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Comparing the Meerkats

By WildChild88
Comparing the Meerkats at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Taken with a large aperture to blue the background slightly. Quite happy with this photo overall Smile.

Tags: Fun Animal Meerkat Wildlife and nature Yorkshire wildlife park

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


Canonshots 7 142 13 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2013 10:35AM
The meerkat is beautifully sharp and stands out well from the background. I do like the expression too.

I would prefer to get rid of the distracting wooden post on the left. Cropping that out would call for a crop on the right-hand side as well, to restore the balance of the composition, and a little bit off the top would also help. The result is a nicely filled frame with all the emphasis on the subject.

I have done a mod but for some reason I can't get it to upload, so I hope this description is enough.

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4 Aug 2013 10:37AM
Thank you for the advice and the kind comments. I will have a look at doing some cropping sometime later this week Smile.

philhomer 7 77 32 England
4 Aug 2013 10:54AM
As above, well done for creating the differential focus. I would however suggest that whilst the crop will likely benefit this image, you are probably currently using centre-focus (or worse all-points) and simple selection of the most appropriate focus point when taking the shot will improve future attempts whilst reducing / removing the need for cropping.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3837 Canada
4 Aug 2013 3:07PM
Its a decent shot of the Meerkat.

I agree with phil re keeping the subject off centre in the first place, - but am not familiar with how you do this in this camera, - you may have to look up the manual.

The orientation, using landscape though is not the best approach, as it doesnt show the typical pose, standing up, on the lookout. So using a portrait orientation with camera sideways, subject off centre would have resulted in a much better shot. However, I dont know if you were limited to this format due to objects we cant see.

With cropping, its best to concentrate on moving the subject to the right, which means cropping from the right. and replacing the post with the existing background.

Ive done this in the mod Ive uploaded to give you a sense of what I mean.


paulbroad 10 123 1230 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2013 7:23PM
Agree with comments. Would prefer a bit closer. Almost every auto focus system that I have used, even on pretty cheap compacts, allows focus lock. You place the subject in the auto focus target, press the shutter button half way to lock focus. Without releasing the pressure on the button, re-compose and complete the pressure to take the shot.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1995 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2013 7:29PM
I am in agreement with the cropping and different format, Dave.
These charming creatures are well known for their look-out stance, and a vertical format gets the whole of the erect body inside the frame. At first glance, I thought it had a fat belly, but now realise this is the arms, as they dangle them downwards in front of their bodies.
You have captured the meerkat with some fine detail, and even a little catchlight in its eye. You deserve to be happy about that.
Thank you all for your comments, will bear these in mind next time! Smile

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