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What TN Has Taught Me

What TN Has Taught Me
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Copyright: Cathy Hampton (luvsdogs3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 108 W: 0 N: 184] (586)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Canidae, BEST OF: Coyotes, Dingo's, & Wolves 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-08 19:57
Viewed: 4535
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been participating in TN for a week now, and have learned so much.. here is a little of what I've learned;

1. A tight frame is NOT always better
2. Noise can be reduced with Neat Image, but you can lose some detail quality (thanks to Claudia for the help)
3. There needs to be space for the animal to move into
4. Centering your subject is not the most pleasing composition in most cases
5. Exposure is very tricky and I really don't know what I am doing
6. Be careful about saturating the colors or it can look fake
7. How to make a frame ;-)
8. The BG makes a difference
9. Use pp carefully and not all issues can be fixed by the miracle of Photoshop
And finally... I have LOTS more to learn! Thanks for all the suggestions and support in my learning.

Taken at Coyote Point,through the glass.
The coyote is a fast-running carnivore (meat-eater). The coyote is closely related to the wolf. Coyotes probably mate for life; they have 3 to 12 pups each spring. Both parents care for the pups, regurgitating food to help feed them. Coyotes live in small family groups and guard their home territory fiercely.

Habitat and Range: Coyotes live in forests, prairies, mountains, chaparrals, and deserts in much of North America.

Anatomy: Thse mammals have a brown, gray, cream and/or black coat that camouflages them while hunting. Adults weigh from 20 to 50 pounds (9 to 23 kg). They have very good eyesight, acute hearing, and a keen sense of smell.

Hunting and Diet: Coyotes eat rodents, carrion (dead animals that they find), fish, snakes, lizards, grains, and fruit. They swallow food in large chunks, barely chewing it.

Source: Enchanted Learning

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Love the shot Cathy, great BG and colors. Your whole picture is in focus, yet it does not take away from the main subject.

Well done and thanks for showing.


What a beautiful coyote, Cathy.

You have learned your lessons well, the one I am not sure we will get is the final point, as it seems to be a never-ending process.

The best attribute is a willing spirit and you appear to have that.

Wonderful natural setting in this well composed photo.

The only thing I might have changed is the tilt on the image.

I have done a ws to show you what I mean, I hope you don't mind.

Thank you for a great posting.

Superb photo. The tilt gives the photo some depth and I adore this background.
I'm not too fond of the workshop that was done. (no offence)
Take care!

Shooting through glass can give a slight blue tone to the image, warming it up in Photoshop may have improved the colours in this a little.

Photo is still very good, well focused and well exposed..

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-09 2:54]

Great shot, Cathy. That beautiful coyote was very cooperative with you. He is usually taking a nap when I go see him. The details are sharp throughout, and the lighting is excellent. I really like his pose and your composition. The natural BG is indeed very pleasing. The best part, however, is his eye contact with you. Congratulations on a wonderful capture, and TFS. : )

Learned almost the same things here since joining. Great site. Exelent learning place.
Great shot. You did very well.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-09 4:04]

Hello Cathy!
Very nice capture.I see you have learned much then me in a short time;).Lighting,eye contact,POV and composition are wonderful.

very very beautiful shot. very clear and sharp. the coyote is striking a good pose. but to me what makes this pic more interesting is the pebbles lying around! TFS!

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-09 6:03]

HI Cathy,
Nice shot of the coyote, a very handsome animal.
Your composition is good. I like his shy look on his face and how you have captured him looking at you.
Well done

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-08-09 7:26]

Hello Cathy,
I am impressed by your learning and practising speed.
Very nice image with fine details, and DoF. Good lighting, exposure control and composition.
Well done.

Hi Cathy,
this is a very beautiful shot of a coyote.I like this. You did it well.



A lovely photo, especially being shot through glass...that has ruined many good shots of mine (especially of the pandas at our Zoo!). I think it might be a touch oversharpened, otherwise perfect.


Lovely shot Cathy,
Good detail and good POV. Nicely exposed. Nicely composed. Excellent notes and good colour. The image appears a touch soft on my monitor. The WS by Miles is great.
Well captured, thanks for posting

Wonderful shot of a much maligned animal (although I might be a bit more condemning if coyotes were more of a presence around here). I like the composition and focus. The color seems a bit blue and I posted a workshop to warm it.

A wonderful picture of the forefather to all dogs! Same kind and intelligent eyes, nice face! I love this picture!

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