IMHO the background trees/hills are important and should stay. This is a fast crop...
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But then, after seeing pontiac's version and reading Tpgettys' suggestions, in the first version, the deer does look a bit big; however, pontiac's slight crop fixes that and the deer looks right.
A wee bit of deer shadow might be all it then needs to set it off.
Honestly, though, if you hadn't said that you put the deer in the picture, I wouldn't have suspected that you did.
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I think the perspective works - it just looks as if you got really close to photograph the deer. The second crop improves the perspective. I’m not sure about the necessity for a shadow, but a skillfully applied one would probably enhance the photo. It needs something, though. Just don’t know what. (He probably needs a friend)
I agree with Clive that the background hills/trees are important and should stay. To my uninitiated eye the size of the deer is just fine and like Buckskin I would not have known that you added the deer to this photo if you hadn't said so. It looks so natural there. I have taken the liberty of adding a very slight shadow under the deer but to be honest I don’t know that it really needs that. I also cloned out a dark spot on the shore edge of that middle bit of land. Anyway FWIW this is my take on it.
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Thanks for the input.....still thinking on this. Looking at the original picture of the deer and the location, I don't think the scale is a problem. To help the deer not to look like it was pasted in place, I duplicated it and placed the duplicate below the original. I then added a slight gaussian blur. This is my own technique and I think it worked pretty well.
Helen, I think the problem is with the hooves. The grass is still attached to them a little bit to the legs and that is what makes the deer look out of place in the sand. Usually there would be indents where the deer is standing in the sand. Perhaps you can clone the grass out of the original deer and reinsert?
I had tried a reflection and didn't think it looked right. but after seeing Karen's suggestion and seeing Pat and Tom's comment, I tried it again. Not sure if it looks good or not. I don't think the reflection would be as dark as the grasses in the background.....but I really don't know. Here's my attempt.....what do you think?
Just went back to look at the original deer. Think I may do this over.....the front legs look too thin.