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  • Black winged stilt

    Ooops! I uploaded the wrong image. The legs are not supposed to be red! I did this by mistake while playing with the image. In the 'correct' image the legs are grey. The original image was RAW - I will look at bringing out a bit more feather detail. I like your mod Willie. This is what I have been trying to achieve. How did you do it? I shall upload the original RAW image.
    • 14 Dec 2014 9:00PM
  • Coffee Break

    Thanks for the comments thus far. I like the idea of flipping it horizontally, brightening the whites, (and perhaps darkening the blacks a bit) and removing the 'noise'. I can clone the bag out of the image which will remove it as a distraction. The image level is, I think, correct. I tried a bit of rotation but could not improve on the original. The photo was taken through the window of the Tate Modern looking out in the direction of St Paul's.
    • 13 Dec 2014 6:35PM
  • Mating pair of white fronted bee eaters

    I meant to collect votes but made a mistake asking for critique. I guess it is too last to change or can it be uploaded again next week?
    • 18 Oct 2014 10:03AM
  • Mating white fronted bee eater pair.

    How do I get images on the main gallery?
    • 15 Oct 2014 7:52PM
  • Two zebras about to bite the dust

    I notice that the time given for the photograph is 9:53 a.m. In fact the time was 11:53 a.m. I set my camera clock to Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time). I never change it wherever I am in the world. This way I don't make mistakes with time. I apply a longitude correction to get the correct local time for the photo.
    • 14 Oct 2014 1:01PM
  • One Zebra About To Bite The Dust

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for your comments. I deliberately choose an aperture of f/16 as there was no telling what the relative distance of the lion and zebra was going to be when the photo was taken. The action was very fast. I choose ISO 3200 as I wanted to freeze the action (I was not looking to capture a blurred lion), be sure that there was no camera shake and that I had a sharp image. The camera was hand held while shooting from our car. Needless to say one does not step outside a vehicle when wild animals are about! There is no foreshortening - the lion and zebra are actually at about the same distance from the camera. The reason the zebra appears to be running towards the lion is that the lion started its charge near to us i.e. it was running away from us. It was after zebra to its left but it got away. The zebra in the photo was trying to run behind the lion as this was its only escape route. There is a waterhole to the zebra's left. You can see some mud being churned up by the zebra's hoofs. When the lion realised that its prey was getting away it turned on the zebra in the photo. This the main reason there is so much dust - the lion had done a very fast turn and wasn't going to miss out on an opportunity of having a good meal.
    I agree that a tighter crop is perhaps required. I am not too sure about the tone. Etosha is a near desert area and the tones are close to what they were at the time of taking the photo which was close to midday. There was an overcast sky. I have another photo which has two lions capturing two zebra in the same photo. I will post it later today.
    • 14 Oct 2014 9:07AM
  • Kite Surfing, Cape Town

    Quote:Great backdrop..was this taken from Robben Island? Smile
    . I agree that the view gives the impression that the photo might have been taken from Robben Island. It was actually taken from the mainland from Table View Beach which is near Blaauwberg. By the way the stadium on the RHS of the image is Cape Town's World Cup stadium. Their are there sets of mountains in the view. The mountain on the left is Table Mountain (notice its flat top), the mountains in the centre are known as the Twelve Apostles and the mountain on the right is known as Lion's Head. The 'pimple' on Table Mountain is the top cable car.
    • 24 Apr 2013 8:35AM

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