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Challenge: Wildlife III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Olympic National Park, WA
Date: Jan 21, 2007
Aperture: 1/2000
ISO: 1600
Shutter: f/7.1
Galleries: Landscape, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2007

Taken on my backpacking trip. Got up before sunrise (we had camped on the beach about 10 feet behind me) and was shooting the sea when this little guy came cruising up the beach. He really couldn't see us as we were hidden by the rock for a while. I had been taking long exposure shots and so my camera settings were wrong. I jacked it to ISO 1600 as fast as I could (praying whatever shutter speed came up would be enough) and snapped a few frames as he ran for the hills once he spotted us. Apparently 1600 was enough as the shutter speed was 1/2000. :)

I'm curious to see how it does. It's clearly wildlife, but I may get a few jokers complain that the deer is too small. Well, this is all I can get with a 105mm lens...

PP was massaging the contrast and exposures as I had no time to set up things when I snapped it.

POST: Wow,4th! Well, I certainly would be lying if I didn't say I wanted to ribbon, but I'm happy to see two first timers up ahead of me (all with awesome shots). Of course I would have taken out that teammate who has enough of his own ribbons.

I am now the proud owner of the 6th highest rated picture to not ribbon. That's worth something...

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 218
Avg (all users): 7.5992
Avg (commenters): 8.5094
Avg (participants): 7.4000
Avg (non-participants): 7.7535
Views since voting: 9162
Views during voting: 560
Votes: 252
Comments: 84
Favorites: 38 (view)


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05/03/2007 04:46:32 AM
Gave you a 10 for this...adding it to Faves
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02/17/2007 12:20:29 AM
1/2000th?!? Sheesh. #1 reason for me to get a DSLR is improved low-light performance.

Beautiful pic. It'll look good with the variety of other shots of yours in my favorites list. :)
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02/11/2007 09:09:32 PM
Truely an outstanding picture! Very different from the rest of the photos in the challenge. My Congrats and keep up the great work!

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02/11/2007 09:07:37 PM
This is just one of those take your breath away moments on the beauty of nature. One is lucky to see this moment of beauty and you where there to capture it for all too see. Beautiful! The deer running on the beach is so beautiful and dainty in comparision to it's majestic and scenic surroundings. This shot belongs up in a winning gallery showcase somewhere - that is a subtle hint that you should look around and see if there are any juried shows in your area. Again, gorgious shot - I wish I could have been there to have seen it live but at least we have this frozen moment in time to forever appreciate the beauty of that moment.
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02/03/2007 11:44:50 PM
What an incredible photograph! I love this, along with the rest of your work. I am a definite fan.
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01/31/2007 04:25:43 PM
It's a shame we're limited to the DPC sizing for this shot - it's got to be magnificent in a larger view. Definitely one for the wall in your office, that's for sure - it's simply majestic.
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01/30/2007 07:29:27 PM
Was sure this was yours Doc. Congratulations on the high score :)
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01/30/2007 06:11:59 PM
I think I have been to this zoo before DNMC!!!! jk, I thought this might ribbon congrats on 4th place.
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01/30/2007 09:24:03 AM
this is a wonderful shot...I am glad you couldn't get a closer shot...the background takes this from being a picture of an animal, to a picture of wilderness!
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01/29/2007 05:55:58 PM
Beautiful shot, Jason. Congratulations on the high score in this very hard challenge.
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01/29/2007 03:54:24 PM
Great shot.
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01/29/2007 11:43:50 AM
Congratulations Doc on the HM in one very tough challenge. I'd hate to think that anyone would dock you points based on the size of the animal in relation to the frame, but around here...I guess that would be a valid concern. Beautiful photograph!
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01/29/2007 11:34:07 AM
Beautiful!! Congrats on 4th place!
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01/29/2007 07:23:16 AM
This also was one of my top picks! And one of my favorite photos of all my favorites! You called it tho when you said there would be mid-7's with no ribbon! Darn! This one is so incredibly deserving!

I wonder why you haven't made a print of it ??? If you do, I will buy one, so keep me posted, okay?

