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moodville


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Challenge: National Geographic (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Sedgwick Co. Zoo, Kansas
Date: Jan 18, 2004
ISO: 800
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 18, 2004

Hopefully this wont be too dark for most monitors. I didnt want to lighten it any further as I wanted to try and keep the ambient light intact. This is an older chimpanzee at the local zoo.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 124
Avg (all users): 7.4372
Avg (commenters): 8.6500
Avg (participants): 7.2556
Avg (non-participants): 7.5680
Views since voting: 5715
Votes: 215
Comments: 55
Favorites: 40 (view)


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06/25/2011 01:45:19 AM
Love this shot! What a beautiful capture! The light is simply incredible...
08/22/2005 01:31:16 PM
WOW - Absolutely stunning shot. I love the harsh light and pink skin. The expression you captured is truly outstanding. Thank you for sharing the humanity of this beautiful creature.
06/15/2005 10:16:27 PM
What a lovely thoughtful image of a wonderful creature. Your lighting and focus are just perfect!!!
03/21/2005 03:22:32 PM
Why not sell it to the Zoo? (Not give a copy) :-)
03/24/2004 01:22:14 AM
Wow, this is fantastic. You should print a copy and give it to the zoo!
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02/01/2004 11:23:55 AM
This looks awesome on my LCD monitor at home. The monitor I'm looking at right now is quite dark...and it's still awesome. Adding this to my fav's, and I'm pretty stingy about that.

You're awesome, Moody. Nice new profile pic too.

Respectfully,

Pedro
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01/27/2004 08:08:25 AM
it must have been the time of day i voted, but i couldn't see the glint in the eyes at the time....

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01/26/2004 01:18:08 PM
Amazing capture especially with the conditions you were in ... so rich in details and emotions ... so poignant, so wise.
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01/26/2004 08:11:59 AM
Congratulations on the top ten finish - this was one of my favorites in the challenge, a really interesting image
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01/26/2004 12:30:36 AM
Thanks for all the comments and scores. This was taken inside the chimp building behind 8 layers of ape-proof glass at the local zoo. He was hanging up in the rafters, clinging to a grated window where the sun was streaming in (no studio lighting was involved). It was shot at 300mm at iso 800.
01/26/2004 12:20:08 AM
Very great shot here! Congrats on your top 10 placement!
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01/26/2004 12:17:02 AM
I must admit that one of the reason that I finally join was to give this shot a "10". It's an incredible beautiful and emotional shot.
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01/26/2004 12:10:01 AM
Moodville
Congrats and very nice work!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2004 08:38:56 PM
He does resemble the in-laws! j/k.... great photo, congrats on a 10!
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01/25/2004 04:10:02 PM
This is an unbelievable picture.
Remarkable pose. This is in my top three pictures for what I feel is a stiff competition. These are some of the best images Iíve seen on DPC. You should be proud of this. 10
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01/25/2004 01:55:58 AM
Good lighting.
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01/24/2004 06:36:50 PM
WOW! What a great shot. I really like the light here. I'm assuming it is natural sunlight? Nice shadow detail. I love the expression and how the primate is examining the weeds. Good luck!!! I think this will be in the top 5 if not in the top 3.
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01/24/2004 03:57:13 PM
The light glows, and those eyes have such a deep and contented expression! Raises the crumpled grass to almost religious status - I exagerate perhaps but it is very emotive. Nice composition with the corner of the eye on the thirds line and the arm reaching diagonally to the corner. The only thing I'd wish is you'd been able to come around to the left a bit more and frame the grass against the darkness. 9
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01/24/2004 10:13:29 AM
very nice emotive shot. Excellent capture. great lighting and framing. I don't think I'd do anything to this one but mat it and frame it. 10
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01/23/2004 06:56:57 PM
nice composition but dark on left
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01/23/2004 12:35:43 PM
o my! What a lovely shot! Sharp, perfectly exposed. I like the catchlights in the eyes.
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01/23/2004 09:17:35 AM
That is a wonderful expression you've managed to capture. Beautiful lighting too. Has to be a front runner. [10]
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01/23/2004 02:47:35 AM
This is the essence of the perfect NG shot. Maybe you should submit it to them. Lighting is almost perfect, just a touch on the rightside cheek.Texture of the hair is incredible. You can almost feel the softness. The eyes are incredible and really shows the emotion and feeling of the chimp. This is the winner.
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01/22/2004 02:36:40 PM
love the subject but the lighting looks totally staged. Juxtaposition of what seems to be studio lighting against such a beautiful "beast" just does not work
01/22/2004 10:20:30 AM
this is fantastic, the framing, the composition, light, everything. Very well done.
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01/22/2004 09:01:13 AM
Very nice shot, brilliant lighting, really focuses on his face etc. Well done!
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01/22/2004 06:00:44 AM
Ideal entry, and a great natural candid. Anthropomophic title bothers me a touch, and oh to be able to burn those eyes a little. Great moment of light though. I'll be very surprised if this doesn't ribbon.
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01/21/2004 10:47:23 PM
You managed to capture a terrific expression. Love the title. Nice composition. Well done.
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01/21/2004 10:28:38 PM
Oh the simple look of pleasure and happiness... great shot!
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01/21/2004 05:13:22 PM
Wow! this is awesome. the lighting is excellent, almost studioish. great detail in the face especially the eyes.
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01/21/2004 03:00:27 PM
wow what a photo, the look he/she is giving that grass is fab, think this is even better that the animal photograph of the year 10/10
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01/21/2004 12:29:21 PM
Great Shot. The shadows help show this Old Man's Age!!
Nice Shot!!
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01/21/2004 11:07:03 AM
That is a great expression on the ape. It seems very pleased with its snack. Nice lighting and tight crop.
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01/20/2004 07:58:53 PM
The expression on this guy, plus the fine mood of the image rates (in my book) a 9. Really, really nice.
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01/20/2004 05:52:53 PM
Love this one
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01/20/2004 03:53:13 PM
Great photo!!
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01/20/2004 12:17:35 PM
Fantastic! How did you manage that lighting? I'm sure that required a pretty slow shutter speed, but yet nothing is blured. Very impressive. - 10
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01/20/2004 10:57:29 AM
a glimmer in the eyes, and this is perfect...

