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"I am one with the tree"
"I am one with the tree"

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Sony DSC-H1
Location: Lewisville, Texas
Date: Jan 20, 2006
Aperture: f3.5
ISO: 64
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2006

I followed this little guy around for at least an hour just taking pictures of his quirky poses and I managed to get him to sit still long enough for me to get this of him. There was alot of editing involved but all stick with the guidelines of the challenge.

Post Process:

Adjusted levels and curves. Adjusted Hue/Saturation. Added Unsharp Mask. Used the stamp tool in several areas to remove blemishes. A bit of dodging and burning on his fur.

This is my first contest entry and hope it does well. Thanks to all who comment.

Place: 93 out of 261
Avg (all users): 5.7827
Avg (commenters): 6.0588
Avg (participants): 5.5833
Avg (non-participants): 5.8772
Views since voting: 643
Views during voting: 415
Votes: 336
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0

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02/01/2006 12:31:46 AM
Thanks to all who commented, very much appreciated! I had alot of fun with this and think I've learned just how addicting it really is to check the site to see my score go up and down! lol
I was above 6 for awhile but was happy to place in the top 100. I didn't expect that. I'm glad to see I didn't have too many 1, 2, or 3s.

I'll work on my sharpening for the next competition.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 08:50:45 AM
01/31/2006 08:13:27 AM
The colors are magnificent!!!!
01/31/2006 04:35:50 AM
Great sharpness and clarity on this shot.
01/30/2006 08:14:40 PM
Waaaay over processed. The blue is very unnatural and the sharpening is making it look like a pen and ink drawing.
01/29/2006 04:34:32 PM
I like the color and DOF of this photo. The composition seems a little flat, maybe to centered. Just my preference, still a very nice photo!
01/28/2006 11:06:28 AM
Cute pose.
01/28/2006 08:08:46 AM
So cute, actually a great close-up here, well done.....
01/27/2006 08:06:24 PM
Nice image. A little over sharpened maybe?
01/26/2006 05:52:44 PM
cute...perhaps a little oversharpened
01/26/2006 03:24:45 AM
Bad sharpening work, still good picture
01/26/2006 02:32:55 AM
I really don't think that you have maximised the potential of this shot. You should aim for 640 for one side.
01/25/2006 09:05:51 PM
I am a huge fan of squirrels. And I really like your photo!
01/25/2006 08:02:18 PM
cute capture, he looks a bit over sharpened though
01/25/2006 07:48:02 PM
This is a great picture, I'm just afraid that this will be voted down because of the size, you should use the 640 pixels that we are allowed to use in challenges.
01/25/2006 03:59:57 PM
I like the composition but the picture looks unnatural -- overly sharp and saturated.
01/25/2006 03:34:45 PM
Nice. White balance looks a tad blue.
01/25/2006 11:26:16 AM
A 10, and it was nice to see an image that met challenge requirements.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/25/2006 07:30:39 AM
Aaw, nice capture - you must be pleased with this! Lovely detail, nice textures in both the critter and the tree bark. Lovely blue sky backdrop. Nice light in the eye. Nice composition! All good!

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