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Wink Seen on Safari at Lewa Downs in Kenya

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:Canon 100-400mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Feb 2008 - 3:03 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Roller
Username:Nobby9968 Nobby9968
Uploaded:3 Jul 2011 - 12:45 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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ItsMeJustG
3 Jul 2011 - 7:50 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

From my very amateur point of view, there is not alot wrong with this shot at all. Focus on the eye is perfect and the depth of field allows for some of the thorny branches to be thrown out of focus.
All I would suggest for this would be to clone out the intruding thorns on the right. They appear from nowhere. Removed, they would make the right hand outline of the bird clearer.
This is only my personal view, not meant as any offence. I hope you find it helpful.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2011 - 9:38 PM

Very jealous. Superb, but I, too, would clone out those few thorns on the right.

Paul

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
3 Jul 2011 - 10:45 PM

Excellent shot.
Tony

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Davesumner
4 Jul 2011 - 5:42 AM

Hi John,

Welcome to EPZ and the Critique Gallery.

You've got some great comments above from Paul and Guy regarding the thorns and they're spot I think as the thorns are distracting away from your main subject, the bird. The composition is spot on with him (or her) looking back into the image from the edge and the body curve working really well down the thirds line.

Back to the thorns and I think maybe the bottom half of the image is a little too busy with all the branches and thorns down there so I would consider doing a bit of cloning.

I've uploaded a mod to show you what I meant re the cloning and I also lightened the shadows and its eye slightly as well.

Hope this helps

DaVeS

Last Modified By Davesumner at 4 Jul 2011 - 5:44 AM

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Nobby9968
Nobby9968  3 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2011 - 7:52 AM

This was the first picture I have posted. The comments are just what was needed and the modification has now showed me what I should be looking at.

Many thanks Wink

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chensuriashi
chensuriashi e2 Member 8132 forum postschensuriashi vcard England17 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2011 - 4:40 PM

Those Canons give fantastic shots from that range so looking forward to seeing more of your shots from Africa...Congrats on a superb first shot. Chen.

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samarmishra
5 Jul 2011 - 6:04 PM

Hi John,

This is really excellent..

Samar..

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