Contest entry advice and SERIOUS crit

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  1. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Okay, the theme is "Nature in the backyard". I figure these images suit that to a 'T', but I'd like input on which one and also ANYTHING that can be done to improve them. Thanks!


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  2. icassell

    icassell TPF Noob!

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    OK, I go for #1, 3, and 4.

    The black background in #2 is too centered half-way down the frame and doesn't help. I think you could stand to crop a bit of the right side off of #1.

    #4 is such an unusual pose for a deer, that I totally cracked up when I saw it. I think it's my favorite. #1 would be my second choice. #3 looks like he's caught in the headlights, although I think the composition is good. You also don't really have his eyes, and I think that always hurts an animal image.

    #6 does nothing for me.
     
  3. Arkanjel Imaging

    Arkanjel Imaging No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Good subject. They look a little oversharpened though. I really like the expression in #3.
     
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    Ron Evers Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    #1 is the best as a contest entry without doubt.
     
  5. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks everyone; right now, I'm leaning toward #1 just because of the character. As far as the sharpening, I've only applied minimal sharpening with Nik Sharpener, BUT I think maybe even that was too much. I'll try walking it back.
     
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    I'm leaning towards #1, and I'd clone out the small round spot in the upper right, and maybe put a faint highlight in the eye of the deer facing the camera.
     
  7. icassell

    icassell TPF Noob!

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    The more I look, the more I prefer #1. My problem with it, though, is that the deer's ear keeps dragging my eye to the right side of the image where there is empty space.
     
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    #1 is the strongest image here, but I like #2 too. I would go for a bit less sharpening though.
     
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    #1 - Your strongest.

    #2 - Looks as if you interupted it just before leaving "deer tracks".

    #3 - "The hell with this GWC, gotta go, gotta go"

    #4 - Another strong shot. Nicely composed.

    #5 - :confused: There is no #5.

    #6 - So Bambi really didn't make it then, it was all a lie.

    I'd go with either 1 or 4. What a great day to find this in your back yard. Well done.
     
  10. smn_xps

    smn_xps TPF Noob!

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    if the topic is "nature in the backyard" it seems to me you should strive to find a quality shot that somehow shows that the nature in question is in someone's backyard, don't ya think?

    I like the shots, but they lack the "backyardedness" LOL

    good luck

    jerry
     
  11. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks everyone!
     

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