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Wild Tenderness
Wild Tenderness
Kathe


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Challenge: Free Study 2010-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Zoo de Granby, QC
Date: Jan 17, 2010
Aperture: f/5.00
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2010

Levels, Contrast, Colors and Luminosity Adjustments
Noiseware
USM
Blue filter, colors ajustements
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Statistics
Place: 30 out of 388
Avg (all users): 6.5597
Avg (commenters): 7.4444
Avg (participants): 6.4685
Avg (non-participants): 6.7708
Views since voting: 1303
Views during voting: 283
Votes: 159
Comments: 15
Favorites: 4 (view)


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02/12/2010 08:29:16 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club ;)

Cheers Kathe

Lucky me that I got this photo for critique as it's a picture I really enjoy looking at.

Artistic Merit
Pros:
* Beautiful subject. Beeing a nature photographer I'm sure you really enjoyed making this picture.
* Good cropping on almost all corners (I'll get to that ina moment)
* Good job at balance of masses of both subjects. None is more important than the other, they function as a whole, dividing the attention of the viewer.
Cons:
* A tighter crop on the left, hiding the left tiger's leg, might have given this photo more spatial continuity. Even though there is almost no leg to see, it should have worked better with either no leg (my preference) or with a bit more (adding closure to the white space).
* The black frame IMHO doesn't suit it all that well. A brighter one would have worked better. I know there is a need to border the snow but in these cases I find that just a one black pixel inner frame with a thicker white border outside works well.

Technical Merit
Pros:
* Good exposure on an otherwise dificult metering and lighting situation. I'm curious on how you managed to keep the snow from blowing high and still have so much shadow detail.
* Good isolation with pleasant bokeh.

Emotional Merit
Pros:
* To capture such a tender moment from one of the wildest beasts in the animal kigdom, goes straight at the viewer's throat without asking for permission. This is a photo that makes a hit on the viewer instantly.
* The environmentaly cold of the snow also contrasts beautifully with such a warm moment of affection.

Result
Let's get it right:
* It's in the upper tenth of the lot.
* It's your personal best.
* It's a significant step in the direction of one of your goals.
* I liked it best over about one third of the ones that were in front of it.
AND ALL OF THIS IN A FREE STUDY!!!

I'm sure this photo will make you proud for days to come. I know I would be.

All the best
Duarte Bruno

Message edited by author 2010-02-12 20:30:23.
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02/09/2010 02:14:27 PM
Great shot!! This photo is beautiful!! definitly should have got higher
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02/09/2010 10:04:06 AM
This photo got robbed! Should have been at least top 10! IMO
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02/09/2010 09:37:00 AM
I really had this pegged much higher in the challenge...such a beautiful shot...
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02/08/2010 08:59:17 AM
Awwwwww! Nothing like a little snuggles to stay warm on a snowy day!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2010 11:02:54 PM
Excellent wildlife shot, never seen before..10!
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02/07/2010 09:19:48 PM
Tender tigers? Isn't that an oxymoron? haha 8
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02/07/2010 03:23:51 AM
i can't rate this it's perfect

may i buy a print>
02/06/2010 12:51:08 PM
Great capture !
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02/05/2010 01:15:30 PM
The black boarder is overshadowing the black of the beasts 7
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02/03/2010 09:58:52 PM
wow....this is amazing...extremely well done
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02/03/2010 08:52:46 AM
Sharp focus. Nice colors. Unfortunately without the eyes being visible at all it detracts some from the picture. 6
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02/01/2010 09:00:51 PM
You captured this at the right time. Very nice job.
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02/01/2010 02:49:40 PM
Ah, lovely kitties! Great capture of the moment.
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02/01/2010 02:43:30 AM
nice image...I love borders and use them in 95% of challenge entries, but I think this one, as small as it is, boxes them in a little. That's only a minor criticism...8
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