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    A few weeks ago I was out looking for a particular bird and happened to see a group of young Deer playing in the distance. They weren't around very long, but this one stuck around long enough to get a few shots off. I don't often shoot back-lit subjects, but when I saw how the rising sun lit the velvet on his antlers, I couldn't resist.

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    10-15% cropped on all sides to bring him a little closer.

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    Warm and mostly sunny just after sunrise.

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    Nice shot of this fine young buck. Like the lines leading to the buck and the backlighting. Is this a soy field?

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    Hi Daniel - I really like backlit images and have been experimenting with them. This works quite well and I do like how the rim light shows off those antlers against the dark bg. If it were mine I would crop about half the space at the top creating more of a pano comp and avoiding the 50/50 split of the dark bg and the field. I think it also just works better. Keep experimenting.

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    Hi Daniel -- This is very nicely done , liked the backlit scene and the patterns in the field are adding to the frame . AGree with Rachel's Crop suggestion, would provide a nice pano scene. But as presented it also looks nice.

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    Hi Daniel a nice encounter, but whether it's the laptop, or my old tired eyes from a long shooting week, but for me, it just appears thin and needs some oomph? I had gone the other way on the crop, but it can work either way. Techs look OK but I'm surprised no one has suggested a slight change in your shooting set up for this?

    Just my take Daniel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Mack View Post
    Nice shot of this fine young buck. Like the lines leading to the buck and the backlighting. Is this a soy field?
    Thanks John! Yes, it's a soy field that surrounds a nature preserve I often visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Hollander View Post
    Hi Daniel - I really like backlit images and have been experimenting with them. This works quite well and I do like how the rim light shows off those antlers against the dark bg. If it were mine I would crop about half the space at the top creating more of a pano comp and avoiding the 50/50 split of the dark bg and the field. I think it also just works better. Keep experimenting.

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    Great suggestion Rachel! I just looked at it 16:9 in LR with more surface and less sky - looks wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haseeb badar View Post
    Hi Daniel -- This is very nicely done , liked the backlit scene and the patterns in the field are adding to the frame . AGree with Rachel's Crop suggestion, would provide a nice pano scene. But as presented it also looks nice.

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    Thanks Haseeb! I tried a 16:9 crop on it and it looks great. Later on I think I'm going to take Rachel's and Steve's suggestions and RP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Kaluski View Post
    Hi Daniel a nice encounter, but whether it's the laptop, or my old tired eyes from a long shooting week, but for me, it just appears thin and needs some oomph? I had gone the other way on the crop, but it can work either way. Techs look OK but I'm surprised no one has suggested a slight change in your shooting set up for this?

    Just my take Daniel.

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    It's not your "old eyes" Steve ha ha. Looking at this RP, I can see that it could definitely be improved in post. I'm going to take yours and Rachel's suggestions and RP this later on after work.

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    But Daniel this could have been easily addressed 'in camera'.

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    A nice scene Daniel. I like the idea and composition. Steve's RP does add that 'Oomph' to the image.

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