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pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 5:05PM
all great captures shame about the eyes with glare - can be rectified in PS

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woolybill1 Plus
9 22 68 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 5:09PM
Amazed they came so close; but then, I do not understand these things! I think your flash was a bit powerful at close range, but the badgers don't seem to have minded.
What I want to know is - what did they think of Betty?
Smile
Bill
mrswoolybill Plus
9 965 1494 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 5:15PM
What a wonderful experience, somehow these magic moments can make a holiday. (We stayed by a river with kingfishers as neighbours last year, I had never seen them so close). I guess V10 is the most successful (that's the one that Betty's bagged), but they all convey your excitement. Hope (Badger)Fred finds these, though he may charge you royalties!
Moira
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
16 Jul 2008 5:27PM
What a great set of Badger captures.
Bob
16 Jul 2008 5:37PM
wonderful series of shots..
MRSbiscuit60 8 224 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 5:38PM
Hope you had good weather on your holiday, not been much sun lately!!! The pictures are great and I look forward to more. Trish.
chuckspics 9 14 United States
16 Jul 2008 5:40PM
good one and no red eyes, tough at night, Chuck
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
16 Jul 2008 5:41PM
Great set of images, no2 made me laugh, super stuff
Stace
16 Jul 2008 5:43PM
Wonderful to watch,.. great set of images

... I had a very quick go add "modding" one... tried to get rid of the red eye and soften the background.. not great I know Smile

Jon
16 Jul 2008 5:50PM
fred will be delighted Smile
graceland 11 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 5:52PM

Quote:Wonderful to watch,.. great set of images

... I had a very quick go add "modding" one... tried to get rid of the red eye and soften the background.. not great I know Smile

Jon



Thank You Its not Easy Wildlife photography is it (:
strawman 12 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 5:54PM
You asked for an honest critique, so

I think you have a couple of issues.

First the lighting. The flash has been very harsh, resulting in red eye, and a large variation in the range and intensity of the light. Was it the built in flash? I would think about could you have taken the shot without flash? Or could you have used a more diffused flash source or even some off-camera lights.

Next viewing angle, could you be lower down at their level. You are looking down on them and that spoils the photo's.

Betty Boo, is just tacky and demeans the animals.

Next the bate is very obvious and it does not look at all natural. Look into hiding the food in something that may be in the natural environment.

You use the title Wild Dorset, but you have put in too many domestic links in your photo’s. It is obviously in a garden with food left out for them.
graceland 11 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 6:01PM
ok
1/First the lighting. The flash has been very harsh, resulting in red eye, and a large variation in the range and intensity of the light. Was it the built in flash? I would think about could you have taken the shot without flash? Or could you have used a more diffused flash source or even some off-camera lights.
Yes Built in Flash ,Tried with out to dark !!
2/Next viewing angle, could you be lower down at their level. You are looking down on them and that spoils the photo's.
Agree Thanks for that one (:
3/Betty Boo, is just tacky and demeans the animals.
Come on thats just a fun thing (:
4/Next the bate is very obvious and it does not look at all natural. Look into hiding the food in something that may be in the natural environment.
This was already put out by the owners of the house so i could do nothing about that as it is a holiday cottage ):
5/You use the title Wild Dorset, but you have put in too many domestic links in your photo’s. It is obviously in a garden with food left out for them.
It is a garden But The garden Backs on To Maiden castle this is wild Dorset !!


But thank you for the info !!

(:
cambirder 12 7.2k England
16 Jul 2008 6:08PM
Basically I would agree with Straw man, although being taken in someones garden probably does not allow you do do much about the food. Lighting is the main issue, and if you are limited to on camera flash then the best option is to use a dedicated flash with a diffuser such as the lightsphere which should get rid of the red eye and give much more even lighting.
strawman 12 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 6:19PM
For a low cost experiment try covering the flash with a tissue, it diffuses the light and gives you an idea if the flash has the power to carry a diffuser.
buxton 8 England
16 Jul 2008 7:52PM
Great set of images.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
16 Jul 2008 7:54PM
A smashing sett of night shots, you must have been chuffed to bits to see these every night
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 8:12PM
What a lovely sight... delightful.
Marilyn x
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
16 Jul 2008 8:52PM
A grand set of shots !

Now look at mine !

Rock
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
16 Jul 2008 10:12PM
A great series of image Robin

Dave
17 Jul 2008 8:46AM
Lovely set of images. Annette
microchip 9 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2008 7:18PM
A great set of captures it must have been very enjoyable to see so many at one time,
Alan
18 Jul 2008 6:25PM
Hi Robin a camera with a built in flash is not the best tool for this type of image, you really need an SLR with the flash on a bar not the hotshoe, enjoyable images though which could have had some work done to the eyes in photoshop, well worth a click,
Fred.
churchill123 12 233 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2008 7:46PM
Lucky you, lovely set of images, sometimes this is as wild as it can get. not often you can capture these in their natural surroundings. I like Betty BooSmile

Linda
redjoker 8 981 4 England
22 Jul 2008 11:43AM
not a fan of betty, sorry
tigertimb 8 40 66 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2008 11:17AM
What a great sight to witness and I think you've done well in the circumstances. A shame about the flash, but I agree with Fred that this can be corrected.
I particularly like #7 where you are closer to eye level and have uploaded a mod after having a play - hope you like it
Tim
28 Jul 2008 8:33PM
Very nice series of pictures. I bet they have been there since the Iron Age if they have a sett backing onto Maiden Castle. They are certianly very well fed. Lucky badgers! P.S. I wonder if they bit Bettys bum? A shame if not :o) HDave
30 Jul 2008 10:36PM
You're a lucky man, Robin...
Holiday with wife, Betty and Badgers - anything more to wish for?
Johanna
pennyspike 13 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2008 11:37PM
You must have spent hours enjoying their company Robin.
I know they don't tick the technically perfect boxes but I do get the sense of excitement at being so close to them.
I particularly like the shots showing the whole gang.
Penny

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