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01/29/2007 06:28:54 AM
Congratulations on 4th place with this absolutely gorgeous wildlife image!! Just not enough ribbons in this challenge I guess, because this is aewsome!!
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01/29/2007 05:18:39 AM
Awesome shot Jason, would have voted it a 9 if I had gotten around to looking at this challenge, sucks getting this score and no ribbon, those wildlife challenges have always had some very high scores :(
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01/29/2007 04:51:56 AM
Very nice capture, Jason, congrats on your 4th. And the deer IS too small ;-)
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01/29/2007 12:54:58 AM
Well done Doc - great capture. Congrats on your top 5 finish.
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01/29/2007 12:34:01 AM
Gorgeous Gorgeous work Doc!
ANd what an awesome score! Congrats!
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01/29/2007 12:25:22 AM
You sure like finishing 4th. :P Great capture Jason!
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01/29/2007 12:17:22 AM
YIPPEE!!! Great finish!
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01/29/2007 12:11:07 AM
OMG, there you are, still breathing down my neck. It's been a fun week speculating on who was going to be top banana (or veggie). Very nice shot. Now I want to see that outtake that you mentioned.
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01/29/2007 12:09:00 AM
Nice capture doc. I love the simplicity of this one. And so close to a ribbon!
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01/29/2007 12:08:54 AM
Congratulations!!! You beat my Seabiscuit who placed 5th!!! WOW!!!! What a race. You are AMAZING beyond belief.
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01/29/2007 12:07:28 AM
Beautiful Doc! Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2007 09:52:18 PM
This is so beautiful. Even though the deer is a tiny part of this he is central in the composition and that makes this about being wild in this awesome setting. Looks like it could be Oregon, Washington or N California. It evokes place and feeling makeing it more than just a portrait of a deer. This is a 10 for me.
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01/28/2007 08:19:29 PM
the trees in the foreground are great. lucky to have a dear in it
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01/28/2007 07:35:12 PM
I am going to bump this up to a 10...it's my favourite in the challenge...congrats on the ribbon in advance
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01/28/2007 06:13:20 PM
Gorgeous photo. I love how the deer is so small yet plays such a dramatic role in this.
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01/27/2007 11:00:48 PM
Looking at this image I could almost swear it is located in Washington State. Wonderful image that contains a stunning vista and most importantly incorporates the challenge theme. Very well done.
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01/27/2007 07:01:34 PM
Absolutely beautiful photo - so calming and peaceful - simply, beautiful - one of my top picks for this challenge
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01/27/2007 04:06:50 PM
This is a superb shot, very atmospheric, the tiny figure of the deer helps you to feel his surroundings, magnificent but a little bit scary and lonely.
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01/27/2007 07:13:06 AM
Very beautiful atmosphere, but perhaps you should have rotated it a little.
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01/26/2007 07:12:10 PM
woah! I LOVE THIS! 10x a bajillion! the sky is perfect, the silloquette(?) is great, looks like she just got back from a nice dip in the ocean lol. There is perhaps a LITTLE haloing going on in the log near the bottom, but its not enough for me to like this picture any less. the saturation is perfect. A++, faved.
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01/26/2007 05:49:49 PM
Beautiful image. I love the mist. Back to bump you up to 9.
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01/26/2007 01:26:59 PM
One of my favorites from this challenge. Though the deer/fawn takes up such a small space in the shot, it has impact! Put it together with the beautiful natural surroundings and it just sparks. This is between a 9 and 10 from me, leaning more to the 10, just because my interpretation of wild life says I want to see the deer more close up. This is a capture which sparks the imagination and mind. Ok, a 10 it is.
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01/26/2007 01:16:25 PM
This is gorgeous and one of my favorites of the group.
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01/25/2007 02:28:54 PM
A beautiful landscape and deer
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01/25/2007 12:13:13 AM
Nice. The rocks and trees in the foreground seem surreal. Hard to keep that animal in focus.
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01/24/2007 06:50:36 PM
Friend this is a winner.. I'm sure... beautiiiiifulllllll
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01/24/2007 04:29:53 PM
Beautiful.
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01/24/2007 11:18:34 AM
This is such a lovely picture. The wildlife is just a teeny piece of it, physically, but instantly drew my attention. You can practically feel the peace of the place. Very nicely done.
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01/24/2007 09:05:31 AM
Very Nice Shot... any chance this is Maine?
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01/24/2007 08:52:10 AM
A nice dynamic range you have captured there. Very nice record of the day, time, and environment in which this deer inhabits. 10.
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01/24/2007 05:52:18 AM
What an atmosphere!
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01/24/2007 03:20:32 AM
beautiful shot, this is the classiest(?) shot of the challenge. I can see this as a poster
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01/23/2007 11:30:29 PM
Great photo, incredible backdrop. Lovely. A solid 8 for you.
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01/23/2007 05:52:17 PM
I really like the atmosphere in this image. Beautiful capture.
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01/23/2007 03:26:54 PM
WOW what are the chances? Your lucky.
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01/23/2007 02:38:17 PM
Returning for comments and bump up. This certainly stands out being unique from the rest. The surrounding elements put into perspective just how small and fragile this animal is. Well done.
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01/23/2007 01:46:06 PM
the colors give a special expression to the photo. nice composition.like it. can see the wildlife!
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01/23/2007 01:22:34 PM
This is the last photo I can vote on in this challenge: Photo #217 out of 218, and I am SO GLAD I finished because this IS my favorite in the whole challenge! I am wild about perspective shots showing the grandeur of a scene -- and that tiny little deer just MAKES this photo the spectacular photo it is! Definitely adding it to my favorites, and it is 1 of only 4 10's I gave in this fantastic challenge! It is absolutely flawless not only technically, but in appeal and beauty as well!
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01/23/2007 09:21:37 AM
WOW - this image is just lovely. Love the misty setting. Either his diminutive stature will help of harm this. I think it is glorious. Bumping up.
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01/23/2007 06:51:57 AM
This would have been great for the minimalism challenge!
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01/23/2007 05:12:42 AM
Fanastic capture. This is the image we all wait for. Excellent! Hope you win. 10, 10 and another 10. :)


