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Well it would have been if this was a reindeer Grin I found this one on the computer from last year that somehow got overlooked and as I've not been able to get out with the camera for some time (long story) I thought I'd pop it up here for you guys to have a go at... in the nicest way as I value any criticism ... honest, just as long as it's justified Wink

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Sep 2011 - 11:12 AM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Twas the day after Christmas ...
Username:nicktg nicktg
Uploaded:29 Dec 2012 - 9:18 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Humour / fun, Landscape, Nature, Portrait, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 10:49 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A cracking picture, well done. All that I might have been tempted to do would be add some space to the LHS to give a better balance and perhaps a slight 'burning in' to the lower white parts (Legs and feet).

Frank

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 30 Dec 2012 - 10:50 AM

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banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 4:58 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You got in nice and close, good detail. I agree with Frank re adding space to the left, - not something you could do unless you zoomed out, so it can be done post processing. Looking at you shot settings, I imagine you used a tripod with that speed, or you had some support, as theres no visible shake.

Ive had this lens, and I found that its sharper below 400mm, 350 max. Some others find the same, but theres the occasional one that is very good at 400mm, - they vary a lot.

The main improvement for me though would be white balance. Its very cool, and the whites have a visible blue tone. With white balance a little warmer, white lose the blue tone and the image looks a little warmer.


I would also lift some detail in the eye, - I used the shadow tool in Photoshop CS, and tone down some of the bery bright highlights slightly.



Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean.


Hope this helps,



Regards



Willie

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paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2012 - 11:09 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice image. A little burning in here and there would help. The tips of the antlers are critically sharp, then sharpness fades a bit with depth. Not enough to spoil the image, but your focal point is well forward. Even at f10, the depth of field begins to go.

Paul

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nicktg
nicktg e2 Member 6nicktg vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2012 - 11:41 AM

Thanks Guys,

All noted and I'll try and do better this coming yearGrin

Willie, from memory I think it was hand held as I don't remember taking the tripod with me that day ( I'd been crawling all over the hill trying to get near to Red Deer without much success).

As to the lens, I love my 100-400 and use it for virtually everything (despite carrying a bagful of other lenses with me !!)

All the best for 2013 everyone

Nick

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