te overexposed areas give definition to the dark subject. eyes are a bit on the dark side, but that glimmer would fix it i think.

my choose for 2nd place
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01/20/2004 09:04:10 AM
I like this shot a lot, very subtle lighting. Almost feel it could do with a bit of fill flash on the left to bring out some more of the hair, but that might blow everything out. If you could have dodged/ burned it or used flash to bring out some more eye catchlight that would have strengthed it some more. A great capture as is and a very simple, strong composition without the background clutter.
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01/20/2004 08:35:30 AM
Really like this shot, the highlights make it come alive and very well framed.
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01/20/2004 07:25:16 AM
Great lighting. Wonderful expression of your subject.
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01/20/2004 05:45:16 AM
very nice ape picture and my estimate of 3rd!
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01/20/2004 01:38:28 AM
Magnificent... I don't have more words for this one... a real NG shot!
Remember me to add this to my favs when the challenge is over:)) =10
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01/19/2004 10:16:20 PM
Very well done in my opinion. You captured a moment in time that is a good reminder to us all. \"Sometimes, the simple things can provide us with the most pleasure". 10
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01/19/2004 06:14:08 PM
I love this shot, it looks like the gorilla was posing for you, he has such a soft gentle look in his eyes, I like the lighting too. Nice work. 10
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01/19/2004 02:30:25 PM
This is a great photo. Very good detail. Creates interest and introspection.
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01/19/2004 01:47:53 PM
I really like the lighting effect. Nice composition and exposure as well. (shot through glass?, high ISO?)
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01/19/2004 01:12:30 PM
That is what they call a hairlight. Great image, enhanced by the light which creates this special atmoshphere, peaceful, quiet, investigating.
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01/19/2004 12:29:59 PM
Great shot capturing a nice, quiet moment!
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01/19/2004 12:16:24 PM
awww I like this sweet picture
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01/19/2004 11:54:55 AM
A bit too dark.
01/19/2004 11:49:03 AM
Aww! This lil guy looks so happy and content. Great capture and beautiful lighting! 10
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01/19/2004 07:55:58 AM
Nice portrait, excellent control of detail in the shadow, great eyes!
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01/19/2004 02:43:54 AM
Beautiful photo, great expression...makes you wonder what he is thinking about
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01/19/2004 01:21:56 AM
The look in his eyes is amazing. To capture such a human emotion in this primate is just WOW!. I love the black background in contrast to the sidelit highlights in his hair. Wonderful image! 10 -danny
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