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Challenge: October Free Study (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: HP PhotoSmart 945
Location: State Fair snake exhibit
Date: Oct 4, 2004
Aperture: F3.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/26th
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 6, 2004

Taken at the State Fair

Place: 132 out of 487
Avg (all users): 5.8531
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.7799
Avg (non-participants): 6.2778
Views since voting: 1185
Views during voting: 315
Votes: 245
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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06/23/2005 11:10:17 AM
Wow this is a great shot. Super close up and detail. The lighting on his face creates that line that leads you down his back. Great!
11/10/2004 11:17:25 PM
From the critique club:
I had the pleasure to learn a particular detail of this beautiful image. It was taken through a glass! A warm thank you to the glass cleaners, you did a good job and made this interesting capture possible.

The composition and the cropping are on the money. The eye of the snake at the comfortable upper third of the image. The color gives off that cold feel of the subject and the lighter green help contain the chill.

This is a subject that is not to everybody's liking, but the tranquil nature of this specimen has that primal feel as a mythological symbol of the infamous serpent.

Since this was shot with available light we will not even discuss the desire for a smaller aperture to increase the dof. You did well in managing the 1/26 of a sec. Overall, the focus on the head is on the money and the image, exactly as is, has enough strength to attract and please the viewer.

The 5.8+ tells you that the image is worth its salt and one to enhance your port. Looking forward to your next effort.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2004 11:10:10 PM
Awesome! I love the color and smoothness of his skin. There are what seem to be JPEG artifacts, noticable on the lines of his scales and on the edges of the branch. Other than that, it's great.
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11/07/2004 10:44:13 PM
Love how sharp the snake is! Good luck in the challenge!
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11/05/2004 09:41:54 PM
returning for comments.
She has that green vegatable color. A very good find and capture. Bumping up.
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11/05/2004 06:18:52 PM
I'm not a snake lover by any means but this is a great shot. Nice colors, simple background, and good focus. Looks like his head and some edges of the branch suffer from oversharpening. It's not too noticeable but there appears to be bright white specks/pixels. I'm guessing the ISO was higher than normal and it's "sharpened noise" that I'm seeing. Maybe a little less USM would prevent that. Nice job.
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11/05/2004 01:45:58 AM
Nice capture.
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11/04/2004 10:17:30 AM
Excellent detail....wonderful shot....
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11/02/2004 02:38:09 PM
Very cool- Good texture and colors, just wish the background was whiter- 7
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11/02/2004 03:14:04 AM
Ha another one to scare my children :)
Nice sharp photo (8)
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11/01/2004 03:58:42 PM
Wonderful detain on his face... good colors.
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11/01/2004 12:58:17 AM
The focus really grabs my attention. Well done.
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