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Challenge: Free Study 2007-07 (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: England
Date: Jul 22, 2007
Date Uploaded: Jul 25, 2007

Nice to be back again.

Went to the zoo on Sunday and while reaching into my camera bag I looked across to the right and 'BEHOLD' I was blessed with this 'biblical' scene.

This is my first submission with the Fujifilm S5 Pro (I love this camera) I hope it does well and I can bounce back to DPC with a respectful score.


Est score - 6.4
dream score - 7.0


Shooting high with this one but it's more wishful thinking. I really LOVE the tones in this B&W shot.

Editing - shot in RAW opened in PSCS2, lucisarts filter applied slightly, curves, converted to B&W, cropped, noise ninja, resized, noise ninja again.

I use noise ninja more as a way to sharpen the image on the 2nd run, I find it does a better job on the smaller files than the USM.

Thank you.



Post result-:

WOW! that's all I can say right now.
Thank you, I'm totally gobsmacked!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 651
Avg (all users): 7.3008
Avg (commenters): 8.9565
Avg (participants): 7.2727
Avg (non-participants): 7.4348
Views since voting: 12781
Views during voting: 261
Votes: 133
Comments: 94
Favorites: 91 (view)


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09/08/2017 11:53:38 AM
Good gosh I have never seen a sight like that. What a cracker!
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05/07/2014 09:54:34 AM
i've always loved this photograph .. dont know why i never commented .. but its such a standout image in so many ways .. absolutely perfect .. :)
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03/13/2013 04:15:53 PM
Excellent
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07/02/2009 07:56:38 AM
Just came across this image again - I remember seeing it a long time ago, and I'm still very impressed. :)
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04/21/2009 06:22:29 AM
so damn cool !!!!
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01/27/2009 08:24:24 AM
This picture amazes me MAK!
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08/23/2008 03:48:58 AM
Still one of my favorites of yours. You really captured an excellent moment, then applied your patented artistry with the processing.
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04/09/2008 02:26:53 PM
I totally love this one... Great picture and you pw is brilliant also :o)
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08/12/2007 03:41:16 PM
Congrats! This is awesome!!
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08/11/2007 05:18:08 PM
One of the most beautifully presented and memorable images on DPC... Amazing tonal range and clarity. Terrific.
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08/11/2007 08:48:14 AM
Favorited..
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08/10/2007 11:21:25 AM
I absolutely adore this photo. The tones are outstanding. And of course, I'm all about the goat. They are the most interesting creatures to me.

Congratulations on the fantastic finish!!
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08/09/2007 11:17:24 AM
Big congratulations to you on this great shot and ribbon. An exceptional capture. Looks like something taken way back in time.
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08/09/2007 09:49:13 AM
this is wicked totally !!!
a w e s o m e !!!
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08/09/2007 09:43:30 AM
Now Ive had a day or 2 to re-compose myself can I just say a big THANKS to my team members for their support (not friend voting)(LOL) This was the first shot I was allowed to submit to so YES this actually is my first entry with the Fuji S5 it just happened to finish Later than the street photography shot by 2 days (a wonderful illusion).

Anyone thinking about the S5 as a Camera will be very pleased with it's performance from a colour and Dynamic Range POV, if you want speeeeed forget this camera.

RAW files over 1600 ISO appear dark when opened in most viewers and I have found that LIGHTROOM is by far the best RAW tool for these RAF RAW files, they are 25MB big too hence the fuji's SLOOOOW speed of 1.5fps, this is NOT a sports cam. It comes into it's own when shooting people, weddings, and in difficult light situations (such as this shot here, into the light from a long way away at full zoom 300mm) it had AMAZING DR. I just found out recently that this camera works so well in JPG I might not use the RAW function. The high ISO even at 3200 is stunning and leaves my D200 and also the D1s mk II Canon standing...

Anyway, I would really like the thank everybody for their comments and Favs. Some of my most favorite photographers have selected this shot as a FAV and I am totally honoured by that. The score is very good and a new PB but as I always state, I'm not really driven by scores, I like to submit what I like and the photography/editing that I like. I know some of you do not like the high dynamic range I love to shoot but that is my style and after a very over abusive start to HDR I have managed to cut my addiction down to minimal usage (LOL)

It is a pleasure to be back and a pleasure to be a member of such a wonderful online community as this is and has been for many years.

God bless you all and thank you for this very special ribbon.

