Vella Kendall  

The Abby Girl by Vella Kendall

October 2021 - The Abby Girl

October 2021 - Vella Kendall


About the Image(s)

This is a photo of my dog taken in April. It was a practice shot after receiving a new camera. I cropped it, did basic exposure and white balance in Lightroom. I then selected the eyes and tried to bring them out a little better. Not succeeding I took it into Photoshop for additional eye lightening, using a layer mask technique for dodging and burning. Afterwards I took it into Nic Color CFEX and used White Neutralizer and Darken/Lighten Center.

Canon R5, Canon 100-400MM MK II, R Adaptor
ISO 800., 400MM, F: 5.6, 1/800

5 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Vella, cute portrait of your dog, but the face is a little dark, and the background is too bright. The image is sharp and I like the pose of the dog. I added light to the shadows, and reduced the brightness in the background.   Posted: 10/07/2021 15:10:34
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Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks that really helps. It gives me some ideas. I only noticed my dog and didn't even notice the background. I just might replace the background now that the ability to that is so easy now.

  Posted: 10/08/2021 08:46:46

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Vella, good pose and your work has really brought detail back to the shadows. I agree with Isaac, though, that the background is still a bit too bright and his work has improved the tonal balance. However, I think it still needs one final adjustment. I took it into Photoshop and noticed that there was space at the right hand end of the histogram. I applied a Levels adjustment layer and moved the white slider to the left almost up to the end of the histogram to brighten the image.   Posted: 10/08/2021 04:58:20
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Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks Guy, I think I will just end up replacing the background. I never even noticed it before. We are up in Vermont now with her. A late foliage year, only in the northern section, but we will drive to New Hampshire for the day today to find some. Hopefully a more interesting photo next month.   Posted: 10/08/2021 08:53:46

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Vella, I believe that Isaac and Guy have provided quality suggestions so will not repeat. To my eye Guy's lighter image brings out much more detail in your dog's beautiful coat.   Posted: 10/11/2021 11:27:44


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