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    Patiently after waiting over 20 minutes, the badgers slowly began to emerge, eye sight poor, but smell - like a blood hound. Note the size of bugs in the air!!!!

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

    Steve

    Subject: Badger (Mustelidae Mephitidae)
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    Lens: EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT HH
    Exposure: 1/800s at f/6.3 ISO640
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    Processed via: LRC 2021 (10.4) & PS2021 (22.05.0)
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    Hi Steve ... your patience paid well .
    I personally think they are very special subjects ... so far I never had the chance to see one , so I am envious , LOL .
    All around the image does look good , IMHO , I would have just preferred to have the LHS cleaner ... but might be unavoidable due to the location .
    And I think the dark tones are slightly dense , specially in the left badger .... personal taste .
    Still enjoy viewing this nice shot .... and think it really nice to get out in the open with that much of light !!!!!!!

    Very cool !!!!

    TFS Andreas

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    Perhaps sculpting the light needs a tweak?
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    Steve ... you know I am " complaining " on a high level , so up to you if you want to do a bit of " light sculpting " ..... as you have been already sculpting the light , might be in the " wrong areas " from my POV . In the end your call ....

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    You can only follow the light.
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    Quite a nice frame of these badgers. I do like the bugs top left corner. Where is the fourth badger?

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    In the centre, hidden John.
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    Is this a venue you can go to regularly or is it a one off? I am thinking the badgers ideally need to be a little more visible, would it be possible to put something there for them to climb on and go rooting around above grass level. The lighting I suspect would be a problem for most photographers unless you could visit the set in early summer.
    The badgers look well exposed but I am not at all keen on the large tree stump on the left, is it possible to tone it down some more?

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    Surface to say Jon, the location was in the days of the launch of the Olympus camera. The tree doesn’t worry me otherwise I would have cropped it. I think things can get too sterile at times, but do take your point.
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    Cute little fellas and I must say they are a lot prettier than ours here in SA...but ours are tougher, LOL.

    As usual from you, a well composed image (I would certainly leave the tree in for a couple of reasons but most importantly because it adds context), exposure looks great, nice colours, good detail, and super cute pose. Love the little flowers:)

    Would have liked to see the Badgers noses - what were they up to, Steve? Just foraging, exploring surroundings? Must be cubs, they look so small...Awesome sighting well captured, I am a little jealous

    Have a wonderful rest of the evening,

    Warmest regards,
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Thanks Gabriela, looking forward to seeing some of the pics from your trip, great to see you had an awesome time, greetings too, to the guide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Kaluski View Post
    Thanks Gabriela, looking forward to seeing some of the pics from your trip, great to see you had an awesome time, greetings too, to the guide.
    Thank you very much Steve, shall pass on your greetings first thing in the morning, for my guide is already asleep Busy preparing to share an image from the Kruger trip, and hopefully some more at the week-end
    Gabriela Plesea

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