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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Pikkie » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:10 pm

I do, but I just have to find it.


What program are you using now or what do you suggest, I am not that a boff with computers, not a slouch but definitely not a boff.
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:14 pm

I use Picasa for my picture archives, Lightroom for colour corrections and that stuff and Photoshop for any serious touch ups.
Lightroom is one of the best on the market, even if a bit on the expensive side, but results are super.
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by michel367 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:15 pm

With a photo that has been altered by Picasa you can set it back to the original settings. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Pikkie » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:17 pm

Can't find it yet, but I found another one but a different date.
Did nothing except adjust the contrast a little and flipped it horizontal.

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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:29 pm

This is what it looks like with just a little colour correction

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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Pikkie » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:48 pm

Wow, did you use Lightroom? Does it come with a tutorial?

Wow what a difference?

Is the photo any good or boring? Composition?
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:51 pm

Pikkie, it looks good.
The only thing I can suggest is to use some fill-in flash to counter some of the shadows.
Having said that, the texture of the feathers and facial skin have come out nicely with the existing lighting (and there is a small catch light in the eye).
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:52 pm

The DOF and bokeh are nice, well done.
I like the composition. The grass is slightly distracting but not much you can do about that.

Well done :)
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by africawildlife.nl » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:59 pm

Well, I didn't manage to actually add my photo to this post, so I'll have to do it with an url:

http://yfrog.com/h611jmdj

Please be so kind to give your comments on this photo... A full speed cheetah...

Difficult light (late in the afternoon)... I had to use ISO 1000, 1/250 sec. And the cheetah was so fast...

I did not edit the photo yet, except for some cropping...
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Massimo » Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:06 pm

africawildlife.nl wrote:Well, I didn't manage to actually add my photo to this post, so I'll have to do it with an url:

http://yfrog.com/h611jmdj

Please be so kind to give your comments on this photo... A full speed cheetah...

Difficult light (late in the afternoon)... I had to use ISO 1000, 1/250 sec. And the cheetah was so fast...

I did not edit the photo yet, except for some cropping...


The photo over all is an "ok" photo. Many people try and take photos in low light land up getting a similar photo as you did. Can you please supply as to what camera you used and what lens? In something like that i would have rather increased the ISO a little higher maybe to 1600 (if you have a canon 7D with has good noise reduction) and then try and remove any excess noise in the editing program of your choice. I would have also used the widest F stop your lens has e.g. F5.6 or F4 ? Over all the picture is a picture to prove that you saw a cheetah but its no winner but good try!!

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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Massimo » Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:15 pm

africawildlife.nl wrote:Well, I didn't manage to actually add my photo to this post, so I'll have to do it with an url:

http://yfrog.com/h611jmdj

Please be so kind to give your comments on this photo... A full speed cheetah...

Difficult light (late in the afternoon)... I had to use ISO 1000, 1/250 sec. And the cheetah was so fast...

I did not edit the photo yet, except for some cropping...


Here is the picture. Just thought id help you out and publish it on the forum for you. If you would like me to rather delete it just pm me and il do so for you :thumbs_up:

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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by DuQues » Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:17 pm

There is no EXIF info in the file, so can't answer the question about the f-stop.
If I look at the background however I think it's f/8.

It's not a bad photo, but it's not a good one either. I know you probably didn't have the chance, but the head turned towards us, or at least looking at bit to the right would have made a difference.

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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by africawildlife.nl » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:11 am

Massimo wrote:The photo over all is an "ok" photo. Many people try and take photos in low light land up getting a similar photo as you did. Can you please supply as to what camera you used and what lens? In something like that i would have rather increased the ISO a little higher maybe to 1600 (if you have a canon 7D with has good noise reduction) and then try and remove any excess noise in the editing program of your choice. I would have also used the widest F stop your lens has e.g. F5.6 or F4 ? Over all the picture is a picture to prove that you saw a cheetah but its no winner but good try!!

Practice practice practice will result in better pictures :thumbs_up:


Thanx for your comments!
The photo was taken with a 7D and a 50-500mm Sigma Lens, stop F5.6. You're right about the ISO level. Normally I would have increased ISO. But that was too difficult in this case. When we first spotted the cheetah the sun was in his back and I needed a lower ISO level for nice pics. As soon as he start running, the cheetah ran to the other side of our verhicle and I needed more light (or a higher IsO :D ). I was not capable of changing ISO while he was running...
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by Massimo » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:48 am

Hey no worries :thumbs_up:

there is a canon video out i cant remember what it is called exactly that focus on the canon 7d and how to use it. It teaches you how to use the camera without having to go to menu and increasing Iso or change something else. It shows you how to change everything while following the subject in your view finder. Find this very useful when taking BIF or need to change ISO fast to get a good shutter speed for a moving animal like the cheetah. The sigma 50-500 Is a pretty big lens to move around did you have it mounted on a car tripod thingy or a bean bag?
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Re: Photos for Criticism

Unread post by forestgump » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:10 pm

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