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By elizphotography
A monkey reaching out for a flower at the Zoo in Athens, Greece.

Tags: Animal Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3769 Canada
6 Dec 2012 10:00PM
Welcome to Ephotozine Eliz. This is a good place to learn.

Your first shot shows you have some post processing skills with the addition of the vignette. There isnt enough exif, or shot details uploaded to give a really good critique; on the upload page, make sure you click "More EXIF Options" .

Looking at the shot you have burned out areas, - areas that are too bright for the sensor to capture, so likely this was in full sun. You can chose to control what the camera does to prevent this from happening, so next time you upload, let us know all your shot data.

I have uploaded a quick mod, - scroll up the page to the modifications tab to see it. Ive tried to tone down the blown highlights, and cropped a little tighter. I dont think you really needed a vignette for this shot.

Enjoy the site.



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paulbroad 10 123 1195 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 8:36AM
Decent image. It does look like your original may be a bit over exposed, but you give us no exposure details. Your post work has caused some of the brighter areas to look grey rather than have texture. The idea is good and gets round the animal in a cage thing. Possibly a great shot of just the monkey's arm and plant.

p12owe 4 101 2 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 3:12PM

You have done well to capture the moment here, an animal doing something interesting is worth a hundred just sitting there doing nothing. The points about exposure have already been well made, so probably better to look just at the composition. For me, the shot may have worked better if you could have somehow got down a bit lower. Animal shots often look better if shot from their level and this is probably the case here. A slightly lower perspective would have captured the eyes and made a better connection to the viewer.

With regard to the vignette, these are (like keylines) very subjective. The only question to ask yourself is "does it improve the final image?" if the answer for you is yes, then leave it in. It certainly does not detract from the final result, so is fine with me.
Well done for putting this up for critique!


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