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Don't be ridiculous. There aren't any sharks around here!
Don't be ridiculous. There aren't any sharks around here!
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Famous Last Words (Basic Editing)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Nov 26, 2006
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2006

Hmmm... a tough conceptual challenge posted on a long holiday weekend... how could I possibly resist? ;-)

This was the easiest of several ideas to execute. I just cut up an old wooden background panel with a reciprocating saw to make the "bite" and carried it down to a pond across the street. The panel was supported over the water with a couple of poles staked to the ground, and I tossed a big rock into the water to make the splash. The sky was overcast and I waited too long (as usual), so I had to make do with fading sunlight. The panel is pretty useless now, but it was worth a laugh.

The bite is probably too "neat" and rounded, but it's supposed to be "cartoonish." I figured if it was more irregular it might appear messy or look like it broke off rather than a bite. The edge of the panel could have been better, too. Meh... I don't expect a really high score anyway.

Processing: Convert from RAW, Levels, Curves, Shadow/Highlight to deepen the light tones, Channel Mixer for saturation, USM, and a little Photo Filter for warmer color.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 112
Avg (all users): 6.8241
Avg (commenters): 7.4333
Avg (participants): 6.4237
Avg (non-participants): 6.9194
Views since voting: 3358
Views during voting: 587
Votes: 307
Comments: 43
Favorites: 3 (view)


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02/11/2007 03:40:40 PM
This is good....as in that dangerous word and priceless tool: Clever.
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12/08/2006 11:55:31 PM
Shannon you posses the midas touch! I must reaffirm my admiration. Congratulations on your 5th place.
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12/06/2006 03:25:06 PM
right choice to make this cartoonish. even I had to concede you a 7. congrats on your finish. thanks for the laugh!
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12/06/2006 08:51:12 AM
Dang. In the end I guessed wrong. Ken (Art ROFLMAO) is a wood working kind of dude at times, and almost as clever as you (ssshhh - don't tell him I said that) :P

Congrats on another high finish Shannon.
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12/06/2006 08:33:40 AM
haha. great shot. so funny. not sure how I missed this during the challenge. very cool!
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12/06/2006 12:15:35 AM
Once again, Shannon, I'd love to bottle and sell what you do wrong. :) This was a 10 from me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/05/2006 04:56:38 PM
Haha love it, looks like you went to alot of work to get this shot, nicely done. 9
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12/05/2006 03:57:05 PM
ha ha , cool, but maybe break the wood random like a real shark bite,photo fits well with the famous last words theme !!!
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12/05/2006 01:13:00 PM
Brilliant idea and excecution of the same.
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12/05/2006 12:52:06 PM
Ken or Shannon - has to be. :) My guess is Ken. Friggin hilarious!!!
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12/04/2006 08:00:11 PM
Good try..but not too realistic :)
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12/04/2006 03:30:59 PM
Nice idea. The lighting has let this down though. Needs a little warm sunshine
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12/03/2006 06:09:52 PM
Excellent and very funny :)
I love the "cartoonish" look of the bite...
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12/01/2006 05:19:04 PM
clever! and nice contrast
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12/01/2006 12:49:39 PM
Oyyyyy! Totally unrealistic, I mean, that bobber should be under water by now, and the rod bent, right? And that bite. But, man, it works. BTW, I even worry about swimming pools, that's how big of an effect "Jaws" had. (no vote :)
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12/01/2006 12:00:24 PM
Nice idea, thogh it is not very realistic
Sharks are not fresh water creatures only one type is and if a shark were to take a bite the marks would be very jagged since sharks have multiple rows of teeth.
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12/01/2006 11:20:57 AM
haw haw.
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11/30/2006 07:54:12 PM
Brilliant idea, and well executed!
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11/30/2006 05:00:47 PM
Very, very clever.
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11/30/2006 11:03:45 AM
looks like a scalvert concept...;)
however, this is the first one, that really made me laugh!
well done, a 10
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11/30/2006 09:42:59 AM
Very clever and nice composition. I especially like the water bubbles/splash - nice effect.
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11/30/2006 08:22:38 AM
I can forgive the perfect circular cutouts for the composition.....what a HOOT! 7
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11/30/2006 01:27:43 AM
HA! Very cute. Very well executed too.
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11/29/2006 10:29:29 PM
not bad
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11/29/2006 08:31:11 PM
LOL. You must have spent some time on it, but the photo is worth it.
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11/29/2006 05:27:50 PM
I love the ripples giving the scene some action. Can't decide if I like the cartoonish shape of the teeth marks or if it spoils it. Eenie-meenie... like it.
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11/29/2006 05:25:27 PM
That's an excellent and funny set up!
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11/29/2006 04:50:07 PM
Nicely done :)
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11/29/2006 03:11:53 PM
LMAO!!! :) Extremely creative shot, and very well executed. The composition is awesome. And that's some DPC dedication to take the time to cut all the bite marks out of that wood. :D
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11/29/2006 03:07:11 PM
Very funny! WHo or what jumped in to give such a big splash?
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11/29/2006 02:29:16 PM
Funny. I didn't notice the "shark bite" at first. Nice and crisp shot.
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11/29/2006 12:09:40 PM
Nice setup and great idea
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11/29/2006 10:56:43 AM
I love this shots creativity, though I must say the bite marks should probably be a bit sharper. All in all though fantastic!!!! an 8
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11/29/2006 10:07:33 AM
Hmmm... who could go through this much trouble for a challenge entry, I wonder? VERY funny and well-executed as usual. Something seems slightly weird about the colors on this one, but it's still certainly something that cracked me up.
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11/29/2006 09:44:42 AM
Cute!
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11/29/2006 07:18:05 AM
nice , funny, I can get over the fact that those are not shark teeth marks:))) hehe.8
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11/29/2006 06:51:37 AM
nice! you could have made the wooden plank more realistic by sharp cut marks rather than circular
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11/29/2006 06:10:38 AM
Extra points for the lot of trouble you went through for this one..love it!
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11/29/2006 02:47:05 AM
Nicely done!
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11/29/2006 01:03:48 AM
Now THAT's a funny shot! :) 10.
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11/29/2006 12:54:13 AM
This is a good idea but the bite marks just don't look real enough.
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11/29/2006 12:51:42 AM
clever! hope this does well.
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11/29/2006 12:47:55 AM
very nice setup!
love the ripples in the water..
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