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By anat
Frog in the back yard. I wanted to capture close up on the frog face, to able to see bone structure and capture the beautiful colors.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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19 Aug 2010 8:55PM
Great shot he looks a cheeky little chap lol

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
19 Aug 2010 9:37PM
Hi anat and welcome to Epz.

Your first foray into the critique gallery!

All I've done here is to apply "auto tone" and "auto colour", and touch more contrast using CS5.
You've focused nicely on his face and the Dof's good, as is the colour.
I suppose it could be argued that the composition's a bit off with that large area of blue but that's subjective.
Personally I quite like it. If anything, I'm less sure about the two tone background!

A great start.

19 Aug 2010 9:38PM
Love this ! Gill
Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
20 Aug 2010 4:00AM
Hi Anat and welcome to EPZ from the Critique Team.

I really love your frog image and I am quite jealous because although we have great frogs here in Australia, they are damned hard to find. I downloaded your image because I wanted to try and improve the colours but I see Bren had already done pretty much what I would have done so good on him.

In your original image, the blue really takes over as the main subject from the frog, generally because the frog is flat and quite colourless. Bren's mod has addressed this and he has managed to bring the frog to the front again. However, I do think the blue is still a little too strong and the background has become a little distracting with its new two tone colour.

Just to note, a little more light and a higher F stop such as f/11.0 may have just got its feet in focus better which may have helped.

I have uploaded a mod of Bren's image where I have reduced the blue channel and the yellow channel to fix the background and stop the blue being too dominant. I also increased the red on the frog a little. I lightened the frogs eyes using the dodge tool then I sharpened and reduced the noise and hopefully you will see even more improvement from the great job that Bren did.

I've also marked Bren's critique as constructive.

I Hope this helps

paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2010 11:26AM
You say you were after the face, and that is, indeed, the picture. You needed something other than that blue area as foreground - something natural. The blue does nothing for your image.

Sharpness is reasonable, but the face is a bit flat and washy. You needed to darken a bit in software, then add a bit of contrast to give some impact.

Some may balk at my next comment. Frogs are reasonably ammenable to being handled. i would have picked him up and placed him suitably - they will often sit there happily for ages, allowing a series of shots.

anat 7 United States
23 Aug 2010 6:17PM
Thank you all for your feedback and critique.

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