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"sunshine on my shoulders... "

By Subhashis_17    
Langoors sitting in the grass getting the first sunlight in Kanha, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Animals Travel Sunrise Monochrome Monkey Bnw photography Wildlife and nature Animals and wildlife

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cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
8 Mar 2017 4:24PM
Lovely backlighting...Well seen 😀😀
8 Mar 2017 9:07PM
I really like the atmosphere of this shot, the lighting is great and makes the monkeys stand out nicely from the grass. The sharpness is not brilliant - I would expect better from that camera and lens at the settings you chose so maybe you were shooting through a window or cropped quite a lot? It's also possible that you had some camera shake, although 1/200s should be a quick enough shutter speed at that focal length - you could afford to bump up the ISO a bit to give you a faster shutter speed if camera shake was the problem. Having said that, you do lose a bit of dynamic range at higher ISOs, so you might lose more detail in the shadows.
The first mod I uploaded has been cropped to remove the relatively blank space on the left and move the horizon away from half way down the frame (this often doesn't look very pleasing). I think it looks a bit more balanced as the trees are 'surrounding' the monkeys and my eye is not drawn to the tree on the left as much, so it puts more attention on the monkeys. I have also brightened it up a bit to show some more detail in the shadows - it's a high contrast scene with the backlighting so its a compromise between retaining detail in the shadows and not losing the original feel of the lighting.
The second mod is an idea to make a feature of the fact that the quality is not the best - I've added grain and brightened up the black tones to give it a 'film' look.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
8 Mar 2017 9:53PM
As Tom says, the quality looks poor for the settings and camera - I wonder whether there were soem odd factors in it.

I'd like to see the unprocessed original... The image seems underexposed.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2459 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2017 12:26PM
As above - the settings look sensible, and the D5100 produces good quality at much higher ISO than this, so there's a bit of a disappointment here. It might help if we could see the colour original.

One question - how do you hold the camera to compose? Do you hold it up to your face and use the viewfinder? Or do you hold it in front of you and compose on the screen? The latter will give much less stability, always use the viewfinder, make sure you are holding and standing very steadily, really concentrate on stability.

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