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Discussion in 'Nature' started by Phocal, Jun 25, 2016.
Hi, What about wild birds perched on fences?
shooting wildlife has not always been part of my portfolio.. but I have found myself doing more of it over the last few years, partly due to locations and partly due to investing in the technology required
Something I have admired in your work is that you seem more dedicated than many in taking visually interesting images of wildlife as opposed to merely recording their presence.
Taking a photograph and creating an image to me are two separate processes.. both are valid... but I know which I prefer
that said I offer for critique a slightly smaller creature which may or may not be related to your gator
P4280062 by kevinparis, on Flickr
Great... I asked because I some don't consider photos with fences and other man-made objects to be 'natural'...
I was standing at the back door looking for birds when I saw this Black Phoebe above on the patio cover, with a moth in its beak. Then it flew onto the fence and I was able to get a bunch of shots off...
All 40-150mm + MC-14 @210mm, f4, cropped.
I didn't do any PP other than Raw Therapee's defaults plus a little sharpening and a heavy crop.
Good idea for a thread. OK, here goes.
First of all it is a very good capture. I like the gator's POV. And Agree with the decision to crop...I'd even play with 16:9. I'm sensitive about horizon/verticals and centering. I think you got it.
However personally I'm not a fan of the Velvia look. Never used it. Way too over-the-top IMHO. I'd back the saturation off a bunch and maybe play with the curves...
FWIW as a reference, my monitor is profiled and my photos as posted appear a bit more washed out than they do when I'm in the editor.
Interesting shots... but my suggestion is that you work a little in PP with contrast and sharpening to give a little more punch to the image
thanks for taking time to offer your thoughts. I come from a graphic design background, and am a regular user of the rule of thirds, though it was well into my interest in photography that I realised I had been doing it naturally before I had the benefit of the onscreen grids
That shot was taken on the first day I had the 300 and this was really a test shot testing out the operating parameters of the lens
appreciate your comments
@Phocal, Thanks Ronnie! That looks much better.
I have a lot to learn with PP... I do still have the raw file and will definitely give it another try.
I'll let you know if I get stuck
Interesting concept for a thread. Here's one of my favorites from an African trip a few years ago. Compositionwise it's kind of boring; it is the cat's eyes that grab me. The 500 yard stare, watching for lunch!
there is a better composition in there... you just have to fine tune things a bit to get the diagonal lines of the branch and the leopards back anchoring more into the bottom corners
The other thing is the rather dull, low contrast look... its a dramatic animal, and it needs a little oomph. There is no substitute to learning the basic manipulations of PP, learning how to read a histogram and how the various controls effect the image.
From just the jpeg post here, and maybe 5 mins in PP, I came up with this
@oldracer I would crop to reduce the foreground blur and move the eyes out of the center of the photo...just my 2¢
Agree strongly. I like having diagonals running out at the corners. I used to think they would lead the eye out of the frame but they always seem to lead the eye into the frame. I first started working with diagonals running into the corners after reading an article online somewhere about Cartier-Bresson's compositional techniques and it was one of the things he often did.
It works and it works a hell of a lot better than the rule of thirds as a compositional guide.
What I think works really nicely in this case is that not only do the diagonals meet off centre at right angles but the leopard's head is above the line of it's body and falls onto the line of the diagonal of the tree trunk so the 2 diagonals end up reinforcing each other very strongly.