Linda M Medine  

The Thinker by Linda M Medine

September 2021 - The Thinker

September 2021 - Linda M Medine


September 2021 - Linda M Medine

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About the Image(s)

This image was taken a the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA, February 24, 2021. This image was taken at 12:00 noon, with D500 Nikon, 1/160, f 2.8f, ISO 100. I enjoy taking animals and their expressions. I thought of the "The Thinker” when I saw this guy’s pose. I used a texture and put a little frame around it. How can I improve this image. Thank you.

6 comments posted

Randy Andre   Randy Andre
I really like this picture, what a pose!!! The texture is great, the clarity looks good. The frame at the bottom of the photo is different from the sides/top. I am not crazy about the background, particularly the "lines/ripples" that seem to roll off is head area like waves. I do wonder what he is thinking about.   Posted: 09/01/2021 02:15:52

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Linda - to my eyes the most striking aspect of this image is the way the tones vary so much to define the fur so clearly. Actually I am surprised you achieved such clarity with f/2.8; were you a long distance away? Anyhow, the focus on the face (including the eyes) seems bang on and I guess the focus does fall off a bit towards the far shoulder (not to the detriment of the image). I think this animal image is great.
The background did bother me as Randy said, particularly above the hand on the head since the lines seemed to imply a shwoosh of motion. The other aspect is that I feel that the tonality of the background blends too much for my taste with subject; I think I would be tempted to lighten (dodge) the background following the contours of the subject, to brighten the areas directly beside him (her?) so as to add contrast as well as framing.
  Posted: 09/05/2021 14:38:01

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hi Linda - I really like your portrait! The pose, the expression, the exposure, the sharpness / detail are all really well done. I much prefer the original image without the added texture for all the reasons stated by Randy and Gerard. A little editing of the original background, I feel, is all that is needed.   Posted: 09/05/2021 18:58:38

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Linda,
You managed to capture a sharp, well exposed image of the gorilla. He seems to be smiling as he thinks. I agree that the original background is more suitable. The gorilla stands out more against a lighter background.   Posted: 09/06/2021 12:47:40

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Linda, this is a terrific image and there is definitely a touch of the Stan Laurel's about this animal's expression - so well done for capturing it. Unlike some of the others I quite like your use of a textured background but would adjust the swirls around the top of the head as I find those distracting. An alternative title might be 'That's another fine mess you've got me into!'   Posted: 09/07/2021 11:38:10
Randy Andre   Randy Andre
I like the Stan Laurel reference, now I would like to see Stan's image imposed on the gorilla's image or facing the gorilla.   Posted: 09/12/2021 01:43:13


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