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Hi

This was taken in Rwanda earlier this year. After trecking for about 2 hours up the mountain through thick vegitation we had just 1 hours with the gorillas before we had to come away. For about 58 minutes of that time we had backs and bums disappearing through the bushes to photograph, I was lucky enough to capture this picture of silverback before he turned to show me his backside as he disappeared from view. Still worth it

I am continually wanting to try and improve my photography and would appreciate any comments, feedback or critique about this image.

Thank you for your time.

Best Wishes

Tracey

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:55.0-250.0 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 Jul 2011 - 9:57 AM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Mountain Gorilla
Username:Tracey_McGovern Tracey_McGovern
Uploaded:29 Nov 2011 - 8:45 PM
Tags:Africa, Mountain gorilla, Rwanda, Wildlife / nature
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MD2009
MD2009 e2 Member 3MD2009 vcard Wales
29 Nov 2011 - 9:49 PM

Well shot love the eye's....


Mark ..

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gmorley
gmorley  4 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2011 - 10:11 PM

An amazing capture Tracey
It must have been an even more amazing experience!

Gary

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TONKSPHOTO e2 Member 3TONKSPHOTO vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2011 - 10:41 PM

Brilliant full frame image Tracey...10/10.......John

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2670 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2011 - 11:05 PM

This is a superb study of a Gorilla in its natural habitat, - and for me, a work of professional quality. Your settings are perfect, - 5.6 is the sweet spot for this lens, and you have focused on the all important eyes.


I did load a mod with very little done, apart from what I would usually do with my own shots:

http://www.dpchallenge.com/tutorial.php?TUTORIAL_ID=24



Regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 29 Nov 2011 - 11:06 PM

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Davesumner
30 Nov 2011 - 12:35 AM

Tracey,

You are very brave for getting in with wild Gorillas in Rwanda and you've been rewarded with a superb image and very well taken it is too. Are you sure you didn't pay it to pose for you? Grin Grin Grin

I see there are two mods and I'm going to add a third however all I have done is brighten the eyes and sharpen slightly. I do think those lovely orange eyes need a little more punch.

Great image well done.

DaVeS

Last Modified By Davesumner at 30 Nov 2011 - 12:35 AM

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cats_123 e2 Member 103956 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2011 - 8:05 AM

what a wonderful shot..one to treasure...are you going to load the backside one too? GrinGrin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2011 - 11:39 AM

Fine image full of impact. I might just try and lighten the eyes with the dodge tool the tiniest bit.

Paul

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Tracey_McGovern
Tracey_McGovern e2 Member 5Tracey_McGovern vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2011 - 9:53 PM

Hi Everyone

Thank you for taking the time to comment on my image and especially to Miptog, Willie and Dave for their modifications and feedback. I particularly like how the eyes jump out on the mod from Miptog, they really do stand out, it's what I would like to have a go at but I'm holding back because I'm just conscious of not breaking any of the "Natural History" rules, especially for competitions. I'm thinking of entering this paricular image into some of the Salons - would I get away with it if I lightened the eyes to that extent? I think I may get away with it on the other two mods by Willie and Dave, which I appreciate.

What does everyone else think - would Miptog's mod pass muster and comply with the natural history rules?

Best Wishes and thanks again everyone.

Tracey

Last Modified By Tracey_McGovern at 30 Nov 2011 - 9:55 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2670 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 2:27 PM

Hi Tracey, - my mod does have very subtle lightening of the eyes, and I was, as you were, very conscious of getting too far away from natural. I was very tempted to do what Miptog had done, - but I personally found it a little too far, - not so much the brightness of the eyes, - its great to bring them out, but that it didnt "fit" with how the rest of the shot was lit. Its a fine mod nevertheless.



Regards


Willie

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Tracey_McGovern
Tracey_McGovern e2 Member 5Tracey_McGovern vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2012 - 9:53 PM

Thanks to everyone for your comments, I've uploaded a modification of my original image.
Best Wishes
Tracey

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 9:32 PM

An excellent portrait shot just as it is.
Ronnie.

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