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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO Macro EX DG HSM for Nikon
Location: Singapore Zoological Gardens
Date: May 19, 2008
Aperture: F8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/40s
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 4, 2009

A croc shot for my Hidden Gems !! I hope to be the only person to submit such a shot.
Well 2 reasons why I submitted this , I could have submitted nice shots of Bald Eagles , White Tigers , Chimps , etc.
1. Uniqueness
2. Curious as to how it will score
I do not think this can break 7 , 6.5 will also be tough, so I would be really happy if the shot can hit 6.4+

Andrew ..... 06Mar 2009
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Wow !!! I could not believe how the score climbed in the last 12 hours (it went up 0.1).
I am estactic that this did so well, I always liked it , so thanks for all the votes and the spectacular comments.

By the way , the croc was in a glass enclosure, so I was very safe. This guy was inquisitive and was slowly approaching me. Glad I had the macro lens and started snapping away. The only difficulty was that I had to be as steady as possible as I had no tripod or monopod with me.

Andrew...18th Mar09


Statistics
Place: 20 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.9349
Avg (commenters): 7.9036
Avg (participants): 6.9264
Avg (non-participants): 6.9756
Views since voting: 2843
Views during voting: 718
Votes: 476
Comments: 89
Favorites: 12 (view)


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03/20/2009 05:07:56 AM
this is amazing! otherworldly actually - one of my favorites from the 1000 challenge! congrats on top 20, and thanks for having taken the time to have made comments on my entry... let me know if you ever make a print of this available!
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03/19/2009 10:55:08 PM
Congrats! Blows my similar croc shot out of the water! (No pun intended...LOL!) Congrats!
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03/18/2009 08:46:54 AM
ahh, you cursed yourself by saying you did not think you could break a 7! lol

what a wonderful closeup. amazing crisp details on the skin and eye. looks great for having shot this thru a window. Congrats on a great finish in this huge challenge!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 09:49:42 PM
very nice dof work creating abstract patterns of relections. Love it!!!
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03/17/2009 05:47:49 PM
Excellant detail. 8.
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03/17/2009 04:16:30 PM
Perfect. You have captured the whole creature in just one eye.
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03/17/2009 02:56:50 PM
nice detail! seven
brano
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03/17/2009 02:05:05 PM
WOW....moved my chair back!!! this is beyond excellent
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03/17/2009 11:50:43 AM
This is what I'm talking about!!!!
Nice Job.. 10
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03/17/2009 11:26:56 AM
Wonderful sharpness and capture of the texture of the skin and eye, this is a really neat shot.
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03/17/2009 10:14:19 AM
How many fingers do you have left???

Nice shot.
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03/17/2009 09:07:12 AM
That's an intense look. Great shot!
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03/16/2009 10:21:37 PM
Extraordinary detail and texture in this image. Superb shot! 10
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03/16/2009 10:15:26 PM
good
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03/16/2009 08:50:48 PM
Oh, cool. Looks like you were in the water with him, though I am sure you were really at a safe distance.
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03/16/2009 06:46:26 PM
Whoa! This is great! Just when I'm hitting my stride, voting away, along comes your photo that stops me dead in my tracks. Clearly among best of show.
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03/16/2009 06:13:32 PM
Great shot. The cropping is perfect. - 9
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03/16/2009 03:29:33 PM
Wow, what a scary look! I hope you were far enough away so you weren't in danger of being gobbled up by this creature from the black lagoon! :-) Bumping to 8.
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03/16/2009 03:06:34 PM
this is just terrifying.... beats the heck out of them frog closeups
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03/16/2009 02:17:45 PM
Great capture! Nice and sharp.
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03/16/2009 12:51:44 PM
ah!! thats the coolest aligator photo i have ever freaking seen! ten ten ten!!

