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Primal Beasts
Primal Beasts

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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix F31fd
Location: San Diego
Date: Aug 25, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/180 sec
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2009

I can't say why it is one of my favorites- it just is. I like the guys and the old look I got with the processing.
Processed primarily in Nik Silver Efx Pro with a gausian blur added to the background. Cloned out part of a cactus leaf in lower right corner. Crop. Some levels and hue/ sat adjustments for fine tuning. Resize, smart sharpen.

Place: 264 out of 531
Avg (all users): 5.6545
Avg (commenters): 6.7273
Avg (participants): 5.6928
Avg (non-participants): 5.5370
Views since voting: 658
Views during voting: 337
Votes: 220
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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01/23/2009 03:18:53 PM
In responce to some of the comments, it does look as though this might not be real. These are live warhogs (ugly beasties) and were shot at the San Diego Zoo with a point and shoot camera which was converted to shoot in infrared only. It was overcast so the shadows were very soft and this adds to the look of it being a set-up exhibit although it was not. Thank you for your votes and comments.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/20/2009 05:49:01 AM
:O Feel like I've gone back in time....a long way. An image you can keep looking at - which is a good thing ;)
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01/19/2009 09:58:19 AM
I stared at this for ages trying to work out the scale
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01/18/2009 07:06:59 PM
I love the texture in this photo. I have been working hard to shoot sharper photos. You have done a tremendous job here and I love the grayscale. 10.
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01/18/2009 09:53:31 AM
What is this?

They look models, but you have composed them so well that I have to give it to you. 8.
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01/17/2009 11:48:44 PM
Miniatures? Very interesting shot.
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01/17/2009 10:52:58 AM
great capture, a little flat though would have likes some more difference in the hogs versus the rocks and ground.
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01/17/2009 10:50:53 AM
my question are these alive and real...not pretty subjects...
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01/16/2009 10:51:39 PM
are these alive? this looks like a diorama. Which I guess could be either good or bad!
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01/16/2009 03:43:43 PM
those are some homely critters - and well photographed as well!
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01/16/2009 01:34:07 PM
I do like the composition of the three beasties! 7
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01/16/2009 10:57:32 AM
Ha! They are so cute! Excellent photo - that duotone makes them look primordial. I also like your DOF.
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