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Life Feeds On Life
Life Feeds On Life

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Challenge: Life (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A40
Location: Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA
Date: Sep 16, 2003
Aperture: f/4.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/250 sec.
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2003

A tough decision, whether to submit this. A little edgier than what I would normally do (if the message was communicated right), and way off what I originally planned - a studio-type, Christian-themed shot. Just didn't have time to do it (even after I bought some of the props (-: ).

I caught this shot on the last day at lunch time, at the Oceanside pier (becoming a favorite location for me). A fisherman threw some live bait down and the gull went after it. At the last minute tonight, I decided to take a shot at trying to use it.

Processing was tough too. I wanted some noticable contrast between the light and dark - the idea being that this act neither good nor evil, or maybe both at the same time. (The last, and only other, time I tried this was with desolation, and it seriously tanked.) Also, sharpening was difficult because of motion blur and a bit of a soft focus. But I wanted sharpness for the contrast. Then there's color, always tough for me. Hope I didn't screw it up...

The title comes from a hidden track on Tools first CD, a dark arrangement which at one point repeats the phrases "life feeds on life" and "this is necessary". I'm not a big enough Tool fan to know what Maynard James Keenan meant; to me it always spoke to the reality of life, death and the feeding of new life by the death of old life - the whole cycle of life thing - as unpleasant a topic as it might be.

Technical: Shot with a 2.4x teleconverter, at full zoom, with circular polarizer and UV filter. Processed in PS: adjusted levels, tweaked the colors a bit with selective color, got rid of some CA by desaturating blues, sharpened/resized/sharpened, added a border.

Place: 83 out of 231
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Votes: 192
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/20/2003 07:44:08 AM
The more I looked at this, the more I liked the cropping. It captures the pause in the movement of the bird. The wingspan on these gulls when they are landing still amazes me -( I'm a "beachsider" in FL on the Atlantic so I see them all of the time)
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09/19/2003 10:16:05 PM
Good composition. Interesting textures throughout.
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09/19/2003 02:02:01 PM
Great Photograph, good shadows.
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09/18/2003 06:11:15 PM
mine...mine...mine..mine, mine, mine,mine,mineminemineminemine
minemineminemineminemine.. anyone seen Finding Nemo. This reminds me of that. Good choice. It's so true and so simple.
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09/18/2003 05:31:16 PM
Yep that would be the circle of life...
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09/17/2003 07:14:25 AM
How true. It's a bird eat fish eat worm eat dirt world. Would have been better if you caught its entire wingspan.
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