Cottontail and a Few Words on Shadows (Four Photographs)
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This is the traditionally cute cottontail rabbit, a bit less cautious than others I have seen, almost posing for the camera. As often happens in nature photography, with birds, insects, animals, we get shadows across our subject from adjacent branches filtering out the light (photographic speak: acting like Gobos). You have the choice of leaving the shadows in or attempting to remove them/fade them in post-processing. The latter does not always work and it is always a lot of effort. The argument can be made that fading or reducing the shadows is a step too far in editing, or that shadows are natural and better left as is. Personally I think the key element is that you can see your subject and that the shadows do not darken features like the face too much.