Animal Photography Photo Critique
by Ana Isabel Martinez
Category: Animal Photography
Canon EOS 7D
Description: ISO 640 f/5,6 speed 1/640 lens canon 100-400 I have this image also in color, althoug see all >
ISO 640 f/5,6 speed 1/640 lens canon 100-400 I have this image also in color, although I'm not sure, I think it's better in black and white.You can see it here: http://www.asturiswmisfotos.com/#My%20images%20in%20color
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Great image of the baby with the adult!
Perspective is great but the composition leaves a bit to be desired.
Focus looks great.
Very, very well done
I think this works very well as either a color or black and white image but like you, I prefer the black and white version. Again, not knowing if this is a wild or captive gorilla, I'd advise that if allowed, to use a bit of fill flash to get some light under that brow ridge and lighten up the eye area a bit.
Hi Ana, Another really strong effort here. My primary consideration is the way the image is composed. The "amputation" of the gorilla's limbs is quite distracting to my eye. If you compare this gorilla image to your other gorilla portrait you'll see the the cropping in the first image (the portrait) looks purposeful whereas the cropping in this image looks accidental and that's the difference for me. You have some really strong images here and I hope to see more of your work in the future. Best regards, Paul
How to improve your photo
Again, not knowing if this is a wild or captive animal this is a difficult suggestion, but if allowed, I'd have used a bit of fill flash to get some more light into the gorilla's eyes.
Another place where a piece of software like Viveza from Nik software could come into play to lighten up the gorilla's eyes while darkening the background a bit to make it a bit less distracting.
My rule when it comes to "amputating" animal parts is that it needs to look intentional. So, I try to not cut animals off at an elbow or other joint. Doing so just makes for an uncomfortable looking image in my books. I might have looked for a perspective where I could have zoomed in more (or cropped the photo) so that the viewer what primarily looking at the adult's head and the baby on its back.
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