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Taken last week at Studley Royal, and posted a few days back without asking for critique. It didn't get too much attention, and I had thought it was one of my better shots. When I looked at it from work however I was not so sure. I would welcome any advise. Thanks in advance.

Tags: Stag Wildlife and nature

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VolcanoCowboy 14 157 England
5 Nov 2006 7:23PM
I can't see anything wrong with this image. Good depth of field, great pose and nice off-centre positioning of the animal.

Sus 16 3.2k 9 England
5 Nov 2006 7:25PM
Opening it up, especially into large, I can see why you were pleased with it - it is a stunning shot, just difficult to see even in the small picture, let alone the thumbnail.

An inexpert, but quick opinion, says - too small in the frame (crop), too dark (curves? dodging?). The greens in this are lucious - I wonder if dodging the browns in the stag would help him stand out a bit more?

But hopefully someone will be along with more expert help for this sort of thing.
Scott_Scot 16 4 4 Scotland
5 Nov 2006 7:45PM
It's a nice shot, ... but does not have impact!
There is little actually wrong with the shot, perhaps a bit dark, stag is not imposing itself on the scene, but nothing actually wrong!!!
Take a look at some of the amazing wildlife shots and try to work out why they are amazing. Something in the shot, colour, comp, contrast, lighting, something always jumps out and smacks you in the face and says look at me and don't dare look away!
That is impact.
Your shot is good and you should be happy with it, but it was not clicked because it didn't stand out enough!

Hope this helps and doesn't put you on a downer. Just try, try, try again. That's half the fun!!! Smile

hotchef23 14 134 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2006 8:01PM
the only thing i can put my finger on is the leaves behind the antlers are vying for attention therfore take away the impact of the stagg against the green, if you look at the rear leg against dark background that impacts on the eye it is a trick artists use to make you look at a subject ina apainting light against dark and vice versa, not that i am an artist maybe the P**s type. good shot i do like it when you study it as Scotty says dont get on a downer keep asking and learning from the site. hope this helps
bmh1 15 572 1 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2006 8:03PM
It is great picture, but I'd agree with the above that the picture is overall a little dark (looking at the histogram there is hardly anything in the top quarter) and it would be nicer if the stag stood out more from the background, but it is natural for their camoflage to make them blend into the background.

I've done a quick mod with the stag selectivly brightened, but there might be better ways to make it stand out.

accystan 16 132 6 Canada
6 Nov 2006 3:47AM
I agree with the previous comments - when you go to the large image it's stunning. And beautifully focussed. Problem is it doesn't come up like that in the thumbnail. There's not a lot of contrast between the stag and it's background. I'm just reading a book by Freeman Patterson who points out that a big part of a pic's impact is through contrast. The obvious one's are tonal (dark vs light)and hued contrast (reds against greens etc). The less obvious ones are things like in-focus vs blurred. And I think that's the one you are relying on here. I think the compostion is great because you caught the classic stag pose and he's perfectly positioned in the frame.

Well done. Good portfolio too.

Dave D
faulknerstv 16 421 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2006 7:50PM
I wopuld agree the small picture and particularly the thumbnail don't do it justice. Also the background competes with the subject for attention! He is a lovely stag!
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
6 Nov 2006 8:41PM
I think a small crop of the RH side of the pic would improve the comp.
With that BG the stag was never really going to stand out,I have put up a mod of the shot,but this is only my view of perhaps a way of improving it.
It's still a little noisey, but I have left that.
webjam 16 292 11 Netherlands
6 Nov 2006 8:57PM
The capture is great, but you have to see the larger version. The only thing is that the dark band in the background lessens the impact of this beautiful animal.

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