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Photo Information
Copyright: Jan Arie van den Boogert (JanArie) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 11] (531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-08-06
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Edited by: Hollie is an SLR novice (slrnovice2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 331 W: 31 N: 344] (1197)
Edited Image Upload Date: 2005-09-04 12:43:46
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Minolta Dynax 700si, Sigma 180 Macro, Fuji Sensia 100
Workshop Note
Hi Jan. It seemed to me the sky was not adding a lot to the image so I cloned it over with the last line of trees in the distance and then cropped. I meddled with levels a little: moving the light triangle towards the middle and the mid-tone a little towards the right. This increased the saturation a little. I also set contrast and curves to auto and played with shadow highlight - setting the highlights at 30 and increasing midtone contrast by 20. Finally I applied gaussian blur gradually throughout the background: at 5 strength for the far background and then 3 for the middle background and so on, until by the foreground there was none applied at all.

I hope you like it and don't mind me meddling with it :)

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