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The Lookout
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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: J.D. Griffin Horticultural Research Center
Date: Jul 30, 2006
Aperture: f/2.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500 sec
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2006

Cropped.
Adjusted levels.
Dodge & Burn.
Neat Image.
Cloned out a couple of little spots on the main leaf.
Added frame.
Saved for web.

Statistics
Place: 11 out of 329
Avg (all users): 6.5660
Avg (commenters): 8.0455
Avg (participants): 6.3028
Avg (non-participants): 6.8447
Views since voting: 1719
Views during voting: 310
Votes: 212
Comments: 31
Favorites: 9 (view)


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04/14/2010 05:21:57 AM
Too cute.
08/07/2006 08:20:07 AM
Originally posted by oOWonderBreadOo:

it's funny- I find this photo perfect in every way- just not zen! I mean- I didn't vote and probably would have voted it high anyway, but wow!!! The composition spells explosion to me! Absolute energy and look at that face- just exploration on his little mind. I LOVE it!!!


I guess it was so much easier for me to think of this as Zen. Picture yourself walking through this really nice, huge garden. And it's nearly silent except for a gentle breeze and trickling water from a nearby fountain. (a Japanese fountain seen in outtake #2...' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/39375/thumb/375946.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/39375/thumb/375946.jpg', '/') + 1) . '...) Then while walking you see this little guy's sihlouette slowly creeping up that leaf and stop juuuust right so as to only peek his head over. Given the surroundings I was in at the time and the feel of the moment, it seemed pure Zen to me.

thanks for the comment!
08/07/2006 01:58:52 AM
it's funny- I find this photo perfect in every way- just not zen! I mean- I didn't vote and probably would have voted it high anyway, but wow!!! The composition spells explosion to me! Absolute energy and look at that face- just exploration on his little mind. I LOVE it!!!
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08/07/2006 12:43:42 AM
This is such a ravishing image because first it touches the heart. What a capture! Congratulations on your 11th place finish.
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08/07/2006 12:30:32 AM
Originally posted by saintaugust:

this is great... i'd like to think it's in the 'wild'... but it's probably in an aquarium? :-)


nope, no aquarium...i was at a public garden here in town...he was just wandering around the cannas and i just got lucky that he popped up while i was walking by.

thanks for the comment ;-)
08/07/2006 12:11:53 AM
sweet!...thanks to everybody that voted and commented...this was my highest finish in the year i've been a member here...i just got my highest rated photo in the Flowers challenge and now this topped it by far...hopefully the scores will keep going up.

thanks.
shane
08/07/2006 12:10:42 AM
w00t! congrats on your highest score, hon! this shot just plain ROCKS! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 11:57:32 PM
Beautiful shot. Excellent composition and his placement is perfect. Well done and bumpin gup.

Last minute bump. I am going to give you a nine and add this to my favorites. Great shot!
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08/06/2006 11:52:34 PM
Absolutely perfect. Great job!
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08/06/2006 11:20:01 PM
wow! this is just so cool. i love that you can see his body through the leaf. excellent work!
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08/06/2006 06:03:34 PM
Nice lines..excellent close up!
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08/06/2006 03:47:14 PM
I love how this presented itself on my screen. Just as I was saying, "oh great, another feather picture", the little guy showed up! His head could be a little sharper, but you still get an 8 for his sweet little shadow toes and the surprise factor.
I've already voted, just commenting now.
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08/06/2006 12:10:43 PM
Fun!!! nice shot - the softness works well - 10
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08/06/2006 11:19:41 AM
fantastic composition making your interesting subject colorful yet zenlike! Very cool work!
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08/06/2006 12:04:23 AM
This is wonderful! I love the way its little head is popping out, and that you can still see his silhouette. Nice use of the Rule of Thirds too.
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08/05/2006 08:39:11 PM
This is just so cute and I love it.....
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08/05/2006 12:26:59 PM
this is great... i'd like to think it's in the 'wild'... but it's probably in an aquarium? :-)
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08/04/2006 04:35:51 PM
Wow amazing shot. Congrats on this one!!
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08/04/2006 04:26:20 PM
A great capture! Especially the opaque body through the leaf surface.
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08/04/2006 01:07:45 PM
Great image...the sort of thing I`d expect to see as a poster.
I like the way the leaves divide the picture and the shallow DOF works very well in contrast with the sharpness of the subject.
This should do very well...good luck.
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08/03/2006 04:44:03 PM
Fantastic comp, like how you lined his head up against the dark backgraound and you didn't get too close. Spot on DOF as well.
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08/02/2006 09:33:15 PM
i love the shapes... and the anole. i guess i'm a sucker for reptiles... 10
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08/02/2006 08:49:34 PM
great job on this picture...
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08/02/2006 03:11:51 PM
desire
has cut off your head. 5
08/02/2006 06:17:55 AM
Nice capture! Love it! Good luck!
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08/01/2006 06:28:20 PM
Nice DOF and what a great little creature :o)
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08/01/2006 03:07:50 PM
This is so totally Geico...er, sorry, you're probably sick of hearing that by now. Great photo though, you did a great job of getting him to stand out in the sea of leaves. Very nice!
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08/01/2006 02:28:23 PM
This does not have the overall feeling of peace and serenity that I look for in zen photography.
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08/01/2006 08:19:38 AM
Fantastic shot. 10. I love the vibrant colours and the composition. The shadow through the leaf is great too.
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07/31/2006 07:08:56 AM
superb! I love the depth of field and the sharpness of the lizard...this shot should do well for you I hope 9
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07/31/2006 05:50:55 AM
wow at halo on white...hmmm love the 'critter' 8
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