Today photo was taken in Nara Park in Japan and it shows one of the numerous wild sika deers wandering freely around this park. I wanted to get close portrait of it to show its beautiful eyes so I used tele-zoom lens at 300 mm.
Camera info and post-processing
- Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
- Lens: Canon 70-300 f/4 – 5.6 L IS USM (read my review)
- Focal length: 300 mm
- Aperture: f/5.6
- Exposure time: 1/320 s
- ISO: 800
- Number of exposures: 1
- E.V. Step: n/a
- Flash used: no
- Tripod: no
- Filters: no
- Technique: n/a
- Software: Magic Lantern, Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10.5
I started editing this image in Lightroom by cropping a bit as there was too much space on the right of the deer and also bottom of the image didn’t add anything to it and distracted attention. A small tip: if you have an animal or human looking in a certain direction it’s good to leave more space in that direction than on the other side of the frame.
Next I fixed white balance to make it slightly cooler and also decreased saturation of colors in general. Then I darkened the shadows and increased contrast to make the deer stand out more from the background. Final step was adding slight vignetting to focus viewer’s attention on the deer even more.
Then I worked on the eyes by creating radial filter for each of them and increasing their clarity, contrast and brightening up the shadows. All this to make the eyes more “shiny” and interesting.
Finally I opened my image in Photoshop and there removed some single hair on the right of the deer as I found them very distracting (and definitely not adding anything to the image). I used clone tool for that.