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F5.6, 1/1000s. Set on sport mode due to rapid movement of game.Think that maybe aperture priority at F11 would have been a better setting.
The baboon appears to be in sorrowful mood gazing mournfully at the cross. However, the cross looking structure is the end of a wooden railing

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Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Mournful Primate
Username:justpat10 justpat10
Uploaded:2 Dec 2010 - 7:54 PM
Tags:Baboon, South africa, Wildlife / nature
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docfarhan
docfarhan  5 United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2010 - 10:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Patrick,
I like the overall shot, just a few points it appears that the image is not very sharp (but you have already stated that it was a quick snap to capture the moment rather than planning and taking). The wooden cross type thing in the fore ground is distracting to the eye. (we can either crop it off which I did in the mod, or clone the area). I have also added a black border for eyes to focus a bit more.
Farhan

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Jestertheclown
2 Dec 2010 - 11:01 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I thought this looked just a little washed out so I've produced a mod in which I've pushed the colour jut a tiny bit, sharpened it and made a slight adjustment in levels. All very subtle stuff!
Personaly, I like the inclusion of the wooden thing in the foreground as it gives the image depth.
Considering this was just a "grab" shot, I reckon you've done very well. The point of focus appears to have fallen just in front of this fella's face which is a shame but looking on the bright side, I think the slightly quirky composition with the ape well over to one side, the tree and the woden thing taking up the back and foregrounds respectively works a treat.
Despite a couple of very minor flaws, I think this is an excellent shot.
Hope the mod's OK.

Bren.

Edit: I cloned out the thing at bottom left. All done using CS5.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 2 Dec 2010 - 11:01 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom862 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2010 - 4:20 PM

For me, the composition is wrong. You do not need the wooden shape and the monkey needs to be larger and on the top left third. I never use mode settings - leaving too much to the camera - you are right that aperture priority would be better, but not f11 - you need the monkey sharp but in a tight plane of focus with a fast shutter speed to freeze movement.

I would have set f7.1 and checked that shutter speed was between 1/500 and 1/100 at all times.

paul

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