C&C : Awake, aware, intent...

Discussion in 'Birds' started by PJohnP, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. PJohnP

    PJohnP

    Feb 5, 2005
    A little departure for me of recent photos, this one being taken with a short sojourn at the Denver Zoo last week. I spotted two young snow leopards playing, then briefly alighting for a moment, followed by another swirl of thrashing limbs. The cold weather coupled with the brisk breeze was making these young leopards quite frisky.

    And even at rest, one was completely and fully aware of everything around him, including a photographer just out of reach...

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    D100, 70-200mm AFS/VR, ISO200, f/2.8, 1/320s, processed in NC, cropped and copyright in PS-CS

    A note or two on the shooting - as with most zoo shots, this is through a fence, hence the shallow DOF/aperture to lose the fence. Light was mixed shadow, direct sunlight, and side tinted windows.

    Critique and comment solicited and welcomed.


    Always shoot.


    John P.
     
  2. Wow, beautiful shot John. What a majestic and intense animal. I really need to spend some time in a zoo next spring...
     
  3. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    John,

    I think that your title pretty much describes my reaction to the content of the image. Other than that, it looks pretty good on my monitor here, but I'll have to wait until I get home to give it a really good, critical look.
     
  4. What a beautiful shot of a beautiful animal!
     
  5. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    John,

    OK, I can see them better now. It is a very good shot in every aspect, but I'd probably back off on the sharpening just a tad.
     
  6. I studied this image for about 5 minutes...then thought about it for about an hour...then looked again for another minute or two...ok you get the picture...honestly I really like it and would be proud to call it mine if it were.

    Flew may be right on the sharpening though ;)
     
  7. I like it. (I like the title too... :wink: )
     
  8. PJohnP

    PJohnP

    Feb 5, 2005
    Frank :

    Yah, I did the conversions on my laptop while travelling. I find that I tend to sharpen just a bit too much with that laptop screen. I'll play a bit further with this one, I think.


    John P.
     
  9. PJohnP

    PJohnP

    Feb 5, 2005
    Jim :

    I do try to make the title and prose at least a touch interesting... :Smart:


    John P.
     
  10. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
     
  11. Beautiful shot of a very intense animal. Love the colors and the shallow DOF and I wouldn't change a thing in that regard. I like sharp pictures and do not see a thing wrong with how you have processed this. If you back off at all don't do it too much, I would just watch the hair in the right ear and decrease the sharpening a tad to see if the stiffness of the hairs softens a little. Excellent capture.
     
  12. PJohnP

    PJohnP

    Feb 5, 2005
    Gordon :

    Thanks.

    You've touched on one of the things I used to judge my sharpening - the hair on the ears. I'll look at it again tonight on my larger monitor at home to decide on this.


    John P.
     
  13. Forgive me for saying this if already known but maybe others could benefit. Sometimes what I find useful is to copy the layer and apply sharpening to that layer. Then apply a black-filled mask and selectively brush in with white only those areas I specifically want sharpened. I've found that in certain out of focus areas, this method works better than sharpening the entire image. This, of course, is using Photoshop.
     
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