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Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
yakatme


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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Everglades
Date: Aug 27, 2006
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2006

Choices, choices, choices... I took so many photos of alligators on Sunday in so many different 'poses'. I was about 10 feet from this 7 footer and only about 10 inches above the water. Later, I got more daring and ended up using my 12-24mm lens from only about 2 feet away. I thought about using a shot that was more of a close-up of the eyes and dragonfly, but it was lacking when it didn't show the snout.

Post processing:

Levels
Shadow/Highlight
Slight crop
Unsharp
Resize and save for web

Statistics
Place: 142 out of 684
Avg (all users): 6.0551
Avg (commenters): 6.3500
Avg (participants): 5.9706
Avg (non-participants): 6.4000
Views since voting: 760
Views during voting: 354
Votes: 254
Comments: 21
Favorites: 2 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 08:14:51 PM
Oh nice capture. Maybe a little tighter crop to bring more attention to your little insect friend
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09/06/2006 08:49:01 PM
Nice, really like the little critter on top of him. Needs something to POP! just a touch but a very nice capture.
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09/05/2006 05:57:43 AM
That's a very short tail on the dragonfly. Are the wings really opaque yellow?
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09/05/2006 03:11:43 AM
Most unusual with the cloud reflection the way it is.
So which one is the beauty? ;)
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09/05/2006 12:43:18 AM
almost invisibly...great shot! 10
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09/03/2006 08:24:12 PM
The cloud makes it look like the gator's head is smoldering or something.
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09/03/2006 06:57:13 PM
-LOVE the title!!!
-Amazing capture!!!
-I like the reflection of the cloud and the ripple too
-Score: 9
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09/02/2006 07:56:47 PM
Cool shot! The reflection of the cloud is in just the right place, too.
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09/02/2006 01:32:18 PM
The picture would have more impact if you weren't trying to get the whole head of the alligator in the shot, and focused more on the part of the head above water with the dragonfly. Good pic though. (5)
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09/02/2006 11:56:29 AM
That cloud is distracting. very interesting though.
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09/02/2006 10:08:01 AM
I think you should have cropped closer to really show the insect which could esily be missed here. Of course this may be a crop already as doing a macro of a live croc is not the safest thing to do:)
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09/01/2006 08:33:28 PM
Very very cool, and subtle. I like how his head's in the clouds.
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09/01/2006 04:28:30 PM
a tighter crop would be nice to see the insect. i cant even tell what kind of insect it is. may have been hard to get even closer to an alligator though. lol.
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09/01/2006 02:02:24 PM
Oh this is awesome! What amazing detail and lighting. The exposure is phenomenal! Every time I try to photograph one of these creatures, I get too much muck in the water, and they always are laying in the one spot that is incredibly bright and blown out. I am TOTALLY impressed!
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09/01/2006 12:02:04 PM
Took me some time to find 'Beauty' as that she is small relation to the composition as a whole. Great capture, but you need to draw us in more. A closer crop would compell us to linger longer and look at your photo. If you have a good zoom lens I would use it to get closer to the gator (don't do it physically just let your camera do it with the zoom function) I think a tight square crop just showing the portion of his head [not his snout]above water will give us all the details of the gator and the dragonfly not to mention the detail of textures both these creatures have. You want to keep the attention focused on your main subject and that is these two creatures - not the water or the negative space they are swimming in. Next, there needs to be sharper details on the skin of the gator and the dragonfly. That can be accomplished by using a smaller aperature setting (an 8 - 16 range) to get more detail and depth of field. Maybe the original has that and sometimes due to resizing some sharpness is lost - simply using sharpen or unsharp mask will take care of that. Lastly, the reflection of the cloud in the water is greatly distracting and it takes away focus from your main subjects. Changing the angle in which you shoot (low angle or high angle) or moving a few degrees to the right or left of the subject tends to get rid of unslightly elements that contribute nothing to the overall composition.
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09/01/2006 10:42:57 AM
would like to see the blues more blue here - overall kind of a grey image. I wonder if cropping tighter would be stronger since the bug is so small in the overall scheme. The bug and the eyes would communicate what this is, so you could crop a good 75% of the photo away. Really great capture though -
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09/01/2006 06:34:50 AM
How well timed is that?? :)
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09/01/2006 06:05:26 AM
Nice work, love the hitchiker.
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09/01/2006 02:26:43 AM
like the little bug on his head - nice peaceful yet ominous catch
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09/01/2006 02:00:36 AM
no way! that looks awesome
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09/01/2006 12:34:10 AM
I would change the title (both of them are beasts just different in size), but the photo is brilliant.
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