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Twas the day after Christmas ...

By nicktg      
Well it would have been if this was a reindeer Grin I found this one on the computer from last year that somehow got overlooked and as I've not been able to get out with the camera for some time (long story) I thought I'd pop it up here for you guys to have a go at... in the nicest way as I value any criticism ... honest, just as long as it's justified Wink

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Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 10:49AM
A cracking picture, well done. All that I might have been tempted to do would be add some space to the LHS to give a better balance and perhaps a slight 'burning in' to the lower white parts (Legs and feet).


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banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3771 Canada
30 Dec 2012 4:58PM
You got in nice and close, good detail. I agree with Frank re adding space to the left, - not something you could do unless you zoomed out, so it can be done post processing. Looking at you shot settings, I imagine you used a tripod with that speed, or you had some support, as theres no visible shake.

Ive had this lens, and I found that its sharper below 400mm, 350 max. Some others find the same, but theres the occasional one that is very good at 400mm, - they vary a lot.

The main improvement for me though would be white balance. Its very cool, and the whites have a visible blue tone. With white balance a little warmer, white lose the blue tone and the image looks a little warmer.

I would also lift some detail in the eye, - I used the shadow tool in Photoshop CS, and tone down some of the bery bright highlights slightly.

Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean.

Hope this helps,


paulbroad 10 123 1195 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 11:09AM
Nice image. A little burning in here and there would help. The tips of the antlers are critically sharp, then sharpness fades a bit with depth. Not enough to spoil the image, but your focal point is well forward. Even at f10, the depth of field begins to go.

nicktg 9 24 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 11:41AM
Thanks Guys,

All noted and I'll try and do better this coming yearGrin

Willie, from memory I think it was hand held as I don't remember taking the tripod with me that day ( I'd been crawling all over the hill trying to get near to Red Deer without much success).

As to the lens, I love my 100-400 and use it for virtually everything (despite carrying a bagful of other lenses with me !!)

All the best for 2013 everyone


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