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MAJESTIC
2nd PlaceMAJESTIC
AlexSaberi


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Richmond Park, London
Date: Jan 20, 2007
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 250
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2007

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Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments.

I used Alot of tonemapping on this to get the desired effect. I wanted it to look dramatic. Burnt more of the sky, sharpened the Deer. Neatimaged the clouds a bit. and the usual curves and hue-sat, and selective colour.

Cheers

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Outtake


Statistics
Place: 2 out of 218
Avg (all users): 8.2510
Avg (commenters): 9.0896
Avg (participants): 8.1009
Avg (non-participants): 8.3662
Views since voting: 22140
Views during voting: 719
Votes: 251
Comments: 136
Favorites: 88 (view)


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03/23/2011 04:50:52 AM
Love the focus... oh deer.
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01/24/2008 01:21:00 PM
Again, wonderful shot....I have them saved as one of my favorites, but this is a bull elk, which is in the deer family....
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08/25/2007 12:38:40 AM
you are incredible
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02/23/2007 07:38:46 AM
ultra fantastico, Its just a wow.Well done again Alex
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02/03/2007 04:04:38 PM
The sky is very cool and adds a lot to the photo. Great job
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02/01/2007 09:11:15 PM
so very beautiful - I could stare at this photo forever.
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01/31/2007 06:59:22 PM
I love the angle -- Perfect head shot.

Mitch
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01/30/2007 06:31:29 PM
Superb. When I saw it on the homepage I thought, "that's like the deer in Richmond Park", and then that's where its from. Wonderful.
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01/30/2007 01:53:01 PM
Outstanding and beautiful piece of work! Congrats on your ribbon!
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01/29/2007 07:11:36 PM
stunning...what beautiful work!
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01/29/2007 06:31:58 PM
Congrats on your ribbon! This is an AMAZING shot! once i saw it i cannot look away from it!
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01/29/2007 06:11:47 PM
Outstanding work Alex. Totally worthy of such an honored standing amongst the sites very best.
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01/29/2007 06:11:42 PM
Congratulations, you're on a roll!
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01/29/2007 05:46:37 PM
Only 9 votes 5 and under, Thats fantastic
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01/29/2007 05:01:00 PM
I looked at this and then looked again, was it a 9 or a 10. The stag, such a noble subject...gave it 10!
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01/29/2007 03:49:10 PM
Fantastic piece of work you did here, congrats.
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01/29/2007 03:39:51 PM
HOLY BUJESSUS!
this is amazing!
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01/29/2007 02:20:07 PM
After looking at your portfolio for about the 10th time in the past year. I have to ask. Do you walk around with salt pellets in your pocket that these awesome beasts just follow you and your camera around? You have several great photos like this one. Very Amazing shot. I would have pinned the blue on this if it were up to only me.
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01/29/2007 01:12:35 PM
Excellent photo! Congratulations! Also, congratulations for achieving one of the highest scores on DPC!
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01/29/2007 12:53:37 PM
Wow! Just wow, I love the what you have done in making this subject so dramatic. I didn't both to enter this contest because all the animals here are brown, so I figured a brown and white would not ribbon. Boy did you prove me wrong, using the sky and the colors on the horns and just everything is perfection.
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01/29/2007 11:38:19 AM
An absolute stunner, tops in my book. Congratulations on winning the red ribbon in this very tough challenge!
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01/29/2007 11:22:20 AM
Wow - stunning!! Absolutely gorgeous! Congrats on the red ribbon!
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01/29/2007 10:52:10 AM
Congrats Alex, I bet you were convinced all week with an 8+ score that you would have this one in the bag. I would have loved to seen your face this morning when you turned your computer on and find you didn't take the bluey but (only) the red ribbon :)
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01/29/2007 10:23:32 AM
Bad news Alex... I'm gonna have to ban you. I used to OWN the 70-200 lens page, but you've been blowing right through it with these so-called "amazing" photos. Oh, suuuuure... that's fine if you like amazing. Some of us are into mediocre and would appreciate a little consideration. Sorry dude, but I really have no choice. You can come back when you switch to Nikon or buy a lens I can't afford.

*mumble*stinkinfreakinawesomephotographer*mumble*
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01/29/2007 10:08:44 AM
congrats on 2nd! Its an amazing photo!
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01/29/2007 09:57:31 AM
Fabulous!
Well deserved ribbon!
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01/29/2007 09:14:33 AM
Congrats was in my top 10, liked it a lot.
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01/29/2007 08:23:11 AM
My daughter thought it looked like a museum display, I thought it looked like an "AlexSaberi" :) As usual, breathtaking!
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01/29/2007 07:19:30 AM
This is also the one I had picked for 2nd place! Those are some of my favorite animals -- and this is about the best photo of one I've ever seen!

