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By Nobby31
An image of a Zebra foal that was standing in front of its mother at sunrise. I liked the way the light highlighted the ears. In processing I reduced the exposure and burnt around the foal to blacken the background.

Tags: Portrait Foal Backlit Africa Zebra Wildlife and nature African wildlife

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17 May 2016 5:52AM
Stunning light on this zebra
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Fred263 10 United Kingdom
17 May 2016 5:58AM
Superb image
ColleenA Plus
10 505 11 Australia
17 May 2016 6:59AM
I like this a lot, the light on its ears makes the shot special.
alfpics Plus
21 388 4 England
17 May 2016 9:34AM
Nicely spotted and captured - great image!
Alison_S 17 339 United Kingdom
17 May 2016 10:03AM
Beautiful light....and image!
TanyaH Plus
19 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
17 May 2016 10:57AM
Really nicely done, Mr Clarke! (Or do I call you Nobby? Or RN? Grin)

It takes a keen eye to see the potential in a scene, and you've done that beautifully here. I have no critique to give you, as such, although one suggestion would be to crop a small amount from the dark area at the top of the frame, which I've done in my mod. I've also applied a small amount (40% at a 0.8 radius) of sharpening, just to give some crispness to the zebra's coat.

I see that you're a recent addition to our community, so welcome to the site and I hope you're both enjoying it so far and finding your way round okay?

Nobby31 6 43 United Kingdom
17 May 2016 11:07AM
Thank you all for the comments and to Tanya for the correction which is a vast improvement, we learn everyday, and please call me Nobby.

I have posted 3 images and am very pleased at the response from the community.
TanyaH Plus
19 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
17 May 2016 11:22AM
Good to hear you're enjoying it so far ... I must admit, I'm very envious of this image! I would have loved to have taken this myself Smile
dark_lord Plus
18 3.0k 836 England
17 May 2016 1:16PM
A welcome from me too.
This is a super image, very well taken and processed.
The crop is a bolder image. Sometimes though, some extra space around a subject can look good too, worth trying both options.

In my mod (based on Tanya's) I've removed some of the blue/cyan cast visible in the white areas.
nonur 14 18 13 Turkey
17 May 2016 1:40PM
Excellent work.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1975 England
17 May 2016 3:12PM
And welcome from me, and more envy! You spotted perfect light on a fine subject, and nailed the shot.

I am tempted by a crop - and this is fine as it stands.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4337 Canada
17 May 2016 3:36PM
This is a lovely image Nobby.

Two points to be aware of; the blue cats is already mentioned above, - this is usually caused by auto white balance trying to correct naturally warm colours by making them cool ( it does this a lot, - not always, but enough to keep an eye on it; if you shoot in RAW you can correct after the shot); second is that when you reduce exposure in post processing, the image will look different than if you reduced exposure i camera in that colours become more concentrated and intense. It can be worthwhile to reduce saturation a little, - but its up to personal preference.

The mod I uploaded has the white balance less blue, (while means more yellow) and sauration reduced by -18, and is cropped in yet another format!
I softened the image very slightly, except for the eye.

Well done


Nobby31 6 43 United Kingdom
17 May 2016 4:25PM
thank you all for a most welcome, welcome and the suggested modifications.

Willie thank you for enlightening me about the cause of the blue cast. This image has been kind to me as it was awarded image of the year last year at our local camera club year end function
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4337 Canada
17 May 2016 6:04PM
Its a great image.
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
18 May 2016 5:15PM
This is very strong with excellent exposure control. The eye issuperb. It just needs arather tighter crop to really pull in on that eye and head.


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