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On the Prowl
On the Prowl
ryand


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Challenge: Wildlife IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Nashville Zoo
Date: Oct 17, 2008
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 18, 2008

Sorry guys, another zoo shot. Not sure what to expect out of this, I like how the shot turned out.

My expectations are always too high, so my prediction is gonna be 5.8+, just to be above my current average.

I'm hoping for 6+, but you never really know.

Post-Challenge: Thanks to all for the great comments, I'm quite satisfied with how this ended up scoring. Sorry to those that feel zoo shots have no place in a wildlife challenge, my goal was to hide the elements of the zoo.

Thanks again for the awesome commments.

Statistics
Place: 19 out of 159
Avg (all users): 6.5634
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.2000
Avg (non-participants): 6.7609
Views since voting: 1687
Views during voting: 432
Votes: 213
Comments: 35
Favorites: 3 (view)


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02/28/2009 08:32:21 PM
This image is absolutely stunning! I never would have thought to choose such a shallow dof; after seeing your marvelous results I sure will in the future :-) Beautiful B&W conversion, and wow what a great capture, her intent look is riveting. I LOVE this image! Congrats on your high finish :-)
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11/05/2008 12:45:14 AM
Congrats on top 20, Ryan! Love the DOF here.
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11/02/2008 01:07:31 PM
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10/27/2008 07:51:09 PM
great shot with a perfect focus! I'd love to see her left foot complete by moving the frame slightly to the right and down, but that's just a minor nitpick.
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10/27/2008 02:09:55 PM
A really stunning shot, love the eyes and the facial expression. Excellent work.
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10/27/2008 10:54:20 AM
Whoa! What a heart stopper! To get a 6.56 with a zoo photo just shows how utterly fabulous the photography is here since I think the voters typically punish zoo photos. If this were in a "zoo" challenge, or animal challenge, or even a free study, my guess is you'd be over 7! Congratulations on having one of the coolest animal photos in your portfolio forever -- long after "who cares about the challenge" !

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10/27/2008 08:54:02 AM
Great shot and well done, Ryan, you beat me! :-)
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10/27/2008 05:04:29 AM
I love this shot and that's reflected in my vote which was a full 10. Pity it fell out of the top 10 but it remains a stunning capture.
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10/27/2008 12:31:08 AM
Zoo or not this is still a wonderful shot. Love the way DOF was used to isolate. I gave this a 10.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/26/2008 10:05:07 PM
where was this taken?
What kind of cat is it?
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10/26/2008 08:38:43 PM
This works well in B&W. Nice shot.
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10/26/2008 08:15:56 PM
Nice use of DOF love those eyes! Only suggestion: I may have tried cropping out the bottom (as an alternative).
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10/26/2008 05:31:01 PM
wow.....10
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10/26/2008 12:54:51 PM
Beautiful shot, she is a stunning creature. The focus on the face is really good.
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10/26/2008 09:48:43 AM
Wonderful. Excellent image. I hope it is wildlife as I'm giving you a good score ;-)
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10/26/2008 08:04:18 AM
The intensity of expression that you have captured so well combined with the crisp focus really makes this. I am less sure about your choice of dof - it falls off a little too rapidly for my tastes and has resulted in a rather decapitated feeling.
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10/23/2008 10:24:31 PM
Nice black and white!
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10/23/2008 02:24:59 AM
Top notch image. Teriffic!
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10/23/2008 01:15:32 AM
Works very well in B&W. great comp beautiful animal.
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10/22/2008 02:45:50 PM
Very nice DOF and I like that you converted this to B&W. Captures the cat's curiousity/prowl very well.
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10/22/2008 02:44:23 PM
Neat! Not sure if you found him in the wild or not, but a great shot either way. I'd be curious to see this in color.
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10/22/2008 12:29:00 PM
Superb capture of this predator on the prowl. It's like he almost comes at you out of the frame. The detail in his head is perfect and the background bokeh also. You really managed to capture that intent expression of being on the hunt in his face. And it works extremely well in black and white.
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10/22/2008 07:05:27 AM
Hope to see this on the home page. 10
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10/21/2008 05:46:03 PM
Love the DOF wicked image ... good luck
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10/21/2008 03:22:31 PM
Astonishing looking face and build - it looks like it's designed to just melt away into the night, which I guess it is really . . D'oh

:- )
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10/20/2008 07:32:45 PM
This is a beautiful portrait of a magnificent animal.
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10/20/2008 07:30:39 PM
I'm giving this high marks. I love the tones. Nice choice to go black and white. The pose and framing is perfect.
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10/20/2008 06:46:11 PM
A beautiful stalker! Wonderfully caught and processed!
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10/20/2008 02:09:57 PM
Beautiful. The BW really enhances this. One of my faves for the challenge.
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10/20/2008 12:47:37 PM
wow. excellent photo, the detail and texture are amazing. new fav!
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10/20/2008 10:40:38 AM
great b/w of an ocelot/jaguar(?) 8
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10/20/2008 09:22:49 AM
wonderful B+W
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10/20/2008 08:42:20 AM
Nice choice of black and white.
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10/20/2008 07:01:46 AM
stunning shot. love the b/w 8
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10/20/2008 01:05:16 AM
wonderful image...excellent processing and composition 8
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