Hi Helen After seeing your recent image with a reflection of the deer, I rescued my image from the trash. Yes, I worked on this image by cropping and adding a reflection. When I was ready to post, I had second thoughts that a reflection was not correct, so I decided to trash the image. Luckily I had not emptied the trash. Here is my image with the following info ...
I stayed with the 3x2 aspect ratio and used the golden ratio instead of the rule of thirds for subject placement. To make the subject stand out, I sharpened the deer and the lower portion of the image (high pass); added a slight diffusion to the top third of the background (Topaz Lens Effect); and darkened the area above the tall grass in the background. Also, I added a slight drop shadow to the deer, used a motion blur on the reflection and added a vignette.
Until you guys started talking about reflections, I thought that foreground was snow.
Actually, I think the camera is too close to the deer for there to be a reflection; plus, if that is water, it is too shallow to reflect; I know you guys did a lot of good work creating a reflection, but I think the picture looks more real without it.
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Agree about the 'skinny' legs. Ask the deer to stand on some dirt or much shorter grass so we can see the hooves! 😁 Like tonyw, I thought the light colored area in front of the deer was snow! Adding the reflection help 'warm' up the scene! 🤪
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