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King of the forest

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-08 (Expert Editing)
Collection: 2007
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Langberget, Sweden
Date: Aug 6, 2007
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/125 s
Date Uploaded: Aug 21, 2007

It's hard to describe the feeling when you meet this animal, all alone in the early morning. Too bad I just changed my lens. (No time for another change, arghhh). Made a great 24 km walk through the Swedish mountains.

Cropped, played with the raw settings, converted from raw, resized and sharpened (only the elk).

Place: 312 out of 503
Avg (all users): 5.5878
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 5.6075
Avg (non-participants): 5.5366
Views since voting: 703
Views during voting: 193
Votes: 148
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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09/21/2007 08:10:27 PM
This is amazing! I once was on a horse ride with my family in Washington, when a whole herd of elk came running across the trail in front of us. It's IS hard to describe. This picture took me right back to that experience. Thanks.
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09/14/2007 12:02:02 PM
Critique Club feedback:

You've captured a very nice wildlife scene here. The aperture selection works well to focus the eye onto the moose. The blurred out leaves in the foreground on the right side are a bit of a distraction, as they don't actually frame the subject and add no real interest to the overall shot.

Composition is well done, taking heed of the Rule of Thirds.

Free Studies tend to be very demanding in terms of delivering a heavy dose of glitz to the voter. While this image may pop a bit more with a tighter crop and playing with the contrast between subject and the rest of the scene, it's placement would likely not radically change compared to the rest of the entries in the challenge.

Nice work!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2007 01:48:54 AM
your a brave soul...wow 10 for pure guts
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09/06/2007 07:49:48 AM
Fabulous shot..
09/05/2007 07:36:45 PM
A moose! Nice work.
09/05/2007 10:08:48 AM
Very nice capture! I like that he blends in with the trees until I really looked and saw him. Now I can't miss him! Beautiful.
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09/04/2007 11:45:43 PM
great use of repetition..
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09/04/2007 12:51:30 PM
Great use of repetition with the moose breaking up the pattern.
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09/04/2007 09:10:19 AM
Gosh, I don't like these Expert Editing challenge rules sometimes. I really, really hope this is a photo taken with great timing to be in the right place at the right time, and not some pasted in moose to make the scene. :/

If this is for real it must have been VERY exciting to see this photo come together! Nice use of ROT's in positioning of the main subject. A tad more contrast on the trees might give this a different (richer) feel and look to it, but as is, I still like it considerably. :)

Best of luck to you in the challenge.
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