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Mountain hare 2

By Vince_S
This is one of a series of mountain hares taken last week. Would welcome suggestions as to how it could be improved.

Thanks to all for comments on tiger and goat images

Tags: Scotland Mountain hare Wildlife and nature

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pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
23 May 2010 10:04PM
I think you have done very well they dont hang around giving you a second chance - I saw an article on epz about taking hares - you wont believe I saw one but he heard me and was gone sharpish, never to return dammit
23 May 2010 10:21PM
A Case of Hare today gone tomorrow then ?..

apologise it is a good shot perhaps a small crop ?
NEWMANP 12 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
23 May 2010 10:30PM
i love the composition here and i guess that this was pretty hard to get close to even with the sigma bigma. ( interesting for me because i just bought one). im guessing that this is an extract from the frame rather than the full image taken as to be fair nothing quite as sharp as it should be. it kind of is sharp but not clearly defined in the way i get results if i use the same lens wide open and then crop into frame.

i can see the light was working against you and the lens needs good light to get optimum results around f8 to f11 and matching this with a suitable shutter speed and iso combo is blooming difficult even on a good day.

it actually strange that we have record temps here today and there is still snow on the ground a few hundred miles north.

im sorry to say i dont like the background which is so bright its blown totally, i guess the sky was bald to start with and a lower viewpoint to fill the gap with the tree line was not possible. maybe possible to clone the background in some.

best regards
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2164 United Kingdom
24 May 2010 4:01PM
Hello, Vince. The hare picture that you uploaded on the 10th May is a lot sharper than this one, and I also think you toned the sky. I have done a modification for that one, just to show you a possible crop for it.
As to this image, you ask how it could be improved. Firstly, as I have said, it isn't very sharp. Secondly, the sky is very bland. I also feel it could do with a crop. You have lovely eye detail, and sufficient light to outline the head and accentuate the whiskers. In my modification, I cropped, then cloned detail into the background, effectively getting rid of the sky altogether. I then ran my Soften Brush over it so that the hare stood out better from it. I lifted the shadows, reduced highlights, added saturation, used the Burn Tool on the snow, then selectively sharpened the hare's head and the foliage bottom right.
I thought about getting rid of the dark background area around the nose, but it's a bit of hard work going around the whiskers and, anyway, it helps to make them stand out.
Vince_S 11 10 England
26 May 2010 8:48PM
Thanks Phil and Pamela for your comments. Not making excuses but this was taken between frequent snow showers on the top of a mountain looking up so it was tricky conditions - certainly for me. Pamela thanks for the detail in explaining the way you have done the mod, I am now working my way through your suggestions and learning (slowly) more about photoshop techniques and am able to compare my results with the mod you did.

OAKEY 12 United Kingdom
26 May 2010 9:42PM
Great capture, think you've done very well considering the weather and sky in B/G, well done.
wideangler 11 8 Wales
31 May 2010 9:05PM
Great picture, I love the pose. I think both mods are excellent and do improve the picture. Nothing I can add to what has already been said.

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