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Challenge: Free Study XVII (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 for Nikon
Location: Westcliffe, CO
Date: Aug 11, 2007
Aperture: 11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 125
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2007

This is Raven, a wolf living at Mission: Wolf (a wolf refuge in southern Colorado) where I volunteer on a regular basis. I didn't do a ton of post-processing apart from sharpening, increasing contrast, and fixing the eyes a little bit so they look more like they do in real life.

Place: 159 out of 452
Avg (all users): 5.7195
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6517
Avg (non-participants): 5.8000
Views since voting: 906
Views during voting: 212
Votes: 164
Comments: 4
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08/23/2007 08:01:28 AM
Greetings from the critique club :)

Well this is a pretty nice shot but still, in a free study this would have gotten a 5 vote from me, I am a little bit more demanding on pictures in free studies even when they are speed challenges. I think this shot is far from bad but there are a couple of things I would personally want to see different about it.

First of all, I don´t really like the framing of this shot. I would either have wanted to see it framed/cropped more closely or a little wider. If you had gone for closer, I would basically just have wanted to see a "headshot". When I say wider I mean mostly that you cut off the "toes" or front tip of the paws, and that doesn´t sit right with me, even though it´s not bothering me much. I think if this is how it came out of the camera in regards to framing, I would have cropped it to a more square format and taken off the bottom part of the face, cutting off the part just a little lower than the tounge reaches, I tried putting my hand over the screen and I like it much better that way cause it seems like he/she is ready to pounce in a crop like that.

Also, this shot seems to have been taken in very flat lighting, was it very cloudy? I personally would have gone a little bit further with increasing contrast, but just a little. I also would have added a little vignetting or a frame as the even lighting across the frame tends to not draw attention to the face, a little vignetting would have taken care of that "problem".

I do like the color tones in the image and you did a nice job on the eyes, photo is also sharp enough so those parts are all good. DOF is also good, I think personally I would have wanted to see a bit shallower DOF but that´s just me and my taste, the DOF is good as it is.

Kind regards from Iceland, Lárus.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/16/2007 02:55:52 PM
really nice captured!Love to see all the details in his face. Color of eyes is very good. Also like the naturally colors
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08/14/2007 05:19:51 PM
You're braver than I am. Run Run. psart 8
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08/13/2007 03:51:32 PM
OMG! I hope this was taken in a zoo setting. Yikes! This picture is striking to me, because it is conveying a message or telling a story. I feel personally connected to this image...I think he's about to EAT ME! 10++++
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