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Taken at Paignton Zoo, inside, through glass. ISO 1000 and f2.8.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Sigma 300 F2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Shlurp
Username:wildatheart wildatheart
Uploaded:6 Mar 2010 - 8:11 PM
Tags:Gorilla paignton zoo, Humour / fun, Wildlife / nature
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Oliverpants
Oliverpants e2 Member 5Oliverpants vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 8:42 PM

Really fantastic, so clear considering its inside and through glass. Ann

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 9:23 PM

A great image and the expression is intense well done.

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hairymonkey
hairymonkey e2 Member 4hairymonkey vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 9:30 PM

I love the image. Fantasic expression, just makes me sad that it's through glass and not in the wild. But non the less a beautiful capture.

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lianna
lianna e2 Member 5lianna vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2010 - 7:23 PM

WOW this is fantastic!!!! really amazing shot, those eyes are so human!!! really great capture x x

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DRicherby
DRicherby e2 Member 6269 forum postsDRicherby vcard United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 2:53 PM

I think this is a very good shot, especially taken through glass. The detail around the eyes is excellent, as is the exposure, which is easy to mis-judge on a dark subject like this. I have a couple of suggestions for possible improvements.

I don't think the aperture of f/2.8 has given quite enough depth of field since, while the eyes are pin-sharp, the lips are a little blurry. Since the lips are a key area in this photograph, it would be better to have them sharper. That said, you were already at a high ISO setting and maybe you weren't able to use a slower shutter, in which case it may be that you opted for the best compromise. Sometimes, the only way to get that perfect shot is to come back on another day.

I think the composition could be improved a little. Eye-contact from the gorilla would make for an extremely strong shot but that doesn't help if he's looking the `wrong' way at the crucial moment. When a person or animal isn't making eye contact with us, we have a natural desire to follow their gaze to see what they're looking at. For that reason, it's usually better to place the person or animal so that they're looking `through', rather than `out of' the frame. In this case, the gorilla is on the right of the frame, looking to our right so, when we follow his gaze, we fall out of the photograph. If you'd placed him towards the left of the frame, following his eyes would naturally guide us through the shot.

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