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2nd May 2012, 01:58 AM
Took this during a recent trip to the Toronto Zoo. I like the simple composition, but is the cheetah a bit too far to the edge? Any other recommendations?
Last edited by ktuli; 3rd May 2012 at 02:14 AM.
2nd May 2012, 05:00 AM
Hi Bill, you have a captured a good expression on the face and IMO it needs a bit more room at the bottom but is this due to the fact it's lying in a shallow depression? but the front legs appear to carry on out of frame. With that plain background this to me is crying out for a B&W conversion.
2nd May 2012, 12:01 PM
Actually, the front legs weren't visible at all. As you said - she was lying in a shallow depression, plus the grass was pretty high.
I knew the framing on the one above would be a bit outside the norm, but I still like it. And of all the facial expressions I got out of her, I liked that one the best...
A more 'standard' composition (but a sleepier expression):
A more 'hunting' stance (but no eye contact):
The B&W idea sounds like a good one... I'll see if I can find some time tonight to work that up and share.
Thanks for the input!
Last edited by ktuli; 3rd May 2012 at 02:15 AM.
2nd May 2012, 12:17 PM
I would agree totally with the 'try B & W' suggestion and think this is the perfect candidate. But, as you're doing it, keep thinking 'vignette' to focus attention down onto the animal. Doesn't have to be obvious. Subtle always works better.
Originally Posted by ktuli
2nd May 2012, 12:41 PM
Actually, what I should probably do is turn off the lens correction in ACR. These shots were taken with my Sigma 150-500, and that lens has a natural (yet rather subtle) vignette to it. I'll see if that helps at all.
Originally Posted by Donald
Thanks for the suggestion!
3rd May 2012, 02:13 AM
As suggested, here are some B&W conversions and (upon Donald's suggestion) with the original lens vignetting returned to the image (as well as a miniscule amount of barrel distortion - I guess I could have left that correction turned on and only turned off the vignetting, but I'm running on 5 hours of sleep, so please forgive me).
Please provide your additional input on these new versions.
Additionally, their corresponding color versions above have regained their vignetting as well.
Thanks for viewing.
3rd May 2012, 10:50 AM
I hope you don't mind, but I have tried a small edit on the first picture.
(Apologise for this lazy edit)
I did a bit of crop ( There is too much empty space on top, IMO), darken the grass and light a bit this kitten.
Anyway, I don't think the "standard b&w" is working, I think b&w will need more procesing, to make the ceetah to pop more.
3rd May 2012, 01:41 PM
Hi Bill, I agree with Leo that the Cheetah needs to "pop" a bit more in the B&W and his suggestion will work by lightening the "kitty" and darken the grass.