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Dustin Abbott

April 23rd, 2013

© 2013 Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott

This is the seventh in a series of images for the week from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Another big cat. This fine looking tiger was enjoying the spring sun after a long winter. The rich greens of his environment framed him nicely for this profile shot.

Processing technique #7: Add texture layers for nuance I periodically add texture layers to images such as this which add (for lack of better words) “thickness” to an image. It adds a degree of complexity to the existing textures and enables me to help my subject/color pop a little more. I added two texture layers here – one set to multiply blend mode at about 55% opacity and one set to soft light blend at about 11% opacity. I am a big fan of the work that Kim Klassen does in developing textures. She has a newsletter that you can sign up where she gives you free textures on a near weekly level. Thanks, Kim!

Technical info: Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 70-300L, Hoya Circular Polarizer, Processed in Adobe Lightroom 5 Beta, Photoshop CS5, and Alien Skin Exposure

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