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Delicate Fins

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Challenge: Life III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Creatures
Camera: Olympus E-410
Lens: Olympus 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Zuiko Digital
Location: Birmingham, England
Date: Jan 6, 2009
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Animals, Blur
Date Uploaded: Jan 6, 2009

I really hadn't realised how tricky fish are to shoot. Our fish are far too well fed and warm, they practically sprint everywhere in the tank!

In this shot, part of the fin was nicely in focus but nothing else was - so I edited to that, emphasising the contrast between sharpness and blur and embracing the high key of the shot - I shooting through the aquarium directly at one of the windows in the room.

I like it, but it will no doubt fair badly against the likes of the wonderful pin sharp bird shots at which some members excel.

(Rather pleasingly, this is one of the few images I've managed to get published on 1x.com)

[Jan. 15th, 2009 06:44:26 PM]

Here is an outtake which I also like, but I thought it wouldn't appeal so much to voters, I'd be really interested in whether people prefer this one or not:

'Retreat of the Fantail'

And finally, here was my 3rd candidate for this challenge:

Place: 43 out of 200
Avg (all users): 6.0476
Avg (commenters): 7.7895
Avg (participants): 5.7976
Avg (non-participants): 6.2976
Views since voting: 1758
Votes: 168
Comments: 28
Favorites: 3 (view)

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02/27/2010 08:59:05 AM
I really like how delicate this looks...so very soft and flowing
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10/27/2009 11:29:35 AM
wonderful soft image. Beautiful, just beautiful
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03/23/2009 06:42:59 PM
I love this capture! It's so delicate and beautiful!
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01/21/2009 04:41:55 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

First of all let me congratulate you on a good score and the Post Lumie nomination.

On first glance at the thumbnail, and without reading the title of the image, I did think this was a very delicate flower shot. Obviously I realised pretty quickly on opening the image that it is definitely not a flower. (I'm pleased to see, reading others comments, that I was not alone in this)

I think the square crop/central positioning of the subject in this image works really well. The delicate tones in your processing enhance this photo a lot. Not sure a photo like this would ribbon on DPC, probably just a bit too soft and delicate for tastes around here. However, it did score well, so I hope you are satisfied with the outcome.


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01/20/2009 02:59:54 AM
A PostLuminous Award Nominee! Fantastic, I love the work that is showcased via this award - I'm delighted this image has been chosen to be in this company.

Many thanks for all of the other comments too. I have been surprised and delighted with how well this image has been received.
01/20/2009 01:52:01 AM
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01/19/2009 09:06:39 PM
PostLuminous Award Nominee!
Such a superb image, luminous, soft, lovely--floating and glowing and graceful
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/18/2009 06:05:39 PM
REALLY beautiful!!!! Edited to add...on a second pass through these shots, I've bumped up the score because it has to my fave for this challenge. The white on white, the focus....just breathtakingly beautiful. Also faved it.
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01/18/2009 01:52:56 PM
Beautiful, just beautiful! Ursula?
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01/17/2009 03:48:50 PM
Very nice, I love the "moody" feeling, well done
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01/17/2009 12:50:01 PM
This is a wonderful lovely high-key soft pastel-in-gray photograph and just very pleasant to visit with.
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01/17/2009 09:44:31 AM
I thought it was going to be wings. The shades of grey and white look nice.
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01/15/2009 12:36:18 AM
Graceful, elegant, and dreamy. I really like this.
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01/14/2009 10:06:19 PM
Nice soft image. I like this one a lot. 9
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01/14/2009 07:23:44 AM
They sort of look like angel wings. Very delicate and ethereal.
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01/13/2009 03:53:21 PM
That in deed is a very delicate capture. good separation of these small nuances
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01/13/2009 11:58:28 AM
Very delicate and soothing image. Lovely. 8
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01/13/2009 01:26:24 AM
I'm guessing a fancy goldfish? Interesting idea to go b/w. Still, I think the focus might be too soft, although the shapes are intriguing.
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01/12/2009 06:48:52 PM
No idea really what this is so hard to tell if it is alive! Guessing its flower petals? A very calming image and very unusual.
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01/12/2009 06:38:00 PM
unusual and puzzling (there's a clue in the title of course!)good luck
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01/12/2009 05:32:09 PM
I am predicting this won't score well, but I think it's wonderfully delicate and beautiful.

Hats off to you for going with a shot that is not typically 'DPC-friendly'. Bravo!
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01/12/2009 02:56:27 PM
Very nice!
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01/12/2009 02:40:45 PM
nice abstract and tone on tone.
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01/12/2009 11:33:31 AM
I really love this -- it's my favorite so far. :)
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01/12/2009 09:08:41 AM
This is sooo pretty! Love the softness!
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01/12/2009 08:46:19 AM
Gentle and delicate, with masterful use of depth of field. One of the best images of acquatic beauty I've seen in a very long time.
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01/12/2009 01:24:36 AM
love this image, love the soft lines....
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01/12/2009 12:46:35 AM
very interesting & creative. Tail of a goldfish ? 6
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