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The Hot Walrus
The Hot Walrus
jblaylockrayner


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Challenge: Free Study 2007-09 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D2Xs
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date: Sep 13, 2007
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: Unknown
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 27, 2007

A Walrus at a park in CA gets a cooling off during the hot weather.

Statistics
Place: 81 out of 503
Avg (all users): 6.3577
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.3370
Avg (non-participants): 6.4194
Views since voting: 2416
Views during voting: 218
Votes: 123
Comments: 21
Favorites: 2 (view)


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10/08/2007 06:24:31 PM
Great use of light, love the detail and curved lines and fabulous subject - definately under rated.
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10/08/2007 02:45:21 AM
You couldn't have done better in a studio set-up for the lighting. Everything here works for me: zoo person showing a little teeth to mirror the mighty tusked walrus - joyful and majestic.
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10/08/2007 02:03:49 AM
Why this isn't waaaaaay further up the scale is completely beyond my comprehension. This is just such an amazing image! I just love everything about it......the lighting, the detail, the setting is just so incongruous, yet intimate in its own special way......severely underrated.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2007 05:51:33 PM
Why this shot is a TEN:

-I've never seen a walrus look like that before, with his head so well defined and personified.
-a mirroring between person and walrus, but something more profound than a mere fat joke, though it's that, too, but not a derisive one, perhaps because the walrus is so noble.
-the beautiful mist of water drops like falling stars

and those are also the reasons this gets a Posthumous Yellow Ribbon.

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10/06/2007 05:03:57 AM
Wowser - how big is that Walrus ?? I love the red 'S' shape generated by the hose - the clarity of the water droplets and the David and Goliath look between the two main subjects.

I even like the fact that both of them appear to be smiling to each other.
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10/05/2007 09:29:15 PM
this is a wonderful photo. Still, I think if cropped vertical with just the hose head showing, it get almost magical.
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10/05/2007 09:17:56 PM
What a fun photo! This would be a great advertisement for the zoo it was taken at. The water might be a ttad oversharpened, but I think I almost like it that way. Good lighting. I hope you do well in the challenge. 10
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10/05/2007 01:20:08 PM
I am thinking that cropping the worker out might make this better - 8
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10/05/2007 08:49:03 AM
Great stoppage of the water spray.... cute image!
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10/05/2007 06:22:35 AM
I bet you get a lot of comments on this...
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10/04/2007 08:03:49 PM
The water drops really make this shot interesting. I think a closup of the walrus would be an interesting alternate shot.
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10/04/2007 07:14:53 PM
very nice use of light, the way it plays with the water, and highlighting that big things head.......great against the black
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10/04/2007 05:26:43 PM
Great capture...excellent contrast.
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10/04/2007 04:54:32 PM
Oh, this is just the most awesome shot!!!! My vote for the Blue!!!! 10++ An instant Fav!
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10/04/2007 03:32:54 PM
This is such an awesome shot! That walrus is HUGE but so cute, and the water looks really nice in the lighting.
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10/03/2007 07:23:44 AM
I love all the little water droplettes. Very cool.
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10/02/2007 10:29:39 PM
perfect. i love the shape of the spray. it really puts into perspective how big that walrus is.
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10/02/2007 04:25:19 PM
love this one. it almost seems they are having a conversation.
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10/02/2007 12:23:45 AM
The neat thing about this, other than the way the water spray is lit, which is very cool, is the sense or proportion this gives to the walrus - those are very big creatures! I like the way the light is on the whiskers and tusks, too.
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10/01/2007 09:29:34 PM
What a great photojournalism type capture. The drops are beautifully rendered here.
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10/01/2007 12:24:50 PM
A good pic of zoo life. Too much shadow on the front of the woman with the hose. But, you work with the lighting you have on something like this.
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