im wish listing this
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03/16/2009 11:00:32 AM
This is creepy as h***! The sharpness and DOF are incredible! Terrific color too. VERY well done! Bumping up to 10.
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03/16/2009 04:58:16 AM
Awesome!! 10
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03/16/2009 03:31:39 AM
fantastic eye detail
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03/16/2009 01:10:29 AM
Crystal clear close up and a nice bokeh to boot!
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03/15/2009 11:35:50 PM
Almost a gator macro here! Very nice.
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03/15/2009 10:29:50 PM
You've struck gold with this one.
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03/15/2009 09:19:29 PM
Great close up shot of that Croc's eye! You were brave!!
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03/15/2009 04:50:58 PM
Superb clarity and detail. Great capture. 8
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03/15/2009 03:49:47 PM
Great image with excellent detail and clarity.
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03/15/2009 02:07:47 PM
I can see this as a square crop too. wow, post processing really worked on this one
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03/15/2009 01:58:15 PM
Fantastic closeup.
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03/15/2009 01:41:54 PM
This just jumps right out of the screen.
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03/15/2009 01:35:31 PM
Incredible detail! The soft colors in the background are a nice contrast to his skin.
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03/15/2009 11:48:59 AM
Creepy! too close for comfort. Not much to say other than great capture.
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03/15/2009 10:35:59 AM
great shot and great title to match. such a crisp sharp well shot photo. 10
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03/15/2009 10:32:48 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 10:19:50 AM
wow, just how did you get so close, love the blurred water, works well against the detail in this guy
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03/15/2009 06:40:04 AM
What an eye and bright details!
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03/15/2009 01:33:38 AM
a very good photo! the composition is excellent, the colors add interest to the image, the sharpness of the eyes are mesmerizing... a really nice image, well done.
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03/15/2009 01:10:27 AM
My ...what big eyes you have.
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03/14/2009 11:41:02 PM
Wicked!
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03/14/2009 11:34:57 PM
Wicked eyes. Very nice capture. Hopefully you have a good zoom.
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03/14/2009 10:00:04 PM
Good shot. Nice clarity and sharpnesss on the eye.
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03/14/2009 09:39:39 PM
OK, I definitely do not want to find this hidden treasure in a lake :-) I love this. Amazing capture. His eye is very gem like and you did a great job capturing it for us.
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03/14/2009 08:22:26 PM
Watch out.
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03/14/2009 08:19:03 PM
Voted earlier coming back to leave comments now. HOLY COW talk about getting up close and personal!!! Geez! That is about as close as I want to get to this gator. Even though it makes most uncomfortable with the proximity, one can't help but appreciate the details in this reptiles eye. I never knew that there was such interesting patterns within. I also want to mention that you captured some wonderful detail in the skin that shows off all the rough scaly texture perfectly. Now the critique (Ah, man does she have to be so picky!!:-) ) is that it might be a little too close in that it is becoming more of an abstract or exporation of shapes and textures rather than a really cool close-up of an animal. I think those details could still be played up like they are here but just pulll back a tad to get a bit more of the mouth or even some teeth to further strengthen the identity of the animal being captured on 'film'.
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03/14/2009 05:55:45 PM
WOW, what texture in the skin. Awesome capture!
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03/14/2009 05:54:43 PM
Superb clarity and amazing detail. Just wow.
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03/14/2009 11:37:01 AM
OMG, if i took this i would be so SCARED!!, you've got guts, lol 10
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03/14/2009 05:32:13 AM
sweet shot great dof and perspective
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03/13/2009 11:00:44 PM
That's one scarey eye!!
Nice capture
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03/13/2009 10:36:25 PM
AMAZING! 10+
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03/13/2009 06:07:53 PM
Hope you had a big zoom for this shot and wasn't too close :) Fantastic detail
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03/13/2009 05:37:50 PM
Great contrast in the skin against the soft lighting on the water. You've held it right on the limit of sharpening when it would have been easy to just overdo it. Very well seen.
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03/13/2009 03:26:21 PM
He's a little unnerving, isn't he? :P Love the detail in the eyes and skin.
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03/13/2009 02:56:29 PM
Yup, there is a 10. absolutely breathtaking
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03/13/2009 11:03:38 AM
What a fabulously strong image! Everything about is fantastic, the reflections, the colours, the sharpness, the DOF all brilliantly done, I must be looking at a ribbon winner here, good luck.
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03/13/2009 08:36:12 AM
too much contrast.
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03/13/2009 04:20:39 AM
Fantastic!
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03/12/2009 10:35:28 PM
This is one of those "Wow!" shots. Really great clarity and color.
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03/12/2009 09:07:10 PM
that eye is watching me, nicely captured
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03/12/2009 08:16:30 PM
Nice detail on the eye. It does look like a gem!
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03/12/2009 06:51:47 PM
Ok this freaked me out at first then I look at it and realized how amazing it is!!
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03/12/2009 04:38:15 PM
perfect!
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03/12/2009 04:01:02 PM
It's wonderful to see detail like this, thank you :)
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03/12/2009 03:37:57 PM
WOW!
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03/12/2009 01:58:30 PM
Love the detail of his skin, but especially in his eye.
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03/12/2009 12:41:00 PM
Intimidating! Good capture, with good colors and preservation of details
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03/12/2009 10:45:00 AM
Amazing shot! The sharpness and textures are awsome!!!
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03/12/2009 06:07:16 AM
great focus
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03/12/2009 04:46:30 AM
obviously you processed the hell out of this image, on first glance the outcome is absolutely satisfying. At a closer look the eyes are a tad oversharpened and there are some artefacts swirling around.
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03/12/2009 02:41:52 AM
Whoa! Lovely shot - I hope you had a long lens on for this shot
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03/12/2009 02:13:09 AM
Wow intense on the eyes. Wonderful pice.
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03/11/2009 11:38:55 PM
Dynamic! Really pops! Excellent detail and texture. The soft colors in the bokeh really enhance the silver tones in the croc. 9
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03/11/2009 10:22:25 PM
Eeekk.. great capture, but get me away from him!
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03/11/2009 09:22:10 PM
wow, very powerful image. Awesome!
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03/11/2009 09:01:39 PM
Ewww... well done! That eyes is great!

Not voting yet.
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03/11/2009 07:47:48 PM
Amazing! The detail on this is almost too sharp. Great bokeh.
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03/11/2009 06:46:51 PM
I would not want to get close enough to take a picture like this!
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03/11/2009 06:08:19 PM
This is my fave so far! I am mesmerized by the primordial eye. Great job! 10
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03/11/2009 04:17:17 PM
great use of thirds......nice colors
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03/11/2009 01:58:29 PM
great textures, and colors. great shot
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03/11/2009 01:41:17 PM
I hope you used a long lens. If anything, it looks almost too sharp (not the water, but the croc). Beautiful composition.
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03/11/2009 12:23:52 PM
Absolutely my fave so far! Awesome!!
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03/11/2009 07:35:47 AM
Great textures
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03/11/2009 05:51:48 AM
Must have had a big telelens, very nice shot, beautiful texture.
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03/11/2009 01:10:54 AM
Oh, wow. Fantastic shot.
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03/11/2009 12:46:51 AM
beats my hippo from last year's best of, hands, uh, scare factor down. Thanks for the view!
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