Congratulations -- man -- the voters dis an excellent job this time :)

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01/29/2007 06:25:42 AM
Alex you are on a roll...this is so majestic and powerful...glad to see you got another ribbon mate!

Your score from commenters is amazing!
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01/29/2007 06:22:50 AM
Breathtaking shot and Huge score!! Congratulations on your ribbon with this amazing shot!!
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01/29/2007 06:10:04 AM
Originally posted by legalbeagle:

And we were only talking about multiple 8+ contests the day before yesterday...!

Congrats on Red - bad luck that you came up against some superb competition!!


Multiple 8's puts both the blue and red from this competition in the top shots ever on DPC. Blue is 7th and this photo is 11th. Incredible stats and some tough competition! Congrats on a great accomplishment and photo!

Message edited by author 2007-01-29 19:22:36.
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01/29/2007 05:24:12 AM
And we were only talking about multiple 8+ contests the day before yesterday...!

Congrats on Red - bad luck that you came up against some superb competition!!
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01/29/2007 05:14:52 AM
Bloddy hell.... Couldn´t let me have the 5D highscore for more than 2 months now could you... Think it´ll be yours from now on, wich is cool dude cause now I can explain to my wife why I need to upgrade when the time comes :)

Congrats dude!
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01/29/2007 04:48:47 AM
Congrats on your red, very well done.
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01/29/2007 04:30:50 AM
The highest scoring red ribbon ever. Congrats! I think.
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01/29/2007 04:11:56 AM
Where do you find all these deers. Beautiful!
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01/29/2007 03:39:26 AM
ooooooh deer not another red
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01/29/2007 03:32:13 AM
Avg (commenters): 9.0896 This is unbelievable...
Congrats on your new PB and the 8.25, outstanding.
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01/29/2007 03:22:36 AM
Congratulations
I knew this one would ribon
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01/29/2007 02:55:28 AM
Wow, these wildlife challenges have been your shing star. Congrats on the ribbon and the new personal best!
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01/29/2007 02:45:54 AM
Totally STUNNING - you should be so very proud. Amazing capture.
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01/29/2007 01:28:18 AM
Congrats, 8.251!!!!!!!!
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01/29/2007 01:17:25 AM
Congratulations on a well-earned win. Beautiful shot of a very majestic animal.
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01/29/2007 01:09:43 AM
Congratulations, this was the shot I was really concerned about and I should have been, wow so close. Anyway this is an amazing shot, love it!
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01/29/2007 12:48:54 AM
Jayzus...over an 8 and you get SECOND place? Hard luck bro - fabulous shot. No disrespect to the winner, but this was the winner in my eyes.
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01/29/2007 12:44:19 AM
Gorgeous image, Alex. Your shot and Susans were truly the best in the challenge. Congratulations on the red.
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01/29/2007 12:28:11 AM
Congratulations ... Well deserved ribbon.
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01/29/2007 12:19:54 AM
Congrats! I love this and gave it a 10! Stunning!
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01/29/2007 12:16:58 AM
Stunning in every way. Congrats.
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01/29/2007 12:15:16 AM
Congrats on two Red Ribbons on the home page this week
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01/29/2007 12:13:06 AM
Great photo congrats for the ribon.
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01/29/2007 12:10:19 AM
One of my tens so you know I think it is deserving of a ribbon. Congrats.
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01/29/2007 12:09:37 AM
Ha! you are such a liar saberi! I knew this was you. Great shot! Outdone again by the Alex man...
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01/29/2007 12:09:29 AM
I figured this was yours. Congratulations. You can't get any more wild than this.
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01/29/2007 12:07:55 AM
Congratulation on your red ribbon. I knew that this entry was going to do well.
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01/29/2007 12:05:10 AM
Congrat on Ribbon
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01/29/2007 12:04:47 AM
I had this pegged as #1 and gave it a 10. But second it great too!
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01/29/2007 12:03:43 AM
I thought this might be yours... Gorgeous shot. Congratulations!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2007 11:51:45 PM
holy $#@! this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!
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01/28/2007 10:12:33 PM
Fantastic portrait.
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01/28/2007 06:14:12 PM
Love the post-processing choices with saturation and sky color. The elk really pops. I'm really sorry about the one piece of horn sticking out of the photo, but it doesn't detract much. The square crop is effective here. 9.
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01/28/2007 05:01:00 PM
Wow!! Very well done!
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01/28/2007 11:00:18 AM
Tack sharp focus and nice framing. I really like the background. Nice.
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01/28/2007 10:19:25 AM
Indeed, majestic. Well done.
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01/28/2007 09:30:04 AM
Almost perfect, let me explain, the subject is so perfect in focus, while the background being so soft, pulls my eye away from the Elk, (hard to explain). Solid 9 all the same.
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01/28/2007 06:22:51 AM
Beauty portrait. I like the background.
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01/28/2007 03:59:56 AM
Beautiful shot, great lighting and detail.
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01/27/2007 10:00:44 PM
Outstanding capture.
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01/27/2007 06:42:50 PM
beautiful and I love the ominus clouds
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01/27/2007 06:01:06 PM
Fantastic! Well exposed with great exposure range that captures detail in both the sky and the elk.
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01/27/2007 04:02:05 PM
Fab, fab, fab! The crop, the expression on his face, the light catching the top of his antlers, the sky, colour of his coat. Love it all.
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01/27/2007 03:01:10 PM
Beautiful lighting! I think it's a blue ribbon!
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01/27/2007 02:00:24 PM
Majestic indeed!
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01/27/2007 12:58:49 PM
I believe I am looking at the blue ribbon in this challenge.
This is exceptional and a photograph I really would expect to see in a gallery.
Adding to my favorites twice. (well I tried anyway)
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01/27/2007 08:19:18 AM
Wow! Lighting, focus, background... wonderful in every aspect I can think of! Awesome work! 10
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01/26/2007 11:06:49 PM
look at that rack...nice capture!
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01/26/2007 10:58:47 PM
Amazing...I wish I could take and edit picture like you !! 10
Congrats for the ribbon in advance.
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01/26/2007 08:32:28 PM
The animal does not look real. How close up were you?????????
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01/26/2007 07:38:30 PM
