CS5/NIK Sharpen, Add Contrast & Vibrance

Photo Information
Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-09
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Edited by: Larry A Brechner (brech) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 60 N: 95] (267)
Edited Image Upload Date: 2011-01-29 13:23:46
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 70-200mm f/ 2.8 L IS USM, (digital), Canon 2x extender II
Exposure: 6.3, 1/400 seconds
Workshop Note
I thought this was a very good image with nice eye contact with this cheetah on the move. It appears the light was a bit overcast in the original photo.

In PS5, I did a basic upwards contrast adjustment and a bit more vibrance.

Then made a layer selection of the eyes to slightly bring out their color using a little more brightness.

Using NIK Color Efex, I applied a graduated neutral density filter to soften the lower portion of the image making the grass a bit darker.

Then I applied a bit of sharpening using NIK Sharpener Pro 3.0 (which really just uses PS existing sharpening with different plug-in controls).

Finally, I liked the overall composition but just cropped it ever so slightly and rotated clock-wise to better fill the frame with JeanMarie's beautiful image.
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