Alan Welch  

Here's Looking at You by Alan Welch

December 2019 - Here's Looking at You

About the Image(s)

Nikon D750 1/640 f2.8 ISO 100

This was taken at Valley of Fire State Park about 50 miles east of Las Vegas.

I darkened the background a little to make the animal standout.
Process: I didn’t do much. I darkened the background a little.

Everyone’s comments are appreciated. I just purchased a Tamron 70-200 lens and have been playing with it.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Alan, I love Valley of Fire State Park! I didn't see any critters there! Did you run your Topaz Clarity or Topaz Detail on him? If you have Light Room, the new Texture slider is amazing and will really add detail those red rocks. I think that would really help him come to life.

You got a catch light in his eye, which is critical in animal shots. Do you have a pic with his full body? I think he needs be in his entirety. Other than his missing body, I think this shot has potential and him looking back at us is sweet. Nice title, too!

  Posted: 12/01/2019 17:35:59

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Nice capture. Like it.   Posted: 12/01/2019 21:38:36

Nice picture. The background is nice, and I like the grass at the left hand side too. Like it.   Posted: 12/01/2019 22:47:58

I did not use Topaz at all. I also don't have the complete animal in the picture. I tried using the Texture Slider in Lightroom and like the improvement in the hair. I have posted it here.   Posted: 12/02/2019 15:30:30
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Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
Wow , good catch and great use of that new zoom lens !

I really like the two different textures and colors here between the red rocks and the coarse haired goat.

I like the expression and position of him looking back at you. Per Brenda's comment... the full body might have been nice, though the way you cropped it is pretty decent I think for what you have to work with.

If I were to make one tiny nitpick, it looks like the focus point is not on his eyes (though can't tell if it is just behind or just in front). While nature can be quick and difficult to capture, the best images often are sharp right to the eyes of the creature. Perhaps something to practice as you continue to venture out with the new lens.   Posted: 12/03/2019 15:14:22

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
My first set of comments seems to have been lost, ho hum! The main point for me is the bright rear end of the animal draws the eye to the least interesting part of the image.   Posted: 12/07/2019 13:23:43