RAW - Eastern Cottontail

by Tawnya Boe July. 31, 2017 1161 views

Shooting RAW for the first time.
Here's the original with tweaks to the brightness/contrast in the GIMP - image manipulation program.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Now it's time to play with crop tool.
Crop foreground over-exposed grass because I haven't learned how to use the tools in Darktable (open source to Lightroom) yet. So yeah - crop it is.
Try 1

Okay - let's see. Now, can I bring more attention to the rabbit?
Try 2.

Crop 2

Crop 2

Ahh! I don't like the 3 bright spots through the leaves - it's too distracting.

Try 3.

Crop 3

Crop 3

I do like this crop. I like the twinkle in the background - balances nicely with the critter's fur. Now I just want to see quality of detail of the rabbit zoomed in at 50%.
Try 4.

Crop 4 - zoomed in 50%

Crop 4 - zoomed in 50%

Oh! I can see the direction of the whisker growth and veins in the ears better (although the eye is blurred and the shoulder is not!). Great photo reference for my illustrations. And it is now my desktop wallpaper. Success.

{I'll play around in Darktable later on in life. Haha... }

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Buster Bruce 4 months ago

Great imaging Tawnya!  Our bunny population is down this year making your images all the better!

4 months ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Buster Bruce 4 months ago

Life without bunnies is unbearable for me! If you're missing them, you might be a man after my own heart! smile Glad my images brought some joy to you.  rabbit Thanks for taking time to view and comment!

4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 9 months, 1 week ago

Excellent lesson! Beautiful result!

ps.. thanks for "liking" my "Mirror, Mirror.." image. So nice to hear from You!
Cheers!
Jay

9 months, 1 week ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Jay Boggess 9 months, 1 week ago

Hi Jay, I know I must sound like a broken record, but I sincerely look forward to your posts. It's with pleasure to visit and "heart" your work. 🤗

9 months, 1 week ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Tawnya Boe 9 months ago

Music to my ears, my dear!!! (((GRIN)))smile+1
Thank You!!!!

9 months ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Jay Boggess 9 months ago

smile

9 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Tawnya Boe 9 months ago

smile+1

9 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Jay Boggess 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Again, thanks for "liking & saving"" so many of my images. I'm honored!
Cheers!

5 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Jay Boggess 5 months, 1 week ago

smile+1

5 months, 1 week ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Tawnya Boe 5 months, 1 week ago

+1smile+1

5 months, 1 week ago Edited
Jim Anderson 2 years, 1 month ago

Gotta love the bokeh in the final

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Jim Anderson 2 years, 1 month ago

Hi Jim.  Yeah, bokeh seems to be a popular effect among photographers in this community. :)  I'm a freak for rabbits - lol.  Thanks for commenting. smile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Old Monk 2 years, 1 month ago

Those eyes😍 a beautiful saga of moments and an amazing process of being better and better.. . I really enjoyed it.. 😊😊 thoroughly admirable

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Old Monk 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you so much Old Monk. Rabbits are my favorite wild-life animal right now. I'm glad you liked my entry. grinning

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Helen Hooker 2 years, 3 months ago

What a cutie! It's great to see your working process - the end result is definitely an improvement on the starting point.  I had no idea Darktable existed - I shall have to take a look!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Helen Hooker 2 years, 3 months ago

I've not used Lightroom at all, but I'm sure it has something similar to Darktables "drawn mask". I LOVE it!   I wish GIMP had this - well, it might and I don't know how to use it yet. LOL There are tons of videos on YouTube if a person needs guidance in Darktable, so that's what I did to get me going.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 4 months ago

Loved your behind the scenes description. smile

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 4 months ago

Ohhh, thanks Antonio. Not very refined for social media, just went with the dialogue taking place in my head. wink

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Scribe 2 years, 4 months ago

Ooh! Love the steps you shared in your process to capture such a delightful bunny.
The final shot is fabulous! He reminded me of the Rabbit in Alice's Wonderland... in a rare no rush zone. LOL.
Thanks for sharing- Good luck with your dance with Darktable. blush

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Scribe 2 years, 4 months ago

Yes, I love the white rabbit and march hare in Alice's Wonderland too - bunny crazed as I am. I was really surprised this one let me crawl as close to it as I did. Had I been more ready, I would have taken some shots of his cottontail.  rabbit

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago

Good exercise! Thanks for the demonstration of what can be done with a raw image....

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago

Hi Jay! I just installed the program to learn the tools. There are so many it's overwhelming! haha...

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Tawnya Boe 2 years, 4 months ago

It's always fun to learn a new skill in something that you love....right???

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago

I like to say that I "exist for expansion"... so yes. You're completely right! thumbsup

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Tawnya Boe 2 years, 4 months ago

There's always room for improvement, no matter how much we know.....right???
Keeps things interesting & new.....

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago

I agree with you 100%. I take this mindset towards illustrating also.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Tawnya Boe 2 years, 4 months ago

I love learning new stuff about this hobby! Seems it's an endless process.....thankfully!

p,s, thank's for liking my "fly-swatter" shot!

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Kelly Field 2 years, 4 months ago

Bunny!!! He's looking fab. Great work figuring out Darktable.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Kelly Field 2 years, 4 months ago

Hey thanks! Yeah, I learned how to export RAW to .jpg. LOL.  Next to learn is exposure tools.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
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