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Challenge: Best of 2007 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Portland Zoo
Date: Mar 25, 2007
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500 sec
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2008

Convert to B+W via Channel Mixer
Unsharpen Mask
Sharpening tool
Cloned out a white spot near the log that was drawing attention
Neat Image
Save for web

Place: 335 out of 484
Avg (all users): 5.5149
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4620
Avg (non-participants): 5.6563
Views since voting: 687
Views during voting: 335
Votes: 235
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/10/2008 12:52:30 AM
He looks so very tired and ragged, though it may just be winter fur. I hadn't looked at the details to see this was a zoo, though, so I'm assuming he's well fed and cared for. I do like very much that it doesn't look at all like a zoo shot. Beautiful in B&W.
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01/28/2008 07:19:58 PM
I just saw this and can't believe it got the score it did, imo it should have fared at least in the sixes. I love the b&w treatment on this shot, it really enhances the feel and emotion of the shot. Composition is nice and the focus is perfect with the background fading to smooth bokeh. I think a slight vignette on the edges might have helped a bit and a slight burning of the log to tone it down as it draws a bit of attention. All around a nice really cool shot that you should be proud of, congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2008 11:06:59 PM
First, congratulations on some solid technicals. Focus/sharpening, DOF, composition, and decision to go black and white are spot-on. With regard to the emotive aspect, this shot does tell a story to me and it makes me sad a little bit. The animal looks abandoned and unloved and all alone, and he doesn't even have a nice comfy spot to hang around in. It's the debris in the right side of the background that really adds to the scene. Excellent work here!
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01/26/2008 11:22:10 PM
moving portrait.
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01/26/2008 01:55:46 AM
i wish it were sharper, nice subject though.
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01/25/2008 01:52:07 AM
With your title, I may have tried to pull back a little more to emphasis his solitude. Good Luck. 5.
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01/22/2008 04:53:14 AM
too much contrast IMO
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01/21/2008 08:45:51 PM
great job with the b/w conversion ... good bokeh too ...
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01/21/2008 05:48:55 PM
Beautiful animal, I live the sun catching the tips of his fur the way it does, also nice dof. 7
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