Nittany Lion Pictures--CC is always welcomed!

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  1. BHE

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    Was at my alma mater this week and took some pictures of the lion, what do you think? What could I have done different? Thanks!

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    These pictures were all taken with Tamron 70-200mm 2.8
     
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    Anyone?? I can take the criticism!!
     
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    I think less depth of field would have been nice as the tree branches in the background aren't all that spectacular.
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    your white balance appears to be off...
     
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    I was hoping for some football :(


    and yes, your hue is all over the place.
     
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    Not bad. For me #2 & #3 seem a bit on the *cool* side (as in a cool blueish hue). Just curious, but is there a story behind the lion's right ear? It looks as if if broke off then put back on.
     
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    Three is very dynamic - nice comp. But yeah, it looks a little cool and could use less DoF.
     
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    I have yet to see anyone really capture a statue in a way that's interesting... well, not too many people, anyway. Unfortunately, in this particular case the statue itself doesn't have a ton of interest, so that makes it more challenging.

    I'm sure this has some personal interest for you, so that probably makes a big difference, so certainly enjoy it for that.
     
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    I seem to remember some stroy about the ear but can't recall what it was. It's been over ten years since I attended classes there.

    I adjusted the wamth on 2 and 3 and they do look better. Thanks for the input.
     
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    Chris, I can see your point--this probably isn't the most interesting to people unless they have a personal connection to Penn State University!

    I do think the 3rd picture is pretty strong though!
     
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    This statue is probably the most photographed location in central PA! I had my family in town and we were walking around the campus one day and didn't really have much to do, so I said "what the hey, lets go to the nittany lion shrine, thats what people do when they visit campus" and there were 2 other families there already, so there was basically a line, 3 families long, to photograph this lion! we ended up just leaving without walking up to the shrine.

    anyway, that being said, I agree with the comments about white balance, something which is totally correctable if you shoot in RAW, but should be payed attention to while shooting if you shoot JPG. Compositionally I like the third one the best. It is a huge statue, and the others don't really give reference to its size. The close angle doesn't exactly give a reference of its size, but does represent the size because it looks bigger in the frame. With such a hugely photographed statue, and frankly one thats not all that exciting when taken alone, the pictures that stand our are extreme points of view and things like that.

    I have a hard time capturing sculpture myself. Though I always try if there is a statue, but they usually come out very boring. I'm not really sure why.

    hope you enjoyed your time in good ol' state college, as suggested above, I'm currently there :)
     
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    Eldrich, thanks for the comments. I actually did shoot these pictures in raw format; I'm just a newbie and very inexperienced with post processing. If anyone can provide help with Capture NX2 adjustments I would appreciate it.

    I'm using my trial period for Capture NX2 but I haven't spent a ton of time on there--it seems a little overwhelming. I'm sure as I process more photos the easier it will become. This whole thing is new to me, including photography itself.
     

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