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Cancer the crab (Horseshoe Crab)
Cancer the crab (Horseshoe Crab)

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Challenge: Zodiac (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: NJ
Date: Jan 26, 2004
Aperture: F/5.3
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Animals, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 26, 2004


Place: 104 out of 120
Avg (all users): 4.2000
Avg (commenters): 4.0000
Avg (participants): 4.2055
Avg (non-participants): 4.1975
Views since voting: 920
Votes: 230
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2004 01:07:06 AM
this doesnt look much like a crab maybe its a different breed
Not keen on the blue background it looks a bit insipid
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01/30/2004 05:02:27 PM
The blue just takes over the picture. This would have been much better, in my opinion, if it had either a softer background, or less light. Good luck!
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01/30/2004 07:25:28 AM
Very nice...contrast is very good except just a littel part on the top of the Crap (7)
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01/29/2004 04:59:25 PM
Sharp detail, but the angle on this doesn't really provide anything engaging for the viewer. The background almost looks textured, but simply remains confusing and detracts from the subject.
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01/29/2004 12:59:09 PM
Given that the challenge is to represent one of the signs of the zodiac my feeling is that traditional crabs, that are closer to the most commonly seen image of the Cancer sign, would be better used here.
In terms of the image itself I think that the frame feels crowded - the crop is very close to the edge of the subject - it feels too close to me. The colour of the background doesn't appeal to me and the fanned out stripes toward both top corners are a little distracting - they don't add anything.
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01/29/2004 10:44:17 AM
harsh lighting, illuminates the background much more than the crab, taking away detail on the shell.
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01/29/2004 08:43:10 AM
I have always loved the Horseshoe crabs, highlight of a trip to Duxbury beach, but I do wish that the tail hadn't been cut off. The background is probelematic for me as well, I guess that you were trying for ocean colors and ripples but it is distracting and draws the eye in an unfortunate way.
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01/29/2004 05:38:25 AM
Absolutely top notch subject.

That being said, the fact that the angle is uninteresting, the lighting is a flat, on camera flash and the background is screaming at me doesn't do the crab justice. That is why I'm giving you a 2.

A nice soft light from the right, the crab facing the camera (not square on, but not facing AWAY like it is now). A white something for the crab to be sitting on while casting a soft shadow showing the horns near the eyes...shadows of the spines falling on the white background. That's probably how I would have shot this fanastic subject, but of course this is my opinion, so take it for what it is.
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01/28/2004 07:33:05 PM
I haven't seen one of these in years. As a kid in NJ we used to play with these odd creatures. Thanks for the memory. Not a bad shot but it is the wrong 'crab'. :)
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