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PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769) [2007-07-15 9:49]

Hello Tom, this is a very good action shot. I love the feeling of movement and he aggression. I saw only one or two jackals when I was in SA and they are not very easy to photograph, well done! Very good job indeed.

PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769) [2007-07-15 2:10]

Hi Ralf, this is a lovely shot. The water ripples from the drinking bring the focal point to the wolve's head and I really like the eye looking up. Excellent shot.

Ia this wild or captive? (not that it matters but I'm interested to know - I want to get some photographs of wolves in good surroundings)

Canada
Title: Northen Flicker
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MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)

 

PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769) [2007-07-15 2:02]

Hi Michel, nice shot. I like the pose of the bird here and there is some nice mud on his beak. I feel the very low pov and tight composition has made him look squashed in. Also, I the auto focussing appears to have locked on to the wing when you really wanted manual focussing on the eye. Nice shot.

PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769) [2007-07-14 17:31] [3]

I'm not generally in the habit of eating wild flowers so I should be safe :-) Nice shot Janice the details are very good and you've managed to retain all the details in the white areas.

As Loot said, a tripod would have allowed you more DOF but I quite like the limited DOF here. F8 would not have been enough, F16 would probably not have been enough either, especially with the pov you selected. The more DOF you use in a shot like this the more distracting background detail you will include and this is not good. In addition, the more DOF the longer the shutter speed and even in seemingly still conditions you'll find the smallest of currents upset your subject.

There are a few ways around this.

If you have very still conditions you can select the lowest ISO you have and stop down, this will give you, as I mentioned, longer shutter speeds and more detail in the BG. Now, the long shutter speed is no bad thing. Put the camera on mirror lock up and timer with remote shutter control. Then you can grab a good handful of long grass blades and as the exposure is in progress wave the grass blades behind the subject - this will give you a pleasing OOF BG.

If it's a little windy get some wooden kebab sticks and solder wire. Plant one of the kebab sticks near your subject and tether the plant and the kebab stick together with the malleable solder wire. This will give some stability.

Well done.

PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769) [2007-07-13 6:57]

Great shot Alex, the pov is very good. I love the full on face pose. great to get it with it's tongue tasting the air too. Well done.

PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769) [2007-07-13 6:56]

Hi Tom, cool shot. I love their shapes. I think I'd be tempted to have tried to isolate 1 or 2 or 3, easier said than done I imagine. Well done.

PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769) [2007-07-13 6:54]

Hello Selen, amazing looking bird. It's plumage is a wonderful colour. You did a very nice job here. There is a great contrast with the eye and plumage. Well done.

Have a good weekend too! :-)

Romania
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horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)

 

PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769) [2007-06-07 8:31]

Hello Horia, this is very nice. I love th elow angle and the mossy green carpet. Well done.

PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769) [2007-06-07 8:30]

Hi Hil, considering how bright it is in the BG you made a good job of this. Good details in the fledgling and a good ruffled pose. Well done.

PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769) [2007-06-07 8:28]

Hello Ivan, nice shot. I've not seen this butterfly in real life. Nicely composed and exposed. Well done