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Vus'musi with Mom Ndula and Aunt Umgani
Vus'musi with Mom Ndula and Aunt Umgani
dr rick

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Challenge: Threes (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Escondido, California
Date: May 29, 2004
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2004

The little guy is Vus'musi, or "Moose" for short, born last February at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.

Cropped, used levels and curves to get tones right, some USM on the entire image, with a bit more USM on just the elephants to bring out their textures, used clone tool to darken some distracting light spots on their backs.

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06/12/2004 06:35:56 PM
Hi Rick and * Greetings from the Critique Club *

Before I dig a bit into this image - I must tell you that I love your March Free Study and Magic entries! As a fellow Californian, I appeciate how fortunate you were to get the lighting you did on "Between Winter and Spring."

Your threes submission has a great feel to it - a very nice family scene. It's very well done - not much to suggest on the technical side as composition (for threes), exposure and focus are spot on.

Having said that - perhaps my most dominate critique item is the composition for "threes." Due to the separation of the animals, you really have two images here - the two left elephants and the trailing elephant. I hope you tried one focusing on the front two.

A second thing that pops out is the very flat lighting. It would be much stronger if there were some shadows to give it more depth. (Not high noon - but perhaps late in the day.) That would also add some nice warm light to bring out the brown of the mom's skin.

Here's something I toyed with - I know it's cropped way to close in - but perhaps demonstrates the points I made.


Have you ever been to the "Roar and Snore" - and if so, do you recommend it?

Good shooting,


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2004 04:45:56 AM
I think the background takes away from the great subjects...maybe tighter cropping is required
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06/05/2004 01:42:09 AM
06/01/2004 05:23:18 PM
You did a good job of letting the grey of the elephants stand out against the grey of the background. Pity the little one seems a bit fuzzy. I also would have liked to see them a bit more close up, if possible.
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