Which Compisition do YOU Prefer?

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  1. Olympus E300

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    Hey gang! It's been FOREVER since I've had the time to surf or post on the forum. Life has me far too busy to pick up my camera much less post anything for critique! But this weekend while I was preparing to head out to the forest in an effort to cut firewood, I though that I would dust off the old E-3 and drag her along. I was hoping that the unusually mild weather we've been having lately would stir up some wild life. I wasn't dissapointed! This little fellow was my best friend for most of the afternoon even though I was buzzing away with a chainsaw. I can't decide which shot I prefer though. I've set them side-by-side for a direct comparison. Disregard the border. While I appreciate the detail behind all the foreground boken in the shot on the right, I realize that this composition does not fall into the realm of "The Rule of Thirds" photography. Which brings me to the photo on the left... While the rule of thirds might apply here, I've got far less foreground bokeh framing the subject. I also wonder if anyone's eyes are drawn away from the subject by the presence of what seems to be an imaginary "tunnel" just right and slightly above the subject's head? There has been very little post production done here.

    Personally, I think I prefer the shot on the left. I do, however, want to hear some feedback from you fine folks. So fire away! You won't hurt my feelings!!


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    Cheers!
    - Daniel


     
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    Can I vote neither? The processing/sharpening on the squirrel is...distracting.
     
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    Errr....There hasn't been any sharpening done here. This is pretty much how they came out of the camera.
     
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    They are both great IMO. I like the "spying quality" of the right one.

    And they are razor sharp already.
     
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    Thank you Compaq. I to like the "spying quality" that you mention.
     
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    The blown up ones are much easier to see :D I'm a bit torn, I like the one with the nut the best I think. Or I'd crop out the 2 pinecones that are sticking out on the right of the first one.
     
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    I like the composition of the first one better but I like that you can see what the squirrel is eating better in the second one.
     
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    I like both, although in the first one I would crop the half cones on right (and consequently crop also some on top, to maintain ratio). Really sharp, and the strange effect might be due to the perm it had at hairs just before shooting session :)
     
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    I'm leaning that way to mjhoward. Only if I could have had the foreground bokeh in the shot like I managed to create in the 2nd shot coupled with the overall composition of the 1st shot all while having the food source as predominant as it is in the 2nd shot. Oh, this wild life photography things is a tricky business. It's not like having a model who will adjust on command or a lighting studio of which you can tweak. But it is great fun!

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    I like the composition of the first better...

    Also, can I please haz a squirrel? Too frickin' cute. :biggrin:
     
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    First one is better IMO. Better composition, less distracting elements (halfway oof branch in the right one), and the lighting is better.
     
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    What about the soft focus around the squirrel? It looks like it was added in post.
     

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