viscacha revisited by ltodd

viscacha revisited

I visited Bolivia in 2013 and saw the viscacha - a chincilla that looks like a Frankenstein-ish rabbit-roo-rat hybrid! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viscacha
It was my first photo tour and I should have gone into training for the 14 hours of shooting and workshops every day in the Andean altitude. I came home with an overwhelming 10,000 images & having just loaded LR the week before I left, I followed the 'experts' settings for importing. I was never really happy with very many of the shots, but last month when I was re-organising my LR catalogue on the new computer, I realised the import settings were BLAH to the extreme! The absolute beauty of LR & RAW shooting, is that I can now re-process afresh all 10,000 ( !!) & now I am finding I actually do like many of the shots.

I thought I would venture from birds to animals with this edit, and I am really happy with the tail - size 1 pixel brush @ 10% opacity to draw every hair back in! < high-five>. ( just don't look at the darn wiskers ;-D)
Overall I don't think it is as effective as the bird edits - but it might just be the photo itself.
A bit of how-to is at http://365project.org/ltodd/extras/2016-01-27
He is a cute little animal
January 26th, 2016  
Love these edits Lyn! Amazing shot!
January 26th, 2016  
Very cool editing, great shot :)
January 26th, 2016  
Not knowing for sure what you started with sometimes it's difficult to tell but this looks awesome to me!
January 26th, 2016  
he sure is cute ....
January 26th, 2016  
That sounds like it must have been an amazing experience,and to walk away with 10,000 shots .... wow. Your right about the beauty of editing a raw file,it gives you so much flexibility to revisit shots as your skills and styles mature. If only we had the time☺
I think this is a wonderful edit.
January 26th, 2016  
Superb as always
January 26th, 2016  
Beautiful capture and processing!
January 26th, 2016  
Wonderful pic!
January 27th, 2016  
Wow wow wow and wow!!! I would love to be a fly on the wall and watch you process one of these (or more!). You are doing the kind of processing I want to learn. Have started watching tutorials -- but have to get a better handle on PS first.
January 27th, 2016  
@taffy CTRL-Z is my best friend!! - Dont forget the Sandbox tutorial resources http://365project.org/sandbox365/profile . This is pretty much like the multiplicity tutorial instructions which was for first attempt at PS layers. The Intro to layers page might help a bit too. A behind the scenes of an edit is at http://365project.org/ltodd/extras/2014-10-12

@grammyn @taffy I will try & post the start image tonight to give you an idea.
January 27th, 2016  
@ltodd Thanks! I had totally forgotten (or maybe didn't realize what it was in the first place) the Sandbox series. Have now saved the links and will start using them. The four shots of your work with the acrobat/butterflies also is helpful. It's really exciting to have a specific goal of what I want to be able to do...I needed this to get going on PS.
January 27th, 2016  
Fabulous capture!
January 27th, 2016  
I love all your explanations and this is great
January 27th, 2016  
This looks like a model or is it real? Your processing could have made the best background for this amazing and unknown animal!
January 27th, 2016  
@maggiemae yes - I thought it looked a bit "stuffed" too! It was definitely alive when I photographed it in the wild! I will tag you when I post th eoriginal - it might look more alive than this? I think it is just a weird looking animal!
January 27th, 2016  
Wow, your knowledge in the field of photography is amazing. Now following in the hopes of learning something new and enjoying your photographs.
January 28th, 2016  
@sstcowan oh thanks Shari :) please do feel free to ask me about anything you think I could explain or assist with in any way. Happy to assist anytime.
January 28th, 2016  
Awesome processing Lyn, what did you use to make the background?
It gives a surreal look.
Thank you for the kind words on my sisters photo.
January 28th, 2016  
@radiogirl :) everyone who is part of the 365 family is special!
I used a quire random combination of textures & overlay images - for the background. I have put a collage together to show a bit of how-to & I will post it later tonight & tag you. The background is from texture & images are rocks & sky & fog & grunge textures. I am still in the hit & miss phase of learning what I am doing to get the look right for each image though. The big rock at the front was in the original shot.
January 28th, 2016  
Thanks Lyn. What lens would you say you use the most? How much time do you spend processing a photo and what software would you say is most valuable?
January 28th, 2016  
@sstcowan the lens question is easy - I have used my 100mm macro EFS for more than 80% of my shots (portraits & macro). I also use 75-200 a lot, although I have recently bought 17-40 wide & quite like it for landscapes.
2. I shoot RAW & import to LR & if I export & post to 365 straight from lightroom (LR) it is about 10 mins per individual image. The raven image went from LR into Photoshop & took about 6 hours.
3. If I could only use 1 program it would be Lightroom - but it took a long time for me to understand the catalogue style & how it worked behind the scenes. I have just moved from Win to MAC & realise I had a lot of templates, presets & shortcuts in LR to save me a lot of time ( there are >30,000 images in the catalogue). I am still slowly setting LR up the way I like it ( I am combining 2 different Win laptop set ups!). I also just moved from PaintShopPro ( which I happily used for >10 years but does not work on Mac) to Photoshop CC so I am quite slow while learning how to get the hang of PS, never actually having used it before.
Because I completed my 'original/ post every day ' 365 challenge in 2012, I now challenge myself trying to improve without being under too much stress trying to keep a balance in life/work/family & hobbies. I have just had 4 weeks leave, so indulged in the most recent editing 'binge' ! :-D
phew, that's me in a nutshell!!
January 28th, 2016  
@sstcowan oh I should add I do preset imports & batch processing using synch settings in LR so 50 images could be culled, cropped & completed in 15 minutes, but often the I spend editing can expand to the time available if I am finding it relaxing or I am after something specific or a major fantasy edit such as http://365project.org/ltodd/365/2015-01-04. Sometimes I will do an edit just to see IF I can do it, or if something I have seen or is in my head & I would like to learn how to do it.
January 28th, 2016  
@ltodd Wow, all great information. Thanks for taking the time to reply. I'm so new to photo editing and am just starting to learn LR. I take a lot of photo's SOOC which is ok because I still need practice with composition, lighting, etc. Thanks again for the info. Much appreciated!
January 28th, 2016  
Deb
Oh goodness! This is amazing. It looks like something that could accompany a pictorial child's book. Beautiful.
January 28th, 2016  
Well that's exciting and you don't even need to climb the mountains again! He is very unusual - interesting is good!
January 28th, 2016  
Oh my, what an interesting animal! I thought you'd created it! There seems to be a great sense of pride in being able to get a shot where you want it. Bravo! I am still a dabbler at best when it comes to this.
February 7th, 2016  
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