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Challenge: Green II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Baltimore Aquarium
Date: Jun 3, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 3, 2006

Green Tree Snake

Wow! My first 6+! Well I went to bed last night thinking I was locked into 5.9, which I was very happy with. To have it go over 6 is a special treat! Thanks all who voted.

This was a green tree snake on display at the Baltimore Aquarium. Ironically I had planned to use a picture of a green frog that I had taken in the same place, but it turned out to have been a bit blurry. So this shot turned out to be a substitute.

I originally submitted the full image I took, thinking the green color was the subject of the image. But the more I looked at it the more I felt the snake should be the subject, so I cropped it down putting the snake at the center. The leaf going straight thru the diagonal was intentional, I did think the curve of the snake and the straight lines of the leaves and the branches make a nice contrast.

Here is the original picture:
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Place: 57 out of 453
Avg (all users): 6.0702
Avg (commenters): 7.5625
Avg (participants): 5.9920
Avg (non-participants): 6.1538
Views since voting: 704
Views during voting: 302
Votes: 242
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/05/2006 09:58:04 AM
Thanks for the kind words! I agree that its over noise reduced and the lighting was not the best. The fact is that I wasnt even thinking of the challenge when I took this picture. I had taken a different picture to use in the green challange but it hadnt come out. This was the only other thing green I had taken. Had I planned the shot better I would have zoomed in much closer and worked at a better composition. As it was I had to crop so much of it that the final image was incredibly noisy and needed some extra passes, which obliterated some of the detail. A great learning experience tho, the words of my high school photography teacher still ringing in my ears; "fill the frame". Now they actually have meaning for me, Photoshop cant fix everything ;)
08/03/2006 12:24:26 PM
This is a great shot, and even with the 6+ score, I think you were robbed. The composition is interesting, especially with the contrast between the curves in the snake and the stright edges in the leaves. The lighting is a touch harsh in a few spots, but overall, it's a great capture.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/13/2006 08:42:24 PM
Yeah, creepy shot. I did not see it right away. Very well done...great colors and wonderful nature-reptile image.
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06/13/2006 04:06:38 PM
Creepy. I'm not a fan of snakes, but I like this shot - the S-bend of it's body is such a bold shape in the photograph. Perhaps a smaller aperture to increase the depth of field so that the S-curve was in sharp focus too?
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06/13/2006 02:24:35 PM
Wow, he sure is camouflaged! Great work!
06/13/2006 08:13:33 AM
wow! what a catch!
06/12/2006 09:34:51 PM
Good color depth on how the green tones of the leaves match the greens of the snake. I like the juxtaposition of the straight branches with the curve of the snake as well - good contrasting lines. I might have lightened the levels on the shadows a bit to make the underside of the snakes head not quite so dark, but that's just me - nice capture.
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06/12/2006 11:20:32 AM
Great capture/photo. I like the comp and the DOF. Nice clarity and the camouflage adds to the interest.
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06/09/2006 04:53:31 AM
great use of color and lines here, very sharp, good work-9-
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06/08/2006 08:21:54 PM
06/08/2006 04:15:44 PM
Nice curves. ;)
06/08/2006 06:48:29 AM
Great DOF and awesome nature shot. I like how the snakes body whips to the side like it does here
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06/08/2006 04:31:59 AM
Good shot, and definately green...
06/07/2006 11:11:03 PM
Yessss! . . . a Green Ribbon. BOL 7
06/07/2006 09:45:59 PM
Nice shot cool snake.
06/07/2006 10:29:48 AM
Looks dangerous. I wonder what it would look like with a black backdrop. I wouldn't of put it there, but its neat to wonder. lol. Nice job. GL.
06/07/2006 07:34:20 AM
Nice catch!
06/07/2006 06:15:45 AM
Great capture :o)
06/07/2006 12:52:11 AM
It looks like a lot of detail was stripped out of the leaves, like too much Neat Image?
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