Message edited by author 2007-08-09 09:46:54.
08/08/2007 08:34:49 PM
WOW! That's all I've got to say.
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08/08/2007 06:11:41 PM
Well done! I need to get some tips from you on sharpening - you do it so perfectly.
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08/08/2007 05:15:53 PM
Excellent shot, the Goats beat the beautiful girl.
Actually may be your 2nd submission with the Fuji Camera, ("She Couldn't Believe Her Eyes")
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08/08/2007 03:09:27 PM
oh, they look SO cute!!! beautiful greytones, wonderful picture!
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08/08/2007 02:51:22 PM
awesome job
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08/08/2007 02:30:07 PM
So you're back brother! Congrats with this fantastic shot and ribbon.
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08/08/2007 01:48:55 PM
this shot is fantastic , the more i look at it , the more i like it, it's really hypnotyzing. adding to fav.!
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08/08/2007 12:46:59 PM
Omedetoh darling! what a great come back with ribbon! yaaahoooo!
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08/08/2007 12:19:21 PM
WooHOOO! You did even better than your dream score. What an amazingly spectacular image. This was not an easy challenge at all. The competition in this challenge was extremly tough. You did good!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!
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08/08/2007 12:18:40 PM
I am amazed that its a zoo shot, looks like its out in the wild! Congrats on a great score and red ribbon :)
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08/08/2007 12:09:40 PM
Congratulations Marac on the 2nd place! This is a fantstic image and the b&w tones are excellent. I really thought it would win.
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08/08/2007 10:46:54 AM
surreal! FANTASTIC! Way to go mate. How did you do that???
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08/08/2007 10:39:21 AM
Being originally from Montana, I was certain this was taken in Glacier National Park or similar. I would never have expected this to be a zoo photo. Many congrats on highly deserved ribbon!
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08/08/2007 10:30:06 AM
Cannot believe this came from a zoo... I love this photo. Congratulations and welcome back to DPC.

-Nicholas
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08/08/2007 10:23:01 AM
This is spectacular! Congrats!
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08/08/2007 09:57:37 AM
Awesome photograph of the goats...congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
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08/08/2007 09:27:25 AM
Yes a certain amount of luck is necessary for a good shot. But you deserve all the credit for seizing the opportunity and making it work! Good shot. Congrats
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08/08/2007 08:13:54 AM
I was just waiting to see an image on the front page that was shot with an s5pro...but of course congrats to YOU for that red one, really an awesome shot!
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08/08/2007 07:54:16 AM
Congrats, Marac. I'm happy to have been one of your 10s (one of five I gave out). It is rather biblical, now that you mention it. The tiny tree-like plants, combined with the shooting angle, make these goats seem like giants. Great job on the b&w tones.
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08/08/2007 07:44:36 AM
Oh MAK!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am so glad this won a ribbon. It's truly one of the best animal pictures I've ever seen!

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08/08/2007 07:39:36 AM
You probably have the coolest, most not goat like looking goat that I have ever seen. At first glance I could seen the devil there. I keep expecting to see arms sprouting from the big one. Really cool shot.
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08/08/2007 03:59:19 AM
WOW...amazing detail and excellent tones. The sky is perfect for this and excellent editing
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08/08/2007 03:09:43 AM
These two animals tell a story, like those fables Aesop used to tell, and they have quite a lot of character, some peoples' faces should be envious. I see the goat smiling :-)
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08/08/2007 03:06:57 AM
big congratulations on this exellent shot! well diserved ribbon!
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08/08/2007 03:05:37 AM
Congrats, the image is so good in so many ways well done.
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08/08/2007 03:05:06 AM
Nice comeback eh?

Who says cheats never prosper :-) Only kidding you tool.. great shot and deserved ribbon.
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08/08/2007 03:03:53 AM
truly "biblical" as you said it! (who would have known it was from the zoo?!) nice work. and great exposure, by the way (wow, the S5 pro, the HDR camera!)

and oh, congrats on the placement!
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08/08/2007 03:00:43 AM
Excellent shot, Marac, not your usual subject, but I should have seen from the PP it was yours :) . Well deserved ribbon!
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08/08/2007 03:00:21 AM
wooowww MAK!!
welcome back!!
back with excellent pic! ;)))
congrats with the ribbon and new PB!
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08/08/2007 02:33:01 AM
Wha an amazing shot, the front animal is so human-like.
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08/08/2007 01:52:17 AM
outstanding capture and awesome processing! congrats!
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08/08/2007 01:48:48 AM
Marac that is quite the image! Congrats on the ribbon and welcome back.
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08/08/2007 01:11:56 AM
the detail in the fur is just amazing, congrats on a very well-deserved ribbon. fav'd, easily
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08/08/2007 12:52:28 AM
Hot DAMN! Congrats man, well deserved!

