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What Are You Lookin' At!
What Are You Lookin' At!

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Bronx Zoo
Date: Apr 6, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 8, 2007

Zoo Monkey.

Adjustments in Aperture
-Highlights and Shadows
-White Balance
-Converted from RAW

Place: 126 out of 573
Avg (all users): 6.1627
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0435
Avg (non-participants): 6.4314
Views since voting: 743
Views during voting: 225
Votes: 166
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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05/12/2007 08:56:25 PM
by karmat

I like how the monkey is a large enough element in the frame that he is the obvious subject, but there is some background to give him some context. He does, however, have a branch coming out of his head. Depending on your philosophy of post-processing, that might be a good element to clone out.

Technically, the exposure, focus, lighting, etc. is all very well done.

Overall, you have a good photograph, and I think your score (especially in a free study with almost 600 entries) validates that. What kept this from being a top 25 or 50, though was the "wow" factor. It is a picture of a monkey looking at a photographer, and while the title gives it a bit of humor, there is nothing that makes this shot stand out enough to push it to the high 6 mark. I am fairly confident that if this had been in another challenge ("Zoo Animals," "Eye Contact,") it would have placed much higher.

Nice work and best to you in future challenges.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 12:38:15 PM
Fantastic details! Good capture.
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05/04/2007 12:51:44 PM
Great shot, maybe if that branch wasnt directly behind the monkey, it would be even better!
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05/03/2007 02:13:50 PM
Wow I can see the little toenails.
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05/02/2007 10:20:48 AM
I like the pose and the color combos in this image. The bokeh is beautiful. With expert editing I'd be temped to clone out the OOF trunk that enters the animals butt and exits the head, were it my image. Alas, it is not. ;)
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