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Challenge: Stopped Motion III (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenges 2006
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: Aug 5, 2006
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 6, 2006

One of the shows at Seaworld, San Antonio. I was CLEAR in the back, beyond the seats, shooting at ISO 800 with my 24-105. This may not be the best technical shot I took all day, but I rather like it.

Post - bunch of stuff but nothing insanely fancy. After USM, then resize, I did sharpen again on a separate layer, then erase most of it except the dolphin and the people, then reduced opacity by 50% on that. Very subtle, but it was something new to try.

The alternative for this challenge:
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Place: 88 out of 212
Avg (all users): 5.6173
Avg (commenters): 5.8333
Avg (participants): 5.5714
Avg (non-participants): 5.6471
Views since voting: 936
Views during voting: 370
Votes: 196
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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09/04/2006 06:12:30 PM
But for the graininess this would be a top 10 IMHO. It has great color, the correography is perfect, great stopped action, ...and dolphins are the best "feel good" animal on the planet (finishing just ahead of frogs, kittens and puppies). ;-)
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09/03/2006 11:35:17 PM
I like this entry, and I'm a big fan of saturated blues, so this works well for me. There's a real sense of movement helped by the effluence beneath the dolphin, and its placement in frame is very satisfying. The grain detracts slightly, but overall well done. I must say I really like the alternative. There were similar in recent challenges, but that one's well composed and very interesting.
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08/18/2006 08:08:55 AM
This is a nice shot. While it seems a bit grainy or something the positions and expressions of the "models" make up for it. At first I was thinking that it may have been better if you had caught the dolphin higher in the air but I realize that it would have put him crossing over the lady behind. THeir positions really work the way they are. I am not really sure but maybe a lower ISO would have helped with the initial sharpness.
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08/15/2006 10:25:42 AM
Trading post...
Nice job Deb. I did only give this a 6 in voting because it just seems not very sharp. Though the composition is great. I think you would have had a much higher score with your alternative shot, that one is crystal clear!
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08/14/2006 11:08:45 AM
I agree with Judi's comment. . . the happy faces and fun feel of this photo more than make up for any slight technical issues. I love this photo!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/11/2006 01:53:27 PM
Nice job. I like the colors and the composition
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08/11/2006 07:06:35 AM
excellent shot! could stand to be a tad sharper (even though there's probably a lot more detail in the hi-res). all the same, a shot to be very proud of. great timing.
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08/10/2006 09:55:58 PM
Good work. A bit of noise but the smiles on their faces make up for it.
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08/10/2006 02:49:24 PM
This is a cool shot. Nice job of capturing that leap! Not quite as sharp as it could be, but it's still a nice image. Also seems a little grainy/noisy. Great color - love the blue. Good luck in the challenge.
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08/10/2006 06:23:38 AM
Good timing on the image, looks a little 'snapshotty' though. Maybe you've had to crop quite a lot to get to the action, as the photo is quite grainy as well.
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08/09/2006 05:08:04 PM
you captured the moment really well
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08/07/2006 02:22:15 PM
This is so good! I love how you can see every little water droplet coming off that smoothe sleek dolphin. Such a perfect mid-action shot!
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