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day out at Safari park. Critique and competitions

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Jun 2012 - 1:43 PM
Focal Length:250mm
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
ISO:6400
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:crossing point
Username:lightfallsphoto lightfallsphoto
Uploaded:26 Jan 2013 - 11:35 PM
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 11:09 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Blimey Alberto, a lot to talk about here.

Firstly welcome to EPZ and the CG in particular. Before uploading here, why not go through a lot of the previous uploads to this gallery, look for pictures similar to your own and read the comments applied there. That will give you an initial learning and tuition ie self-help.

Take good note of the comments which appear to present themselves the most and ignore the comments ,like “Good shot” or “Love the colours” that is not the help you are after, you want to look at critique, which is what this galley is all about. Looking back at comments and learning from them will give you a very good start without the need for members to keep adding the same advice time after time to picture after picture.

Here there are a few points I would like to cover.

Here your zebra facing the right and attention on such images generally leads the viewer to the animal's head so leaving some more space to the right here makes a lot of sense. I think you will find that if you leave space ahead, to the RHS, for the zebra to metaphorically 'walk into', placing its eyes much further right, you will be more pleased with the shot. This can be achieved here by a small canvas addition, a little cloning and crop but it is always better to frame and compose your subject within the viewfinder of your camera. In this case you could achieve a good result by cropping the LHS. This applies to birds, people, animals, vehicles, maritime craft in fact anything that moves always seems to look more natural having space allowed in which to see or advance into.

You haven't told us how you arrived at the outcome by processing which would be interesting, given the rather flat, soft and almost sepia toned result. I would feel this would appear better in its natural form with perhaps some 'punch' added in processing.

Given the rather static nature of your subject I am surprised that you chose to use such a high ISO, it is best to manage if you can on as low an ISO as possible whilst ensuring adequate DoF is provided by your aperture and hand holding is suitable by an adequate shutter speed. (somewhere aroung 1/750sec should prove adequate ion this case).

Finally there is a load of scribble to the bottom RHcorner which would, IMHO be better left off. I will upload a mod to demonstrate composition but I am unable to correct your colours so I have converted to monochrome.

Frank

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 27 Jan 2013 - 11:17 AM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 12:31 PM

Frank covers most things. There are a lot of technical problems here and the logo should just not be there. This image is not a good advert for you. Why use such a high ISO low ISO gives better quality and a better colour range. The colour is very yellow, and the animal not in a good pose.

I realise have been very negative, and I don't know your experience, but I would go through the galleries on this site and learn what a technically perfect image looks like. When you establish that, play as much as you like.

Paul

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