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Challenge: Wildlife (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Kodak DX6490
Location: Caldwell Zoo, Tyler TX
Date: Oct 3, 2004
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 3, 2004


Place: 34 out of 160
Avg (all users): 6.2602
Avg (commenters): 7.7778
Avg (participants): 5.9697
Avg (non-participants): 6.5567
Views since voting: 1193
Views during voting: 326
Votes: 196
Comments: 12
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/11/2004 01:03:27 AM
Very nice shot, looks like it was captured in the wild. Congrats on the 6 ave... :)
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10/11/2004 12:03:47 AM
Maybe not a Ribbon, and maybe not as funny as the Rhinos, but still a decent placing in this competition. Beats the heck out of my 50%.
The look & pose captured is perfect.

Message edited by author 2004-10-11 00:04:44.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/10/2004 10:46:13 PM
Beautiful colors Very crisp Great job!
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10/10/2004 09:34:20 PM
If not for the bush in the front this would be excellent. Such a beautiful animal.
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10/09/2004 11:47:35 PM
Beautifully crisp shot.
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10/06/2004 02:53:49 AM
Beautiful. The foilage in the foreground is a bit distracting however.
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10/05/2004 07:03:21 PM
Man.... she has some attitude. Very nice image... great depth, color and emotion. Great work!
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10/05/2004 12:39:17 PM
What an elegant animal.
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10/04/2004 08:30:54 PM
I really like this photograph! The longer I look at it, the better I like it. At first I thought, needs more color and contrast. Too busy. No, it works as is because it shows wild animal use of camouflage so well. Good cropping. I like the dof.
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10/04/2004 08:22:01 PM
I don't know nuttin' 'bout jaguars, 'ceptin' they be cool cats.

You may receive comments about the OOF leaves in foreground (nearly all viewers like having the frontmost element to be in focus), but I like to think it adds depth. The background colour of the tree suggests a coolness to the day and perhaps the cat too. The atypically drab environment for this beautiful cat might have provided an opportunity to really pump up the orange (saturation) in the coat and perhaps deepen the blacks (contrast). Unless there's an additional element at play, many viewers prefer having wildlife (esp. mammals) looking directly at the camera. I suppose it creates an otherwise non-existent connection between "us" and "them". Exceptions to the "look at me" rule usually involve dynamic action (growling, yawning, pouncing, pre-pouncing etc.).

In all honesty, this is a very average photo of a big cat, especially within the confines of this challenge, but there are a considerable number of images "worse" than yours. (I think your elephant photo would have taken you out of the average arena). Unfortunately, there's little you can do to improve this photo as any improvement would require changes in things you cannot control.

Timing can be (and usually is) everything for wildlife shots and you just weren't there at that decisive moment. What can you do? Keeping going back until you have the jaguar photo to end all jaguar photos? Perhaps.

Were I voting sincerely, this would end up with a 6. Because I think assigning numbers to images is meaningless, I'm giving you a 10 (yes I vote on all images, so it will count).

Message edited by author 2004-10-11 03:00:15.
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10/04/2004 08:38:08 AM
The plant in the bottom left is somewhat distracting. Beautiful subject and well executed shot otherwise.
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10/04/2004 06:16:25 AM
Another possible top10, I would have added more contrast. Still I love the detail, good luck 9
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