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Challenge: Say Cheese! (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Studio
Date: Dec 12, 2005
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 13, 2005

NO ANIMALS WERE HURT DURING THIS SHOOT!

All the traps in this shot (although set) were tied up so that they could not be triggered and I had an assistant handling the mouse just as an extra caution to keep the mouse off the traps.

This was shot at iso 500 because I messed up and did not change my camera back to its lowest iso.

Post processing was just a few minor tweaks to the raw file in nikon capture and then I cropped a fairly small amount off the image in photoshop.

It was interesting to see that the mouse had no interest at all in the cheese.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 107
Avg (all users): 6.9567
Avg (commenters): 8.0857
Avg (participants): 6.7818
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 8460
Views during voting: 470
Votes: 277
Comments: 57
Favorites: 15 (view)


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12/29/2005 02:29:25 PM
No Animals hurt? Who cares. It's just a mouse...
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12/27/2005 07:48:58 AM
A mouse with so many traps can not feel cheesed.Great setup and great photograph. Congratulations!!!!
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12/26/2005 08:49:14 AM
Thanks to all those that voted highly on this. This is certainly an improvement over my first submission which ranked 210 out of around 220. I guess it paid off to actually go buy a live mouse. Though that worked out anyways because my wife really liked the mouse and is keeping it for a pet.
12/24/2005 08:40:11 AM
Great shot - colour (ie mouse, - the jump out colour of cheese on traps.Congrats. Thanks for sharing the behind- the- scene info as many do not realize all the hard work /effort that goes in to getting the shot.
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12/21/2005 04:38:43 PM
This image bothers me, as its so cliché and overused. I do believe I saw QUITE a few images similar to this one, and while it was the best of the lot, its apparent lack of creativity is irksome.
12/21/2005 01:41:33 PM
I was afraid these traps were really active during the shot, so glad they weren't, didn't affect my voting though, great shot! Congratulations.
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12/21/2005 11:28:05 AM
i dont know why this pic got anything under a 5 this is a great shot of its type and Con Gratz on the Blue!!! (9) =)
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12/21/2005 06:04:30 AM
Congrats on your blue. Nice idea, well executed.
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12/21/2005 05:03:50 AM
Oh, this is a great shot, I am pleased to have been beaten to the blue by it !! Congratulations !
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12/21/2005 03:53:20 AM
Congratulations !
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12/21/2005 03:20:57 AM
had a feeling this would win. great job :)
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12/21/2005 01:49:39 AM
Awesome ribbon .. congrats .. glad to hear the mouse was so well looked after!
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12/21/2005 01:45:27 AM
Well deserved ribbon. What a great shot. Congrats! and enjoy.
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12/21/2005 01:37:55 AM
Congrat s on your first ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib1.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Eric.
I doubt this would have looked better at a lower ISO - too cute!
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12/21/2005 12:38:38 AM
mice prefer peanutbutter - but that DNMC!
Congrats on your blue.
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12/21/2005 12:34:32 AM
Congratulations on your BLUE. Quite a star, the little guy.
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12/21/2005 12:22:01 AM
Congrats on your blue! Glad to hear no animals were injured.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/20/2005 07:02:45 PM
I hope no animals were hurt during the shooting of this photo!! LOL nicely done
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12/20/2005 06:07:24 PM
the mouse looks petrified ... hope he wasn't hurt in the making of this shot. 8.
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12/20/2005 03:08:42 PM
The live critter counts, hope it survived the gauntlet. There's too much out-of-focus foreground - more DOF would have made this great.
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12/20/2005 02:43:24 AM
Did he make it out?
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12/19/2005 03:36:01 PM
I hope you secured traps before letting in your pet :)
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12/19/2005 12:31:06 PM
A definate 10 here. The DoF and image quality are perfect.
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12/19/2005 01:26:48 AM
DId u let it die?
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12/18/2005 09:05:15 AM
lol. Brilliant - love it. Interested to hear the commentary on this one.
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12/17/2005 09:44:15 PM
Great shot, I like how you got a shallow DOF, but still mananged to get the mouse and one of the traps in perfect focus..
