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Challenge: Symmetry (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-720UZ
Location: Philadelphia Zoo
Date: Mar 25, 2003
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 29, 2003

I've found myself going to the zoo all the time to take pictures lately. I love animal subjects. I wish I was living in an area where there were animals to photograph that weren't behind bars. I feel so bad for them and I tryto incorporate my feelings into my pictures.

Place: 107 out of 226
Avg (all users): 5.2872
Avg (commenters): 7.1250
Avg (participants): 5.2193
Avg (non-participants): 5.3827
Views since voting: 1414
Votes: 195
Comments: 12
Favorites: 3 (view)

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06/27/2003 10:09:45 AM
This photo breaks my heart. I have stopped going to zoos because I can't hanlde it. I think it is wrong to cage animals like this. It bothers me deeply...

You did capture the pain of it. It's so cruel.
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04/09/2003 07:44:00 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club :)

Hi Jason...

Congratulations on a very emotive photo... Your view of symmetry in this photo is quite interesting and powerful at the same time. The mood in this image that you have created with the composition and the choice of sharp contrast black and white seems to support your feelings very strongly.

The title "Life" seems to sum up the scene in a simple and elegent word. The "life" of these cats also seems to be summed up by the mood you created here with the lighting and the black and white.

This is an excellent shot and I'm sad to see that it didn't score much higher...

Keep up the great work :)

John Setzler
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04/08/2003 09:15:52 PM
Great black & white shot. Nice composition & cropping. Good job.
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04/07/2003 06:33:08 PM
Of the three best phtos in this challenge, this was the lowest placed: you're a victim of the symmetry obsessives, and thos wwho can't be bothered to read the challenge instructions. never mind, it remains a fabulous photo. The others, by the way, placed 72nd and 101st - so your in pretty good company.


edit: obviously, by 'best', I mean IMO.

Message edited by author 2003-04-08 14:28:41.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/04/2003 09:47:17 PM
super angle
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04/02/2003 05:59:04 PM
Nice work - I like the symmetry offered because it's a little different, but still very obvious.
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04/02/2003 01:10:20 PM
This is a very special photograph. I fear you won't do all that well, but I hope I'm wrong. I think it's exactly the kind of thing the challenge was after, and on top of which it's a very moving image. Good luck.
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04/01/2003 11:23:38 PM
Classic symmetry. You were able to capture some life in their faces - very hard in these conditions.
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04/01/2003 03:24:28 PM
I'd say more "lack of life" but photo is well done.
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04/01/2003 12:14:05 PM
Neat subject. Not totally symmetrical but cool picture.
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04/01/2003 04:00:53 AM
I like the subtle symmetry with the cats.
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03/31/2003 01:23:21 AM
if they only had thumbs there's no way they'd let us get away with treating them like this. ten for you.
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