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Luko Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134) [2006-10-25 18:05] [+]

Ha ha ha... the anthropomorphic resemblance with W. is striking! could be the expresion in the eyes, or the lack of forehead ... (or the fact none of them ever read a book :-D...).

(Funny nobody guessed)

Luko Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134) [2004-08-03 17:39] [3] [+]

Nothing to add technically, it's a textbook composition about bird photography : everything tack sharp, wings are widely spread, it flies through the pic the correct -westerner- way from left to right.

Talking about color correction, I'm quite sensitive to a typically magenta/blue color cast the Provia (or the Provia scan) gives. I experimented selecting with the level eyedropper some neutral grey pixels over its feathery or shadow areas, it gives back a very pleasant warmer tone, specially for the background; You should try and see whether you like it better than the colder version.

Luko Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134) [2004-08-02 18:13] [2] - [workshop] [compare]

There are a few issues in this shot that I'll try to adress in a workshop.

First is a compo problem, your structure lines are not defined or strong enough, I may advise using a tilt.

Then I think the image is both slightly underexposed and would a light spot that would beef up the overall tones.

Luko Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134) [2004-08-02 17:31] [3]

Very nice and original Point of view, it looks like the lions or other big cats could use a zebra as a target on the wall for the next all africa dart competition... goes well with the title and the general idea, btw... your pic would even mistake us that they don't even move and stand into that perfect target position.

it'll be the first Trek nature image I'll put in my favs box.

Luko Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134) [2004-07-31 13:54] [2]

The cyan color matching both thespots on the wings and the background is fantastic and your group composition is also very good.
One of the most interesting butterfly photo I've seen, I think it links butterfly buffs (which I'm not) and purely photo addict (you can pigeonhole me in that category) .

However there's something bothering me : the very bright patch at the top of the image is very distracting IMHO, perhaps you could cheat a bit for art sake, and clone it out of the image...

Luko Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134) [2004-07-31 13:44] [4] [+]

Of all the good things I can say (and which I've already been accustomed from your part on Te, for instance)I specially like the brighter place in the backgound you've located its head.

The gorgeous warm background patch makes it it looks like a studio shot of your leopard, jsut like you had taken it to "studio Harcourt - Paris" (the photolab who takes some of the most famous movie star portraits).

I have a certain respect for leopards : 40 years ago while guiding a safari, my father used to work in Tanzania and was attacked and jumped on by a leopard which was obviously not as tame as sabi sabi's...
It was him or it : fortunately -for me- my father was quicker and killed the leopard, with another issue, I wouldn't be here writing any comments on TrekNature ;-D...

Luko Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134) [2004-07-31 13:32] [2]

It seems you have a certain kick (but also skill) for finding simple subjects.
Your mastery of geometry is very good and quite innovative : few "nature" photographers would dare shoot a flower straight in front like you did, I must say it works very nicely.

Luko Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134) [2004-07-31 13:30] [2]

The missing link between TrekNature and Treklens. very well spotted : Lovely shots maybe wery simple too.

Luko Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134) [2004-07-31 13:27]

Ici c'est vraiment la PdC qui fait la différence, le contrôle de la PdC est impressionant.

Peut être pour pinailler un tout petit peu trop mou sur les yeux... non, même pas, c'était vraiment histoire de dire quelque chose.

Luko Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134) [2004-07-31 13:25]

Vraiment impressionant comme macro, c'est je crois la qualité de l'éclairage qui fait la différence. Certains photographes ont tendance à négliger cet aspect pour les petits sujets...pas toi, manifestement!