Kathleen Sims, APSA  

"Giraffe" by Kathleen Sims, APSA

January 2020 - "Giraffe"

January 2020 - Kathleen Sims, APSA


About the Image(s)

This photo was taken indoor a few weeks ago at a local zoo with my I-Phone. Post processing was done using Picasa 3. Very few adjustments were made. I only sharpened and increased the saturation. I then selected the animal to clean up the background. Lastly I cropped, resized and added a boarder.

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7 comments posted

Joan Funk   Joan Funk
Great pose for the giraffe, but the face is not sharp. Indoors with an iphone would require much more light for a faster shutter speed. It looks like the focus was on the giraffe's neck, which is much sharper than the face. You can tell the iphone where to focus by touching the spot (the face) before you take the photo.   Posted: 01/07/2020 11:15:00

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
I think it is plenty sharp. Good pose. I am reminded of the restaurant patron after eating an excellent meal asked to meet the chef. He asked the chef, "What kind of stove did you use?"

  Posted: 01/10/2020 18:11:15

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
What a fun image! I think the angle of the neck and head make this a pleasing composition. I do like the coloring (both in the giraffe and background) in the original better. It feels more authentic. Not sure if the original is actually the image you altered (looking at the position of the mouth). Also not sure what I am seeing just outside the mouth on the processed image. Would love to see a bit of a catch light in the eyes even if you have to insert it.   Posted: 01/12/2020 19:40:52
Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
You caught what I missed. The enclosure was so tight I was focusing on avoiding the wires and fencing so I took a lot of shots. This one is probably one second later. It's a new I-Phone for me so I'm learning how to use the many options it offers.   Posted: 01/16/2020 17:33:18

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Good pose. I liked the composition. Lighting is Ok. Just missed the catch light, what about adding it? The image looks sharp to me. If you have selected the blue background of the original image, the color distractions on the edge of the animal body could have been avoided. The given original seems to be from the series of images taken and not the altered one.   Posted: 01/16/2020 11:59:21

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
It's wonderful that you captured the griaffe looking at you. I love the pose and that you removed the fence and the branches. The giraffe is not as sharp as I'd like. Why did you choose a solid purple background rather than keeping the original blue with the slight cloud texture? Just curious.   Posted: 01/24/2020 12:49:40

Bogdan Bricelj   Bogdan Bricelj
Nice animal portrait! I Agree with Joan, that the face is not sharp enough. It's possible, that you used digital zoom getting not enough pixels. I also prefer original color of background.   Posted: 01/25/2020 15:43:10