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MAK


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Challenge: Free Study 2009-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM
Date: Dec 26, 2009
Date Uploaded: Dec 27, 2009

Blah Blah Blah
Went to the Zoo
Saw a Lion
Knew what to do

got my camera
zoomed right in
he turned away and said...
"When I Were King"


Post: WOW! I had no idea at all it would make the podium, it is an honor to ribbon in this FS many thanks to you all for the comments and votes and to Art for his wonderful poem.

Both Hanae and I have been out of action with the Flu so this is a great boost and I feel much better.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 334
Avg (all users): 7.0376
Avg (commenters): 8.8667
Avg (participants): 6.8871
Avg (non-participants): 7.3387
Views since voting: 6714
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 186
Comments: 64
Favorites: 60 (view)


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03/23/2010 10:15:23 PM
Just saw this, it's amazing.
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02/27/2010 01:36:54 AM
Scarry Beautiful !
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01/13/2010 04:42:11 AM
A spectacular portrait! Congratulations :)
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01/12/2010 09:09:03 PM
I'd really like to know who gave you those 2 1's and 2 2's...Unbelievable that anyone could give this a 2, let alone a 1!
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01/12/2010 02:56:17 PM
The thumbnail does not do this photo justice. A huge congrats!
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01/12/2010 09:44:57 AM
Stunning shot mate and Grats on the ribbon
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01/11/2010 07:02:03 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon. Beautiful shot - I love his expression, his eyes, the way you have filled the frame and the clarity of fine detail.
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01/10/2010 11:38:23 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. They certainly have excellent looking lions where you hang out!
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01/10/2010 07:06:18 PM
Originally posted by Shnick:

"When I WERE King" Doesn't make sense. It would be "When I WAS King" or "IF I WERE King".


I don't think English was his first language :D
01/10/2010 06:57:08 PM
"When I WERE King" Doesn't make sense. It would be "When I WAS King" or "IF I WERE King".
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01/09/2010 07:51:21 PM
Close enough to kiss. Good job Marac!
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01/09/2010 07:24:34 PM
I am no photo expert, but to me.. this photo should not have been marked anything less than a 9. I marked this photo as a 10. The color was perfect, the framing and capture plus clarity was so wonderful. This is one of those photos that make me want to say "Thank You" for sharing a wonderful photo for me to look at.
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01/09/2010 04:52:56 PM
This was one of my favorites! Congrats on the ribbon!! :D
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01/09/2010 11:56:44 AM
Gorgeous! A work of art!
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01/08/2010 11:20:56 PM
This is just amazing, great detail, light, color, you got the whole ball of wax in this image. Congrats, and very well done.
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01/08/2010 09:32:47 PM
Magnificent image; he looks regal and forlorn at the same time. Stunning shot.
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01/08/2010 06:40:09 PM
Fabulous! Amazingly so. Congrats!
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01/08/2010 04:49:27 PM
Originally posted by pineapple:

Great expression you caught. Texture is almost as sad as his look.


Glad you like it
01/08/2010 04:43:52 PM
Great expression you caught. Texture is almost as sad as his look.
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01/08/2010 03:27:25 PM
Beautiful Lion portrait, congrats on your ribbon Mak.
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01/08/2010 01:47:05 PM
Grats on the ribbon and all the faves Mak!
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01/08/2010 12:41:19 PM
Perfect title to go with the shot - adds a real sense of poignancy and extra depth.

Very nice indeed Marac and congrats on the Red.
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01/08/2010 11:40:52 AM
This is seriously amazing Marac. well done
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01/08/2010 11:12:25 AM
Congratulations on this photo. Being from South Africa myself I apprecite pictures such as this presenting these wild cats in any special way. The face, together with title tells the story of a much bigger scenario playing down here in Africa. It is very special seeing these animals in the wild and free in our parks and hope this can be the case for as long as possible. Also thanks for your compliments. Regards
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01/08/2010 10:36:05 AM
Really interesting processing on this. Look almost hand-drawn or vector illustrated in some of the details.

I think you successfully anthropomorphised a lion unlike I have seen - the "expression" appears pensive and human.

Nice to look at for sure! Congrats.
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01/08/2010 10:21:36 AM
the ones and twos are rediculous.. this is amazing!
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01/08/2010 09:38:34 AM
Woah, MAK! Huge congrats!
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01/08/2010 09:36:04 AM
Ohhhhh, MAK! This oughta help those flu aches feel a little better! What an outstanding FABULOUS portrait of that regal animal!
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01/08/2010 07:37:22 AM
Great portrait for the King. Congrats on red. Paolo :)
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01/08/2010 07:07:17 AM
Excellent! Congrats on Ribbon!

