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karenk


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Challenge: Wildlife IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Perdido Key, Florida
Date: Oct 19, 2008
Date Uploaded: Oct 19, 2008

Thanks for all the wonderful comments all week long. Was a very exciting week.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 159
Avg (all users): 7.4019
Avg (commenters): 8.8250
Avg (participants): 7.5467
Avg (non-participants): 7.3209
Views since voting: 9901
Views during voting: 489
Votes: 209
Comments: 112
Favorites: 38 (view)


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07/13/2013 05:47:37 PM
funny how I came back to this shot..just traveling around the site to look for new challenges, and boom! i realized that this image impact me so much, that every time I think of taking an image, I try to look for the leader :)

amazing capture and most of all one you can't forget.
10/11/2012 02:19:56 AM
I love to come across old pictures on DPC and this is a beaut! Adore everything about it, and am delighted it won the challenge. Congrats, so well deserved. Would love to know how you managed the shot. I'm guessing from your lens and the shallow dof that you were a ways away...?
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07/09/2009 09:16:08 AM
This photo always fascinates me!
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04/04/2009 03:56:53 PM
Don't remember seeing this. Great shot.
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11/01/2008 03:43:00 PM
Is he as vicious as he looks? :) Beautiful shot.....Congratulations.
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10/31/2008 07:21:16 PM
This is absolutely fantastic, congrats!
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10/31/2008 09:56:07 AM
Congratulations. Very cool shot, you actually made seagulls look scary!
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10/30/2008 06:14:03 AM
Fantastic shot...
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10/29/2008 07:12:34 PM
What a great shot! Lovely DOF. So fun - what do you suppose he's thinking? Whatever he's thinking, it was very kind of him to model for your fabulous new PB and lovely splash of blue for your profile! I hope you at least offered him a cheese doodle for his effort!? : )
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10/29/2008 12:49:11 PM
gorgeous photo, the focus and dof is great, this photo reminds me of one I took of sheeps here in Iceland:

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10/28/2008 06:33:14 PM
Lovely dof usage here. Something I would expect to see in Nat Geo. Great tonal values throughout this image, love the bokeh, just enough to still make out the birds. Beautiful.
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10/28/2008 10:58:27 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved blue ribbon.

I really like the way you used a shallow depth of field to single out the one bird. Make him/her look like the spokes person for the group. And although I guess birds don't really get expressions, the coloring and camera angle are perfect for a ver humerous "expression".
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10/28/2008 10:17:09 AM
beautiful work, congratulations.
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10/28/2008 09:51:53 AM
i like the way you centered the subject and still had the rest in the background.
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10/28/2008 09:02:44 AM
Congratulations Karen, this shot is awesome!!
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10/27/2008 10:05:12 PM
Really great shot. You can imagine the bird saying "Take us to your leader" or "Me and my pals are gonna make you eat that camera." A well-deserved blue ribbon.
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10/27/2008 09:28:31 PM
very cool shot!
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10/27/2008 08:27:34 PM
exceptional work!
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10/27/2008 07:39:25 PM
Yup, this one got a 10 from me too. Very striking. Congrats

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10/27/2008 04:24:32 PM
Wow! Beautiful use of DOF. Someone wanted to know what those gulls were thinking. MINE!
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10/27/2008 04:10:53 PM
Congratulations, Karen - this was one of my 10s and a favorite for the challenge. Really well-done handling of DOF. Great good luck with the composition too, to have them all more or less looking forward at you like that, with that frontrunner's enigmatic expression - lends a weirdness to it, like we just might be in danger from them.
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10/27/2008 03:25:49 PM
Congrats on the BLUE! I loved this when I saw it. Great use of DOF!
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10/27/2008 02:05:44 PM
holy shit
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10/27/2008 12:47:26 PM
7.4! what a score, congrats
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10/27/2008 12:13:51 PM
I smile every time I look at your BLUE RIBBON image. Congrats, Karen!
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10/27/2008 11:43:32 AM
wow,outstanding!
greate DOF!
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10/27/2008 11:12:57 AM
This is one of the cutest pictures on the planet. Congrats on your blue! :)
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10/27/2008 10:49:27 AM
Congrats on your first place win! Well done.
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10/27/2008 10:32:21 AM
Really really really beautiful. Well done!
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10/27/2008 10:05:35 AM
Karen, I am so glad this won! This is a National Geographic cover! Mega Congratulations!
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10/27/2008 09:54:16 AM
Nice
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10/27/2008 09:02:01 AM
Well done! This was an instant 10 and a favorite for me. You need to market this shot, it has sales potential for sure.
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10/27/2008 08:38:18 AM
Cogngrats! This is a huge favourite of mine, a well-deserved blue.
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10/27/2008 08:32:41 AM
Glad to see this ribboned. It's lovely! :) Congrats.
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10/27/2008 07:16:23 AM
WOW!!! What a great shot Karen! It was my favorite. Congratulations on your first blue!
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10/27/2008 07:11:41 AM
WTG Sis big congrats on your wonderful first Blue Ribbon. :)
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10/27/2008 06:27:54 AM
This is awesome the way the one gull is staring right at you. Well done and congrats!
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10/27/2008 06:14:54 AM
brilliant, congrats on a well deserved ribbon
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10/27/2008 05:34:16 AM
Congratulations on the Blue ans personal best with this wonderful composition!! Fantastic Capture!
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10/27/2008 04:44:22 AM
Proficiat! Good winning Blue. I gave this one a 9 during voting.
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10/27/2008 04:18:48 AM
Well done, won by a mile :)
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10/27/2008 04:01:59 AM
Fabulous image. Congratulations on your first blue ribbon.
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10/27/2008 03:38:21 AM
That depth of field really makes this, plus the look on the birds visage. Congratulations on the Blue.
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10/27/2008 03:15:10 AM
Karen - a well deserved win - I think this is a fabulous shot. Just goes to show that with the right shot you don't need something big and exotic to capture peoples attention - just a really great picture !!

