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Backlit Brown hare

By Jas2
Sunset Brown hare- was quite far so not very sharp- 500mm with 2x tele and still cropped (50%) ! But I still like the light and the brown shade due to sunset and being backlit!

Could I have done anything different?

Any further processing required?


Tags: Brown hare Wildlife and nature

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Given the situation, I think the image is more than acceptable.You maybe could have tried pulling a little more detail from the shadow's but that would have increased the noise.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
2 May 2021 11:54AM
When the subject is this good and the light poor and the equipment at full stretch, all you can do is wind the ISO up further to give headroom on aperture and shutter speed.

I reckon this is very good, and the only thing that I wish is that you'd got sharpest focus on the eye, rather than a couple of inches back.

But at 1/200 and 1000mm, I know I couldn't do this well. Well done, Jas!
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
2 May 2021 2:15PM
Good for the3 circumstances, and very slow shutter.

It can look better with a little increase in exposure.
Done in the mod, which also has the eyes sharper, and overall noise reduced.


pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
2 May 2021 4:15PM
This looks good, Jas. You knew the limitations, but went for the shot anyway, so well done.

Backlighting can have disastrous results, but you have used it well here, and Willie's modification shows how lovely this image can be when given a few tweaks, especially the warm colour tones. The rim lighting around the hare is very attractive, and the hare's left eye (to us) looks like glass, the other one having a nice catchlight. And it looks as if the hare is watching you, too.

I have used Willie's excellent modification to do 2 very simple ones of my own. The first one cuts some off the left side in order to place the animal's eye on a thirds intersection (see Rule Of Thirds), The second one is simply mirrored, showing the hare facing to the right, which is often more comfortable for the viewer, reading the image from left to right.
You had already offset the hare in the frame, which is good. I just tweaked it a bit.

Also, you left space at the bottom, which is also good, because when an animal is photographed in long grass, or the like, covering the feet, some people crop close and tight. What you have done is give space at the bottom where the feet would be, if visible.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
2 May 2021 7:16PM
The first thing that I thought was a fine capture, a clear shot with no distractions in frame.
The second thing was that it was dark.

However, that's easily sortd in processing.
I first made a Levels adjustment so that there were some of the lightest white tones present. That immediately improved things.
I know this was taken at sunset but there was a high red component which I reduced using Colour Balance. It's still warm anf there's still red in the backlighting, so it still has an evening look.
I then used a Curves adjustment to lighten the image.
Finally I applied locl sharpening to the face, it's not as crisp as correct focus, but acceptable.

My second mod tries to emulate the effect if you'd been ale to get some strong rim lighting and go for a semi-silhouette. Not entirely successful here, maybe with a bit more fiddling, but I hope you get the idea.

So that's the processing.

The problem with lightening an image shot at higher ISO is noise, and more so after a crop, but I think you could have shot at ISO 2000 here for a bit more exposure and higher shutter speed too.

Not that it's a shutter speed issue as there are some blades of grass that are sharp. Even so, I'd like to be at a higher speed with a moving creature.
It's a lens combination I'm familiar with, and focusing is critical. I do tend to shoot and adjust focus if necessary (it's nice to get some sort of shot in the bag especially with the more elusive species). That lens, in common with many of Canon's offerings, allows full time manual adjustment as long as there's at least a half pressure on the shutter button. I think I'm right in thinking the 7D2 goes ocus and allows IS at f/8, I know the 5D3 and R do.

All that said I'd have been pleased to capture this.

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