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Ok Not took wild life before so let me know what you think !

Theses badgers (lovely ) came every night to the place we stayed
Seven at one Time !

They were great to watch ,and all had their own way of running about grabbing food etc

it.was great to watch them at a close range ..

more tomorrow .....

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Title:Wild Dorset !
Username:graceland graceland
Uploaded:16 Jul 2008 - 4:55 PM
Tags:Badgers / dorset /uk /, Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8319 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 5:05 PM

all great captures shame about the eyes with glare - can be rectified in PS

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 5:09 PM

Amazed they came so close; but then, I do not understand these things! I think your flash was a bit powerful at close range, but the badgers don't seem to have minded.
What I want to know is - what did they think of Betty?
Smile
Bill

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8530 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 5:15 PM

What a wonderful experience, somehow these magic moments can make a holiday. (We stayed by a river with kingfishers as neighbours last year, I had never seen them so close). I guess V10 is the most successful (that's the one that Betty's bagged), but they all convey your excitement. Hope (Badger)Fred finds these, though he may charge you royalties!
Moira

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Bob_V
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16 Jul 2008 - 5:27 PM

What a great set of Badger captures.
Bob

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dawnmichelle
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16 Jul 2008 - 5:37 PM

wonderful series of shots..

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MRSbiscuit60
MRSbiscuit60 e2 Member 6224 forum postsMRSbiscuit60 vcard United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 - 5:38 PM

Hope you had good weather on your holiday, not been much sun lately!!! The pictures are great and I look forward to more. Trish.

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chuckspics
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16 Jul 2008 - 5:40 PM

good one and no red eyes, tough at night, Chuck

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 5:41 PM

Great set of images, no2 made me laugh, super stuff
Stace

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 727 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 5:43 PM

Wonderful to watch,.. great set of images

... I had a very quick go add "modding" one... tried to get rid of the red eye and soften the background.. not great I know Smile

Jon

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pascalg
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16 Jul 2008 - 5:50 PM

fred will be delighted Smile

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graceland
graceland  102378 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 5:52 PM


Quote: Wonderful to watch,.. great set of images

... I had a very quick go add "modding" one... tried to get rid of the red eye and soften the background.. not great I know Smile

Jon

Thank You Its not Easy Wildlife photography is it (:

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strawman
strawman e2 Member 1122010 forum postsstrawman vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 5:54 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You asked for an honest critique, so

I think you have a couple of issues.

First the lighting. The flash has been very harsh, resulting in red eye, and a large variation in the range and intensity of the light. Was it the built in flash? I would think about could you have taken the shot without flash? Or could you have used a more diffused flash source or even some off-camera lights.

Next viewing angle, could you be lower down at their level. You are looking down on them and that spoils the photo's.

Betty Boo, is just tacky and demeans the animals.

Next the bate is very obvious and it does not look at all natural. Look into hiding the food in something that may be in the natural environment.

You use the title Wild Dorset, but you have put in too many domestic links in your photo’s. It is obviously in a garden with food left out for them.

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graceland
graceland  102378 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 6:01 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

ok
1/First the lighting. The flash has been very harsh, resulting in red eye, and a large variation in the range and intensity of the light. Was it the built in flash? I would think about could you have taken the shot without flash? Or could you have used a more diffused flash source or even some off-camera lights.
Yes Built in Flash ,Tried with out to dark !!
2/Next viewing angle, could you be lower down at their level. You are looking down on them and that spoils the photo's.
Agree Thanks for that one (:
3/Betty Boo, is just tacky and demeans the animals.
Come on thats just a fun thing (:
4/Next the bate is very obvious and it does not look at all natural. Look into hiding the food in something that may be in the natural environment.
This was already put out by the owners of the house so i could do nothing about that as it is a holiday cottage ):
5/You use the title Wild Dorset, but you have put in too many domestic links in your photo’s. It is obviously in a garden with food left out for them.
It is a garden But The garden Backs on To Maiden castle this is wild Dorset !!


But thank you for the info !!

(:

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cambirder
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16 Jul 2008 - 6:08 PM

Basically I would agree with Straw man, although being taken in someones garden probably does not allow you do do much about the food. Lighting is the main issue, and if you are limited to on camera flash then the best option is to use a dedicated flash with a diffuser such as the lightsphere which should get rid of the red eye and give much more even lighting.

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strawman
strawman e2 Member 1122010 forum postsstrawman vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 6:19 PM

For a low cost experiment try covering the flash with a tissue, it diffuses the light and gives you an idea if the flash has the power to carry a diffuser.

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buxton
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16 Jul 2008 - 7:52 PM

Great set of images.

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Glostopcat
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16 Jul 2008 - 7:54 PM

A smashing sett of night shots, you must have been chuffed to bits to see these every night

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GalleryGirl
16 Jul 2008 - 8:12 PM

What a lovely sight... delightful.
Marilyn x

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 8:52 PM

A grand set of shots !

Now look at mine !

Rock

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Bodiewil
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16 Jul 2008 - 10:12 PM

A great series of image Robin

Dave

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Nettles
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17 Jul 2008 - 8:46 AM

Lovely set of images. Annette

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microchip
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17 Jul 2008 - 7:18 PM

A great set of captures it must have been very enjoyable to see so many at one time,
Alan

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
18 Jul 2008 - 6:25 PM

Hi Robin a camera with a built in flash is not the best tool for this type of image, you really need an SLR with the flash on a bar not the hotshoe, enjoyable images though which could have had some work done to the eyes in photoshop, well worth a click,
Fred.

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churchill123
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18 Jul 2008 - 7:46 PM

Lucky you, lovely set of images, sometimes this is as wild as it can get. not often you can capture these in their natural surroundings. I like Betty BooSmile

Linda

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redjoker
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22 Jul 2008 - 11:43 AM

not a fan of betty, sorry

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tigertimb
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24 Jul 2008 - 11:17 AM

What a great sight to witness and I think you've done well in the circumstances. A shame about the flash, but I agree with Fred that this can be corrected.
I particularly like #7 where you are closer to eye level and have uploaded a mod after having a play - hope you like it
Tim

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HobbitDave
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28 Jul 2008 - 8:33 PM

Very nice series of pictures. I bet they have been there since the Iron Age if they have a sett backing onto Maiden Castle. They are certianly very well fed. Lucky badgers! P.S. I wonder if they bit Bettys bum? A shame if not :o) HDave

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 10:36 PM

You're a lucky man, Robin...
Holiday with wife, Betty and Badgers - anything more to wish for?
Johanna

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pennyspike
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10 Sep 2008 - 11:37 PM

You must have spent hours enjoying their company Robin.
I know they don't tick the technically perfect boxes but I do get the sense of excitement at being so close to them.
I particularly like the shots showing the whole gang.
Penny

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