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Taken in very bright sunshine, so I'm aware that I've lost detail in his right eye, but it's the first half decent photo of this animal I've ever managed to get. He's always been hiding away when I've been before, so I'm quite pleased with it.
I've tried to take down the brightness a bit and cropped the image.

f9.5 @ 1/250
ISO 200
bracketed @ -0.5 ev
f.l. 200mm

Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-200 VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Red Panda
Username:ChristineL ChristineL
Uploaded:18 Oct 2010 - 9:32 AM
Tags:Cotswold wildlife park, Pets / captive animals, Red panda
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2010 - 9:44 AM

What a cute fella, Christine., very well captured. Carol

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mikesmith e2 Member 1045 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2010 - 9:45 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like this one Christine, natural pose of these lovely little creatures and despite bright sunshine; very well controlled exposure against the bright blue sky. You could always use the dodge tool on that eye...range would be highlights and exposure to around 8%. Alternatively create a duplicate layer and make a similar amendment and experiment with either highlights or shadows and alter the exposure, then you could alter the opacity of the layer. Hope this helps and I am by no means an expert on PS but I know I could make the above work. Someone may be able to offer an easier solution
Mike

PS just had a go at a mod using the above having downloaded the large version...doesn't really work that well but would work better on the original image for sure

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franken
franken e2 Member 113108 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2010 - 9:49 AM

Lovely capture, I tried to photograph one of these last year and it was blurred.

Ken

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ChristineL
18 Oct 2010 - 9:51 AM

Thank you Mike, I have already lightened the eye in layers, but any more and it just looks washed out, I decided to leave it as is.
I only have elements to play in and my editing skills are a bit limited, but as you say someone might know just the thing,
Chris.

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ChristineL
18 Oct 2010 - 9:55 AM

Thank you Ken and Carol.

Ken....this was the only sharp one I managed to get, surprising how quickly they beetle along those boughs. Smile
Chris.

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ChristineL
18 Oct 2010 - 10:15 AM

Thank you Frank, I think you are right, I was a bit fixated with the thirds thing,
Chris.

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
18 Oct 2010 - 10:23 AM

What a cutie, a nice shot.
Annette

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2010 - 10:25 AM

Great shot. Well done.
Alvar

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ChristineL
18 Oct 2010 - 10:40 AM

Mike got your p.s. and I've put my version up in V2.
Thank you for your help, it's much appreciated,
Chris.

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mikesmith e2 Member 1045 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2010 - 10:49 AM

Hi Christine, yes you can definitely see the difference even in the standard size image. However LARGE shows the improvement to even greater effect. Only too pleased to be able to help
Mike

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ChristineL
18 Oct 2010 - 11:24 AM

Thank you Mike.

Thank you Annette and Alvar,
Chris.

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achieverswales
18 Oct 2010 - 11:42 AM

Great shot of a beautiful animal!

Regards

Trev.

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Ian_R  3 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2010 - 9:09 AM

Great image and well captured of an elusive creature - Ian

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ChristineL
20 Oct 2010 - 8:44 AM

Thank you very much everyone,
Chris.

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20 Oct 2010 - 10:10 AM

Prefer V1 Christine it just has that extra edge over V2.


Keith

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