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Marine Biology - So much we dont know
Marine Biology - So much we dont know

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Challenge: Science II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
Location: atlantis marine world
Date: May 29, 2007
Aperture: f 3.61
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60s
Galleries: Snapshot, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2007

This is a cuddle fish one of my favorate creatires. Yjey have the abbility to change their color to blend in to their enviornment. This was lit with only camera flash, levels, bright / contrast. most of the reflection was cropped out and minor cloning to balance the background color.

Place: 103 out of 222
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Votes: 206
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06/07/2007 12:33:07 AM
Re: Your thread.
As a documentary style shot your image is extremely good. It shows the creature with excelent clarity and detail. The composition does not waste any space. However DPC voters are also/exclusively going to be looking at the image as a piece of art. From an artistic point of view the lighting is rather harsh and the composition rather predictable. The image you are comparing to ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/688/thumb/524180.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/688/thumb/524180.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' uses some "negative space" as an artistic, compositional element and also has the advantage of a rather pleasantly coloured background.
In short , your image is a fine peace of documentary but lacks the artistic element that voters look for.
All IMHO, regards, Mike

Message edited by author 2007-06-07 00:34:51.
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06/06/2007 11:26:51 PM
In regards to your thread - the first thing that comes to mind is the composition. The rule of thirds exists for a reason - it helps make a documentary type shot interesting. You're shot is perfectly centred, and closely cropped at the edges. Putting a bit of empty space on the right, in the direction its eyes are looking, may convey a bit more interest to the casual observer.

Also, what other said about slightly harsh lighting on the subject. You used a relatively slow shutter speed, so I imagine this was the best of several shots, but with a bit of curves or levels in photoshop, you could take a bit of the harsh light off the cuttlefish.

Hope this helps. PM if you have any questions
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2007 11:32:40 PM
i <3 cuttlefish
I was snorkling in bermuda and suddenly notice something a few inches from my goggles, so I backed up and there was a whole line of baby cuttlefish about 3 inches long. I looked around and soon saw the mom, I tried to get closer, but they swim faster than you would think! great shot!
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06/04/2007 09:51:10 PM
06/03/2007 07:42:23 AM
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05/30/2007 12:40:56 AM
Very nicely done.
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