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Oh deer!

By Damo2010
Just looking for general pointers really as to how this could be improved further... Too much saturation? Good angles? etc etc

Tags: Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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tonyguitar 6 65 37 Canada
23 Jun 2012 2:17AM
Crop top just above the left deer ears. Crop right side to nearly touch right deer's tail.

Your deer are stronger and that big black distraction is gone. TG

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Lynamick 16 2 31 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 10:43AM
TG is right about this image needing a crop. I have put up a mod showing what I would have done.
I moved the deers closer together to form a tighter croup. Then I added a small catchlight to the eyes.I darkend the image slightly and recropped it. I left the fence rail in because I think that it helps make the image a bit more interesting. After resizing I sharpend it just a little. This is only my thinking on your image.
I hope that it helps,
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 6:26PM
You have two very co-operative deer here, Damien, and they look as if they are within an enclosure, very relaxed and used to human beings. So, you have a good starting point, a lot easier than capturing deer in the wild.
My initial thought is that you could have got lower down and taken your shot between the bars of the foreground fence, eliminating the fence altogether, getting a lower angle on the deer, and probably a closer shot of them.
I appreciate that there are obstacles to be overcome. So, having eliminated the obstacle of the fence, look at what else you have to contend with. At the lower angle, you could have used the dark log as a background for at least one of the deer. In fact, I think my personal shot would be of the deer on the left, set against the dark log, using it to not only frame the animal, but provide a dark background which would give the deer a lot more definition, and good contrast. Yes, there are two of them, but you didn't need to get them both in one shot, especially considering the obstacles that are present.
The little bit of the bottom of a building on the right also needs to be avoided.
It's unfortunate that the deer are looking at something on the right because it would be ideal if they were more interested in you and your camera, giving eye contact and engaging the viewer.
As the image stands, you have good detail, and I don't think it's overly saturated, but I find the out-of-focus foreground fence distracting.
tonyguitar 6 65 37 Canada
24 Jun 2012 12:50AM
Pamela is correct. Lower and through the fence. I see the obstructing log on your left. Framing the leftmost animal head and shoulders in the black stump would work. Approaching the fence would get their attention. Guess you thought they may leave. TG
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 6:22PM
I agree with Pamela about the fence in the foreground, not easy unless you have CS5 and then you could use the fill tool otherwise, its cloning and not everybody including myself is good with doing this - as for the rest of the image, when taking any picture consider, can you move yourself slightly right or left to get a different angle and yes shoot at there level! Low is bestSad hope this helps
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2013 7:15AM
Dealing with this shot rather than the shot that you should/could have taken, if this were mine (I wish) I would deal with the distractions with a combination of cropping and cloning. I would also so some selective desaturation to reduce the impact of the bright green grass. Wait a few minutes and I'll do a mod to demonstrate what I mean.

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