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    Kruger National Park, September 2020.

    While my companion and I waited patiently and quietly by the hyena den, one by one the clan members started coming out. They were many. Two little cubs sniffled the air but decided it was not safe enough to exit. One of the adults went back to check on the little ones while a brave youngster came to investigate

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    Hope you like this. And thank you so much for taking the time to view.
    Comments and RP's welcome and much appreciated

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    Hi Gabriela -- Your passion for this specie directly translates into their images. Such a fine image with superb IQ and lovely low POV. I liked that soft muted colours and that sneaky look by the Hyena, as if it is upto something.

    I also liked the way those legs are positioned , forming a "M".

    Very nicely done.

    TFS !

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    Thank you so much, Haseeb.

    Talking about passion...Well, it started with the lions. And then brown hyenas. Then leopards. Then spotted hyenas. I have now fallen in love with the Wild Dogs too

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    You need to see the Tiger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haseeb badar View Post
    You need to see the Tiger.
    I know. See the Tiger then photograph the Tiger and go home sit for hours by the computer and look at the images till the wee hours. Fall in love with Tiger. Then sell business and property and move to India...

    Don't tempt me
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    Haha �� can we swap places ?

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    Only with one condition: if we swap jobs as well
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    I am more than willing to do that.

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    Nicely seen Gabriela,

    loving the low POV and eye contact, telling the story of a young Hyena very well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriela Plesea View Post
    I have now fallen in love with the Wild Dogs too
    What's taken you soooo long.

    TFS


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    Hi Gabriela, cool capture, I like the apprehensive look and 'crossed' legs at the front, perspective works, but a tad more above would be nice.

    With the pup slightly moving more SS (1600-2000, you have the ISO) and probably a bit more DoF ie f/6.3 , as I feel all of the head needs to be all in focus, but it appears little soft, I'm guessing FP was around the neck/left ear as viewed? Using some simple luminosity masks, (or calculation), does bring some Tonal range back in Gabriela, - time for some homework.

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    I like this one. The soft earth tones are nice. The framing is right on. Neat how the front foot and rear foot touch each other.

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    Thank you so much Marc, Steve, and John,

    Marc, I have only had very few opportunities to spend time with the WD, previous encounters were just too brief

    Steve yes, of course, I will add some canvas at the top, this is FF . Shot a number of frames at various settings but chose to work on this one because of that cute look, will check what else I have on this chap. Will check FP, I usually delete if not between the eyes. And work on that tonal range

    John, glad you noticed how the feet touch. By the way the footprints of the forefeet the Spotted Hyena are larger than those of the hind feet, this is because of the heavy built forequarters.
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    Lovely shot Gabriela but it looks a little flat to me, here is one to consider - maybe I have made it a little to contrasting but I think a little more depth and tonal expression is needed?

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    Hello Jon

    You're back, yay! And yes to more depth and tone!

    Thank you so much for taking the time, buddy. We missed you around here

    Warmest regards,
    Gabriela Plesea

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