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Challenge: Fauna (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-3030Z
Location: Montreal, Canada
Date: Apr 18, 2003
Aperture: F3.2
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 19, 2003

Shot with 250W [almost] overhead tungsten light against draped fabric. The vase was stuffed so our friendly subject had a place to stay and explore my studio setup while I fired away shots.

Photoshop: Selective Color with a boost to whites, levels adjustment, and some sharpening. Would have spot-editted the background a bit and removed the harsh glare if the rules allowed it...

Model provided courtesy of my cousin's pet rat, Ceres.

I know, its not a collective group of animals, but its not often that one of my regular shoots matches the theme of the competition during a given week, and fauna does refer to the animal kingdom as a whole. Whatever happens, I feel I captured a pretty good moment and met the challenge decently.

Place: 38 out of 313
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Votes: 252
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08/30/2003 08:22:44 PM
Such a great composed shot. I don't know how you got it to look right at the camera. Lighting makes the image pop out so much. Great fun shot.
05/05/2003 06:35:29 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club :)

Hi Sylandrix...

This photo sorta reminds me of one of those 'inspirational' cards that you see around with some cheezy saying to go along with the humorous image on the card :) The 'fauna' element is present in the photo, but the fauna doesn't really seem to represent the subject of the image. It does play nicely into the theme however...

The image seems to be framed a little too tight to suit my personal taste. I think the subject could use just a little extra breathing room in the frame. Each edge of your frame is very close to some element of the subject. Backing up from the subject could possibly also reduce the glare on the front of the vase.

John Setzler
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04/30/2003 03:19:17 AM
Too bad you ended so low this week :(. This was one of my favourite pictures.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/29/2003 02:10:46 PM
I liek the colors and the expression on the animals face.
04/29/2003 12:40:04 PM
Good capture but flash is bouncing off from the vase. How did you get the animal to pose for you or was spontaneous???
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04/29/2003 08:20:47 AM
simply too funny. great work. 8 Morgan
04/29/2003 01:11:57 AM
So Cute. what is it? My friend thinks it's a rat. I like the grainyness of the shadows, and the texture of the cup. The light spot of the cup looks sarutated though. maybe unavoidable to get the shadows and background as it is. 9
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04/28/2003 09:07:40 PM
Cute :)
04/28/2003 05:51:56 PM
I love the creativity of this shot! The lighting is a bit harsh, so that is a point to improve on, but I just love this little face popping out of the jar! definately a bump above the rest!
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04/28/2003 03:52:39 PM
Is he stuffed or just well trained? Good shot apart fron the flash reflection of the jug. 7
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04/28/2003 07:35:26 AM
Feel like I'm in a Disney movie. Good job of catching the eye highlights.
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04/28/2003 05:45:16 AM
crop half off the bottom and you have a great pic!!
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04/27/2003 08:50:41 PM
Great pose. (How much did you pay the mouse?) I like your color and pure white background. Nice lighting too.
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04/27/2003 08:54:58 AM
Cute pic. I'm sure everyone wants some of these in the kitchen!
04/26/2003 10:57:01 PM
funny! Good shot.
04/26/2003 12:10:46 PM
totally adorable. I am not sure what post processing you did, but the edges of our little gerbil friend seem jagged and unnatural, and a flash from the left and behind would have eliminated that shadow. :)
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04/25/2003 12:43:32 PM
Cool. Is it a pet, or an unwelcome visitor. Good idea well executed.
04/24/2003 08:49:11 PM
Cute! Creative idea
04/24/2003 04:57:46 PM
so cute !
04/24/2003 01:43:57 AM
This is so funny! My hat off to you for an excellent pic! I hope you rewarded your main actor :-) The tight crop works here.
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04/23/2003 06:08:57 PM
Very cute. I love the browns, and the composition. However, I don't think I would have edited out the background so much. It looks like an unsuccessful attempt to do a clean studio shot and is actually kinda distracting - the handles shadow especially.
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04/23/2003 05:28:11 PM
b\g is too bright with this pot against it. The flash/glare on the pot.. darn. This is cute.............really cute. You can fix these small things after the challenge. Darling shot. I was a potter for a living in another life. :)
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04/23/2003 03:46:53 PM
funny fauna, fabulous foto
04/23/2003 12:51:23 PM
Absolutely fantastic. I wish this shot were mine. Darn near perfect. It would make a cute poster. 10
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04/23/2003 10:05:39 AM
I hope he/she's a pet.
04/23/2003 10:02:12 AM
good job
04/23/2003 09:48:17 AM
Nice. Maybe a bit less jug and more mouse would be better. Lighting a bit harsh.
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04/23/2003 08:00:13 AM
imo, the animal should be a litle brighter, and the glare on the pitcher is distracting
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04/23/2003 03:29:35 AM
[Comment only] Is that a rat? If so, I never knew rats could look so cute. Maybe I think so only because it's rat tail is not visible... that's a plus in my books ;-) Good idea and executed fairly well. The only thing I would change is maybe shoot at a slightly higher angle. Right now my eyes are drawn to the bulb of the pitcher first.
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04/23/2003 01:31:15 AM
LOL :)

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