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Challenge: Family (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A40
Location: Living Room
Date: Jul 10, 2005
Galleries: Family, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2005

These Chocolate Dutch Rabbit babies are 4 weeks old. This picture took two days and 2 full memory cards to finally get all 8 babies in a decent shot. I hope to get a good score for all my efforts...and don't get penalized because of the cute factor.

I lined a box with white paper, lined them up the best I could and shot away. The lighting made them warm so they started falling asleep. I wanted their eyes open in the picture, so I would have to shut off the light for awhile and roust them up.

Post-processing:

Adjust Shadows/lighting

Cloned out seams that I had in the background and some dark spots.

Healing tool for a couple hot pixels that my camera has developed.

Auto levels

Dodge tool to lighten the two babies in the back, dark places on the ears and some shadows underneath the ones in the front.

Healing brush tool to get rid of some uneven color areas in the white backgroun.

Slight sharpening, noise clean-up

Crop, resize

Save for web

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 159
Avg (all users): 6.5859
Avg (commenters): 7.7333
Avg (participants): 6.2674
Avg (non-participants): 6.7471
Views since voting: 1825
Views during voting: 415
Votes: 256
Comments: 38
Favorites: 6 (view)


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08/18/2005 06:36:20 AM
Oh I am so glad the cute factor won out (for once). Congrats on an adorable top 10 finisher!!
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07/20/2005 11:28:46 PM
Ah, that is just adorable. I gave it an 8 and really thought it would do well. I am so glad it did. Congrats to you !
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07/19/2005 05:03:04 AM
Thank-you to EVERYONE for your comments and praise. This is my highest rated photo on DPC. I have never been in the top 10 before and I am very happy about that. Not too shabby for still using a 2 MP point and shoot. Hopefully soon, I'll be able to upgrade.

I have re-done this photo and submitted to DPC Prints but i have quite a hurdle to overcome due to my low resolution camera in providing a good quality print. We'll have to see if it will be approved.

As for the bunnies? They are growing like weeds. Anyone in the Billings, Montana area want one of these cute bunnies? You can go to www.verlannahill.com for more information on our rabbitry.
07/18/2005 11:02:29 AM
Congrats on your top ten finish. I loved this one and still do. Awesome image. May have to buy it for my daughters room as she is dying to buy a bunny today. Hope you offer prints.
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07/18/2005 01:46:29 AM
Congrats on the top 10, although I had this one pegged for the blue. Really fantastic job - and infinitely marketable! Sell, sell, sell! :-)
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07/18/2005 12:48:19 AM
Congratulations on your top ten finish. Put this print up for sale!
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07/18/2005 12:03:29 AM
I'm so happy for you. Top Ten. HURRAY!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/17/2005 10:04:54 PM
10 ! :)
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07/17/2005 07:11:24 PM
Ok, this one gets my vote for cutest idea in the challenge.
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07/16/2005 11:49:09 PM
OK THIS DOES IT! That is the most adorable thing I have ever seen. If this doesn't win, then I'm a complete idiot. ON MY GOD -

I just ran across this again and it is still my absolute favorite. If I could vote higher than 10, I would. The whole picture is just spectacular. The focus, the composition. The contrast of their little heads and ears against their bodies which just blends into the background only to be broken up by those little pink noses and feet. AUGHHHHH!!
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07/15/2005 10:04:42 PM
Beautiful, don't know how you got them to sit still for this shot, nice.
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07/15/2005 01:19:13 PM
How did you get all of those rabbits to set still?
07/15/2005 12:31:53 PM
A little overexposed? They sure are cute.
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07/15/2005 09:05:11 AM
LOL. Nice work
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07/14/2005 12:43:55 PM
Framed a bit too tight for my taste to both sides as a couple of ears are missing but other than that pretty good, I like the lighting.
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07/14/2005 11:47:25 AM
So cute !
People have thought that you cloned the rabbit ??? lol
It's a wonderful photo !
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07/13/2005 10:39:33 PM
Wonderful photograph! The arrangment feels funny because the right side is cropped tighter than the left and the overall content slopes down toward the right side of the frame. I just love the little pink noses and how each one is identical. Nice soft shadows and no blown out whites. Nice job.
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07/13/2005 02:09:10 AM
This is my favorite picture: (10)
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07/12/2005 06:12:17 PM
this is absolutly adorable. it's a wonder how you got them all stay still long enough to take this. one of my favorites of the challenge. 10.
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07/12/2005 03:52:00 PM
exposure seems soft especially in the corners ... I would have preferred a sharper shot personally.
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07/12/2005 11:28:40 AM
Awwwww. . . that is so cute!!! You have composed this so well with the all-white background. And it's very impressive how you have so many animals in one shot, and they are all crisp and clean. Excellent job.
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07/12/2005 10:35:32 AM
So cute. How did you get them to stay that way! :)
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07/12/2005 08:56:25 AM
I love this one. The all look so soft and cuddly, just want to grab one and take it home. Love the sharpness of the eyes.
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07/12/2005 08:38:06 AM
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07/12/2005 01:47:14 AM
what a gorgeous pic... very well taken.
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07/11/2005 08:30:36 PM
Don't leave them together too long, there'll be more siblings to photogrpah :)
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07/11/2005 06:07:20 PM
cute. I see nothing wrong with this photo good job.
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07/11/2005 04:15:49 PM
Are they cloning rabbits now? LOL
Cute idea. Lovely bunnies too.
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07/11/2005 01:46:50 PM
Oh how cute! What a great entry! Best of luck! 8
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07/11/2005 12:39:32 PM
oh my god, that is the cutest! this has GOT to be a high scorer if not a ribbon winner! Everything about it just screams brilliant! even your picture makes them look fluffy enough to hold....
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07/11/2005 12:07:28 PM
Perfect! 10
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07/11/2005 11:04:16 AM
Huge cute factor! The focus is a bit soft however on the FG bunnies, and is sharper on the ones in the back. Overall, still a really pleasant image.
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07/11/2005 10:40:49 AM
Very cute little dutch bunnies
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07/11/2005 09:14:17 AM
I reminds me of a time my in-laws brought my daughter home on Easter Sunday. I could read her lips through the glass of the car screaming "I got BUNNIES!!!" The nice man on the side of the road told my in-laws that the babies were too young to leave Momma but he would make them a "deal" to take them all! Yeah, right! Mom and 7 babies. What a mess!

Anyhoo, back to your photo, very cute subject, nice out of the box thinking....they could be family and family and family!
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07/11/2005 06:44:10 AM
I love the subject and the idea behind this capture. The design is a bit chaotic for my taste.
07/11/2005 04:49:36 AM
well caughrt a fine idea for the challenge 6
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07/11/2005 02:54:25 AM
now that is meeting a challenge - not just the DPC "family" challenge, but getting those bunnies to all sit still long enough to get this shot! The white background was an excellent choice.
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07/11/2005 12:11:11 AM
I used to raise rabbits so I know how hard this must have been....it's just so cute and perfect...10!
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