Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Deconstructing The White Wolf


White Wolf

Well, not deconstructing an actual wolf but rather how I came to finish off this image.

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The original RAW file is quite contrasty, with deep shadows and the white fur behind and below the ear blown out with no detail. The face is also a bit dark.

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Straight out of Photomatix the single image HDR looks flat. There is also some what of a warm cast over the whole picture.

I edited the .tif file from Photomatix in Nikon Capture NX2 saving it as a .nef file to retain my edits. I first cooled the color tone to try to match the original RAW file. I put back in some of the contrast and selectively brightened the face, especially the eye. I also brightened and saturated the tongue to make sure that it stood out. I finished the image by selectively sharpening the face and head.

In the best light…

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