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24/03/2010 - 8:46 AM


UNTITLEDLovely shot. Lighting for me is just perfect around the face just giving a very slight outline on the right side. I'm just wondering if the lighting in the background needs to be more even throughout but then again I keep looking at the shot again and like how you've done the lighting - personal taste. Nice to see a tasteful shot of a natural event.

18/03/2010 - 8:59 AM

Up close and personal.

Up close and personal.Hi Ray

I like the shot. Couple of pointers. Do the crop that you thought about. Crop it just past the cage you should try work with an 8x12inch crop. When taking shots of animals dont worry about copping off an ear ot leg sometimes works for the best. Crop as if it was meant to be sometimes you will worry but as long as you have the original saved if you think it doesn't work later you can always go back.

When taking shots of big cats try and expose to keep the details in the whites, if you look at the left of the picture this is where the shadows hit the highlights as your probably aware the human eye sees in 10 stops of light whereas a camera can only see in 5 stops - so everything is exagerated in camera bright areas are a lot brighter and shadows turn black. By using the exposure compensation button (+) (-) on your camera you can control these areas. To make the picture darker use (-) and (+) to go brighter. Big cats are my area so if you want any tips just shout. If you want anything explained it doesn't matter how many times you ask.

Kind regards Andy
17/03/2010 - 6:57 PM


WatercolourNice shot for colour and comp. DoF is good too. It takes a while to get used to where to focus but it soon becomes second nature. From a captive wildlife photographers PoV I used to find platforms and background fencing would get in the way so I used to practise on items at home like salt and pepper pots andother small items. Move the backwards and forwards and further and nearer to each other to see what I could get away with.

Being ultra picky the purple out of focus flower in the foreground would look less obvious if it was a different colour from the main subject. When items are similar colour they can blend into one and it softens the effect of the subject in focus.

Nice Shot! Andy