Just beautiful.
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01/23/2007 12:49:07 AM
Nice mood.
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01/22/2007 11:46:23 PM
Wow! What an awesome entry for Minimalism!!!!! It works here, too, but man! 8
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01/22/2007 09:14:42 PM
Beautiful.
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01/22/2007 08:28:24 PM
Lovely study - Just goes to show you don't need to fill the frame to have a great wildlife picture - Well done.
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01/22/2007 08:27:34 PM
This photo has a great mood to it!
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01/22/2007 08:14:02 PM
I absolutely love this picture. It has everthing I dream of capturing. I love the silouette of the deer on the ocean. The depth of field is great.

Rupypug
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01/22/2007 08:09:10 PM
Nice shot. Would have done very well in the Minimalism challenge.
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01/22/2007 06:33:45 PM
Great shot!
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01/22/2007 06:02:31 PM
Stunning! Do deer often walk on the beach?
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01/22/2007 05:54:18 PM
Perect photo. Great tones and interesting subject.10
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01/22/2007 05:14:45 PM
Wonderful scene ... even without the deer!
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01/22/2007 05:01:29 PM
Nicely observed - I like the painterly look to this. Good light.
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01/22/2007 04:56:26 PM
the stone on the left is a bit distracting but this is a great image 10
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01/22/2007 03:38:33 PM
The deer is too small, use a longer lens next time, geez. Oh and watch that horizon!
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01/22/2007 03:30:18 PM
this is beautiful I like the colors 10
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01/22/2007 03:00:37 PM
wow now I love this one, doc? 10
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01/22/2007 01:47:40 PM
This is a stunning photograph - the colors, lighting and framing are wonderful. This truly captures the best of life in the wild
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01/22/2007 12:51:11 PM
An astounding scene...very atmospheric. Those washed up trees add so much.
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01/22/2007 12:25:13 PM
Beautiful! I love it that the animal occupies so little of the frame, the scenery is breathtaking - 10
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01/22/2007 11:38:14 AM
This is exceptionally nice. I wish the horizon were leveled, and that there was a little more sky and a little less foreground, perhaps a slightly lower POV. My eye really wants to see the completion of that truncated cloudform center left.
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01/22/2007 10:40:21 AM
beautiful capture!
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01/22/2007 10:35:22 AM
Great capture. good post editing
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01/22/2007 10:27:56 AM
A beach deer. Great timing and beautiful shot.
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01/22/2007 08:53:30 AM
Image has a wonderful early morning feel to it.
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01/22/2007 06:56:27 AM
Stunning image. A nice change from all the closeups of animals. Great colors and detail. Bumping up two to 9
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01/22/2007 05:21:04 AM
nice atmosphere, good color
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01/22/2007 02:12:50 AM
beautiful shot...love it! (wish you had straightened the horizon though!)
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01/22/2007 01:17:05 AM
Awesome...
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01/22/2007 01:10:17 AM
A gorgeous shot with so many awesome elements. Likely would've ribboned if you'd have fixed the horizon :o\
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