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Challenge: Motivational Poster II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.0-5.6D
Location: Syracuse, NY
Date: Sep 1, 2007
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 2, 2007

At the zoo.

In raw, bumped saturation, shadows, and sharpness.
Crop.
Cloned out a big ol' dust speck.
Shadows and Highlights.
Burned background and rock.
Brightened the one open eye a little bit.
Resize.
USM.
Borders and text.
Save for web.

***Post Challenge***
Holy @#$^!. I can't believe I got the blue, especially with so many great entries. Thanks to everyone for my first ribbon!

I almost unsubmitted this before voting because after rereading the challenge details I was afraid it was more inspirational than motivational. I'm glad I stuck with it.

This was really just a lucky shot taken while my wife and I took our year old daughter to her first visit to the zoo. Here's a shot of her enjoying watching these same lions.
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Thanks for all the votes and comments!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 165
Avg (all users): 7.6122
Avg (commenters): 8.2143
Avg (participants): 7.3571
Avg (non-participants): 7.7540
Views since voting: 16895
Views during voting: 435
Votes: 196
Comments: 69
Favorites: 29 (view)


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10/15/2008 10:27:22 AM
What an exquisite image! A one in a million. Congrats!
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11/17/2007 01:08:35 AM
i love it
congrats on your ribbon
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09/13/2007 08:31:08 AM
Wonderful capture, brilliant use for the poster! Congratulations on the Blue!
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09/11/2007 03:30:08 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon and new personal best score!
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09/11/2007 03:49:04 AM
great colors and light, message rox also ... big congratz on your win !
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09/10/2007 08:54:37 PM
Fantastic photo, with great message to match. Congratulations!
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09/10/2007 06:02:59 PM
Beautiful. The old married couple....that would eat you.
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09/10/2007 05:33:40 PM
A worthy winner...a male lion and a lioness together like this is an awesome site...perfect for the challenge..well done
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09/10/2007 04:46:31 PM
Oh man!!! Congratulations on a spectacular first blue ribbon!

Fabulously done!

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09/10/2007 01:58:40 PM
lOVE THE SHOT
WELL DONE MAN
congratulations
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09/10/2007 12:53:13 PM
You really deserved the blue on this - I was one of your many 10's. Congratulations!!!
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09/10/2007 12:02:30 PM
Gary, congratulations on a well deserved blue.

A delightful shot that really suits the quote.

Message edited by author 2007-09-10 12:07:51.
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09/10/2007 09:56:26 AM
Congrats on beating those two Australians :)
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09/10/2007 09:18:26 AM
Wonderful image, deserve the ribbon.
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09/10/2007 09:14:56 AM
congrats on a great image and your ribbon, well deserved

Jack
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09/10/2007 09:02:43 AM
Great expressions on them kittens and a great photo...congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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09/10/2007 08:57:53 AM
I pegged this as a winner. Congrats.
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09/10/2007 06:50:01 AM
called this one for the blue the first time i was browsing the thumbnails ... very well done.
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09/10/2007 06:19:35 AM
Excellent shot! Congrats Gary! Very well done. Well constructed poster, excellent colors add very nice accent.

Message edited by author 2007-09-10 11:18:49.
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09/10/2007 06:14:59 AM
Agreed! :)
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09/10/2007 04:41:28 AM
great piccy..well done /congrats
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09/10/2007 03:05:32 AM
Congrats on a very special image and your Blue ribbon I gave you a 10 in voting
Great work
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09/10/2007 01:48:48 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! You baby girl is PRECIOUS!!
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09/10/2007 01:07:49 AM

Beautiful!
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09/10/2007 12:54:43 AM
Congrats! Great image!
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09/10/2007 12:50:57 AM
A really beautiful image and so perfect for the challenge. Big congratulations on your well deserved ribbon.
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09/10/2007 12:50:47 AM
grats on the blue :) very nice photo.

