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Mountain Gorilla Eating, Rwanda

By Tracey_McGovern
Hi Everyone
This was taken last year whilst travelling in Eastern Africa. We hiked for 2 hours up in the mountains to get near these fantastic creatures, this was one of the better shots of the day.

Taken with Canon 400D and Canon 55-250 IS lens. F5.6, 1/320, ISO800, couldn't get the ISO any lower due to the poor lighting.

Please let me have your honest opinions, feedback or modifications. I want to improve the shot if I possibly can.

Thanks & Best Wishes

Tags: Wildlife Animal Wild Mountain Primate Gorilla Rwanda East africa Wildlife and nature

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ams99 Junior Member 6 65 9 England
7 Mar 2012 9:17PM
Honest opinion....... Wonderful!

Great shot. Lovely and sharp.

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gwynn56 6 87 England
7 Mar 2012 9:24PM
nice and sharp capture ,well done
7 Mar 2012 9:25PM
Superb image Tracey...Well produced.......John
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
7 Mar 2012 9:56PM
Stunning Sharp capture,
Lynamick 16 2 31 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2012 10:36PM
That is an amazing capture, if I was to get real picky I would mention the hair across the left eye. Had I an image like that I would be veryhappy with it.
sherring 10 46 13 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2012 7:52AM

paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2012 3:10PM
Nothing wrong with this. Well done.

JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2012 5:47PM
Super sharp image
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2012 11:23AM
This is a beautiful portrait, especially with the catchlights bringing it to life.

The 400D is the camera that I use and it's not brilliant at ISO-800. However, with the lens already wide open, you didn't have much choice about that. I might have tried ISO-400 and relying on the lens's image stabilizer to get a sharp image at 1/160s but that's pushing it a little and I'm never quite sure whether the slower shutter would harm quality more than the higher ISO. One thing that must be avoided is the idea of shooting at ISO-400, deliberately under-exposing by a stop, and then correcting in Photoshop because that will give more noise than just shooting at ISO-800.

Because of the high ISO, the photo is a little rough. Noise reduction is problematic on this kind of shot because it's likely to take away a lot of fur detail, too. It looks like you've been fairly gentle with the noise reduction, which is the right approach, I think -- always better to have a little noise on the hands than to turn the fur into a solid mass.

9 Mar 2012 8:39PM
Thanks to everyone for your kind comments and to the feedback given by Michael and Dave.
I have uploaded a modification, taking out the hair over the eye. I must admit, it does look better.
Thanks again.
1881 6 India
6 May 2012 7:02PM
Nice job indeed.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
11 Jun 2012 12:06AM
Superb, the best gorilla shots (with the previous one) I have ever seen. Amazing expressions!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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