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Cattle heading for home before night arrives, general comments appreciated

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8
Date Taken:17 Jun 2008 - 6:24 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Heading Home
Username:Mike43 Mike43
Uploaded:4 Apr 2014 - 6:38 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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dudler
dudler Critique Team 11108 forum postsdudler vcard England319 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2014 - 9:19 PM

You've spotted some lovely light, that almsot makes the picture 3-D! Irresistible!

However, the tight crop, using the long end of your zoom, makes for a fairly random composition: I think I'd like a lower viewpoint, putting the two cattle behind the main figure out of view, and bringing in the hooves of that main subject.

As it stands, there are a lot of different elements competing in the shot, making it quite difficult for the eye to settle in any one place.

And I've jsut spotted an enormous pair of horns on the right, which makes me wonder if this is a montage of some sort...

Very confused: but this is certainly a fascinating subject, and the light keeps drawing me back...

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Mike43
Mike43 e2 Member 3Mike43 vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2014 - 8:50 AM

Apart from the Sky it is all 1 shot, I tried to wait for the big bull to move more central but had additional 30 or so cows coming my way so time was short.
Thanks for the comments.
Mike.



Quote: You've spotted some lovely light, that almsot makes the picture 3-D! Irresistible!

However, the tight crop, using the long end of your zoom, makes for a fairly random composition: I think I'd like a lower viewpoint, putting the two cattle behind the main figure out of view, and bringing in the hooves of that main subject.

As it stands, there are a lot of different elements competing in the shot, making it quite difficult for the eye to settle in any one place.

And I've jsut spotted an enormous pair of horns on the right, which makes me wonder if this is a montage of some sort...

Very confused: but this is certainly a fascinating subject, and the light keeps drawing me back...

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7440 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1028 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2014 - 12:18 PM

The light was gorgeous, mellow, golden, it was a moment not to be missed. You needed to work quite fast here with a bull and 30 cows heading your way, but as you waited you had time to plan.

John's got here with the most important point. This needs more space. The problem is that you went right out to 55mm. There are two and a half feet missing at the bottom. With a subject approaching the camera it can be quite difficult to judge when the feet are going to disappear through the bottom of the frame, you need to provide for that!

Plus the image needs to be rotated quite a bit anti-clockwise, to give stability and a real feel of the cattle heading towards us, and you can't do that without having some spare space around the edges.

If in doubt, go wider. Allow extra space, it will avoid the risk of cut-off feet, allow a faster shutter speed if needed, give the opportunity to straighten later without loss of subject matter and also include some context. You can always crop a bit later if you want to!

Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 5 Apr 2014 - 12:23 PM

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