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Question about blown highlights and photo composition (3 images)
Hi all,.

I have a picture that took at the zoo yesterday. I really like the expression and was hoping I could fix it up. But I had a couple questions I hope the people on this forum could help me with..

1.) I know that the highlights in the upper right hand portion are blown pretty badly. Is there any way to correct these?.

2.) I'm still learning about composition and was wondering how you would crop this photo if you were going to try and do it..

Here is the original picture straight out of the camera (size adjusted to a more acceptable size).

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I understand basically about the rule of thirds and was thinking of one of the following two ways of cropping. (These are just basic quick crops to show what I was thinking).

Option #1:.

The problem with something like this is that it causes the part with the blown hightlights to be a large part of the picture..

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Option #2:.

This removes the main part of the blown highlights. But I'm not sure how good this sort of crop is?.

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So how would crop/adjust/fix this picture? Any help and suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Mike D...

Comments (12)

The blown highlights are less of an issue than the green shading on the left side. What is that? A fence/barrier/glass in the scene or a lens artifact?..

Comment #1

I am bothered more by the green color than the highlights. What the heck is that?..

Comment #2

This took about two minutes in photoshop elements:.

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1. Converted to grayscale to get rid of the green band (looks like flare?)2. Played with levels to increase the contrast and darken the picture slightly.

3. Used the 'darken highlights' tool to decrease the brightness of the white area and reveal some more detail in the fur around that part of the face4. Applied sharpening using unsharp mask..

What do you think?.

Best wishesMike..

Comment #3

You didn't have to convert to grayscale, just desaturate the green and cyan so it would still retain color in the eyes but get rid of the cast..

Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com..

Comment #4

Of course. But I thought it suited B&W Best wishesMike..

Comment #5

Yes. That green tint you are referring to I beleive is because it was taken thru glass (and pretty dirty glass at that)..

I guess I should have mentioned that ^^;..

Comment #6

I like what you did with the picture. (And I really appreciate the explanation of what you did. I'm still very amateur when it comes to using Photoshop to fix pictures like this)..

I'll practice doing the same thing with my full sized picture..

Thanks a lot for the help...

Comment #7

For that shot. Any chance you could take it again with some fill flash.Dave Lewis..

Comment #8

I'd have to go back to the zoo again. (Which I plan to eventually). But, I don't think flash would since it was taken thru a fibreglass window..

I plan on going back to the zoo and "practicing" some more this summer when I have time...

Comment #9

Mike Duncan wrote:.

I understand basically about the rule of thirds.

I'm going to suggest trying the Golden Spiral for cropping this photo...

Comment #10

Looks great in b/w. Not many photos look that great in b/w anymore but this one really works that way..

Mike703 wrote:.

Of course. But I thought it suited B&W Best wishesMike.

If you think that makes sense, then you must have read someone else's post!..

Comment #11

Mike, we're all amateurs here. Even the pro's. Get them out of their element and they struggle just like the rest of us. Sometimes it's just more experience..

Good luck..

Mike Duncan wrote:.

I like what you did with the picture. (And I really appreciate theexplanation of what you did. I'm still very amateur when it comes tousing Photoshop to fix pictures like this)..

I'll practice doing the same thing with my full sized picture..

Thanks a lot for the help..

If you think that makes sense, then you must have read someone else's post!..

Comment #12

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