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Taken in Jamaica near Falmouth at the zoo. All comments, critiques and suggestions appreciated.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70, at 44mm, f6.3, 640 iso, 1/60 sec., on camera flash fired, Aperture priority, hand held,

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Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D800 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 24-70mm f2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor lens Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Mar 2013 - 11:57 AM
Focal Length:44mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
White Balance:Auto
Title:Nice Head Wear Eh?
Username:JhnFord JhnFord
Uploaded:12 May 2013 - 1:36 AM
Tags:Pet, Pets / captive animals, Portraits / people
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debu
debu  4 India
12 May 2013 - 3:12 AM

Nicely capture.
debu

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Coast Critique Team 61414 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 4:26 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Not sure if this is 100% sharp and it looks like the smallest amount of camera shake. At 44mm, even at this distance you could have afforded to come down to f5.6 without effecting depth of field detrimentally to the image, increased ISO to 800 and subsequently a faster shutter speed to minimise risk of movement when shooting hand-held.

Interesting and appealing portrait all the same. I would increase contrast a little and looking at levels this was ever so slightly underexposed. I've uploaded a mod to show the effect of tweaking the levels slider. Also worth a go at different processing techniques on this to play with the mood and I've given an interpretation in mono which creates a level of eeriness.

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JhnFord
JhnFord  2 Canada
13 May 2013 - 3:31 AM

Thanks debu and Coast. Appreciate the feedback and Coast, very much appreciated those excellent suggestions.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom872 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 7:41 AM

If you are using flash, you do not need ISO640. You are using Nikon, so ISO200 would have given more contrast in the first place, but I suspect a bit of under exposure. Brighten things up a bit for an interesting image. Pity about the wire background though and things are not fully sharp.

Paul

Last Modified By paulbroad at 13 May 2013 - 7:43 AM

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JhnFord  2 Canada
13 May 2013 - 12:55 PM

Thanks Paul, I agree with all your comments and appreciate you passing them on.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1069 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 7:22 PM

I've looked at this one a few times, it really puzzles me. The overall softness of the face would suggest slight camera movement, a relatively heavy camera body plus 44mm at 1/60 second requires a steady hand. BUT the eyes are sharp. I would expect f6.3 to give greater depth of field, and bring the rest of the face into sharper focus. A bit of a mystery.
I don't care for replacement backgrounds but I might try to get reduce the impact of that wire, and also brighten the face a bit. I think gentle use of the burn tool, rather than overt sharpening, would improve this.
Moira

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1069 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 7:44 PM

Mod uploaded. I selected the background (not perfectly, but it gives the general idea... ), blurred it, then used the paint brush, sampling the dark blue/green tone from the shadows, and painted over it at 50% opacity.
Then I went to inverse, added some brightness and contrast to the man's face, made a Levels adjustment and burnt in the detail on his face. The face isn't as soft as it appears in the upload once the light is adjusted. I also dodged the whites of his eyes just a tiny bit.
Looking beyond the processing side, I like his dignity. I find this face quite moving. The snake is a sort of surreal accessory to that dignity.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 14 May 2013 - 7:46 PM

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