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Cheetah and Blackbird

By HelenaJ
Now here is a question, this is a potential entry to a Natural History comp, however, is the blackbird a problem or an asset? Does it draw attention to the fact it was taken in Chester Zoo not Africa? All critique and editing suggestions welcomed.

Tags: Nature Zoo Cheetah Blackbird Wildlife and nature

Voters: mike9005, estonian, clicknimagine and 11 more


Owdman Plus
4 6 13 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2020 9:36PM
It's sad that cheetahs wear a path in their enclosures as they endlessly patrol the perimeters. I think the green grass is as much a giveaway as the blackbird.

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rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
4 Jan 2020 9:55PM
It is still a N/H image albeit captive ( check the rules ) You can crop out the Blackbird and still have a decent image Helena.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
5 Jan 2020 12:02PM
For a competition, knowing what Camera Club judges are like, think I would crop or clone out the blackbird, as it distracts the eye from the main subject. Also, if captive, is it natural history? Always a debatable point at our Club.
Trev 😀
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2020 7:47PM
If you have a decent large file, then cropping would be a simple answer. Try to maintain your aspect ratio so that it doesn't look cropped. Personally, I would draw in from the bottom left corner so that the left side and the bottom are cropped. This leaves the nice bit of natural framing by the grass on the right, and places your cheetah over to the top left, which is a neat composition.
If your file size is not large, cloning would also work, but I don't know how that would go down with judges if, of course, it is obvious that you've cloned.
So, I am on the side of removing the bird, just because it's a distraction from your subject, not because it speaks of captivity.

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