Janet DiMattia  

Rabbit Eating Milkweed Leaves by Janet DiMattia

September 2020 - Rabbit Eating Milkweed Leaves

About the Image(s)

This was taken couple of years ago after I discovered who was eating my flowers and garden vegetation. After a few attempts to keep the rabbit away - he received his "pardon" due to cuteness and willingness to be photographed. D500, SS 1/1000. F 5.6. ISO 1200, ambient light. I did reverse it first so that the ears were diagonally to the top right but decided to leave it as taken as it seemed to make the face and eyes more prominent. Suggestions?

7 comments posted

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi Janet,

When I discover a rabbit invading my garden it is an unwelcome surprise but I think your capture of a very cute specimen munching on young, tender milkweed leaves is wonderful! It is as if the invader just crept into the frame treating me to a rare close up view to admire soft furry details, facial features, and what I would personify as a sense of contentment yet watchfulness in the rabbit's eyes. The background is pleasing to me because the soft out of focus background provides the context and makes the subject pop. I too, tried to flip the image horizontally but found your version more appealing. I think this is a great presentation.   Posted: 09/08/2020 11:10:52
Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Thanks, Charissa for commenting on the photo. The focus of the background did bother me a little but decided to rather ignore it as the rabbit was close to it and I wasn't taking a portrait shot. I like your observation that it provides context, etc.
Welcome to Group 6!   Posted: 09/09/2020 10:07:35

Dick States   Dick States
Hi Janet,
This is one great image!!
Love the composition with the rabbit coming in from the left side. Great diagonals with a line going from the hind leg up to the eye with a great highlight. There's also a great diagonal with the ears and the two leaves in the rabbits mouth. Great sharpness and background. A great job of cropping off the rear of the rabbit, which is not needed, with just the front of the rabbit showing. This gives the image more impact.
It's no big thing, but I might use the clone tool and clone out the brown in the upper left corner. After I look at the image for a while my eye wonders up to that spot. This is one great image that's refreshing to look at with lots of impact. That's the name of the game.   Posted: 09/09/2020 20:59:49
Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Thanks, Dick for your comments.
I cannot resist the urge to grab my camera when the little creatures come around. I've had possum, raccoons, turkeys, occasional fox, box turtle lay eggs, which surprises me as I live on a very busy road.
I actually did try to quickly work on the brown spot in the corner by using the skew tool to get rid of it altogether. But that approach distorted the rabbit and made him looked unnatural - so I left it alone.
Glad you liked it.   Posted: 09/10/2020 15:01:36
Dick States   Dick States
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Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Thanks, Dick.
That is what I envisioned it to look like.   Posted: 09/12/2020 17:52:52

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Oh, so very cute! Good for you for getting the shot in the first place. I agree with Dick about the diagonal line-- a plus. I would point out I also liked the counterbalancing leaf at the bottom, the front legs which pretty much parallel the diagonal line above, and then the back legs which also counterbalance. I do also like Dick's deletion of the brown spot at the upper left.

What a cute guy, and looking young, healthy, clean, and showing off lots of different colors for us to enjoy!   Posted: 09/13/2020 16:38:57


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