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10/27/2008 02:08:40 AM
A very worthy blue ribbon winner - congratulations!
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10/27/2008 01:40:58 AM
A wonderful capture and your first blue ribbon! Many congratulations, Karen.
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10/27/2008 01:11:06 AM
Congratulations on your first blue, Karen. Great shot that I am sure was either a very fortuitous situation or, more likely, a lot of hard work and waiting.
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10/27/2008 12:57:52 AM
Congrats on a much deserved Blue Ribbon!
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10/27/2008 12:57:02 AM
Congrats on the Blue, Karen... and your first Blue at that! Stellar image tha had my wife & I laughing out loud when we first saw it - somehow just has a comical feel to it. What a perfect title :O) Well done!
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10/27/2008 12:40:57 AM
Congrats !!!! My fav for this challenge. Well done !
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10/27/2008 12:39:15 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. I thought it really was a very well done and creative shot! Well deserved!
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10/27/2008 12:37:27 AM
Congrats - this is a great capture and the composition was spot one - way to go a deserved blue!!
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10/27/2008 12:35:08 AM
This shot stopped me cold when I was going through them. Great composition!
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10/27/2008 12:33:59 AM
Congratulations for the blue! One of my favourites in this challenge!
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10/27/2008 12:20:41 AM
Congratulations! This is such a fun and delightful shot - I'm very pleased to see this win the blue! Alternate title - Leader of the Pack. I also get a kick out of how he appears rather cross-eyed.
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10/27/2008 12:14:04 AM
Hrmm. One of my very elusive 10 votes (I think I've given out like five of them in 3 months), is actually a blue ribbon winner.

I've become mainstream.

I cry.
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10/27/2008 12:10:52 AM
This was clearly the best image in the challenge. I can't tell you how many times I came back to look at it! Well done. 10 from me.
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10/27/2008 12:07:20 AM
You are so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Many many congrats on a very well-deserved ribbon!!!!
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10/27/2008 12:07:02 AM
way grats!!!! very, very much deserved!!!
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10/27/2008 12:06:52 AM
That is so original and beautiful, congrats Karen! It must've felt great to get back to advanced editing after the DPCO basic drudgery.
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10/27/2008 12:04:37 AM
Grats!!
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10/27/2008 12:03:45 AM
Head-on animal shots are always winners. Congrats on the blue!
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10/27/2008 12:02:20 AM
Congrats on your first blue Mom, love this photo, soooo cool :)
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10/27/2008 12:01:51 AM
Glad to see this win. Love it!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/26/2008 11:30:22 PM
Super shot to get them at that angle. Nicely seen and titled.
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10/26/2008 10:48:50 PM
Very nice! The "leader" stepping in front of all to check out your lens ...
One of my top rated!
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10/26/2008 05:27:57 PM
WOOOOOW.....what a shot - 10
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10/25/2008 02:50:53 AM
nice work
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10/24/2008 03:24:10 PM
Excellent, may fav so far. 10
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10/24/2008 01:36:07 AM
I love the DOF here and the perspective!
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10/24/2008 01:15:40 AM
Nice!
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10/23/2008 10:19:57 PM
Cool!
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10/23/2008 09:12:17 PM
Great photo. Best of the bunch in my opinion. I can't think of anything to make it better. Perhaps the larger pebble between the bird's legs is a distraction, but I still love it.
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10/23/2008 08:29:14 PM
I love this... the depth of field is perfect and I don't think the image would have worked as well if the group was in focus.
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10/23/2008 04:10:25 PM
Simply wonderful!
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10/23/2008 09:47:48 AM
Marvelous!!
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10/22/2008 10:29:31 PM
This to me, is a great example of a sort of 'ordinary' choice of wildlife subject, but your composition is so delightful in combination with your DOF choice, it is really enjoyable shot. It is great how you got them to line up like that : )
I would highly recommend with wildlife subjects if you do not have catch lights in its eyes that you make the shot 100 or 200% and then take a small dodge brush maybe 4-5 and then dodge in a catch light usually there is a small light there and you can just increase it to be a bit stronger. Works with people too.
Try it and see what you think : )
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10/22/2008 03:56:49 PM
Back again. Love this photograph. Still my choice for a ribbon. I love this shot. As a critique, I would have loved to see you carry out the center composition by cropping just a bit more off the right side of the image to completely fill the background with his mates, and placing him dead center. 10 from me.
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10/22/2008 01:01:18 PM
Very captivating capture. I like the soft white and gray hues and the way the main gull is lined up in the center with the rest of his flock lined up behind him with just the right amount of dof to render them a bit out of focus.
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10/22/2008 08:27:04 AM
My favorite in the challenge, wonderful use of DOF and an excellent capture of a difficult subject. 10
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10/21/2008 08:50:34 PM
Love it
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10/21/2008 05:44:46 PM
This is an awesome pic (straight to favs) ...either a long lens or you have food strapped to your camera :D

