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Lazy sunday afternoon

By kuipje  
This picture was shot in Burgers Zoo , in Arnhem, in the east part of the Netherlands close to the German border. About 1 1/4 hrs drive from Reeuwijk. It's really a very nice zoo, not so many cages Smile
(accidentally shot in JPEG instead of RAW
As always advise/comments/mods/tips much appreciated

V2 is original

Title song "Lazy Sunday Afternoon" by the Small Faces

Tags: Arnhem Burger Pets and captive animals Burgers Zoo

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Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2014 12:10PM
I love the light on the subject and the expression caught...

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
6 Jul 2014 3:09PM
Much better exposure than previously, I think its fixed!

kuipje 5 3 Netherlands
6 Jul 2014 3:19PM
Thanks Willie but this was one of the "old" photo's. One of the few who were "nice". Will post other "nice" ones in days to come also some to so nice onesBlush

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2014 4:50PM
Been to Arnhem a few times, but more involved with the history bit. Quite a nice image, this, although I mayhave preferred more room round tge animal. I normally like very tight crops, but v2 looks a bit more restful.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2014 9:45PM
I agree with Paul.
Your "Lazy Sunday Afternoon" title is very appropriate here, and I feel that the tight crop in V1 detracts from that, whereas your original, with background context, more readily depicts a relaxed state.
Ask yourself, "What do I want this photo to say?"
The tight crop seems to constrain the animal, whereas the original gives it space, room to breathe....and relax.
The background is nice, with no strong distractions or clutter. The two trees give balance, too.

We crop to eliminate areas of the image that add nothing to it, but sometimes the environment is important.
Here's a simple technique to help you decide what should be left in, and what can go. Look at your photo, cover a part of the photo with your hand, look at your photo again (keeping it part covered). Do you miss the part under your hand?
Some subjects stand alone well. So much can be communicated with a great portrait that little else is needed. But often, including part of the surroundings helps tie a viewer to the overall location.

With this in mind, I have only cropped a little from the left side in my modification, adjusted highlights a little, and selectively sharpened the face.

kuipje 5 3 Netherlands
7 Jul 2014 8:20AM
Hello John & Pamela thanks for your comments/advise.
I cropped the way I did because of the feeling I had, just the animal apart, cozy, dormant (?) but now I understand that you had the same feeling with V2.
Again you can look to things with different eyes with the same feelings.
Thanksagainfor your mod Pamela

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