A detail of a herd of zebra in the Kruger Park.
To stimulate some genuine feedback - I went with a fairly wide aperture (partly the time of the day, but mainly through choice) and have a fairly shallow DoF with the muzzle of the foreground zebra fairly sharp and the background stripes starting to blur slightly. Recognising we all have our own opinions what do you think: does this work, or should I have increased the overall sharpness?
BTW - in terms of the title: This is my first post of 2017. 2016 was not the greatest year in many ways. The words of Nelson Mandela (the human being, not the 'saint') can be comforting and inspiring at times like this, and the title is a paraphrase from the first speech he made to the South African people after 27 years in prison. Hamba kahle, tata Madiba and thanks for everything.
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gervaso (16851) 2017-01-05 2:47
I like this shallow depth of field with the focus on the zebra in the foreground, it gives depth to the image even with so few elements. And the patterns created by the stripes look beautiful on the photo! Wonderful and original composition! Very well done!
npecanhuk (78927) 2017-01-05 4:41
I also think the visual impact of this image is wonderful! You had an excellent idea and did an excellent photo job! I love it!
I usually like good sharpness in the pictures, but working with different levels of sharpness can, sometimes, create special and welcome effects and that's the case here!
TFS - congrats,
dkmurphys (65204) 2017-01-05 6:00
Very clever POV, I like the artistic result of zebra stripes. Well done!
Sergiom (89313) 2017-01-05 6:19
Une très belle construction d'image. Le cadrage très serré nous offre des lignes qui partent dans toutes les directions. Très jolie lumière.
Royaldevon (43965) 2017-01-05 6:44
I really like this.
You have used the patterns on the zebra to create this most attractive photograph.
You have really alerted our imaginations but, more importantly, have made us really see this patterns and the textures.
My warm regards,
holmertz (59760) 2017-01-05 8:59
I think the very slight blur suits this composition perfectly. It rather accentuates the shape and sharpness of the muzzle and the very tight composition. It is a refreshingly original way of showing two zebras.
clic (18560) 2017-01-05 12:47
Hello Iain I heard it "straight from the horses mouth" and since it prefers to remain anonymous on your picture, I have to translate: Superb close view captured with shallow depth of field that triggers attention as to whether there is only one zebra or two in your cropping.
lousat (98367) 2017-01-05 14:49
Hi Iain,for me your choice is a winner,lovely idea the DOF on the face and the blurred stripes in the rest of composition. A brave attempt and,for me,a great solution,it's nice to see something of different,and the pic reminds me the symbol of my football team,Juventus,obviously a zebra...ehehe..have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
abmdsudi (58302) 2017-01-05 22:41
Nice choice to go for a partial picture of the animals, you've obviously got a natural eye for pattern and abstract and lovely how the whole frame is filled. The lines are great and with the dof it brings out the front zebra sharp in focus. Personally I would leave everything intact as it is, well envisaged, the image works fine and good to see imagination being used for a shot like this. Excellent shot, and tfs.
kordinator (15433) 2017-01-06 1:19
Nice and very artistic result of zebra stripes.
Nice piece of art.
Visually very nice image.
ktanska (29469) 2017-01-06 4:05
Surely shallow DoF works here. Now head (or mouth or whatever you call that) shows clearly against bit blurred background fur. Fantastic tight framing. Zebras are so recognizable that this is all you need.
kasianowak (10605) 2017-01-06 5:57
You created a beautiful and eye-catching abstract using the patterns on the zebra both as the "main subject" and the background. As for your question regarding DoF, I find it hard to judge as I think both approaches have their merits even though they would both introduce a different feel and focus to the photo. As it is, I really like the slightly out of focus background as it draws the viewers' attention to the animal's snout and that nicely lit bit of grass sticking out of it.
I like your choice of title - timely reminder of those famous words.
Tue (43938) 2017-01-06 12:28
A beautiful close-up photo of these two zebras. We can really see their wonderful patterns so well here and I think the DOF works just fine. The excellent sharpness of the zebra in the foreground shows every tiny little detail. Great photo work!
ChrisJ (119013) 2017-01-06 14:14
Effective tight framing with no wasted space or distracting external elements. The head of the zebra at right superimposes well over the zebra at left. Tfs!
danos (103216) 2017-01-07 2:22
great the moment with the turned head of the herd zebra to outline perfect against its body.The tight frame enhance the beauty as the details of the image.Well done.
BennyV (20733) 2017-01-08 3:11
This is a great shot. Superb crop and framing with great sharpness on the snout in front. Original piece of work, thanks for sharing it.
Best wishes for the new year.
Cricri (126794) 2017-01-08 6:07
Une composition a la fois original, magnifique, bien vu et réaliser, bravo
delpeoples (59886) 2017-01-09 5:04
I'm sorry to hear your 2016 was not the best and sincerely wish you health, happiness and peace in 2017. Everyone deserves these things, especially a nice bloke like you.
To your photo. I like the tight framing here, emphasising the graphism and the duotones of the zebra. I'm not really sure whether I'd choose a shallow depth of field personally, but it certainly has worked for you here. A very artistic, beautifully composed and superbly realised photo. Your photography is phenomenal.
Cheers and have a great week
GyurMaster (7649) 2017-01-14 10:09
Excellent composition, like an abstract drawing. Not an average photo here.