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POLAR BEAR DOING A BACKFLIP,AT YORKS WILDLIFE PARK.

By krebsbaum    
AT YORKS WILDLIFE PARK IN POLAR BEAR ENCLOSEURE, NOTICED BEAR DOING FANTASTIC SWIMMING STUNTS HERE IS ONE OF THEM.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2019 8:40AM
This is actually very well seen and caught, but your processing is a touch off. Spot metering on an auto setting again - are you locking the spot reading in manually? Manual white balance - all very good providing you use the right calibration - this is very warm indeed. White balance, used correctly is all very good off auto, but we didn't have this luxury a few years ago.


For me, a cooler image with a slight sharpen.

Paul

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3 Jun 2019 10:55AM
On the technical side, spot metering can be very useful when used correctly, for instance taking multiple readings to determine the contrast range in a scene, to help you decide on the most appropriate exposure. But in general I think you might be better off using your Nikon's multi-pattern metering.
Your white balance looks wrong, and the image has very little tonal variation... have you reduced contrast in processing?

As to the actual content, which of course is the point of the photograph... it's an interesting and quite amusing shot, but the bear doesn't actually look as though it's doing a back flip. If you hadn't mentioned that in the title I wouldn't have guessed. It just looks as though it's peacefully sculling along on its back, and seems so relaxed it's almost dozing off. There's very little sense of movement.
Do you have other frames? Perhaps one that shows some splashing? You experienced a scene that was presumably all about movement and energy, a three dimensional event in the real world. The photographic challenge is to translate that live event into a flat two dimensional still image, and I'm afraid that energy just hasn't been captured here.

Alan
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
3 Jun 2019 12:47PM
Good timing.

Underexposed quite a bit I think, the mod is a lot brighter.


Regards



Willie
dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
3 Jun 2019 6:57PM
For me, the question that Alan poses about spot metering is crucial.

Well seen and well caught, but spot metering and autoexposure - BIG risk, unless you know precisely what you're doing with exposure, and are taking a great deal of trouble with your technique. I never use spot metering on my camera: though I do sometimes use a handheld spot meter, and manual exposure.

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