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Cold Comfort
Cold Comfort
dahkota


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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: National Zoo
Date: Nov 14, 2005
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 15, 2005

Back and forth, back and forth. Couldn't decide between three images, so I finally settled on this one. Why? I connected with this one emotionally. Poor guy was sad and tired and just wanted a little comfort from his mother. She wasn't having any of it. Watched them for at least a half hour. Did get a picture of him peeing into his hand. Not sure what that was about. :)

To edit - I edited this so many times as I changed how I wanted it portrayed. In this version, I know I used a little USM on the gorillas, a little guassian blur on the entire , a little dodging on the background, brightened up his eyes (catchlights were there), cropped, resized, saved for web.

Hope you enjoy... :)
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Wow! Thank you for all the comments! A personal best for me. As to the crop a few mentioned, from my 'point of view' the mother might as well have been a stump. She avoided all contact with her baby and, less than 30 seconds after this shot was taken, she pushed him away. Maybe its the baby's age, maybe it was her mood. I will never know...

Thanks again!

Statistics
Place: 13 out of 519
Avg (all users): 6.8786
Avg (commenters): 8.4800
Avg (participants): 6.8462
Avg (non-participants): 6.9722
Views since voting: 2377
Views during voting: 444
Votes: 280
Comments: 41
Favorites: 13 (view)


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11/17/2007 11:21:36 PM
He probably peed in his hand because it was warm ! :) I had a mom like this,I didn't pee in my hand but when she was asleep I would tiptoe into her room and put her hand against my cheek, a little 'affection theft' I guess ya could call it.
Defintely related to this!
Great image!
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09/08/2006 08:57:54 PM
That's a terrific shot! You really nailed the focus on his eyes, and your storytelling is perfect with the title. Funny - almost exactly the same placement, score, and percentile as mine in Free Study XII. You got more comments, though. :)
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12/09/2005 01:30:03 PM
Wonderful photo! Congratulations on your top 20 finish!
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12/09/2005 09:11:40 AM
A touching and unique scene!
Very, very nice! :)
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12/08/2005 09:25:07 PM
Excellent excellent excellent!!! Way to go with the top 13!!
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12/08/2005 07:24:05 PM
beautiful shot..congrats on your wonderful finish..well deserved!
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12/08/2005 11:36:07 AM
Touching, touching and forever touching. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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12/08/2005 11:17:29 AM
Way to go Courtenay!!! WOW this is gorgeous! I had this pegged for a ribbon, but congrats on your new PB and a fantastic finish in a VERY tough challenge. Great job!
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12/08/2005 10:34:37 AM
Congratulations on your personal best with this great capture. I expected it to at least be in the top 10 if not top 5. Great finish anyway in such a tough challenge.
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12/08/2005 09:14:37 AM
I pegged this for top 5 - maybe even a ribbon. Really emotive and wonderful.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 11:50:24 PM
Man, this is gorgeous. Great detail and definition in the fur, perfect lighting, great job with his eyes, excellent pose...love it!
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12/07/2005 12:05:40 PM
What a mommas boy. LOL. Excellent lighting. Title is right on. Good luck in the challenge.
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12/06/2005 08:51:46 PM
Wonderful emotional shot.
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12/06/2005 10:23:24 AM
Compostion: 10
Technical: 10
Appeal: 10
Challenge: 10
Overall: 10
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12/06/2005 07:18:54 AM
i would have cropped a little tighter.
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12/05/2005 05:46:30 PM
How sweet. This is really nice.
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12/05/2005 05:36:47 PM
For me, this is the clear cut winner. Congratulations on capturing a perfect mood and expression. Your editing is flawless and IMO one of the best entries of any challenge. A truly 1 of a kind image... VERY WELL DONE!
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12/05/2005 01:43:26 PM
Man, this more beautiful than a lot of human portraits I've seen. Great job on this.
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12/05/2005 07:46:06 AM
Wow... what a deep image. This image makes an impact... those eyes! GREAT capture!!!!! I love the softness of this image as well... was that a filter or post processing, or ????
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12/05/2005 07:31:59 AM
cold comfort, but warm hearts melt when looking at this photo
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12/04/2005 04:19:02 PM
one of your best
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12/04/2005 02:55:01 PM
wow color's are so perfect
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12/04/2005 01:55:49 PM
Very expressive/emotive portrait. Good work.
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12/04/2005 12:03:55 PM
Wow, what a tender moment you've captured. Great shot.
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12/03/2005 11:36:15 AM
One of my favorites so far :)
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12/03/2005 08:51:46 AM
Amazing shot
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12/03/2005 07:17:50 AM
Ahw that's a great capture of a lovely expression!

Wish I could vote on it, I would give it a 9 !
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12/03/2005 01:02:02 AM
I love it. Could be a National Geographic photo. :)
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12/02/2005 09:57:46 PM
How sweet and and excellent capture - 10
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12/02/2005 05:59:06 AM
8 - Good capture, including character, good colors. Criticism; looks too over processed in my opinion.
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12/01/2005 10:49:20 PM
great use of light!..mood-evoking shot
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12/01/2005 10:46:25 PM
Postively exceptional. You've created a masterpiece. 10+++
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12/01/2005 06:10:42 PM
So sweet. Wish the highlight in the eyes had been lightened a little more. One of my favorites.
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12/01/2005 12:40:44 PM
The monkey is cute
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12/01/2005 11:49:59 AM
Wow... Stunning... 10
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12/01/2005 09:53:21 AM
omg..this is perfect! Don't change a thing! 10
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12/01/2005 09:45:58 AM
What makes this shot good is the expression and body posture of this little gorilla. In those beautiful soulful eyes we see a creature in search of comfort - and we make a connection with that need.. He/she leans on the mother figure for comfort and warmth. The only critique I have for this shot is that the emotional & visual impact would be greatly improved if you had included the mother in this shot (specifically if you might have been lucky enough to capture the mother looking down at the child that would give us a sense that she is looking down fondly at her offspring).
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12/01/2005 09:07:51 AM
This is excellent. The glint in the eye and the subtle lighting against the blurred background makes for a stunning emotive image. Well done! 9
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12/01/2005 03:52:34 AM
Beautifully done. Love the focus, detail and colours. A bit uncomfortable with where it's cutting off at the top, still love the result.
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12/01/2005 01:45:41 AM
Great Shot!!! Can't wait to read the details!!!
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12/01/2005 01:18:04 AM
amazing emotion that you have managed to capture here!!
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