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Hits and Misses!

Hits and Misses!
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Skylight
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): AnYtHiNg ExTrEmElY hUmOrOuS, Mammals of Southern Africa, Just Missed Shots., Laughing Zebras [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-26 5:45
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well, most guys (and gals) have been making good use of Callie’s theme, nl. “Just Missed” or “Near Misses” so I thought that I would join in.

The reason for this post is to share some techniques which helped me to get a couple more "Hits" from the "Misses"

A lot of you have commented on my “Joker”(thank you very much for that), so I have decided to post all the frames leading up to that moment as well as the frames after that (lucky) shot and have done so in a Large post

Out of six rapid shots, I managed to get only one that was a hit. I have adopted the technique of shooting a lot of shots in rapid succession, especially when I try to shoot animal behaviour. This technique produces more missed shots, but invariably there is one in a series of flops that is a hit. This way I have not cut down on the misses, but got a couple more hits.

Another technique was changing a habit that I had inherited from my 35mm days. This was to do the composition at the point of taking the actual picture. Doing so was good in the old days, but often resulted in the clipping wings, tails, horns etc. I have now resorted in taking shots of a bigger area around the subject (especially where there is a lot of movement) and doing the composition at a later stage on my pc from the comfort of my office chair.

I still shoot lots and lots of missed shots but the above techniques helped a lot and I hope by sharing this someone will benefit from it.

cafecrem, marhowie, carper, coasties, NINIX, liquidsunshine, rlortie, PDP, extramundi, Luc, LCannon, dantor, Betty, Leace, samandi has marked this note useful
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Just great! I love your sense of humour too much!

ek weet nie waarom jy dink dis misses nie..;)

they are all good pictures in there own right..


Great LP Japie.
Very good I like you sense of humour, I still laughing. ;-)
I don't think this is "just misses" , they can all be a very good stand alone picture.
Very well done.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-01-26 7:04]

Dem oulik. Good idea too. I like.

Perfect illustration of hits and misses, the difference can be so small between them.

Japie, Great LP! Really loved "Party Animal". Thanks for the explanations with regard to the technique used getting this "Gem"! TFS!! P.S. I must've missed this one when I was gone - make it 88!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-26 10:18]

Very nice to see this one Japie,
Indeed the best way, a serie of shots and keeping the best one, good serie and nice that you show us them, very good job

Very nice post Japie. The series of images is fantastic. Congtrats on the presentation. Your note has been extremely helpful. TFS

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-26 12:28]

Great presentation. Excellent sequence and very helpful notes. Very good work Japie.
Thanks for the information, much appreciated.

I almost like this montage as much as the orignal "joker". I find it particular interesting that you kind of "framed" the laught between two shots showing the zebra with a verious serious attitude. And each of these photos are really good.. I wouldn't call this a miss.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-26 15:24]

You shoot, you miss, you score and you learn, and this series shows this very well. I stand by what I said about the Joker, the best PJ donkey I have ever seen. So, this is how to get it. Be a Boy Scout, be prepared. And yes, zoom out, not in!

this is brilliant Japie.
I agree with the majority, each shot is great. As a whole, this image is really well presented. It makes me smile. 11/10. Thanks for posting

That's a great demonstration on how to do a greatest hit. Excellent. Thank you very much Japie. And very funny.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-27 3:26]
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Here in Poland we have got proverb 'Kon by sie usmial' which can be translated as 'Horse could be laughting' and means something not very funny. Looks like zebras likes laught too :-) Great presentation Japie.


Great post and note. A nice serie.

You should call this, just hits, and no just miss. All of them are wonderful, I liked very much to see close your "joker" and enjoy the quality of your shots. Excellent note too. I try to use this technique when shooting insects , but my burst mode is very slow :( Thanks.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-27 15:06]

Hi Japie, very nicely presented. Your notes are very instructive and I think this series of consecutive shots makes this as good as the one you previously posted.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-01 19:05]

An excellent post, Japie, more nearest like a movie than a simple post. And I like the dialoques too! But the soundtrack is missing ;-)
Thanks a lot.

Excellent.......speechless !

Clever, interesting, funny, original, instructive and beautiful. Thank you!

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