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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Cedric Peneau

humpback whale and its calf
humpback whale and its calf by Cedric Peneau

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Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011- (11/22/2011 9:29:00 PM)
Category: Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
location: Indian Ocean Reunion
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message this message is importantgrin Stunning image Cedric. Well done
Jackie Campbell
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message thank you Jackie, we had a great whale season this year here !
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message  Dear Cedric,
Thank for your latest submission to the UWP contest smile

You've requested a critique of your photo. How it works :
I will structure my critique into a few chapters and will list some suggested solutions to problem zones ( if there are any ). My critique will be like 2-3 posts in total, please wait with any answers until you see the note 'photo critic completed' - thanks smile

As we photo critics do this job as volunteers, a 'thank you' is always appreciated (no 'thanks' = no more critiques ).

Photo critiques here at UWP are meant to give a helping hand with an analytic review & to suggest solutions. The objective is to see you here as winner one day smile

And here we go ( critique/review starts with the next post ) !

Rico Besserdich
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message  Photo Critique

First impression
"once in a lifetime !!!"

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 )
Exposure : 5, Colours: 3, Sparpness: 4, DOF ( depht of field ) : 4, Contrast : 4

Suggestions :
Considering the shooting situation I think this is more or less technically the best possible result. A slight contrast lift during postproduction could improve impact, but that's just hair-slpitting ;-)

This composition lives from the subject, the sunrays and the slightly rounded water surface. 3 good composition elements - well done !

Suggestions :
Most judges usually forget their manners when huge animals are to see in a photo ;-) Well, here my suggestions : a bit more space to the left so that your whale has space to swim. Have the whales fin pointing to the lower right corner of the frame could bring a great 4th composition element smile
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message  Subject
It's not "only" a is mother & calf. Outstanding subject...I am jeleous !!!

Suggestions :
Nothing special to say here - it's all in all a great shot. See ? You got even shortlisted quiet shortly after upload !!

Happy to see a next generation of "whale photo" experts here at the contest. You have done a great first step - In the name of all : WELCOME to the UWP contest !!!

All the best,



Rico Besserdich
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message Thanks very much for your critique, Rico.
I'm glad you like whale pics, I have hundreds in stock and i'll be happy to present them here...
(To anyone smile feel free if you want any information on our little island, it does offer a guarantee to see humpbacks by the dozen, but also much more (2/3 of the island are a world heritage site : website

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message You are welcome, Cedric smile
Let's see what more ( and different !! ) whale pics you have in stock ;-)

Best greetings,

Rico Besserdich
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message Awesome shot Cedric, well done cool When is the best time of year for Humpbacks in Reunion?
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message Thanks Michaelg. The gentle giants are with us from July to October. I'd say September and october are the best months, when calves are bigger and more confident.
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