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Spotted a spotted Hyena.

By Annien  
Finally spotted a few Hyenas at Kruger National Park! This one came out of the tall grass next to the road.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Annien 10 South Africa
27 Sep 2015 10:27PM
Yeah that grass slitting the Hyena's throat is annoying.. Love the modification. Thank you.

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dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
27 Sep 2015 10:32PM
From your description I take it that you had to take the shot quickly before the animal moved back into the grass.

There is a softness to this which is most likely camera movement but in the absence of any exif data it's a guess. You can post the data as a comment or you can edit the image details.

It appears that you have fosussed on the eyes as they are central in the image.
However, cropping in so close (again the exif data would be useful here regarding focal length)has meant clipping the animal's left ear. Sometimes you need to gat a shot as it may be the only chance you have.
You can't do anything about the grass across the animal though that can be cloned out relatively easily and makes the biggest difference to the image.

in my mod I created some extra canvas ans cloned in some fur and background. I copied the right ear, flipped it and moved it into place. This was more to show what the shot would have been like had you had time to recompose and take another shot, but in an emergency it can look ok.

Finally I cropped excess area above the head and applied a little sharpening.

Quite cute but in reality I know they're not!

Annien 10 South Africa
27 Sep 2015 10:48PM
Happened so quickly and unexpectedly.
I'm going to keep at it. Love wildlife. Thank you Keith.
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
27 Sep 2015 11:08PM
If you want to learn, add the shot details (exif) in a comment. Even though this was a quick shot, we can still use that information to provide helpful suggestions.


dudler Plus
16 950 1521 England
28 Sep 2015 7:07AM
Hi, Nina -

Looking at your portfolio, you do quite a lot of wildlife photography, and it's good. Obviously, this was a grab shot, and that's why the quality, technically, doesn't match the best of your work. Better get the shot, imperfectly, than not get a picture at all.

I can't remember seeing your work in the Critique Gallery before, so welcome if it's your first visit: otherwise, welcome back! As others have said, it's helpful for us if you post the EXIF data - if you 'save for web' when you are editing, it's stripped out o the file. For instance, if a shot is blurred, knowing the shutter speed, focal length, aperture and ISO give us a lot of clues about what hs gone wrong.

This shot has a lack of colour, though it's not actually monochrome. I've not been to South Africa, so I'm not sure whether this is because the scene was lacking any colour, or a result of something in taking or processing the picture.

It's nearly sharp: I am not sure if the camera focussed behind the animal but in front of the grass, or slightly short of both. Did you use a single focus point for shooting, or do you let the camera choose which of its many focus points to use? For a grab shot, you may not have had time to think or change the settings, of course - but for more considered work you would normally be best to select one point and use that. You know where you want the sharpest focus, but the camera doesn't, despite the clever stuff inside to make an educated guess!
Annien 10 South Africa
28 Sep 2015 1:29PM
Hi, thank you I'm new to this. Yes want to learn as wildlife photography is my passion. I would like to make it more though. Sell prints etc. So ermm.. If anyone needs an apprentice lol

It was a grab shot and a big moment for me so I guess all of that played a small part. Got the jitters and shakes and my heart stopped...there really wasn't much colour as it was winter. Can I go back to original image on my laptop and see the image's Exif data there?

Thank you
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2015 6:22PM
Hi, Nina.

To add your Exif Data here, click on the Options button below your picture, then on Edit Photo, then at Edit Photo Information click on the Exif tab. Complete the boxes, then click on Save. Alternatively, let us know them in this comment section.

Quote:Can I go back to original image on my laptop and see the image's Exif data there?

If you don't know where to find that Exif information, go to your original, open the picture on your hard drive, right click on it, click on Properties, and then Details.

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2015 9:21AM
Yes', we need more data.

Not a bad shot at all and many great NH shts have to be taken very quickly. Technically it would not sell. Itneeds to be very sharp on the face and the grass blade will clone out with care. Then crop the top nearer to the head.

NH photography is very difficult and there are thousands of very competant photographers at it with huge outlay on gear and access to great locations. To be a successful pro in that area requires great dedication.

Not to say you won't succeed, some do. You must totaly master your gear, whatever it is, in order to be totally ready fr those instant shots.


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