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Comparing the Meerkats at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Taken with a large aperture to blue the background slightly. Quite happy with this photo overall Smile.

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm Finepix HS10
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 May 2013 - 2:41 PM
Focal Length:84.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/350sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:Comparing the Meerkats
Username:WildChild88 WildChild88
Uploaded:4 Aug 2013 - 10:14 AM
Tags:Animal, Fun, Meerkat, Wildlife / nature, Yorkshire wildlife park
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Canonshots
Canonshots e2 Member 4106 forum postsCanonshots vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2013 - 10:35 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The meerkat is beautifully sharp and stands out well from the background. I do like the expression too.

I would prefer to get rid of the distracting wooden post on the left. Cropping that out would call for a crop on the right-hand side as well, to restore the balance of the composition, and a little bit off the top would also help. The result is a nicely filled frame with all the emphasis on the subject.

I have done a mod but for some reason I can't get it to upload, so I hope this description is enough.

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WildChild88
WildChild88 e2 Member 6WildChild88 vcard United Kingdom
4 Aug 2013 - 10:37 AM

Thank you for the advice and the kind comments. I will have a look at doing some cropping sometime later this week Smile.

Thanks

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philhomer
philhomer  446 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2013 - 10:54 AM

As above, well done for creating the differential focus. I would however suggest that whilst the crop will likely benefit this image, you are probably currently using centre-focus (or worse all-points) and simple selection of the most appropriate focus point when taking the shot will improve future attempts whilst reducing / removing the need for cropping.

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banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2013 - 3:07 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a decent shot of the Meerkat.


I agree with phil re keeping the subject off centre in the first place, - but am not familiar with how you do this in this camera, - you may have to look up the manual.

The orientation, using landscape though is not the best approach, as it doesnt show the typical pose, standing up, on the lookout. So using a portrait orientation with camera sideways, subject off centre would have resulted in a much better shot. However, I dont know if you were limited to this format due to objects we cant see.

With cropping, its best to concentrate on moving the subject to the right, which means cropping from the right. and replacing the post with the existing background.


Ive done this in the mod Ive uploaded to give you a sense of what I mean.



Regards


Willie

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paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2013 - 7:23 PM

Agree with comments. Would prefer a bit closer. Almost every auto focus system that I have used, even on pretty cheap compacts, allows focus lock. You place the subject in the auto focus target, press the shutter button half way to lock focus. Without releasing the pressure on the button, re-compose and complete the pressure to take the shot.

Paul

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pamelajean Critique Team 8831 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2013 - 7:29 PM

I am in agreement with the cropping and different format, Dave.
These charming creatures are well known for their look-out stance, and a vertical format gets the whole of the erect body inside the frame. At first glance, I thought it had a fat belly, but now realise this is the arms, as they dangle them downwards in front of their bodies.
You have captured the meerkat with some fine detail, and even a little catchlight in its eye. You deserve to be happy about that.
Pamela.

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WildChild88
WildChild88 e2 Member 6WildChild88 vcard United Kingdom
6 Aug 2013 - 2:51 PM

Thank you all for your comments, will bear these in mind next time! Smile

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