Message edited by author 2010-01-08 07:07:47.
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01/08/2010 06:52:34 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon. This looks hyper-real. ;-Þ
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01/08/2010 05:33:52 AM
This is absolutely stunning Marac. So pleased to see this score so well. Congrats on the well deserved ribbon.
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01/08/2010 04:46:58 AM
Probably your best animal shot ever.. I am gonna get you banned from that damn zoo.

The detail and clarity in this shot is what sets it apart from a lot of your other animal shots, considering this was probably shot through glass, its incredible. Would look great as a large framed print.
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01/08/2010 03:36:15 AM
Congrats on the red, Marac! Honestly, I don't like the processing at all, but it's still a deserved ribbon.
BTW, I'll kick your ass in "Paul Simon" :)
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01/08/2010 03:27:50 AM
Congratulations MAK, great portrait of the King!
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01/08/2010 03:22:07 AM
Blah Blah Blah
Marac ribbons again
I loved the image
gave it a ten.
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01/08/2010 02:40:18 AM
Great shot Mak, well done on your ribbon you deserve it
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01/08/2010 01:18:42 AM
What a win! This just tugs at my heart every time I look at it. Congrats!
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01/08/2010 01:15:04 AM
He looks like a big teddy bear. Congrats Marac.
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01/08/2010 12:48:04 AM
Wow! Great, great portrait. Congrats on your ribbon, Marac. Excellent work.
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01/08/2010 12:41:02 AM
Loss of words really !!! The quality of the shot is just staggring.Well you have set another benchmark for me to go after.. CONGRATS on the ribbon !!!!
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01/08/2010 12:36:06 AM
Dude, this photo is amazing!!! Grats on the ribbon.
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01/08/2010 12:32:56 AM
Amazing detail you have captured, congratulations on your well deserved red ribbon.
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01/08/2010 12:26:54 AM
Wow!! Great portrait... and not just because it's clear and sharp, but because of the expression on his face and most of all his eyes. The title is perfect, he looks kind of nostalgic and sad =(
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01/08/2010 12:18:43 AM
I'd love to know how you processed this please.
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01/08/2010 12:09:05 AM
And what a beautiful creature he is. Congrats on your well deserved win!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2010 10:25:58 PM
Gorgeous photo; I'm somewhat uninterested in the subject (another super-sharp lion portrait), but I can't deny the talent on display here.
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01/07/2010 08:54:54 PM
Here kitty kitty.

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
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01/07/2010 05:53:10 PM
Absolutely stunning, I love it - I would give you a 15 if I could it's so incredible.
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01/07/2010 12:45:42 PM
Wow! Out-STANDING!
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01/06/2010 05:15:26 PM
I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this on the front page.
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01/04/2010 10:50:43 PM
Wow! This is great! I love how the face fills the frame! Only issue I see is the focus is on the nose instead of the eyes.
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01/04/2010 10:49:44 PM
Excellent detail. Nice composition.
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01/04/2010 01:07:37 PM
I smell Topaz. Gives a unique look to the fur.
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01/04/2010 01:59:34 AM
STUNNING detail! This is top 5 or 10 easily.
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01/03/2010 04:20:19 PM
My zodiac sign.. I love lions and this one is quite appealing. Exceptional PP! 10
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01/02/2010 03:35:30 PM
Very interesting style of editing you used. The emphasis of the hairs adds an element for me which leaves me on the fence. It makes it appear drawn or created rather then captured. Though still I scored higher because of the closeness and clarity of the image with well balanced colour.
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01/02/2010 09:39:43 AM
Incredible detail and beautiful light. His expression is so wistful, like he is in fact dreaming of past glories, and his face bears the scars of many years.
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01/02/2010 01:51:02 AM
His a beautiful beast so handsome and loyal ..great image his eyes a breath taking
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01/01/2010 06:43:11 PM
The emotion here is just uncanny. WOAH!!!!! I might as well just do it. This is my pick of the challenge hands down. I am giving one 10 (from a 9) and this is it.
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01/01/2010 02:07:51 PM
Pretty amazing clarity and details.
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01/01/2010 12:27:02 PM
Nice and Sharp.
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01/01/2010 08:46:16 AM
I love his dreamy look. As if he's dreaming of being King of the animals.
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01/01/2010 01:01:06 AM
amazing details. seems like i can feel the fur right from my monitor. great work,
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