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Favourites from the zoo!

Unlocker
Posted 18/03/2011 - 00:36 Link
Recent favourites from trips to Whipsnade & London zoos.

Also trying out new frames / borders and would be interested in how you feel about them!

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Smeggypants
Posted 18/03/2011 - 02:47 Link
I don't like your frames/borders. They are distracting to the pics and a bit cheesy IMHO. Take great pics and they don't need the perfume sprayed around them


And you do take great pics, I love the first one. The yawning beast is a superb shot!!
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snappychappy
Posted 18/03/2011 - 07:01 Link
A lovely set, first shot is awesome, 2 and 3 are different, which I like. Last shot is lovely and sharp.
Dhumpy
Posted 18/03/2011 - 08:30 Link
Great images and i also like the frames think they set the images off perfectly.
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08tiger
Posted 18/03/2011 - 09:02 Link
Nice set, different! could see these sitting on someone's office wall.
C&C welcome.
Don.
thoughton
Posted 18/03/2011 - 09:15 Link
Nice set, Feathers is particularly excellent.

i think the frames are fine, although I think making the fonts a fair bit smaller would improve them. Too cramped down there at the moment!
Tim
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Mark-B
Posted 18/03/2011 - 09:49 Link
I really like the Aligator and Feathers shots - even as abstracts you still know what they are.

As Don says - with the frames they would look very good as poster sized prints
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Algernon
Posted 18/03/2011 - 09:55 Link
Nice shots and nice frames. I like the two abstracts best.
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Unlocker
Posted 18/03/2011 - 11:12 Link
Knew the frames would polarise opinion!

@ Smeggy, was trying to go for classy as opposed to cheesy, honest!

@ Gareth, the font is called 'DekoType Naskh' and the line is actually a line of text made up of a lot of underscores _____ ! Still trying out new fonts until I'm happy.

@ Tim, still working on the best font sizes as would like to keep things consistent which poses a problem on portrait v landscape shots. They might look too big on the portrait shots, or lost in the landscape ones. Something to work on.

The frames are a work in progress as well as possibly a logo for a copyright watermark. Unfortunately as others have found, if I'm going to attempt to get serious I'm going to have to protect the images. Working out which options are best though could take time, no one mentioned the copyright in the kite photos as an example.

For those that have the option and want a play with them, it's a free Aperture plugin called BorderFX and it can just apply them on export which helps with my workflow at least!
Mike-P
Posted 18/03/2011 - 12:03 Link
Unlocker wrote:

The frames are a work in progress as well as possibly a logo for a copyright watermark. Unfortunately as others have found, if I'm going to attempt to get serious I'm going to have to protect the images. Working out which options are best though could take time, no one mentioned the copyright in the kite photos as an example.

As I see it the watermark is useless as it can easily be cloned out using a suitable application. I personally will not buy a print with a watermark unless it is from someone suitable famous .. I am buying it for my own pleasure and not to advertise some nobody photographer (no offense intended).

If you became a total celebrity however and the name added value then that would be a different matter.
ISO
Posted 18/03/2011 - 12:04 Link
Excellent shots - assume taken with the Mortar - Agree with Tim that the font is too big. IMO should be 60% of current size so as not to distract from the pic, and I don't think it matters if they differ on Port/Land. Just scale them accordingly.
Unlocker
Posted 18/03/2011 - 12:26 Link
Would not be looking to put watermarks on prints should I get that lucky Mike, as I know how much that would annoy me. Maybe an unobtrusive signature like artists used to do?

This exercise is mainly about how to present the images online and creating an 'online presence'. Now I know that might sound a bit pretentious, but if I'm going to give it a go, trying to create some consistency now would be a great help for the future.

Haven't decided which way to go yet, but the frames do seem popular so far!
Mike-P
Posted 18/03/2011 - 12:38 Link
Unlocker wrote:
Would not be looking to put watermarks on prints should I get that lucky Mike, as I know how much that would annoy me. Maybe an unobtrusive signature like artists used to do?

Bit like PPG but a bit smaller.

As for the photos. not keen on number one as I dislike the wire fence in the background .. I know it saves you getting eaten but I keep looking at it.

Number 2 and 3 I like and the stork looks as though it has just come back from a heavy night down the pub after eating a Kebab and getting most of it round his mouth. You need perfect specimens if you are going to try and sell them I would have thought.
Edited by Mike-P: 18/03/2011 - 12:39
Unlocker
Posted 18/03/2011 - 12:51 Link
Think we can agree on everything there, a lot of these were just practice learning the lens, seeing how it coped on the monopod, testing the K-5 ISO performance etc.

The one that stood out for me was the alligator. That one was with the 60-250 and for me, I can't quite put my finger on it, but the frame gives it a little 'punch'? It's also a PPG entry, so we'll see how it goes!
Unlocker
Posted 18/03/2011 - 13:11 Link
Smaller fonts do seem a bit better.

Dropped the 24 to 18 and the bottom line from 12 to 10 with a shadow.

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