Thank you, all, for your comments.
Polariser: You're right, it may not have worked, but I was unsure if that could have helped.
Saturation: one of the reasons I kicked the saturation up a notch was to distinguish the meerkat from the background, I assumed the colour difference might do it for me. But I see your point about it being too much. I like the de-saturated mod as well.
Shooting RAW: Up until this trip to the zoo, I was shooting in both, RAW and JPEG. But midway through that day, when I found myself running out of memory on my SD card, I switched to RAW only. If I'm not mistaken, this was a RAW file exported as a JPEG, although I can't guarantee it without verifying.
Time of capture: There wasn't a lot I could have done, I'm afraid, but I shall definitely explore different angles in the future, so as to get the subject against a contrasted background. Having said that, in a zoo it might be harder than I think.
Blown detail: I must admit, I only paid attention to blown details when it was over a considerable area, I never thought to look into small areas closely. Looking at the mods, It does look a lot better and easy on the eyes this way.
Depth of Field: As most of you mentioned, I should may be have tried a wider aperture to make it a little less busy. But I realized it only after the trip, when I looked at the enlarged picture on a computer screen (classical rookie mistake!)
Logo: Paul, you mentioned the logo to be an eye-puller. Do you think if I reduced the size of it and turned it into a weak grey instead of black it might help? May be it's the vain side of me talking, but I kind of want to keep it, but of course by making it subtle.
Thank you, again, all of you, for giving me advice and feedback on this.
- Bp122 at 29 Mar 2017 10:55AM