Just exercising my new hobby

This is Alberta, one of my border collies.

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What a beautiful girl :dog:!

Her coat looks magnificent … she is obviously a well-loved and cared-for pooch!

Thanks for sharing.

The very bright reflections from the top of the head and along the muzzle are unfortunately blown, but tweaking highlight reconstruction and some additional exposure adjustment with masking brought some of the texture back. I’d tentatively suggest spot metering for the brightest part of the subject and/or dialing in 2/3 of a stop of negative exposure compensation.


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Great looking dog @Tim. Thanks for sharing.
In the spirit of the PlayRaw topic, I would like to point out some things.
I agree with @martin.scharnke about blown highlights. Alberta’s coat has huge dynamic range, so you may have to underexpose by at least two stops to get the white patch properly exposed. Very tricky! I would also like to point out the heavy yellow colour cast in your jpeg. Furthermore, looking down at the subject in a portrait usually gives unflattering perspective. It is therefore recommended to have the lens at the eye line of the subject.

Here is an attempt using RawTherapee 5.8
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Thanks for sharing.


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Thanks for posting, DT 3.0.2

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Yeh, border collies are great! Thanks for sharing.


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Yes, thank you. I have discovered from my use of darktable that my Nikon D3300 is overexposing almost every shot. Last night, I learned how to reduce the exposure even in the auto modes; I will be trying that technique, soon.

Thanks. I had noticed some yellow cast, too, especially on her front legs. But I had been adjusting the color balance to try to get the grass to look correct. Maybe I missed that, too.

Here are another photo of Alberta and one of my big male border collie, Ranger. I reset my camera to use a -0.7 EV exposure. I am not seeing nearly as much blown highlights in darktable. Right now, I’m only uploading the processed jpgs. If anyone wants to see the raw files and xmps, let me know.

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I am still seeing a little yellow cast on Alberta. I tried to adjust it in Color Balance, but I couldn’t make it work, so I reset the colors back to the defaults.

PS - Ranger is not much of a poser. I get him the way I want him, raise the camera, and he does something else. :upside_down_face:

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@age - Excellent! Damned near perfect.

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