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Challenge: Crop it TIGHT! (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Stuff
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 150mm f/2.0 Zuiko Digital
Location: Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Date: Dec 19, 2015
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 22, 2015

An American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis) surfaces in the clear water of 40 Acre Lake in Brazos Bend State Park, Texas, USA.

This is a young gator, about 4 foot. I saw him floating under the water and got lucky he surfaced as I was taking shots of him while under the water. When I tried to move to shoot him from the side the sun was hitting he sank back under and took off. Would have loved to have gotten a side shot with that sun in his eye, the light that morning was just absolutely amazing. I love the winter light here in Texas, it is just so soft and beautiful......unlike are hard harsh summer light.

I feel really good about this entry, we will see.........

Place: 14 out of 69
Avg (all users): 6.0000
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.8235
Avg (non-participants): 6.1538
Views since voting: 364
Views during voting: 125
Votes: 73
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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12/30/2015 12:53:34 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club, Robbie!

So close to a Top Ten!

I think what held you back is not your composition... that's wonderful.

Not your colors... those are fabulous.

I see a bunch of noise in your image... It might be your processing... I'm not sure.

The noise is a distraction for me as a viewer.

I totally LOVE your composition... straight on... in my face!

I think the noise held back your score.


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/29/2015 01:20:56 PM
beautiful 8
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12/23/2015 11:54:38 AM
Don't think I want to go swimming with him/her. Nice image!
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12/23/2015 10:58:25 AM
Menacing! I like it.
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