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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2013, 11:32:43 AM »
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Brilliant! I don't understand why most are trying to warm it up. It's unnatural.

Are we looking for mood, natural accuracy, or some combination thereof? 

http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Animals/Mammals/Snow-Leopards.aspx
"As you can see (above), snow leopards aren't the color of snow. They're colored like the rock habitat they live in"
Indeed, the source RAW file shows quite a bit of color that I daresay seems naturally accurate.  IMHO it is more challenging to excite the sensuous aesthetic via a favorable presentation of the real - and for me that much more satisfying on the rare occasion that I have accomplished same.  Please don't get me wrong; I am also wildly in favor of stylized interpretation, though I don't find it as challenging a concept.  All I'm saying is let's be clear on goals before we decide to critique each other's approach to the challenge.... ;D
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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2013, 11:32:43 AM »

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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2013, 11:38:53 AM »
IMHO the WB is off slightly and the natural color of the animal should be warmed up to be accurate. Not that I disagree with artistic license. I just prefer the animal to be rendered more realistically in this case. Also, I do like both the close up crop and the wider crop versions. I think it looks good both ways.

I find it interesting to see everyone's personal take on things and it is evident that tastes vary so enjoy the variety!

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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2013, 12:44:50 PM »
It was actually quite easy & fast. Not much editing either. Wanted to keep a rather natural look and thus nothing fancy. I performed 3 steps:

1) Changed the White Balance
2) Used Curves
3) Applied Unsharp Mask

And if you count in resizing the image, then I performed 4 steps...

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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #33 on: March 19, 2013, 01:39:15 PM »
Your 100-400 looks like a very sharp copy.
Indeed.

Im very happy with it.

I really like iMagics attempt, but the more cropped portrait versions are also very nice.
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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #34 on: March 19, 2013, 02:00:59 PM »
Here's mine. Lightroom adjustments only.  8)

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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #35 on: March 19, 2013, 02:35:58 PM »
my try...sleepy :P

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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #36 on: March 19, 2013, 03:31:04 PM »
Great shot! I've used lots of tools from LR, 30 minutes tops. (The most annoying thing is that it doesn't have blacks and whites from brushes because you have to be really careful with the global blacks and whites.)

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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #37 on: March 19, 2013, 03:42:56 PM »
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Brilliant! I don't understand why most are trying to warm it up. It's unnatural.

Are we looking for mood, natural accuracy, or some combination thereof? 

http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Animals/Mammals/Snow-Leopards.aspx
"As you can see (above), snow leopards aren't the color of snow. They're colored like the rock habitat they live in"
Indeed, the source RAW file shows quite a bit of color that I daresay seems naturally accurate.  IMHO it is more challenging to excite the sensuous aesthetic via a favorable presentation of the real - and for me that much more satisfying on the rare occasion that I have accomplished same.  Please don't get me wrong; I am also wildly in favor of stylized interpretation, though I don't find it as challenging a concept.  All I'm saying is let's be clear on goals before we decide to critique each other's approach to the challenge.... ;D

Thank you for the info.

Considering that this photo isn't specifically made for color accuracy, feeling is what matters to me.

I had no idea what color their fur is in general. What felt wrong to me was the color of the snow (and the dark upper part). I haven't touched the white balance in my try (except for the eye). These snow leopards appear to be whiter than those from your link.

No matter what their color is, I expect snow to be slightly bluish, as the photo actually shows it, especially at high altitudes, and especially considering that the sun doesn't appear to have been strong in the photo. For example, in the first photo from your link, both the sky and the snow are slightly bluish.

Only now I've read that a flash was used and the photo was made at a zoo. It's possible that the blue light of the flash changed the color balance (which may explain why the fur is so white relative to the snow).
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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #38 on: March 19, 2013, 06:40:15 PM »
Possibly as Anrzej Dragan might have edited it?  Going more for drama and feeling, and less for color accuracy ect as many of the others are squabbling over above...



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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #39 on: March 19, 2013, 06:48:46 PM »
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My favorite--good job.
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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #40 on: March 20, 2013, 05:33:28 PM »
Really nice to see what have done with my file.
Therefore, I can not resist to share another RAW.
I took last year with my 6D.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1qxoeriuaway839/2012-12-08%20um%2014-05-55.CR2
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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #41 on: March 20, 2013, 06:00:34 PM »
LR4
« Last Edit: March 21, 2013, 09:02:07 AM by ecka »
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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #42 on: March 20, 2013, 06:08:43 PM »
MaxPower, I get a decoding error on the latest RAW you made available.

Here another file for testing, if you still get an error I suppose your software don't support the EOS 6D.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1n9hehqdz129yjr/2012-12-08%20um%2014-07-56.CR2
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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #43 on: March 20, 2013, 06:17:02 PM »
MaxPower, I get a decoding error on the latest RAW you made available.

Here another file for testing, if you still get an error I suppose your software don't support the EOS 6D.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1n9hehqdz129yjr/2012-12-08%20um%2014-07-56.CR2

Sorry my mistake. I was using an old computer with an outdated DPP. Thanks. Will look at your photo later

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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
« Reply #44 on: March 20, 2013, 06:33:16 PM »
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« Last Edit: March 21, 2013, 08:58:26 AM by ecka »
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Re: How would you fix this RAW of 2 baby snow leopards
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