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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200F/4L + EF 1.4x II, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Zoo animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-23 10:37
Viewed: 4386
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These newly born cubs at Whipsnade are going to keep me in posts for ages :)
I was able to get up there for a couple of hours yesterday on a day off and luckily the whole family were right near the viewing area. The adults were feeding and the kids just playing, and making a lot of noise!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-23 10:59]

Hi Andy
Lovely action captured of these youngsters at play. They are so cute and 'cuddly' at this age and seem like something you could take home with you, but thatís where the fun stops. As they grow they would play and chew all of your furniture right into the scrap yard.
As young as they are one can already see the poise of the king of beasts. Just look at that graceful arch in the neck of the cub on the right and what is also evident is the size of those paws that is already starting to show.
Possibly you could have sharpened it a little more, tuned down on brightness and gave it a pinch of saturation. Just my personal opinion though and not a nit I am trying to point out.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-06-23 12:21]
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Ah, this is a cute shot Andy! I think the details are really fine and the composition and pose of the little cubs are just great. I think the focus on the head of the left cub is a wee bit soft. Possible Loot is right and you could solve this with a little more sharpening. I know sharpening is a bitch ;)! Which settings did you use on this one? Did you use conventional USM or smart sharpening? And did you try Gert's LAB method or sharpened the RGB version of the photo? Questions, questions, but I do like to know. :) Anyway, I like this picture a lot. Especially the natural colors and the great exposure are very fine. Well done & TFS!


Ps-Enjoy the match this coming Sunday! I'll root for England in the afternoon if you root for NL in the evening. Deal? :)

Hi Andy,
Excellent action captured with great interest.
Very nice POV/comp. and I like the bit of motion blur showing their movement as well..
Great work!

Great capture Andy,
You lucky lucky man, getting to see these cubs up close and to get so many good shots. I might try to get there again for an hour on Sunday, before getting to the pub for the footie :)
I might even take some windowlene for that dirty glass!!!!
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, Have a great weekend.

Hi Andy,

Very nice interaction between these cubs. The composition of this picture is perfect. Well done.


Hi Andy

Nice timing to get these two young ones play fighting. Look forward to tracking their progress through your lens. :-)

I think they are really cute cubs, and it's a neat shot to get. However, if you were able to get a little more contrast or maybe a slightly different angle it would improve the shot greatly. The heads of the cubs can get lost in the shavings of the background, because they are too close to the same coloring. I hope that helps!
TFS Steph

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