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Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:26 Aug 2012 - 5:40 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:TWO ZEBRAS PLAYING
Username:conwy1966 conwy1966
Uploaded:28 Sep 2012 - 12:00 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom25 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 1:10 PM

Hi, I have done you two mods. I think it is a great shot,though a little bit more space aroung the Zebra's would have been nice. In mod 1 all I have done is add a touch of red and a touch of blue and added a bit of contrast.
In Mod 2 i have changed the colour completely to a duotone of black and a creamy colour, then I have messed with the histogram curve a little to bring back highlights and details and finally gave it a tiny selective sharpen to replace the sharpness lost while I was messing. Hope you like themGrin Nice clear imageGrin
Diane

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 - 2:29 PM

Made me smile! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin. I like the shot.... IB

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2668 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 3:28 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Welcome to Ephotozine Ian.


A couple of things are obvious. The Zebras are under exposed; the white balance/colour tone has a blue bias; and you have been doing some work on the clouds.


Shooting subjects against the sky, as here, your meter will compensate for the bright sky by stopping down, and the result will be an under exposed subject; so use you exposure compensation at +1.

Auto white balance works OK most of the time, but not here, the conditions would suggest that you manually select a cloudy or overcast setting which would result in a warmer toned shot.

lastly, dont know what you were doing with the clouds lower right, but youve made it obvious, so try using lower opacity and flow for brushes to blend more discretely.

Looking at the shot settings, - they appear fine. You may have been able to get away with ISO 200, but likely have blurred some of their movement.



Ive uploaded a mod also. Scroll up to the modifications tab, click it and you can see what mods have been uploaded.



regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 8:30 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is potentially excellent but it is a bit under resulting in a slightly flat image. All it needs is the brightness lifting a little which would give the impact needed and sort the colour balance. Exposure will also effect colour balance.

Paul

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61581 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom572 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 12:23 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

ok,
this a real wacker of a first class shot but it has been processed in a way that isnt bringing out its full potential.

i cant fault the composition, couldnt be better but it has the appearance of a shot that has been attacked with the unforgiving highlights and shadows slider in photoshop or some other dreadful fate has befallen it in the making.

from this point as presented, its probably impossible to rescue this upload and show a fabulous modification and from that point of view i would suggest uploading the jpeg direct from the raw file so we can see where you started from.

firstly as pointed out there is an unsusal appearance to the sky and where it sits on the horizon and the halation as if it has been added as a composite image. and there is no problem there in doing this type of reconstruction to improve an otherwise unusable image but it has not been done particularly well because its too obvious that its unnatural

if the sky could be put right and the contrast boosed to give whiter whites you could have a stunning image here

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Phil

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