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Llama Staunton

By paulbof  
Close up of a Llama.

Tags: Animal Close Close-up and macro Llama Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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boony 11 978 3 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2008 4:57PM
is that steam coming off his head? thats well exposed if it is.but that has been at the expense of greying down the nose area of the animal and losing some detail from the eyes. the shot l;ooks a little soft as well to me , possibly slightly out of focus or camera shake due to the long lens and a slow shutter. try upping the iso next time to increase the shutter speed a bit and see if this helps sharpen things up

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paulbof 9 5 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2008 10:01PM
Hi thanks for the comments, I have to say I prefer the softer look but hell I guess everyone to their own taste. I take your point about the ISO maybe auto is something I shouldnt use so much for it.
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
29 Jun 2008 12:06AM
just a quick point about the "softer" look, although I'm not saying there's any right or wrong about it - but a general convention is that whatever else has the soft look the eyes always need to be pin-sharp - soft eyes just really tend not to work, mainly because they're invariably the point of the picture the viewng eye is instantly drawn to.

if you want to soften a picture one technique is to make a duplicate layer to do the softening on then erase back to the sharp eyes (assuming they're ahrp in the first place). Also often a little bit of careful selective sharpening of the eyes can help

that's just general stuff All in all it's a lovely shot..

paulbof 9 5 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 10:14AM
Thank you Stephen for the advice I appreciate it and will try what you suggest. I must admit the last sentence was encouraging. The lens I used is an old one and quite weighty which I might have to "retire".
jdenman 10 18 5 Spain
13 Jul 2008 1:58PM
I really like this, has a good mood to the shot. Looks quite sharp to me this size, the light in the eye giving it that little spark.
paulbof 9 5 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2008 4:08PM
Thank you for your comment John, I like this photo but it seems most others do not. Still it was my entry picture and concentrated my mind.

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