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Was in Devon a few weeks ago, had my first go at animals, let me know what you think.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 Aug 2011 - 2:20 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:What you lookin' at?
Username:xxtessxx xxtessxx
Uploaded:6 Sep 2011 - 5:56 PM
Tags:Black & white, Wildlife / nature
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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2011 - 9:57 PM

hi, i like the idea and i also like the choice to do the shot in mono but there are a few issues that stop this great subject meeting its best potential.

the eye is super and its the strongest part of the image and the view point with the angle across the eyes commendable but the tip of the nose is so far out of focus that it seems to melt into a featureless mass on the bottom of the image, the crop over the ears is also a little uncomfortable.

there are a couple of approaches here, one to use a very small aperature and try to keep the nose tip much nearer top being in focus, the other as you have done is to use a mid to wide aperature and through it well out of focus keeping the eye sharp. problem is the out of focus area has to have some shape or form that is attractive . best hope here would be to crop from the base up to the middle of the black area created by the nostril.

absolutely great idea, not quite as well executed but more than worth persuing to achieve a top shot.

best regards
Phil

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2011 - 4:13 PM

I actually like this as is. Amusing and strong. I only find myself looking at the eye so the composition does what it should for me.

Paul

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4492 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2011 - 7:16 PM

Superb !.....such a dramatic shot !.....love the viewpoint, with the focus of attention on the eye.....& there's a tremendous 3D reality too, with the softness of the nose leading up
to the beautifully crisp eye & ears....you could almost reach into the shot & 'feel' the textures !!!!!!!........1st class piece of work !!!!

Nearly forgot......it's really quite funny too !!

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