Image for critique. 24/07/2014

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Image for critique. 24/07/2014

Post by CAbbottNZ on Thu Jul 24, 2014 1:33 am

One of my images from a while ago, would not mind some critique and other ideas on how to shoot wildlife better and editing techniques. (open in new tab for full res image)

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Re: Image for critique. 24/07/2014

Post by Albee (Admin) on Thu Jul 24, 2014 4:14 am

Thanks for being the first one to be brave enough to put an image for critique Cam.

If you want to view the image full size, just right click on it and select view image.

When I first looked at this pic my first thought was that the front of the cat is too dark, and maybe a bit of fill flash would have lightened it up a bit. But then I realised that the cats eyes look amazing because they jump out of the dark and fill flash would have ruined that. I wondered if a portrait crop would improve the shot to have more cat and less grass, but when I tried it lost its impact. I couldn't improve it, so it must be awesome just as it is.
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Re: Image for critique. 24/07/2014

Post by Trinity1 on Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:04 am

Your shot captures that moment when they come running up to you and in a mad panic you shoot trying to get a good shot in before they head but you the camera and demand pats! Great job on the use of natural back light, I really like how the tail and hind quarters are silhouetted which makes it seem dreamy. Like Alan I think its under exposed by maybe 1/2 stop because of the bright light the cleaver camera has toned it down using the 18% grey for auto white balance. Maybe exposure compensation if you where using a fill flash would have lightened up the foreground. Or using a wider aperture as said above 1/2 a stop more to let a little more light in? Just as a question did you have it on multi zone or center shot for white balance? The eyes make the shot look mysterious and entices your eye to the center of the shot. Using the rule of thirds cropping would make more of an impact - agree with Alan. As an aside I think we should add settings such as camera, iso, shutter speed and aperture to make it easier for people making constructive comments to critique. I look forward to your reply. Thanks Smile
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Re: Image for critique. 24/07/2014

Post by CAbbottNZ on Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:58 am

Hi, I can't seem to find the data as I took the image a while ago and it seems it does not want to tell me all of it, I have got a few things though:

ISO:400,focal length: 116mm,f:5.6,1/1000.

I'm not sure about the white balance but will take these other things into account for future shots, I don't have a wider aperture lens other than my prime at the moment so some the light can be a bit of a pain sometimes as my camera's ISO performance is not the best sometimes. The photo was also edited in lightroom.

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