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Old Jun 9, 2007, 11:24 AM   #1
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Heh, I'm hardly a wildlife (or any other type) of photographer at all, but by combination of good fortune and persistence I managed several photos with which I am very pleased. Any constructive criticism much appreciated!

Sadly, I had to clone out a plastic cup and plastic bag. People should clean up their messes...

I tracked these guys for about an hour, and managed to get within 15 feet or so without making the duckies uncomfortable.

Fuji S6000fd, ISO 200, 1/380s, 240mm, f8, shot RAW.
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Old Jun 9, 2007, 12:51 PM   #2
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Nice mallard and family shot. The pic is sharp and well framed. Perhaps just add a touch more color saturation and contrast to make the colors pop. Another thing that I try to do when photographing wildlife is to shoot them at eye level. This means getting down as low as possible. This helps to create a cleaner background. Just some thoughts. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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Old Jun 9, 2007, 12:59 PM   #3
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Hung, thank you for the advice. I am rather unsure as to the proper color saturation and contrast levels in wildlife photos.

I, too, prefer to shoot living things at eye level when possible. In this case, I was actually standing on a small cliff, approximately 6 feet above the ducks. So I knelt down and snapped - I considered laying belly-down, but the poison ivy dissuaded me.

Boosted saturation and contrast... is this more appealing?


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Lol. Ya definitely not worth the poison ivy!! As far as contrast and color saturation, it's all a mater of personal preference which is quite subjective. I just play around and see what looks best. I try hard not to overdo it which which can sometimes make the picture look too processed.

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Hey! I like the adjustments you made. Just a little bit more pop in color and contrast makes a nice difference I think. The blue feathers on the momma and the yellow heads on the ducklings stand out alot more. Nice work.

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