-dave
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09/10/2007 12:46:29 AM
Congratulations on your first (and blue) ribbon!!
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09/10/2007 12:39:29 AM
Beautiful!
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09/10/2007 12:38:51 AM
Many congratulations on your very first ribbon, and a blue! Beautiful image and poster.
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09/10/2007 12:32:50 AM
Wonderful entry! Well deserved ribbon!!
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09/10/2007 12:32:07 AM
Wow! This is my teammate!
Congratulations, Gary!!!
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09/10/2007 12:27:23 AM
Well deserved, beautiful!
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09/10/2007 12:25:41 AM
So beautiful. A huge congrats.
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09/10/2007 12:18:17 AM
Congrats on the first ribbon and blue to boot! :)
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09/10/2007 12:06:32 AM
Hey Congrat's Gary on the new baby! No, not that one (hopefully, I said that already!), the new baby blue ribbon!

I am surprised to see it's your first, but happy to see you got a blue with such a beautiful shot. Here's to many many more (no, not babies, you don't want "many many" more of those, just a few).

Just wanted to say congrats! Hope we get a chance to get to a fall get together together! Now I'm babbling...
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09/10/2007 12:05:33 AM
great job, congratulations
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09/10/2007 12:02:53 AM
Congrats! Well deserved Blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/09/2007 11:39:31 PM
What a wonderfully cozy couple. Splendidly captured. Always love seeing shots of Lion couples.
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09/09/2007 11:36:12 PM
Great image. Works great with your slogan. Well done.
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09/09/2007 07:52:23 PM
Beautiful photo - they look so lovey and cuddly together.
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09/09/2007 02:04:44 AM
Extremely sharp, nicely shot.
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09/06/2007 09:36:03 PM
what a great image!
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09/06/2007 03:31:57 PM
Great stuff. Clarity, tones, color, composition. It's all there.
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09/06/2007 02:50:01 PM
Wonderful clarity, great job
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09/06/2007 10:59:23 AM
Nice! I I were them I'd have torn you to bits by now!
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09/06/2007 08:03:00 AM
Absolutely gorgeous.
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09/05/2007 04:25:19 PM
Too bad the text is so hard to read. Not calibrated monitor?
It is a great photo though
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09/05/2007 12:29:00 PM
I feel it, great composition, great title!
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09/05/2007 11:28:06 AM
great image!
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09/04/2007 11:57:41 PM
Cool, perfect exposure. my pick for top 10.
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09/04/2007 06:30:27 PM
My favorite of the challenge. Gorgeous photo and perfect text to compliment the shot.
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09/04/2007 06:24:36 PM
Beautiful.
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09/04/2007 09:44:18 AM
Absolutely wonderful shot of these lions.
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09/04/2007 01:36:44 AM
Hey, it's Simba and Nala! Very cute moment you've captured there. Well done.
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09/03/2007 09:47:10 PM
Nice entry. The font layout is good but I don't like the bevel especially with the smaller text.
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09/03/2007 02:29:12 PM
What a great take. Love this. The lighting, pose and the clarity is all perfect. The crop cud have been a little liberal though but overall a 10
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09/03/2007 02:10:26 PM
Your poster rings true and what a nice shot.
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09/03/2007 10:38:46 AM
This is a wonderful picture and soooo cute. I hope it does well in the challenge!
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09/03/2007 10:18:26 AM
Great image and excellent layout. The type is not as clear as it could be because of the type effect.
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09/03/2007 08:43:58 AM
Cute. Great details and good colors
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09/03/2007 08:17:29 AM
excellent shot (hmm, who has been to the zoo lately...?). orange of outline goes well with the image, but not with the yellow of the text. not sure how or what this should motivate, though
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09/03/2007 02:29:48 AM
Awesome shot here! I love the focus and sharpness of the lions. Excellently done. Only 1 "small" gripe i have is the colors used for the lower text. The two tone shade makes it a little tough to read. Other than that small gripe...Great Job! 9
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09/03/2007 01:27:40 AM
awwww
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09/03/2007 01:00:36 AM
superb!
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09/03/2007 12:47:26 AM
I love his expression.10
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09/03/2007 12:35:24 AM
great colour and detail, nice design for a poster 8
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09/03/2007 12:20:16 AM
Damn, I tried not to love this, but I couldn't help it. ;~D The image is just killer.
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09/03/2007 12:02:42 AM
True, so very, VERY True!
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