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Copyright: Mike Spencer (mcnk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 117 W: 11 N: 88] (747)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-28
Categories: Nature
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Primates - Apes & Monkeys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-06 20:36
Viewed: 1932
Points: 7
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Near the Amber Fort in Jaipur there are many scavengers.
These were unusual in that they don't usually engage in eye contact, unlike many of the hungry people who beg there. This young monkey was an exception.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To brunorsantana: Great workshopmcnk 2 03-08 07:49
To mortcdz: Thanks for your encouraging words.mcnk 1 03-07 19:36
To andtine: Langourmcnk 1 03-07 19:16
To atomas59: Thanksmcnk 1 03-07 18:45
To skhawar: Comment or Critique?mortcdz 1 03-07 10:16
To skhawar: Maybe I've mist something.atomas59 1 03-06 21:48
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great portrait.

Hi Mike,
Athought the subject is quite interesting, the photo itself is a bit weak and of a poor quality. Too red, overexposed? or push too much? The fur of the animal blend into the back ground, lack of definition, on his face, specially around the nostril.
I've done a workshop on it with some correction.

Hope it wasn't the comments above that made him look so sad :-) I don't mind so much that the fur and background blend (although I would clone out the grey person shaped blob in the top right) I think the monkeys face is the key focus in this shot and would agree that the detail needs bringing out more to add character to the shot. Sharpening the eyes (ideally at the time the shot was taken) and a contrast boost would help.


Olá, Mike!

Not the perfect shot, but a good try. Good
focus but I think that a bit more sharpness
and contrast would be better. So I did a WS
and hope you like it, my friend. TFS, mate!

Greetings from Brazil,

Personally I like the way that the fur blends in with the background and fades into the face - not something that works generally with a human portrait but an interesting effect for an animal portrait. The fur does look a little overexposed on the right of the frame, and that dark blob in the background could be cloned out to tidy the picture, but for me the key focus is the eyes. You've focussed in on them well (although shot is not as sharp as it could be) and its that which makes the picture, not the fur, not the background.
Thanks for sharing

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