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f5, ISO 400, 1/200sec

Taken at Wildwood on the site meet (ages ago now). A rather different than normal angle on the lynx in their pen as they waited for feeding time. Its a different angle to those that are normally used for widlife and whilst I am not sure about the effect of the whole shot I do wonder also if it should be cropped a bit to lose the left side a little since its rather dead space at the moment,

any comments/crits welcome - thank you

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS + 1.4 teleconverter
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Not quite the right angle!
Username:Overread Overread
Uploaded:16 Apr 2009 - 6:59 PM
Tags:Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2009 - 11:35 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

In my experience a lot of judges don't like animals shot from the back but I think they can give a different perspective. I think the way you have decided to capture the animal is fine, Alex, especially as you have the side of its face in view. I think it would have been preferable though to go for more depth of field, more than f5 will give you. Whilst the lynx's face is in focus much of its back area is not sharp. It's better to have that area in focus as well as its such a big area at the front of the pic, in my opinion.

I have uploaded a mod for you where I have boosted the contrast a bit to make the lynx stand out a bit more. I have also cropped the photo, whilst maintaining its aspect ratio. I think losing something down the left hand side would help to focus more on the animal.

Best wishes

Catherine

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8770 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1599 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2009 - 2:11 PM

Hello, Alex. I quite like the angle personally, it's different and effective. I do, however, agree with Catherine about the rump being out of focus. I have gone for a much tighter crop and have done some mods to demonstrate this. I removed the intrusive twigs, darkened the image, added a touch of contrast and unsharp mask. My second mod has the background darkened and blurred. My third mod has the background completely changed.

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Overread
Overread  63768 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2009 - 9:49 PM

Many thanks for the input both - I do agree on the depth of field point and I can certainly see the benefit of cropping closer ot try and reduce this large foreground out of focus area.
Pamela - I rather like the darker background of your second edit - I tend to favour lowkey in general an upon reflection the background in this shot is suffering abit from the bars between me and the cat causing lines and such to form - though I think the last edit a bit extreme with things Wink Smile

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