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08/08/2007 12:51:13 AM
Congrats! I love this-gave you a 10! Looks like you surpassed you dream score.
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08/08/2007 12:37:59 AM
Great shot, really great! Congrats on the red (and your super score).
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08/08/2007 12:30:56 AM
WELCOME BACK!!! Too Cool, fantastic processing and great shot!! Congrats!!!
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08/08/2007 12:26:16 AM
WOO HOO - I knew it. WELCOME BACK MAN!!!!
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08/08/2007 12:25:44 AM
I knew you would ribbon also, I loved this photo.
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08/08/2007 12:21:29 AM
i was pretty sure this would ribbon,GREAT job.

still in awe of this shot. great job buddy
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08/08/2007 12:16:21 AM
Out of this world. Simply great! Congrats
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08/08/2007 12:12:28 AM
this was my fav for the blue..congratulations!!
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08/08/2007 12:10:59 AM
Congrats, MAK! You did it!
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08/08/2007 12:07:42 AM
absolutely fabulous! you're extremely lucky to catch such a scene.
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08/08/2007 12:06:31 AM
Way to go bredda! Blessings!
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08/08/2007 12:05:08 AM
WTG MAK! You achieved your dream score and more! Congrats on the red with this stunning shot!
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08/08/2007 12:04:02 AM
Oh boy! The tattered coat on this goat is amazing. beautifully understated image.
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08/08/2007 12:03:59 AM
yo, this is like the neverending story material here
awesome photo and finish, congrats!!
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08/08/2007 12:02:52 AM
This is incredible.
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08/08/2007 12:02:36 AM
Dude!! This is awesome! Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2007 09:10:54 PM
That's one shaggy looking critter. Neat shot.
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08/07/2007 06:49:45 PM
a lil to much blurrrrr in the background
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08/07/2007 04:32:51 PM
wow 10
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08/07/2007 03:47:37 PM
gorgeous! Great exture in the fleece, very good perspective, the b + w works fantastic!
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08/07/2007 06:54:27 AM
Fantastic capture! My favorite in this challenge, good luck!
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08/06/2007 08:17:06 AM
This guy needs a hair cut! Nice shot! 9
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08/06/2007 04:55:23 AM
This is my pic for the Blue Ribbon.
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08/05/2007 12:33:08 PM
Now thats a interesting image. Cool. Well done psart 9
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08/05/2007 10:20:49 AM
this is awesome. but that goat has one bad haircut. :-p 8
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08/04/2007 08:33:11 PM
Nice and sharp and a very nice conversion. Congratulations.
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08/04/2007 08:26:26 PM
This is awsome! 10
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08/04/2007 05:41:39 PM
Wow - great shot. I love the fur on the larger goat. I hope this does well in the challenge. 10
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08/04/2007 11:35:57 AM
In a quick click you've managed to capture a great story.

You did a good job framing the photo's composition, giving them room in the photo to gaze into the distance. Black and white was a good choice. When I first saw this image I got a very classic Ansel Adams feel.

One thing that is really distracting me in the photo is the little weed/tree that's sprouting on the hill. I would have cloned that out.
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08/03/2007 11:48:47 PM
Oh wow, this is amazing. STUNNING. What a powerful photo. This creature (not sure what kind of animal he is?) - he's so intimidating, but he also looks old and wise... Wow. It's just lovely. Can't wait to see how this places. I hope it ribbons. ;) Good luck.
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08/03/2007 08:32:29 PM
Who shaved the wild goat? Nice tones.7
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08/03/2007 01:00:56 PM
Talk about optical illusions! At first glance I thought that piece of weed/grass/brush sticking up on the far lower right was a tree in the distance. :) That's one scruffy looking goat! Fun shot. Good luck in the challenge.
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08/03/2007 07:19:04 AM
Lovely pic.
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08/03/2007 02:48:35 AM
great tones, composition ant over sharp like a lot I see on here nowadays.-10-
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08/03/2007 01:23:07 AM
They look giant next to what seems to be a tree off to the right. ;-)
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08/02/2007 12:24:03 AM
This is wonderful! How did you manage to get so close? I'm guessing the bigger one is shedding. 10!
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08/01/2007 03:44:16 PM
9- great tones, love the expressions, and that they are both looking in the same place, great job
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08/01/2007 03:15:48 PM
amazing shot. real cool capture with a surreal overtone to it.. I likey!!
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08/01/2007 01:51:52 PM
now thats one scraggly goat. I like it....
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08/01/2007 12:58:46 PM
Darn. . .I want so bad to give this one a 20!!! I'm sure there will be enough 10's to make up for it tho :) This HAS to win blue. Has to!
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08/01/2007 12:48:01 PM
You picked the right one, I think :)
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08/01/2007 10:37:06 AM
beautiful.
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08/01/2007 09:27:33 AM
wow, i love images that make me say things out loud when i see them, and this is one of them. :D GREAT shot, and well composed. 10!
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08/01/2007 05:46:02 AM
wow this is unbelievable, when will someone pay for my membership so i could vote on pics like these? lol. brilliant work, keep it up
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08/01/2007 02:28:27 AM
I'm at 40% voting and this is the first shot that's made me go "WOW"! Simply incredible... Fantastic focus, amazing tonal range, and beautiful composition. Well done. 10 & Fave
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