awesome depth of field, the eye contact is amazing and the overall impact is powerful...good luck with this, hope you do really well
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01/26/2007 05:46:42 PM
Fantastic image and indeed majestic! Back to bump you up to 9.
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01/26/2007 01:20:30 PM
Perfect title. I feel like he is looking right at me. Beautiful shot and one of my faves of the challenge.
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01/26/2007 08:52:18 AM
Majestic this stag certainly is! The exposure and focussing couldn't be faulted - the detail in the texture of the coat and antlers is very good, and I love the light on the antlers. My quibble is with the composition - I presume that there is something that would spoil the shot if it included the stag's legs, but the composition as it is does spoil the overall effect. The other compositional issue, and one that you would have had more control over, is that the tip of the right antler has been cut-off. Despite that, a strong contender.
01/26/2007 08:23:58 AM
A beautiful image. An amazingly sharp photograph, one of my faves for this challenge.
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01/25/2007 07:02:45 PM
impressive!
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01/25/2007 06:56:35 PM
A shot that easily makes my top5 faves from this challenge. Only reason I give this a 9 but not a 10 is because of his left antler being cut off at the top of the frame and because of the burning near the left side isn't too tidy. Awesome shot though. I have a good guess on the photog too. Wondering if I'm right ;) This style is just wonderful.
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01/25/2007 11:43:47 AM
WOW, he is majestic looking, nice shot
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01/25/2007 07:38:32 AM
Awesome shot! My pick for the blue!
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01/25/2007 03:29:31 AM
this is a photographic lesson for 90% of the photos I've rated today. Good luck. Small nit: The Antlers clipped on the right.... too bad....
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01/24/2007 09:27:12 PM
Definately a winner in my book, and I give you a "10".....
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01/24/2007 11:34:50 AM
I guess this will be in the top 20 if not in the top 5! very great Wildlife portrait. Great lighting and centered compostion. Good Luck!
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01/24/2007 11:27:13 AM
Oh yes it is!!! (Majestic that is). This is stunning! In every way! What beautiful contrast of those colors. Excellent photography!!!
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01/24/2007 11:16:24 AM
Wow! Perfectly posed and great background.
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01/24/2007 09:00:47 AM
Awesome shot! Colors work great!
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01/24/2007 04:31:54 AM
almost perfect composition, if the horn wasn't cropped. nice background, good colorcontrast, maybe a tad too dark overall. almost oversharpened, fur shows slight pixelation - 7
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01/24/2007 03:24:25 AM
brilliant shot. very imposing I can nearly taste the scotch
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01/23/2007 11:35:02 PM
Lovely shot! A solid 9 for you!
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01/23/2007 11:28:25 PM
wow perfect picture... one of my fovorites certainly... great work.
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01/23/2007 10:11:07 PM
A work of art!
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01/23/2007 09:17:24 PM
Definately majestic!! The background is awesome and very fitting. Excellent lighting, color and clarity. Very well done!! 10
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01/23/2007 05:01:25 PM
nice shot. It's a shame of the cropping on the top right hand side. still an 8 from me
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01/23/2007 02:53:50 PM
I think I just found the ribbon winner! Bravo! 10
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01/23/2007 01:58:43 PM
Yes! I can feel... looks very majestically. Great Photo! -9-
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01/23/2007 09:32:33 AM
You're right... «MAJESTIC» he is...
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01/23/2007 06:24:12 AM
Just awesome! 8
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01/23/2007 03:28:29 AM
Great shot. The Title fits as he does look majestic.
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01/23/2007 01:01:15 AM
Wow. This reminds me of a Liebovitz portrait. :-)
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01/22/2007 09:10:15 PM
Oh wow...that is quite a rack he has there and you captured it perfectly. The only thing (and its tiny really) is the antler sticking into the frame. Other than that...wow. (9)
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01/22/2007 08:38:41 PM
Wow - Great sharpness and great capture on a much photographed subject - Love the moody blue lighting and clouds - Really well done - Should do well.10
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01/22/2007 08:30:08 PM
Great photo. ONe of my favorite in this challenge, good chance for winning.
10
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01/22/2007 06:00:36 PM
This is awesome! 10!
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01/22/2007 05:03:02 PM
Amazing image! first, I am telling you I am giving you a 9, `cause for much that I loooved it I can see little details that dont make this a perfect image... 1-the crop that cuts the right horn, and 2-a little halo around the horns (but actually, I do like halos... :P) anyway, I guess you are gonna do great! so good luck :D
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01/22/2007 04:47:15 PM
I like this a lot. It is very powerful!
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01/22/2007 04:28:13 PM
Would have liked the tip of the antler in but apart from that - lovely. 10
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01/22/2007 04:17:42 PM
the image is good with good colours and sharpness. the animal have a good pose (I liken't the composition in the middle but I suppose that you can't choose a better position). the crop on the upper side (right) is a bit distracting. 8
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01/22/2007 04:06:12 PM
Beautiful 10
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01/22/2007 03:57:39 PM
Beautiful capture...although a little too closely cropped IMHO
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01/22/2007 03:37:04 PM
Truly beautiful: I LOVE the centred placement - but then I'm a Centred Composition devotee... Lovely hues and palette. 10.
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01/22/2007 02:41:41 PM
Fantastic!!
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01/22/2007 12:45:20 PM
I think this one should ribbon! What a majestic animal.
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01/22/2007 10:54:59 AM
nice background
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01/22/2007 10:32:01 AM
Excellent picture. I like everything about this one and it was my favorite in this challenge.
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01/22/2007 09:05:30 AM
Beautiful lighting here and a nice "wow" factor. Sure, you missed the tip of his antler but who cares! Terrific detail.
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01/22/2007 08:41:15 AM
great impact, exposure and color. nice sharpness, doesn't appear over-sharpened like a lot of images are starting to appear here on this site.-10-
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01/22/2007 07:38:53 AM
Great capture! Good luck with this!
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01/22/2007 06:48:28 AM
What else can be said expect for ribbon? (well maybe a shame about the right antler being clipped but aint no big thing) Bumping up to 9.
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01/22/2007 06:06:53 AM
Very majestic and powerful. 10
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01/22/2007 04:36:54 AM
this is awesome, it reminds me of the stag at balmoral castle in the
movie about "the queen".

