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    Default Black Rhino calf or hook-lipped Rhino

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    Keeping up the 'African' postings, here is a shot of a rather feisty calf. Mum was close by snoozing, whilst this we guy was out to protect her, doing little mock charges and snorting. We kept a healthy comfort zone so as not to stress him, as it took some time to finally reach these two in the dense bush. They were easy to spot from our original vantage point much higher up, but at ground level they just disappear very easily in the bush. Mum was just to the right.

    I could remove the grass, but feel it looks more 'natural. A fabulous experience to be so close to such an endangered species.

    Thanks to those who posted or viewed on the last posting.

    Steve

    Subject: Black Rhino calf or hook-lipped Rhino (Diceros bicornis)
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    Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
    Lens: EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT
    Exposure: 1/1000s at f/11 ISO1000
    Original format: Landscape, very slight crop on the sides & top
    Processed via: LRC 9.4 & PS2020
    Last edited by Steve Kaluski; 09-26-2020 at 08:31 AM.
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    Excellent processing, very nice as presented, I suspect a square crop would also work well. You obviously thought about DOF, a good choice of aperture.

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    Steve, I love this little chap! As well as the story behind the image, thank you for sharing!

    Completely agree with Jon, superb work in the field as well as PP work! Subject stands out beautifully and you have managed to emphasise its facial features so well.

    Exposure spot on and colours look natural. Good thinking on DoF - not an easy one here, on the one hand you want the whole head of the rhino sharp and in focus, on the other you have to consider the vegetation in the BG.
    Comp looks good, glad you did not remove the grass blade ( gives depth ). Enjoyed viewing, very much

    Warmest regards,
    Gabriela Plesea

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    The light doesn't look ideal but you handled it very well. Detial looks great. I like the pose and the setting. Is ISO 10000 a typo should it be 1000?

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    Thanks folks.

    I suspect a square crop would also work well.
    Not square Jon, but certainly 8x10 vertical.

    The light doesn't look ideal but you handled it very well.
    In what way John, what gives you that impression?

    Is ISO 10000 a typo should it be 1000?
    Yes & sorted, thank you John.
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    Looking real good here Steve....Beautiful detail on the head. The FG grasses. 'put you at the scene'...The BG looks nice with the 2 different trees forming a triangle for the Rhino to be in..What a pose.

    Will

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    Pretty late on this Steve, but glad i checked it out.

    Really liked the framing with that head popping inquisitively. Superb details and IQ as always. I find the other Rhino in the BKG a bit distracting, I think you could replace it with the vegetation.

    Overall a nice frame, TFS !

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    I like the cheecky look of him, like he is up to some mischief. Also I like the way you copmosed the image Steve, it works vey well with the rhino in the center and looking at you. The pricked up ears just add to the image. Ah, I almost forgot; he;s nicely framed by the two trees in the BG left and right.

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    Thanks folks.

    Cheers Dan, BTW how did you get on in the mountains, drop me a line.
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