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Hi guys, here you have the biggest white Lion in England, I'm lucky enough to live round the corner to the zoo that houses this boy!

Constructive critisism please, ignore the logo as I know so many people always mention logos, just the photo thanks. I like the editing I'v done for the lion but I'm wondering if the backgrounds too bright?

Pete

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 May 2012 - 3:09 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200, 200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:It's all white.
Username:Peter23 Peter23
Uploaded:12 May 2012 - 9:45 PM
Tags:General, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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puertouk
puertouk  21012 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2012 - 10:58 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Peter, nice shot of the lion, but I felt it had lost some of the detail around the mane of the lion and it's rump. Yes, the ground was also a little light as well. I made some adjustments in Photoshop camera raw with the adjustment brush with highlights and reduced the exposure in certain places. I then went into the layers panel and set the blending mode to multiply at 51%. I think you will find it has given the lion a lot more detail and more depth to it's mane. Hope you like it.
Stephen

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Peter23
Peter23  52 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2012 - 4:22 PM

I didn't realise you were the critique police. I put the photo on here and the user above you managed to give good critique but for some reason even though I said ignore the logo, you can't look beyond it. I don't want preferences on logos I wanted critique on the image.

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Peter23  52 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2012 - 4:24 PM

Stephen thank you for your critique, I really like the mod actually, good work Smile.

Pete

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pamelajean Critique Team 8686 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1531 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2012 - 9:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

He's certainly a beautiful beast, Peter.
You have placed the lion nicely on the left of the frame so that he has room to move into on the right. However, I feel the image might benefit from a little more space at the bottom, simply because the lion is moving towards the bottom right corner of the image, not straight across.
You mention the background being too bright, but I think it's the picture overall that is too bright. This is either over-exposure or something you have done in your editing. If you look at the stones on the right, there is very little definition left in them. I am assuming it was a bright day when you took this because the top of the lion's mane is burnt out and I couldn't recover all of that in my modification. You could have tried using some negative exposure compensation and adjusted the exposure in editing.
Being a white lion, it would be best to shoot when the light is less strong and, since you say you live near to the zoo, you have the advantage of being able to choose your time to go. Your background is nicely diffused and I think the lion stands out from it quite well.

In my modification, I added that extra space at the bottom, reduced the highlights drastically, then just added a touch more contrast. I also removed the triangle of wood in the top right corner.

Pamela.

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Peter23  52 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2012 - 9:20 PM

Hi Pamela,

I totally agree about walking into the bottom right hand side and I love the mod so thank you. The burning was me overdoing it in photoshop, trying to give the lion an almost godlike effect, bright white beauty sort of thing!

Thanks for the excellent critique.

Pete

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Jestertheclown
14 May 2012 - 9:35 AM

Hi Pete,
I missed this yesterday.
I think that Stephen and Pamela have pretty much summed up the issues (if that's the right word!) re. composition and you already know that you've overdone it a bit with the burning.
Having said that, I rather like the effect that you've arrived at. It's reminiscent of the 'bleach bypass' process which I use sometimes.
There's just one thing that I would remove (no, not the logo), it's the bit of fence/timber in the top right hand corner. An oversight I'd guess?

Bren.

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Peter23  52 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 6:01 PM

Bren,

Amazing what the eyes can miss, I never even noticed the wood in the corner! Thanks for not mentioning the logo Tongue. Amazes me that some people can't look beyond it even when I ask them too!

Thanks for the advice,
Pete

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carper123 e2 Member 277 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 7:58 PM

Hi Peter, i have not been taking images for long, so i dont feel able to comment, however i have read other peoples critique and yes i think they are correct. Learnt a fair bit myself, thanks for posting your image, well done.
Darryl.

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Jestertheclown
15 May 2012 - 9:23 AM

Hi Daryl,
You might be 'just an ordinary bloke' who hasn't been taking images for long but don't allow that to prevent you from passing comment in here.
Saying what you think and how you might have dealt with an image differently will evoke a response from the rest of us and you'll be surprised how quickly and how much you'll learn, just by taking a part in things.
If you're not happy to be passing on advice, question the advice given by others; why would we make certain changes etc. Your questions will be met with sensible answers and very soon, you'll be wondering why you felt the need to ask them!
Bren.

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