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Safety First
Safety First

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Challenge: 7 Heavenly Virtues II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Redrock Canyon
Date: Jun 18, 2008
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Nature, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2008

As I sat on a rock some 25ft or so from this little guy he was checking me out for some 20 mins. The title Safety First I hope makes the connection to prudence with all of you. I fought myself over cropping the right side of the image but tho it would take away from how protected he was.

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Place: 65 out of 83
Avg (all users): 4.8105
Avg (commenters): 4.6667
Avg (participants): 4.5000
Avg (non-participants): 4.8882
Views since voting: 1042
Views during voting: 335
Votes: 190
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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12/05/2008 02:00:24 PM
Ahh, what a cute creature! Excellent capture, those beautiful colorful rocks frame the little guy so well.
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07/02/2008 10:50:01 PM
Critique Club Review:

Color Saturation & Hue: Colors are well done. Nothing is over or under staturated. Tones appear normal for the subject.

Brightness and Contrast: The white on the rock above the mouse is blown out and featureless. I would imagine that this is a result of trying to keep details in the shadows behind the mouse. All in all it is a good tonal range, but comes out looking a bit pale overall due to the white areas and large naturally pale areas. (Not a process in fault, just the way the composition comes across.)

Focus and depth of field: Focus is nice and sharp but maybe a little long, and depth of field appears a bit shallow. You did a nice job of softening the rock on the right, to force the attention towards the mouse. However, the sharpest area is the debris to the left of the mouse, and that is where the eye goes. Your best bet, besides correcting the focus, would have been to crop the rock on the right out of the picture. As it is, the mouse is dead center which violates the rule of thirds. While it is not an ironclad rule, some techies vote like it is.

Still, all in all a reasonably good picture. I think another reason your image did not do better is seen in some of the comments. They just didn't see a mouse as a virtue. Although you were trying to show caution or attention to safety in your image, as a virtue (which it is), I believe that too many voters just saw a mouse. Which is unfortunate.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/01/2008 06:00:29 PM
Cute one! :-)
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06/30/2008 10:41:15 PM
awwww, I want to pet him! What a cute little bugger.. haha
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06/30/2008 10:30:17 PM
don't necessarity see a virtue here, but an interesting pic
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06/28/2008 06:29:57 AM
love his ears
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06/28/2008 12:25:10 AM
Nice shot of a rodent, but where is the virtue in this photo?
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06/26/2008 07:17:37 PM
cute, i dont really consider safety a virtue tho /5
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06/25/2008 11:01:54 PM
Lovely! good photo!
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06/25/2008 11:29:41 AM
I would try cropping out some of the big rock on the right side.
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06/25/2008 09:53:11 AM
Aww, what a cutie!
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06/25/2008 02:02:48 AM
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