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Loves hurts

By kuipje  
V3 is better (just changed it)
Taken in Gaia Zoo in Kerkrade (province of Limburg, Netherlands)
(A very nice Zoo in the hilly country side. The rest of Holland is flat like a penny.
Most of the animals have space and not have to live in "cages". This and other pictures were made behind glass windows ( not so clean)
As always all comments/advise/tips most welcome
(Of whom he/she is afraid of? (V2 gives the answer)

V2 is orginal

Title song "Loves hurts" by Nazareth

Tags: The netherlands Zoo Pets and captive animals Kerkrade Gaia Zoo

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IshanPathak 7 202 12 India
4 Jun 2014 8:22AM
There are 3 Meerkats in your image, and your crop will be on the basis of which one you want to focus on and whichever suits your caption. I take it that you wanted the last one to be on full focus, right? Because somewhat it suits your caption too Grin

Frankly, im not much into healing tools and cloning stuff currently. so i could just advice you to do what you did on your previous image, and remove the middle Meerkats head. so that it doesnt look tatty and proves a distraction Smile
Followed by some tweaks.

My mod is of what i would have done with the picture . I would have liked to include all of them in frame, with the first one who is not looking in the frame wont be much of a negative point for me, as it would have been a natural shot. Ofcourse if it too was looking in the frame, Bingo! Smile
Followed by some tweaks

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
4 Jun 2014 10:42AM
Hello Ishan
Thanks again for your comments.
Just for the fun i deed some work.
Removed the Meerkat and did some tweaks
But I prefer V3, maybe some lighter.
The second Meerkat gives a bit of mysterie to the picture, something extra, but that's my ideaSmile
Just having fun doing the mods
Bianca & Jos
IshanPathak 7 202 12 India
4 Jun 2014 10:54AM
I prefer both V4 and V3. Both are very different Smile

Quote:Just having fun doing the mods
Thats what you should always have Smile

Have fun and keep experimenting Smile

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
4 Jun 2014 2:10PM
Hi, Bianca and Jos -

I'm not sure this doesn't need an adult tag: I am imagining what the pair on the left are doing...

I think you need the three of them in shot for the title: the rason why the meerkat on the right is looking so lonely.

Cropwise, I might go slightly tighter than Ishan has in his mod, especially at the bottom - but it's a close-run thing.

Meerkats: all human life is there.

By the way - for those not in the UK, meerkats have become an advertising device.

For another, older, version of Love Hurts, find Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons...
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 784 England
4 Jun 2014 2:52PM
I agree with John that you need all three. The title is more appropriate then, too.
But your very close crop produces a very unbalanced image. All the interest is on the left side and they are both looking out of the image.
An offbeat composition like this would suit an offbeat subject, but not so well here.

The standing meerkat does have a nice pose, but your cleaning up in V3 is very obvious, which spoils the image.
I will try a mod myself.

Your main images of V1 and V2 have low contrast and need a boost to give them that little 'pop'.
The image is predominantly mid-tones and all brown which doesn't help. Depending on your software, a small boost on the contrast slider or tweak to the Curves would make all the difference.
The mod shows what you should be aiming at.
Often a RAW file can look tonally flat and you need to make adjustments, it's a matter of learning how much of an adjustment you need.

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
4 Jun 2014 3:45PM
Hi John & Keith.
No John It's not a scene from a XXX movie Blush I shoot this picture before 8.00 pm so it couldn't be Smile. The Meerkat didn't look lonely but afraid to me but I know what's al about. Thanks for your links, very nice.
Thanks Keith for your comment and mod. It really looks better. But I prefer V3 better (but I have made a better version of that)
But thanks al for your thinking and help
Bianca & Jos
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
4 Jun 2014 4:11PM
Its well underexposed, despite what they are up to!

Uploaded a mod to correct exposure.


pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 4:29PM
I'd just like to express my preference for V2, and so would suggest a crop of that, the original, but leaving all three actors on the stage.

kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
4 Jun 2014 6:44PM
Hello everybody
We are happy that it's raining Meerkats & gorillas so we can work on the photo's.
Thanks for all your thinking and mods.
I'm sorry that I'm all alone with with the feeling that I had with this photo Blush but that's oke.
I uploaded V5 I know that he's not that perfect but I did the best I could think. ( But I'm just a Dutch cheesehead so......Tongue
Thanks again much appreciated
Bianca & Jos
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
4 Jun 2014 10:48PM
I didnt express a preference last time, - so I prefer the one with the three animals. The V5 is good, but still underexposed, hence another mod!


kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
5 Jun 2014 9:08AM
Gooood Morning Willie & other "photo" friends
Oke Willie uploaded an other V6. If I go any further, in my view it's much to much, even this is a bit to much, but.......
TongueTongue Smile

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