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Lazy Day

Lazy Day
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Copyright: Charmaine Arthur (Roadrunner) (64)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-21
Camera: Sony DSC-V1
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-08 3:52
Viewed: 4924
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken at Boskoppie, a farm at Kroonstad.

He had an afternoon nap.
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Nice job in capturing his yawn! The whites on the sun side are a little OE'd but a nice shot none the less.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-08 7:47]

Hi Charmaine,
A belated welcome to TN. A lovely shot you have here, wonderful detail and colours and good timing to catch him at full yawn :-) Very nice work!

Well done, Charmaine, in the right moment!!!

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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2006-05-08 10:24]

uuu we can see what he have for breakfast ;) hihi
Great catch in right moment, excellent sharpness and collours!

WOW. Amazing mouth!
Good colors and details.

Good timing and this one is one of your better ones, sharp, good detail, presentation and composition.

Charmaine, I should have seen this shot before. This is incredible. The colours are incredible and the POV is explosive. DOF is perfect. I notice your exposure but what ISA have you set your camera to? It is probably 400 or more, is my guess. This is a National Geographic photo if I ever saw one. Post some more!!!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-21 13:52]

Hi Charmaine
This is a great close up shot of the leopard. I can see right down to its tonsils. Pragtig mens.
I need to apologise for not reviewing your portfolio sooner. Please except my belated welcome to TN as well. May you enjoy your stay, in the process gain valuable learning’s, and then share with us all those wonderful photos you are still going to take.
I had a look at all your postings and I feel I must give you some advice concerning your notes. Go and look around at the postings of people such as Manyee Desandies (manyee) (example) and Scott Evers (scottevers7) (example) and learn from them how to provide some notes with substance. This type of input will make you a more complete participant of TN and after all it is in line with the 'guidelines' concerning 'notes'.
Although this is definitely one of your better shots I am going to use it to illustrate some ideas about depth of field. You can probably apply this to most of your photos which you have posted thus far. I am not sure if you have the ability to adjust the aperture and f/stop on your camera, but if you could you should maybe remember in future that the closer you are to a subject the more critical your DOF (depth of field) becomes. F/4 at a distance might give you sufficient detail on an animal of this size, but f/4 at close range might be too shallow to capture sufficient details. For example, the tip of the nose and the whiskers of your leopard are slightly soft. However, the area around the face, eyes and ears show great details and very sharp focus, then directly behind the ears, i.e. in the region of the shoulder and backwards you have soft focus again.
This gives you an indication of the shallowness of the DOF. It could have improved tremendously if you sized down on the aperture say f/5.6. However, with this specific shot you then would have had another downfall. Because of the close proximity of the tree behind the leopard it would have become far more focused than what you really want. This is where PP (post processing) comes into play. It will mean you have to select the background and blur it somewhat, but that is another chapter for another day.
Please do not see this as negative criticism. Your photo is great, but IMO (in my opinion) you could have improved upon it. The colours are stunning and the composition/cropping is excellent.
Well done and TFS.
PS. I would love to hear from you if this advice was useful at all. Are you perhaps Afrikaans speaking?

Hi Charmaine,
Well cropped and good impact photo.Slight overexposure on the left side of the leapord.Great timing.
Mooi so!

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