10
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01/22/2007 04:35:44 AM
I would be very surprised and somewhat dissapointed if this didnt come first! outstanding 10
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01/22/2007 03:55:08 AM
alex?

cool shot but a little over processed i find. The photograph looks a little to digital. and maybe the square crop could have been a little bigger to not let the right antler touch the frame, but that's a little detail. good work.
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01/22/2007 02:39:51 AM
wow...awesome shot. love the sky as background rather than the standard trees lots of folks have. only nitpic I have is cropping the antler tip in the top right of the frame.
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01/22/2007 01:24:37 AM
Wow. Great capture. I'm amazed at the type of background you managed to include in the shot.
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01/22/2007 01:21:27 AM
The tone mapping, if that's what you used, is leaving artificial looking areas around the horns. The end result is almost like looking at a Diorama of an elk in a natural history museum. At the same time it's a really striking image. But it's hard to be sure if that's a live or a dead animal, the tonal balance is so unnatural. I'm assuming it's live because the fur doesn't look groomed. I wish I didn't have this ambivalence about the unnatural evenness of BG and subject. I wish the BG were a stop brighter than it is. Sigh. Good luck!
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01/22/2007 01:20:28 AM
Hahn? If this is not Richard, then someone must have been walking on Hahn's turf and shooting his bucks.
This is the true candidate for the front page. Good luck!
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01/22/2007 01:16:50 AM
Awesome shot, love the eye contact the pose, and the clouds behind. My one niggle is that the top right antler has been cut off.
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01/22/2007 12:48:37 AM
Oh my goodness. The is the most glorious image I've ever seen. Flawless in color, composition, focus. GEEZ 10+
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