have to go ahead and do it.
 
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Well I'm sold on checking into it. And again, that was a really nice edit. I appreciate your help and input Ron.
 

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