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Old Feb 11, 2006, 3:34 PM   #1
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Need suggestions (Wildlife Photo Gallery)

I am not trying to sell anything I am only looking for new ideas and comments on what I have done so far.

I am trying to build a wildlife photo gallery for some of my web sites. My idea is to use different photos merged into 1 photo. I think using the same animal or bird but with a different position is going to make the finished product more interesting????????? Also on some finished photos I am putting the photographer in the photo. Is this a good idea???

Sample of my idea.



Thanks in advance for any suggestions or comments.

roger ( The Old Newbie)

Click Here to see aditional photos in the photo gallery I have started.
http://www.camerahunts.com/homepage.htm
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Old Feb 11, 2006, 5:26 PM   #2
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I like it.

Reminds me of the old days when we'd stop at Souvenir places that had old carved Indians, slingshots, jawbreakers, etc.

I checked out your site, I think the idea is cool.

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Old Feb 11, 2006, 7:15 PM   #3
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Thanks Terry

I am old so that must be where the idea came from.


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This is a difficult one for me, because we are in different markets.
I'm used to galleries where that are generally refered to "fine art" photos (I hate using the word "art" in there, but so it goes.) Great examples of this are:

http://www.scenicwild.com/
or
http://www.briansmallphoto.com/

so when I first brought up your site I didn't like it. It seemed... too commercial. It looked like I wasn't looking at little windows into nature, but I was looking at a set of advertising posters.

But after a few seconds I thought "That is your point." And then I accepted what I saw. It is not a gallery I would have created, but (of course) that isn't the point.

So having some to accept what I saw, I have a few comments:
- I'd switch up the framing color a bit. It I wouldn't do anything loud (no yellows, for example) but I might try... a dark, brick red? Or a dark green?
- It might be due to your method of taking the pictures, but the images have two problems (note, this is of course my subjective opinion.) They seem to lack a little sharpness. Photographing through scopes is difficult (I've done it a few times) and producing sharp images is not easy. You might want to talk with people in the digiscoping forum of this site. They might have some tips.

For example:
http://www.camerahunts.com/images/ca...mals/pa016.gif
http://www.camerahunts.com/images/ca...mals/pa020.jpg
These are similar shots, but the first one (ignoring the blown highlight) has good detail on the side of the deer. The second doesn't have (in my opinion) enough detail on either deer.

I'm torn because I want a bit more contrast in the images. I want the subject to stand out a bit more. But I'm guessing you want the images to really portray how you actually see them (and subtily how hard they are to find) and that goes against adding contrast. I'm not sure what the solution is there.

I believe your images achieve your goal (advertise your product) and I think the inseting of images into the larger image can work.

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What I meant is the style is quite nostalgic.

I like how you bring together the photographer and subject within the same frame.

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You nailed it. "But I'm guessing you want the images to really portray how you actually see them (and subtily how hard they are to find)". Hunting wildlife with a camera is much more diffulcult than with a gun IMHO.

Gun vs Camera

You have to find them for both camera & gun
You have to get close enough to shoot for both camera & gun
Sunlight causes a lot of problems for the camera hunter.
Waiting for enought light is also a problem for the camera hunter.
Having to leave and try again tomorrow because their wasen't enough light.

My goal is for my customers to take home some photos that tell the story of their hunting trip.
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