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28/04/2013 - 8:23 PM

Trust in Nature

Trust in NatureA nice bit of interaction caught here and I like the light background colour. It would be better with a little less sharpening as the deer's face is beginning to look a little 'gritty' and there's quite a noticeable sharpening halo around the bird.
29/10/2012 - 6:06 PM

Red Deer - "I'm done!"

Red Deer - "I'm done!"An excellent viewpoint and a particularly attractive setting with some wonderful colour throughout the scene. The stag in the foreground works great and the hind on the right of the frame couldn't be in a better spot. The only slight criticism is the second hind in the background which spoils the composition a bit, mainly because she's looking in the opposite direction and her head is unfortunately partially obscured by the stag. Still a very appealing and eye-catching image though.
28/10/2012 - 10:24 AM

Hot under the collar

Hot under the collarA good atmospheric shot with the backlit breath and early morning sunlight. I think a lower viewpoint would have worked better here, not only in giving a more intimate view of the stag, but also it would have eliminated the visible path in the background, which is often half the battle at Bushy Park.
10/07/2012 - 4:34 PM

Mother & Son

Mother & Son'Mother and son' ????????????????? I think you mean mare and foal Smile

A good moment caught but unfortunately spoilt by the processing which has resulted in halos around the outline of the horses and a strange and unnatural sheen to their coats.
21/11/2010 - 12:27 PM

Stag mid Bellow

Stag mid BellowI'm not sure a 100mm lens was the best option in this instance for the following reasons;
1) The narrower field of view of a longer lens would have been beneficial in excluding the white sky and tree protection guard, neither of which add anything to the scene and detract from the main point of interest.
2) For your safety and to minimize any disturbance or stress caused to the animal, particularly as he was already exhausted, a longer lens would have been a much better option.

Just because you can get close, doesn't mean that you have to.

Just my opinion for what it's worth.
06/09/2010 - 10:06 AM

micra mixing it

micra mixing itSorry but this isn't working for me. The car is out of focus and the image quality looks like it's been massively degraded for some reason.
Is it a very large crop?
The viewpoint is good and the moment captured works well but this is a nearly, but not quite shot, due to the focus and quality issue.
Hope you don't mind an honest opinion instead of a meaningless 'nice shot' comment just for the sake of it.
14/08/2010 - 5:57 PM

''Forest Kingfisher''

''Forest Kingfisher''Great looking species you've found here. Unfortunately the image is completely over exposed and not quite in focus which is a shame. It also looks extremely noisy which certainly isn't a characteristic of the 5D MK II. Is it a very large crop?
It's worth checking your camera's histogram on a regular basis to ensure correct exposure, especially with potentially problematic exposure situations, such as this.
07/08/2010 - 3:16 PM

Great Tit Flight

Great Tit FlightA tricky image to get just right. Unfortunately this one doesn't work for me if I'm honest. It doesn't really portray movement but rather a very out of focus subject.
A good attempt though and worth persevering with.
28/08/2009 - 10:20 AM

Roe Deer Fawn

Roe Deer FawnA great subject but IMO the composition would have been better if you had of shot this in landscape format, so as to give the fawn some empty space to move into.
30/04/2009 - 2:29 PM

Linnet

LinnetA nice image showing the bird on a typical gorse perch.
I've also been busy photographing these birds recently and the very dark eye is typical of this species. I can fully appreciate Brian's comment amount the eye benefiting from a catchlight but IMHO flash wouldn't be the ideal answer in this situation, for the following reason; the flash would only create a sharply defined highlight in the eye, which works fine in some situations. In this instance bexause you're shooting upwards at quite a steep angle, the catchlight from the flash would quite possibly look a little out of place as it would likely appear in the lower half of the eye, which may look a little odd and unnatural looking.
I do agree with Brian's suggestion that the eye is looking a bit lifeless, but a better solution rather than using flash in this instance IMHO, and one that is well worth the minimal effort, is to make a quick selection of the eye and adjust the highlight slider inwards to brighten the natural catchlight created by the sky, assuming it's there in the original file.
Just a suggestion, for what it's worth.

Justin
17/01/2009 - 10:13 AM

foraging

foragingHi Ann,

I wouldn't worry about a blurred background in this instance.
Blurred backgrounds work great for animal, bird, etc. portrait type shots but this isn't one of them.
To me this is more about the squirrel's behaviour in burying or searching for food in his typical enviroment, therefore the detail in the background and foreground works fine in this instance.

A couple of small points are:
It doesn't look like the squirel's head is critically sharp here which is certainly due to his frantic activity and not quite having the shutter speed to freeze that movement.
In situations like this it's best to crank up your iso setting to guarantee a fast enough shutter speed.
Any subsequent image noise can always be corrected but subject movement can't.

Secondly, it looks as though you've got quite a few repeating patterns in the background, have you tried some blurring/cloning, etc?
Whilst occasionally applying a minimum amout of blur to a background can work well if done very subtely and carefully. Personally I think it's no substitute for achieving it in camera, i.e. with a long focal length, close subject, distant background and a large aperture.
11/01/2009 - 1:22 PM

Coal Tit

Coal TitThe perch is very attractive and the coating of frost is a real bonus but unfortunately the Coal Tit is completely out of focus.
Looks like subject movement as opposed to focusing error.
06/09/2008 - 11:02 AM

Wily Weasel

Wily WeaselThe pose is wonderful and the setting works well. The dark background gives the animal lots of impact too.
However one thing that I can't help to notice is the animals face appears to be completely out of focus, with it looking as though the focus point has fallen on the Weasel's body. If you look at the larger version you can see that the mid section of the animals body is detailed and sharp, the depth of field is begining to tail off by the time it reaches the ears and more importantly the eyes are unfortunately completely out of the zone of focus.
Seems almost hard to believe that from the 121 votes that this image has received not one person, other than myself, has mentioned this issue.
Sorry to be negative and to go against the grain but IMHO if an animals eyes aren't sharp then the image just doesn't work.
Whilst a small jpeg posted on the web can be a little unforgiving to a certain degree regarding focus error, it unfortunately becomes very apparant when printed and would IMHO completely ruin an otherwise very nice shot.
18/11/2006 - 12:10 PM

Across the fields

Across the fieldsA fairly interesting sky you've caught here and the ratio between sky and land works well,however the land would benefit from a little extra interest.The hay bales would work well in this regard if they weren't so close to the edge of the frame,which I find a little uncomfortable and which unbalances the overall image.

The image also looks a little on the noisy side.

Justin.