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young cheetah at Chester Zoo

Camera:Nikon P90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:young cheetah at Chester ZOO
Username:bigbirdr7 bigbirdr7
Uploaded:15 Jan 2010 - 12:07 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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HP1485
HP1485  7 England5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2010 - 12:36 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Cute subject and nicely framed. The pelt of the cheetah could have been a little sharper and by making the background out of focus your subject would have more prominence. To really enhance animal portraits you should add some catchlight in the eyes - this is easily added using Photoshop.

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2010 - 8:16 AM

I agree with the above, but I love it anyway!!!!!!!

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bigbirdr7
bigbirdr7  6 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 - 11:19 AM

thanks for the comments i do have a problem with focus this does annoy me because i manage to take some great close ups i have problems with the photoshop i am still trying to work it out

sylvia

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sooz2710
sooz2710  4 Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2010 - 12:13 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Have a look in the tutorial section - there's a really good one for changing hair colour using the lasso tool which I found very useful. If you use it go around the cheetah's head and then choose 'inverse selection' you can add blur (from the Filters menu) to everything except the cheetah. Well worth a try as it will throw your lovely subject into sharper relief. Don't forget, if you don't like the result you don't have to save it!
Lovely pic nonetheless, many thanks for sharing.

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Ian G W
Ian G W  11396 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2010 - 1:17 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think this image would have been better if the cheetah had eye contact with the camera. Taking the shot from a lower perspective (if it was possible) might have improved the chances of getting eye contact.

Ian.

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shawpaul
shawpaul  9 United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2010 - 1:36 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I agree with most said above but the wonders of the programmes we now have allow to cheat in so many ways, I have uploaded my change included are the eye's I believe make a difference, using the copy tool I placed circular dark brown copied areas (1 in both eyes and the did it again using the black colour in the shot, after which a clone of the top of the eyebrow hair brought over theeye edition helps to falsify it. I also increased the total saturation of the shots colour to give impact... Hope you like, regards Paul

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shawpaul
shawpaul  9 United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2010 - 3:09 PM

Ps to the above- I don't know what a Cheetah's eye's are like this is only an exercise to show how eye's can be added - Paul

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bigbirdr7
bigbirdr7  6 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 - 4:14 PM

hi shawpaul thanks that is amazing it has made a huge difference i will try it on some of my other photos

Sylvia

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bigbirdr7  6 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 - 4:20 PM

thanks sooz2710
i am getting lots of help and will try all out on oter photos

Sylvia

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ptitcendrier
16 Jan 2010 - 1:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

hello, sylvia
i thought i'd have a go with this one, as there were two things i would have liked to suggest. first, the colours were quite faded, and it is a pity, for the cheetah has such wonderful tones... i just increased a little the saturation and the contrast, in order to get brighter colors... as for the focus, it only took seconds to give it a little sharpen and then manually blur the background... i used acdsee, it has a tool for manual blur where you can select the nib width and then just applied it on the background, little by little.
hope you'll like itSmile
wish you all the best

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bigbirdr7
bigbirdr7  6 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2010 - 1:40 PM

Hi ptitcendrier,
thanks for the advice looks good i am looking around to see if i can get some lessons on how to use photoshop i have found out in the last few days how great it will help me with my photos.
Sylvia.

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