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Old Dec 20, 2009, 9:12 PM   #1
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Last week I arrived at the refuge before Sun rise. I spotted these two young Coyotes quite a distance off the road. I had seen them about a week earlier as well. I don't know if this photo works or not. It was just as the sun was breaking the horizon so the light is very flat. The coyotes were over 300 yards maybe more. I was resting my camera on the arm rest of the passenger side and about passed out holding my breath trying to reduce vibration. Let me know what you think. Don't hold back, no feelings will be hurt or egos bruised. I welcome your critique.
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Old Dec 20, 2009, 9:18 PM   #2
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Again, not the best photo but here they are a week ago playing along a levy. Well, they were stopped and looking at me here but they were playing just a second earlier. A healthy looking pair at any rate.gfd

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Old Dec 20, 2009, 9:57 PM   #3
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I've tried to get good shots of wildlife in brush and bush...kind of hard to get clear lens focus with all the plant stalks in the way. I generally revert to manual focus. I like # 2.
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Old Dec 21, 2009, 2:50 PM   #4
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#1 looks like a painting, I like it.
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Old Dec 21, 2009, 8:21 PM   #5
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Growing up in the Texas panhandle, I appreciate the difficulty of your shots. Coyotes are very skittish, and hard to photograph cleanly. The first could stand to be a little more contrasty, but #2 is much better. A good effort with a "problem model". Coyote shots are rare on this forum (as well as others), you are fortunate in that you will probably have another chance at these guys. Please take more!

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Old Dec 22, 2009, 11:34 AM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback.
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Is this any better?

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Old Dec 22, 2009, 8:13 PM   #7
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Steve, your second post of the original shot does look better, considering the flat light you had to work with. Still, to me, the composition is nice, and as Barracuba said, it looks like a painting. I hope you don't mind, I had to see what I could do with your original. I used levels and (over) sharpening. I.m not sure, but your correction might be better(than mine) without the sharpening.

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Thanks Hawg, I don't mind at all. I ran into the same problem over sharpening caused to many artifacts and it began to look like I spilled pepper everywhere. If I were better with Photoshop I would try to mask the coyotes and work with thier contrast while leaving the brush alone. I to like the photo-esk look. That's what drew me to this photo in the first place.

I hope you had the chance to see the other coyote shots I posted for you.

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Old Dec 22, 2009, 8:35 PM   #9
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I hope you had the chance to see the other coyote shots I posted for you.

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I just got back from looking at your other coyote pics, and they are nice! I especially like #3, reminds me of my dog, telling me to hurry up... I.m sure the coyote wasn't telling you that...

Merry Christmas to you as well, and stay after them coyotes!

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Oh yeah, Steve ... a double of any subject can be a tough shoot - especially with a zoom lens. Where to focus? Try for the double or just shoot the one? And a couple of coyotes thrown in to the mix with too much separation between them. Fun, fun ,fun!! Cheers, Dan
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