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Taken by: Ellen Cuylaerts

Curious Porcupine
This porcupine was hiding in a crevice...
Curious Porcupine
This porcupine was hiding in a crevice... by Ellen Cuylaerts

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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012- (4/16/2012 6:47:00 AM)
Category: Macro - Close-Up
location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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message this message is important Dear Ellen,
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 ) !
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message  Photo Critique

First impression
WOW! great capture! OMG

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

Suggestions :
Wow (I said that already..)! Only one suggestions : Get a pro account, I got a nice big view of your picture on flickr, which made me decide on the 6/6 note, but here the small view didn't show all the details of you image AND you can see on the flickr account that this isn't fake, you didn't create the background, wink
You have a bit of noise in the darker parts, try and use a noise filter to get rid of it

if I had to find a doh! then this :
your subject is in the middle of the picture

Suggestions :
shooting on a diagonal line (I know not easy with swimming subjects)
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message  Subject
Porcupine are adorable critters and great models. It needs a lot of patience to get that close.

Suggestions :
well you descibe very well how to get this shot. Being prepared with the right settings and with patience

This is definitely a winning shot. You are a very talented photographer as you only started diving a year ago! Go on and post more of your work (...and think about the pro account laugh ). What else to add? Well I'll short-list your picture right now!

All the best Ellen,


photocritique completed

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message Thank you verry much for your photo critique and your time Mona.
I am currently travelling and not much online, but back home in 2 days and I will certainly follow your advise to get the Pro account and work on the picture again to try the noise reduction. (I also recently bought Lightroom, but still have to learn to work with it:-)

I will have more time to explore this great site in the future, but even now, I look at the pictures and the forum threads and learn a lot. Thank you again and happy shooting!
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message Hello again Mona, I just ordered the pro account. Will my pictures be automatically adapted to the pro format, or do I have to take some other action? Or maybe I have to contact somebody else;-), all new to me. blush
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