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Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Virginia Beach Marine Science Center
Date: Sep 5, 2005
Aperture: f1.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 13, 2006

My niece, Kaitlynn, at the Virginia Beach Marine Science Center. She had quite a connection with this turtle and spent a good half an hour dancing around with him. I took several photos, but this was the clear winner from the batch.

I was lucky that the tank through enough light back on her face not to cast her in total silhouette; for that matter I was lucky for the tank lighting being exactly as it was as I had already pushed the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture as far as I dare.

I'm interested to see how this is received. I doubt that it will place very well in a challenge that is sure to be full of standout pieces, but it is my favorite shot of the year. I think I have shots that are technically better (thinking specifically of the grain in this one), but this one speaks to me the most.

Statistics
Place: 51 out of 833
Avg (all users): 6.6644
Avg (commenters): 7.8462
Avg (participants): 6.6177
Avg (non-participants): 6.8919
Views since voting: 1696
Views during voting: 676
Votes: 435
Comments: 44
Favorites: 9 (view)


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01/28/2007 08:45:55 PM
love this shot
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10/25/2006 11:04:19 AM
Wow, what a shot. When I saw the original in your portfolio, I thought "Hmm. Would've voted this 7 or 8." Then I found this. :)

I'm amazed no one else has commented since the challenge. Going right into my favorites!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 10:58:29 PM
Blue, Blue, Blue!!!!!!! Great!!!!!!!
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01/31/2006 07:45:48 PM
Wonderful colours, the position of the little girl's arm and hand are perfect.
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01/31/2006 02:54:42 PM
1 of my top 10. I love the feeling this image gives... childhood wonder, amazement, connecution to nature.. this is a great capture.. 10
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01/30/2006 08:45:22 PM
Beautiful
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01/30/2006 11:44:08 AM
excellent capture, excellent comp, excelent light, great color, b&w good, excellent flow, emotive, overall have a print available
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01/29/2006 07:18:27 PM
Yes, love the sentiment here. Well captured.
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01/29/2006 07:59:19 AM
beautiful image. Excellent timing. 9
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01/29/2006 05:47:51 AM
Excellent capture!! Just went to the Monterey aquarium, very diffucult lighting, disapointing results. You got it.
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01/28/2006 09:51:13 PM
interesting set-up. good lighting. nice
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01/28/2006 03:00:15 PM
Too cute. Looks like something the zoo/aquarium should have in their advertisements. Love how the turtle is looking right at her and the placement of her hand and her positioning is perfect.
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01/27/2006 10:00:47 PM
Very cool.
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01/27/2006 09:55:03 PM
Good capture however I feel it would have more impact if the child were more of a silhouette.
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01/26/2006 05:46:31 AM
The turtle is looking right at her, great title, great image.....
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01/24/2006 04:49:12 PM
Great capture!
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01/23/2006 12:49:36 PM
very cool...wish the child would have been lit better though
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01/22/2006 07:21:34 AM
Super shot! I love it.
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01/21/2006 08:08:13 AM
Wondeful!! The best part is that it is unclear who is on the inside and who on the outside as they examine eachother. 10
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01/21/2006 12:34:27 AM
Awesome, would make a great poster for this place.
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01/20/2006 09:21:40 PM
Good capture & a cool picture!
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01/20/2006 03:20:50 PM
I love this. Really catches a mood.
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01/20/2006 06:50:38 AM
LOVE this one.. great capture.. 9
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01/19/2006 08:14:13 PM
wonderful human2animal eye contact ... a real delight ... way up there!
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01/19/2006 02:46:18 PM
I love the color of the water and the contrasting lightness of the turtle. Having the little girl adds an element of sweetness and wonder to your photo, in my opinion. Great shot! Added to my favs!
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01/19/2006 02:22:22 PM
I remember seeing this in the forums. A wonderful shot with a great connection between the subjects. Nice capture.
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01/19/2006 02:31:46 AM
Love the relationship here
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01/19/2006 12:11:36 AM
CUTE

10 from me...good luck!
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01/18/2006 09:14:57 AM
love this...great eye for seeing the different and capturing it!
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01/17/2006 11:21:41 PM
Love the interaction .... excellent shot... congrats
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01/17/2006 10:26:30 PM
GREAT catch
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01/17/2006 02:55:22 PM
I would love to see this photo in the top 10 somewhere at the end of the voting. Great capture... 10
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01/17/2006 11:57:08 AM
How cute! 8
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01/17/2006 09:09:05 AM
Great title. I love the way the light is on the sea turle and the little girl is silouted. 10
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01/17/2006 01:39:02 AM
not an easy shot ot get when shooting through glass - well done
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01/16/2006 11:17:11 PM
This is such a cool photo! I have never seen a turtle that big. Seeing it with that little girl is so striking!
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01/16/2006 10:59:35 PM
What a great shot. Regardless of how it ranks, if that little girl is yours, you should cherish this shot. If she's not yours, find her mommy and daddy and send them a copy... :)
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01/16/2006 09:34:14 PM
Excellent shot...should finish top 10 in a tough competition...I like it as a top 5...9
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01/16/2006 07:42:30 PM
I love what this picture "says". Well executed.
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01/16/2006 06:21:07 PM
Excellent emotive shot!
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01/16/2006 04:30:20 PM
Great emotional moment. I feel like I'm seeing through the little girl. Nice capture. Also, love how the turtle's in light, and she's dark.
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01/16/2006 02:43:48 PM
I dont think I can eat the whole thing!

Adorable. They truly do seem connected as if they are actually looking into each others eyes and communicating 7
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01/16/2006 10:30:56 AM
I have to say WOW...WOW again...I love the conversation happening here...a super fine image.
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01/16/2006 02:37:29 AM
Great perspective. I love this.
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