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Underwater Deja Vu
Underwater Deja Vu

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Challenge: Deja Vu III (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: Vallejo, CA
Date: Sep 15, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2007

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Place: 13 out of 111
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Views since voting: 3693
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Votes: 163
Comments: 28
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01/23/2008 01:08:14 AM
Seriously...round trip for a picture! ;) I think this blows DrAchoo's 4 a.m. trips to the coast for a photo. You did end up with some great photos and it's nice to visit SF.
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01/21/2008 02:43:54 AM
I think you did a really good job with this, very nice.
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09/24/2007 02:10:54 PM
Woah ... looks terrifyingly ... .BRILLIANT!!
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09/24/2007 09:39:05 AM
You did SO GOOD!!!! How fun to take a photographic road trip with one photo in mind -- and then to have it turn out so fantastically! CONGRATULATIONS! I love your other animal photos too!

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09/24/2007 03:25:53 AM
I was blown away by the fact that you managed to get a similar photo, seeing how it's so unusual. Great job!
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09/24/2007 02:16:45 AM
You did an awesome job to get this...I will be in LA at the end of the month ans am thinking of making the trip just to see this happen :-)
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09/24/2007 12:48:31 AM
What a great day you had. Those are some wonderful photos. I think the giraffe is awesome.
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09/24/2007 12:31:29 AM
Definitely worth the drive, in my opinion. Not just for the shot which is good in its own right, but to get to see this guy in person - way cool! And your giraffe shot is priceless. I'd say it was a good trip! (Ain't it cool how DPC makes us do things we might not get around to otherwise?)
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09/23/2007 08:06:28 AM
Great attempt...but the detail of the original is excellent. But as an imitation...terrific.
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09/21/2007 08:59:37 PM
Wow, really nice capture of this tiger! A Very nice emulation of the original. The left paw is extended up and with the ferocious look on the tiger's face it looks very much like it is coming to attack us. Look at that dangerous look on his face! While this IS a wonderful capture there are a few areas that need some improvement to REALLY make this image POP. First, is the timing of the capture...there is something odd about the nose of this big cat. It looks like it is mashed up on the glass - and now that I look closely that left paw looks a bit darker than the rest of the cat as well possibly because it too is pressed to the glass. I could be totally wrong about the pressed glass issue but if I am right than than the timing is everything. I know that timing must be hard as well as getting the focus just right but I think if you captured the big cat in more free floating water it would look better. Next the sharpness is not even across the whole of the main subject. Again, I know it must be a challenge to effectivately capture this big cat when you are shooting against a glass cage filled with water backdrop. I cannot see the stats listing the photo info but checking what jblaylockrayner had it was an aperture: f8, ISO: 800, and shutter: 1/2500. The high aperture setting is key because the higher the aperture the greater DOF you will get. The front paw all the way back to the tail should be in sharper focus. You may need to play with shutter speeds to get the right exposure due to whatever the lighting conditions may be. Lastly, the blue color cast just doesn't compliment the image as a whole. Yes, it does show that this is taken underwater but you want the tones and contrasts to really pop and the blue cast appears a bit flat. Playing around with the contrasts to the image should make the differences between the light and dark areas really pop. Converting it to B&W Methods of B &W conversion or a adding a duo/tri/quadtone look How to create Duo/Tri/Quadtone Images could really make this big cat *spring* off the page.
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09/20/2007 08:18:47 PM
Good job, you captured a great snarl. Oakland zoo again? 8
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09/20/2007 03:41:14 PM
Wow! Good job. Good thing there's glass. :)
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09/19/2007 04:03:32 PM
I like the coloring of yours better and I like that the tiger is right up against the glass. His is a tad sharper, though. Tough call on which is better.
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09/19/2007 10:46:41 AM
same tiger, same place? a bit darker than the original but still a good try, 7
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09/18/2007 05:03:18 PM
wow, this looks fantastic.
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09/17/2007 10:44:48 PM
Im amazed that you could get a shot so close to that original. Did you bribe the tiger somehow?
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09/17/2007 06:35:23 PM
Almost exactly like the original! Nicely done!
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09/17/2007 02:59:33 PM
This photo is mesmerizing. I love the ferocious look and the eye contact with the camera or lunch!!
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09/17/2007 01:42:06 PM
I love it!!
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09/17/2007 12:48:36 PM
I like this version even better than the original! 10!
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09/17/2007 12:45:02 PM
Pretty cool! He definitely has this trick down pat (assuming it's the same tiger). :) Nice take on the original.
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09/17/2007 11:53:12 AM
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09/17/2007 10:37:42 AM
I can't believe someone else was actually able to get a photo of a tiger underwater. I'm impressed!
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09/17/2007 09:51:17 AM
Wow, that is really cool...and that face is something else! I've never seen a tiger underwater. It's pretty awesome.
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09/17/2007 06:18:00 AM
Awesome. wish it were a little wider.
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09/17/2007 05:17:45 AM
I would like to see both paws but it is great nonetheless!
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09/17/2007 12:29:39 AM
wow...is that tiger still eating? nice work
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09/17/2007 12:21:04 AM
have to give you a bonus for being able to duplicate this one ... didn't think anyone would be able to in the weeks timeframe when i was scanning past challenges hehe
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