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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Switchback » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:48 am

Lions in the background for me is ok (the chopped off tail is a distraction though), it's the other lion out of focus in the foreground that bothers me...
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by DotDan » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:25 pm

Thanks all :D That was pretty much my feeling about it too...

Just to give you an idea of how bad my luck/skill was last week, look at what I did to this Leopard shot :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:28 pm

Eina DotDan. I have plenty plenty like that too, with birds as well.
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Sky » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:13 pm

Hi DotDan

Lovely leopard. Try cropping it on the front leg and shoulder
Make it a head and shoulder shot. This should also work
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by NickyG » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:53 pm

What I like about it is that its less obvious.
I mean, lions faces are a dime a dozen, yeah teh cropping could be better, but I feel your on a winner here because you have a different angle, which accentuates the size of teh forepaw.

maybe raise teh exposure by a 5th, and reduce the overall brighness. Would look good in a custom frame on a pillar. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by NickyG » Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:03 pm

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Hope this helps a bit, noise removal, sepia conversion, and a crop. Also changed the overall brightness to try to fade out the lions behind in teh corner, and remove the road distraction. Dont worry - I would never use this myself. I have it saved as d van der bergh.
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by oddesy » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:44 pm

I much prefer the original, never been a fan of sepia , the overexposd areas just catch my eye
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Sky » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:25 am

Sepia has never done it for me either. Original in my opinion much better
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by moonflower » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:11 pm

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This was taken a while back close to Satara next to the tar road at 8 am on one of those veeerrrrryyyy hot days...comments?
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by DuQues » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:24 pm

A while back.... November 2006! :lol:

But I have two little points.
You should have moved the car back a little, then you would have had a clear view of the lion. And that takes the grass out of his eye.

It's also cropped a little too close. A bit more room on top and bottom would mean that his head & hair is completely in view.

Okay, 3 little points. ;) Next time see if you can wait a bit till it's looking at you, and then make the photo. That gives far more eh.. feeling to it.
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Switchback » Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:00 am

Spot on DuQues, when I saw the photo my first thoughts was: "Now where is that reverse gear lever again..."

Maybe also a tad over exposed :hmz:
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Unread post by timbo » Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:32 pm

Hey guys

I would just like to ask you people for some constructive criticism on some of the photographs i have taken just so that i may learn from the mistakes i may be making or some of the things i'm doing right.

any advice would be helpful!

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New to SLR photography

Unread post by craigf86 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:05 pm

hey guys i recently went on my first trip to the kruger and was given my dads old canon eos 20D slr, this was my first experience using an SLR camera and lets just say it wasnt very smooth sailing! haha, especially in the low light conditions of early morning & late afternoon!! (photos of my cheetah blurred to the max, lucky my girlfriend had her trusty sony cybershot)

anyway here are some of my footage, maybe you guys can comment and any pointers would be appreciated!! :dance:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52763525@N ... 533040791/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52763525@N ... 533040791/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I was struggling with the lion in the early morning!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52763525@N ... 533040791/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52763525@N ... 533040791/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

probably my favourite:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52763525@N ... 533040791/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
PHOTOSHOP (not sure if it looks better or fake..lol)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52763525@N06/4944893458/

Here i was struglling to get a decent picture of a cheetah which was about 2 metres from the car!! :evil:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52763525@N ... 533040791/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Now i have been doing some research and i read an article in a photography magazine that said:

I should set the ISO to 400/800 and set the camera to aperture priority and set the aperture to its maximum(not sure about the terms for aperture cuz maximum is the lowest number and vica versa - quite confusing)
-does that sound right?
- i was really just struggling with shots in low light conditions, pictures during the day came out ok but some were quite blurry but not to the extent as you can see in the cheetah pic.

It was not possible to determine the dimensions of the images so i could not post the actual pics in the post. SOrry about that!!

neways guys appreciate any advice you have for me! i am keen to learn and take some stunning pictures!! :thumbs_up:
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Re: New to SLR photography

Unread post by DuQues » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:21 pm

Upload the photos to Flickr in 800x533 format, then you can use them here.
I"ve created a tutorial for Flickr explaining it all. ;)

But let me start off with this photo:
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Where are the poor guys legs? I think it would be quite a bit happier running around with 4 legs and feet?

As for the settings, that article was quite... Well...

ISO should be on 100. Only in low light situations do you go higher, so you get faster shuttertimes. Always aim for shuttertimes of 1/125 or faster. If you want to be totally sure your photos will be sharp the rule of thumb is that you need a shuttertime of 1/<focal length of the lens>. And don't forget the cropfactor in that case, so on your camera 1/<focal length of the lens> times 1.6.

Aperture... Keeps confusing people, until they write it the right way. Is f2 larger than f4? Yep, it's even double it!
Write it as it should be written: f/2, f/4, f/5.6 and so on. It's a division, not a whole number! And suddenly it becomes easy. ;)
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Re: New to SLR photography

Unread post by craigf86 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:30 pm

haha yeah his legs!...haha!!

neways thanx for the link and for the criticism!

ok so generally during the day i should have the iso set to 100 and in low light conditions (push it up to 400 or higher if need be)

and then set the priority to aperture or shutterspeed??

will it be the ability to control shutterspeed that will get me decent photos?
I assume that setting the camera to shutterspeed priority enables the camera to adjust the aperture automatically to match the iso and shutter speed?

so my default setting is gonna be ISO 100 and Tv (shutterspeed priority - to 1.6 times the focal length of the camera?)

just trying your flickr guide:
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