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Hi Everyone
This was taken last year whilst travelling in Eastern Africa. We hiked for 2 hours up in the mountains to get near these fantastic creatures, this was one of the better shots of the day.

Taken with Canon 400D and Canon 55-250 IS lens. F5.6, 1/320, ISO800, couldn't get the ISO any lower due to the poor lighting.

Please let me have your honest opinions, feedback or modifications. I want to improve the shot if I possibly can.

Thanks & Best Wishes
Tracey

Brand:Canon
Lens:55.0-250.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Jul 2011 - 10:02 AM
Focal Length:208mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Mountain Gorilla Eating, Rwanda
Username:Tracey_McGovern Tracey_McGovern
Uploaded:7 Mar 2012 - 9:14 PM
Tags:Animal, East africa, Gorilla, Mountain, Primate, Rwanda, Wild, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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ams99
ams99 Junior Member 265 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2012 - 9:17 PM

Honest opinion....... Wonderful!

Great shot. Lovely and sharp.

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gwynn56
gwynn56  252 forum posts England
7 Mar 2012 - 9:24 PM

nice and sharp capture ,well done

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TONKSPHOTO e2 Member 3TONKSPHOTO vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2012 - 9:25 PM

Superb image Tracey...Well produced.......John

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saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2012 - 9:56 PM

Stunning Sharp capture,
Saeid

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Lynamick  12 United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2012 - 10:36 PM

Hi,
That is an amazing capture, if I was to get real picky I would mention the hair across the left eye. Had I an image like that I would be veryhappy with it.
Michael

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sherring  646 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2012 - 7:52 AM

Super.

Steve.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2012 - 3:10 PM

Nothing wrong with this. Well done.

Paul

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 2JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2012 - 5:47 PM

Super sharp image
Ju

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2012 - 11:23 AM

This is a beautiful portrait, especially with the catchlights bringing it to life.

The 400D is the camera that I use and it's not brilliant at ISO-800. However, with the lens already wide open, you didn't have much choice about that. I might have tried ISO-400 and relying on the lens's image stabilizer to get a sharp image at 1/160s but that's pushing it a little and I'm never quite sure whether the slower shutter would harm quality more than the higher ISO. One thing that must be avoided is the idea of shooting at ISO-400, deliberately under-exposing by a stop, and then correcting in Photoshop because that will give more noise than just shooting at ISO-800.

Because of the high ISO, the photo is a little rough. Noise reduction is problematic on this kind of shot because it's likely to take away a lot of fur detail, too. It looks like you've been fairly gentle with the noise reduction, which is the right approach, I think -- always better to have a little noise on the hands than to turn the fur into a solid mass.

Dave.

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Tracey_McGovern
Tracey_McGovern e2 Member 5Tracey_McGovern vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2012 - 8:39 PM

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments and to the feedback given by Michael and Dave.
I have uploaded a modification, taking out the hair over the eye. I must admit, it does look better.
Thanks again.
Tracey

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1881
1881  2 India
6 May 2012 - 7:02 PM

Nice job indeed.
SANJEEV

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nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 12:06 AM

Superb, the best gorilla shots (with the previous one) I have ever seen. Amazing expressions!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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