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Old Feb 20, 2007, 12:02 AM   #1
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I know, the title sounds almost like a constipation joke! :lol:

Well, I had a fairly rare opportunity to snag a photo of Calhoun in a still, upright position. Calhoun, when not sleeping, is a perpetual motion machine, so when he jumped up on the arm of the sofa and stopped, I pointed the S6000fd at him and snapped.

I've done some barrel distortion correction and a few other tweaks, but my main concern at the moment is properly orienting the frame. I know this is not a good background to work with, but I would appreciate any advice I could get on how to make the most of this pic. Thanks!
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 12:49 AM   #2
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YOU WANT TO CROP MY WHAT!!!!
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 3:54 AM   #3
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Nice shot flippedgazelle but I think MINOLTANUT(NUTTER \o/) has caught the scence very well.

For the crop I would say a nice tight crop on a portrait side and try and blur some of the background out a bit more, but this is a lovely capture well done.



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Old Feb 20, 2007, 4:18 AM   #4
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A free picture tool like faststone capture

would allow you to make many crops of the screen preview

and save them very quickly and easily, giving you the opportunity

to compare and make a final decision.

http://www.faststone.org/FSCaptureDetail.htm


Iv'e also found that it accepts other codecs e.g j2k for save format

which I've added recently. Now I'm looking for the nef codec to

add to it. musket
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 12:51 AM   #5
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minoltanut, verry funny!:lol:

Thanks for the input, guys. I think Neil is right - this will need to be a pretty tight crop.
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 7:17 AM   #7
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For the crop I would say a nice tight crop on a portrait side and try and blur some of the background out a bit more, but this is a lovely capture well done.
I don't know. It is a great shot of Calhoun, and certainly the background on the right needs to go. But the whiskers extend into the open doorway, so you'd have to include at least some of the doorway in order not to clip the whiskers.

I've always thought that a crop that only includes a small part of an open doorway looks odd. So I think you shouldn't crop the left side very much. And if you only crop the right side, that throws Calhoun off-center.

Certainly blurring the background on the right is an option, but you might have trouble distinguishing between the background and Calhoun's fur, so that might not turn out well.

If you don't mind, if you decide to play with it, can you show us what you end up with?
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 8:01 AM   #8
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sweet shot flippedgazelle! I totally agree with TCav about the doorway, although Calhoun might not look too out of place if you crop only the right side. It'll still sorta follow rule of thirds. If you do chop some of the right side I would try and line the edge up with one the of vertical boards from the shelving in the background. But then again if you go too tight Calhoun will have a giraffe neck!
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 9:54 AM   #9
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Thanks for the advice, guys! I worked a 13 hour shift yesterday, so was too tired to work on the photo. Hopefully, after I get home from work tonight I can put your suggestions to good use. I'll post what I come up with...

Thanks again!
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Old Feb 23, 2007, 12:13 AM   #10
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Well, here's an edit. I've tightened it up as portrait, and applied more background blur, albeit rather clumsily - I will be much more careful with the final edit.

I've cloned out the interior edge of the doorway, so that is one less vertical line to look at. Also removed the bright object on the shelf, to the right of his head.

As TCav has pointed out, applying blur around fur (and whiskers) is rather difficult.

Please hit me with any suggestions.


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