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Old Sep 14, 2016, 10:34 PM   #1
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Got some nice Elk shots near Mt Rainier with my new D7200 & Sigma 160-600mm lens.
To crop or not to crop? And please do Critiques.

This was the full body shot. Massive body made normally huge horns seem smaller.


Same image, but cropped in to show massive horns. His huge body tended to dwarf those horns.


To give you an idea just how big this bull was, compare to females


To crop or not to crop??? or use both???
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keep both,nothing to lose except some storage space on the disk.
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keep both, nothing to lose except some storage space on the disk.
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Re. the crop, I'd prefer to see the entire body including legs or crop to include torso only.

Since you asked for critiques...These images look blurry/OOF to me. Were these shot hand held or on a tripod? Colors seem a bit flat as well.

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Do you want to show the elk or emphasize the horns? No cropping does one while cropping does the other. As for focus and color, on my monitor I see no problems at all. The third image does look a little processed, but the first shot is good. Nice shallow depth of field to make him stand out. For the herd shot you should have closed your fstop to get all the animals in focus. But the beast is the main subject so its still not bad.
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As for focus and color, on my monitor I see no problems at all..
Bynx, I'm intrigued by your observation that the focus looks good on your monitor. Here's an example of what I consider to be in sharp focus with DoF used to blur the background. I can tell a clear difference on my monitor. Sorry Jack..don't mean to hijack the thread over this

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Jehan, your depth of field seems to cover the cactus. The background is definately out of focus. Im not sure what you are asking.
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Jehan, your depth of field seems to cover the cactus. The background is definately out of focus. Im not sure what you are asking.
He is trying to say his cactus shot is much sharper than my elk shot and his background is more blurry. I like mine fine, background is blurry enough and the elk is sharp enough too... it is not a cactus, big difference between the two type of shots. As for colors being a bit flat, it is what I saw with my own eye, maybe due to a overcast drizzly day. Had it been sunny, the colors would have popped more. Maybe if I had his monitor, it may look different.
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Well Jack I think your depth of field is perfect. After looking more closely at the group shot I see they are all in focus. The foreground grass throws it off a bit. You have the deer in focus and everything else out of focus. A cactus is what, a foot deep? Not a great challenge to have it in focus and the background all blurry. More difficult with the depth of a few elk. You did a pretty good job.
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