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Otter shaking water off

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Post edited over 3 years ago by Doctor Mabuse. (4 edits in all)
Jan 23, 2017 05:36 |  #1


I can't decide if this shot is any good. For every time I look at it and convince myself it's quite unusual and interesting, I look at it again and think meh.

Needless to say I didn't set this up on purpose, but sod's law states that the critter you've been patiently tracking for hours will invariably select the one rock for miles around that is directly in line with the sun to hop out of the sea and start shaking herself off!

I kept shooting anyway, not expecting anything to come of it. But this one turned up when I reviewed the images and it caught my eye somehow.

The shape and form are quite strong I think - could I go B&W?

Expert feedback needed please, even if it's negative! :)

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Jan 23, 2017 10:10 |  #2

I don't know if you have tried to boost the shadows more, but that's all I can think of. If that doesn't work, I think this gets files as an "almost" shot. I'd keep it for the story, but probably as a personal memory more than anything.

I like it otherwise though.

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Jan 23, 2017 10:20 |  #3

I think what is missing is the feeling of motion. If you google shaking dogs there are a lot of images that convey the feeling of movement like their head being twisted in odd angles, fur flying, ears flapping, odd facial expressions, etc. Your image, the otter looks rather normal.

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Jan 23, 2017 11:11 |  #4

For me it's hard to tell if the water is splash from the ocean or the Otter shaking because the shot is so dark.
Have you done any post editing?

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Jan 25, 2017 06:01 |  #5

I think an unusual shot like this means more to the taker than the beholder. The high contrast precludes one from seeing detail in the main subject so it becomes more of a silhouette type image. To me, the background is too bright but not much one can do about that.

Never not take the photo though!


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