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12/17/2005 02:32:40 PM
That horible ...killed an animal for a picture. F-
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12/17/2005 01:36:56 PM
This is just a phenominal photograph. The sharpness is just incredible on the mouse and the central mouse trap and the colors are just incredible. Great job, I can't imagine how to improve it. 10!
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12/16/2005 10:11:52 PM
Yikes!!!
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12/16/2005 02:12:24 PM
What's the mouse called?
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12/16/2005 12:09:39 PM
Nice set up, but the white specs are a little distracting. One of my favs in the challenge.
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12/15/2005 11:15:59 PM
7 - Very good & seemingly very dangerous (couldn't see any evidence of safeguards). Criticism; not much, maybe more selective cropping (eg on the left) perhaps an even slightly sharper angle and, difficult, but having the 'focal point(s)' more centered in the frame, may have all made this even better in my opinion. Good set up & idea (well done if original).
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12/15/2005 08:05:19 PM
Please tell me no mice were hurt in the making of this image. :-) Great shot!!
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12/15/2005 11:55:03 AM
Ooooo, I hope no mice were harmed in this shoot.
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12/15/2005 03:34:51 AM
Hope no mice were harmed in producing this image LOL. Great image, nice and original, good luck
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12/15/2005 12:28:05 AM
What! No variety? How cruel... ;>)
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12/14/2005 08:48:14 PM
this is by far awseome !
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12/14/2005 07:59:11 PM
Cheese yes.. but it makes me cringe, not smile. Poor little mouse. Well composed and shot though. Nice job.
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12/14/2005 06:19:13 PM
Simply the best..
Lighting, focus, depth, subject, creativity, all brilliant..
This is the blue, maybe close to an 8+ when its done--
My vote 4
Just kidding-- 10
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12/14/2005 05:23:15 PM
The trap in the front should, in my oppinion, be more in focus but everything else is very good and I really like the idea.
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12/14/2005 02:26:02 PM
the composition is rather disordered. The traps of the front are fuzzy
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12/14/2005 02:22:33 PM
Great Shot!!!
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12/14/2005 02:19:46 PM
Pet mouse? If so I hope he was OK at the end of the shoot!
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12/14/2005 01:36:13 PM
Very good! If that is a real mouse (sure looks like it, but not sure), how the heck did you keep it from snapping any traps? One of my favorites. 10
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12/14/2005 12:58:06 PM
nice.. hope nothing died in the making of this one!
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12/14/2005 10:53:25 AM
Good use of DOF.
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12/14/2005 10:29:03 AM
Love it! Pretty scary for the mouse, though! Tell me he didn't get hurt.
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12/14/2005 10:05:14 AM
Without a doubt, the best in the challenge and best met in the topic in the challenge. Seen others try, but this hits it. Great composition, assembly of traps. Technically, great colors (choice of traps and cheese), and DOF.
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12/14/2005 09:29:38 AM
Nicely done. I like the dof you've chosen, and the model is very attractive. :)
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12/14/2005 08:54:28 AM
So....did one of them finally go off? Great capture. Well done!
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12/14/2005 08:35:44 AM
Hey! A REAL mouse!!! Real CHEESE!!! Congrats on putting it together. And congrats on your soon to be ribbon - I hope anyway.

Oh yeah - nice photo too. Nice use of DOF and ROT in your composition. Lighting is right on as is the focal point.
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12/14/2005 07:07:40 AM
danger mouse!
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12/14/2005 05:31:19 AM
Brave mouse! Nice use of shallow dof and good lighting... did the mouse get the cheese or the chop? :)
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12/14/2005 05:18:58 AM
Super shot, and only hope the little mouse is still with us, so cute..........
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12/14/2005 02:54:27 AM
I wanna see the whole sequence of shots! LOL
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12/14/2005 12:40:54 AM
I shoulda bought stock in victor when this challenge was announced! Good DOF adds interest, Cute rat, Maybe I could get some pointers on where to get a slick black background like that,
12/14/2005 12:21:35 AM
that's funny, but mean....it did survive right???!!!!
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