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taken at west midlands safari park, any tips to improve would be appreciated. thankyou x

Brand:CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD.
Camera:Casio Exilim Hi-Zoom EX-H5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 May 2012 - 4:17 PM
Focal Length:4.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.2
Aperture:f/3.2
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:64
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Flash
Title:Zebra crossing
Username:Lulukirk Lulukirk
Uploaded:29 Dec 2012 - 11:46 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature, Zebra
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2012 - 12:48 PM

Good one. An almost comic image. One improvement would have been to have the head right in the car!!!!
Sorry at my attempt at humour.
You don't say what sort of advice you would like. Looks ok photographically, detail in clouds, good exposure on animal, eye contact, good focus on the head, it's nose is a bit of an odd grey colour but maybe they are all like that.
regards
Ian

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Lulukirk
Lulukirk  1 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 - 12:59 PM

Thanks Ian for your comments. I'm only a novice but love photography and would like to take better photos so any tips on improvement would be appeciated such as lighting, shutter speed and iso ect as i'm still unsure what settings to use when taking pictures. I did encourage the Zebra to come closer but was a little camera shy! Wink I now have Nikon Coolpix L310 to play with.
kind regards
Lulu x

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pamelajean Critique Team 8683 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1529 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2012 - 5:18 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It looks good to me, Louise, and I think you have captured the moment well, taking full advantage of the closeness of the zebra, and achieving good detail throughout, as well as a catchlight in the animal's eye, probably due to the use of flash, which I think was a good idea, and hope it didn't frighten your subject too much.
My first impression was that I'd rather you had taken the shot without the car window frame showing, but then I decided it would simply be another zebra-in-a-field picture, and that framing it with the car window really works.
There is very little within the background that distracts from your subject, which is good, but I think the image could benefit from a crop, particularly from the left, but still leaving space for the zebra to "move into", not cropping too tight to its face.
So, I did this in my modification, and also cropped the right and bottom, attempting to place the animal's eyes one third down from the top. I adjusted levels and sharpened, then gave the sky a hint of colour because I felt it lifted the whole image.
Pamela.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2667 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2012 - 7:00 PM

Welcome to Ephotozine Louise. I hope you enjoy the site, - its a good place to learn.

This is a unique and very interesting shot, and is well exposed. Its the inclusion of the car window that makes this stand out. It really is a Zebra, he is crossing, and the car window makes a very good frame. His eye is sharp, - thats critical.

Some constructive comments, and its work to be done in post processing, - you did everything right at the time of shooting. The fash being on did a fine job on the Zebra, however it also reflected back light from the door frame at the top, and this can be toned down in Photoshop. Its also highlighted some whitish areas that can be darkened.

The scene overall lacks contrast, - and that really meas that blacks are black. Its very common for compacts to need a little more contrast in post processing. When I do this, it also slightly warms the colour tone overall, and the Zebra looks slightly more colourful, though mainly black, white, and the dusty colour in his coat.

The car window has to stay in the shot, though I would suggest cropping the right side to remove the grey area.

I have uploaded a mod that includes the tweaks I mentioned. We dont know here how comfortable you are with photo editing, or what programme you use, if any, so when we know this, - just reply with a comment, we can provide more detailed information on how to achieve what we suggest.


Enjoy the site,



Regards



Willie

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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 9:38 AM

It is good. the mod by Pam and Willie made the zebra more stand out. Post processing is needed because the result image from the camera is not sharp, even when look at in camera, they looks fine. but truely is not.

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Lulukirk
Lulukirk  1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 - 9:13 PM

Thankyou very much for all your constructive comments, i've had a look at the modifications and they look so much better, i will keep this in mind in future and look forward to hearing further critiques.
Lulu x

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2012 - 10:48 AM

Very well done indeed. OK, so you can improve contrast a bit, but you have pretty well got everything right. Flash used, etc.

Paul

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