Love it either way 10
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10/21/2008 04:05:13 PM
I like the title and the composition. It's funny actually :)
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10/21/2008 03:19:36 PM
Magnificent shot !! Looks like some sort of alien invasion with their spokeman pushed to the front Perfect DoF and focus on the lead bird, whilst still showing the orientation ogf the birds behind.
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10/21/2008 03:01:27 PM
This capture reminds me of the movie 'Happy Feet' somehow. I love that its just one bird in focus and the rest of them form a great background.
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10/21/2008 02:35:43 PM
9 for public lol, very funny shot yet menacing too...so many of them...just one of you...
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10/21/2008 02:15:26 PM
great perspective. something about this one made me laugh :)
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10/21/2008 01:52:03 PM
Awesome. Makings of a great nature shot. DOF, focus on the eyes and in its natural surrondings. Hope this lands on the front page. Only regret is that I didn't take this pic.
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10/21/2008 01:17:26 PM
lol its like some sort of seagull militia, kinda frightening almost. like a new remake of Hitchcock's "The Birds". I really love your DOF here, makes the photo very interesting and draws my eye onto the center bird. great photo, i would be very please if i had taken it:) -9
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10/21/2008 12:54:55 PM
wow, this is great, I can see this hanging on a wall
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10/21/2008 11:51:28 AM
we are all the same, and we are all unique. that's what this says to me. i love it.
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10/21/2008 09:32:11 AM
ROFLOL! I love this. My clear favorite in the challenge for humor and storytelling. Sea Gulls always seem to have attitude in spades and you captured that perfectly using this straight-on perspective and enough DOF to single out the leader of the gang. The title is icing on the cake. Well done :-)))
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10/21/2008 02:57:24 AM
Makes one wonder what he is up to, and what the gang are thinking. Great shot!
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10/20/2008 10:38:54 PM
One of my favorites from this challenge. The centered composition works very well here. Well done. 10
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10/20/2008 08:28:45 PM
I love this one. It's perfect from a technical point of view and the composition is great. But most of all, it made me smile :)
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10/20/2008 06:56:16 PM
Wow! Ready for either a rumble or a dance off! LOL! Great catch!
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10/20/2008 04:38:32 PM
This is SO cute!!!! Love the dof that clearly shows the others but, isn't intrusive on the foreground!
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10/20/2008 03:05:07 PM
Yeah, you and what army‽

Love the DOF and the stare the bird if giving you.

My vote for a ribbon, 10 and a fav!
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10/20/2008 02:09:32 PM
LOL! This is one of my favorites for the challenge. I love the DOF and the almost centered subject. Well done.
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10/20/2008 01:08:27 PM
Ha, looks like an army descending on me! Great low-down perspective!
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10/20/2008 12:43:22 PM
This is quite funny and actually a bit spooky! They're all standing watching, as if to say 'we dare you to step any closer!' Awesome.
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10/20/2008 10:33:24 AM
How cool is THAT!!! I love that cute little smile on their fearless leader's face :)
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10/20/2008 09:18:00 AM
Cute pic! A little too centered for my taste but good comp! 9 from me!
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10/20/2008 08:53:58 AM
I love this one.
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10/20/2008 08:48:56 AM
Cute facial expression. Love those stick legs too. I think I would have cropped some off the left to off-center the subject. Nice image.
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10/20/2008 08:42:42 AM
HEE HEE - love the DOF.
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10/20/2008 08:04:12 AM
Wonderful!
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10/20/2008 07:46:34 AM
I really like the idea behind this shot, and love that you got down low and face to face, so to beak. (oops, speak.) I think a just slightly wider depth of field would have brought a tiny bit more of the shot into focus while still clearly separating the front bird from the pack. Bravo on an interesting and thought provoking shot!
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10/20/2008 07:40:45 AM
brilliant, love it. unique , 8
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10/20/2008 03:09:56 AM
Great use of DOF
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10/20/2008 01:58:37 AM
It looks like the leader is organizing an attack on the photographer. Nice DOF
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10/20/2008 01:03:23 AM
wonderful image...the shallow depth of field is magnificent for this...good title as well
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