White-tailed doe

Posted by John Meade on Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:50 pm

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Nikon D7100, 200-500mm, Iso 1000, F7.1, 1/160

This is my first time photographing something other than birds and also a first time for trying a black and white conversion. I wanted to see what others thought of it. Advice and suggestions are welcome. 

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by Carol Clarke on Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:21 pm
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I am perhaps not the best person to give advice on b/w conversions of wildlife photography, John.  I think that nature gives us such a wonderful colour palette, it should be celebrated and not stripped back to black and white.  That said, occasionally someone posts a stunning b/w wildlife photo that even I can appreciate!  Scroll down and look at Marc Mol and his amazing ''Returning Home'' Leopard image in b/w - that should show you what to aspire to. :) 

Your image of the little whitetail doe is a fine example for your first try at wildlife, and b/w.  You don't do things by halves, do you, trying both at once!  You have caught a nice alert pose, with pricked ears, flared nostrils and wide eyed stare as she checks you out, and the detail is excellent where it matters most.  Nice tonal quality as well.

I'm sure we will be seeing more wildlife from you, and I look forward to it!

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by david fletcher on Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:31 am
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Excellent capture John. Love the alert pose and attention you have. Nice conversion too!
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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:27 am
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Carol kind of said it all as far as my thoughts are concerned-I don't relate to B&W in a way that I can give you serious feedback. That said, this looks very good to me! And the pose and expression are beautiful. Looking forward to seeing more of your wildlife!
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by Mary Brun on Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:34 pm
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For my personal taste I also really appreciate photos in B / W of a naturalistic genre,
certainly some images lend themselves better than others to this conversion.
I really like this your image, how you have captured and isolated the subject.
I really like the blurry grass in the foreground of light tone which then gradually fades the image to the very dark background.

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by Ron Day on Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:21 pm
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A very fine image. The dark background behind the doe sets her off beautifully. And the eye contact could not be better. I like the black and white conversion and feel it works very well in this instance.

by John Meade on Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:08 pm
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Thank you all for commenting on my image and for the input.

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