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The Ancient
The Ancient

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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Canon
Date: Feb 21, 2009
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009


Place: 699 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.3625
Avg (commenters): 6.1719
Avg (participants): 5.3029
Avg (non-participants): 5.6933
Views since voting: 739
Views during voting: 682
Votes: 491
Comments: 70
Favorites: 5 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 09:52:34 PM
Cool composition and nice textures.
03/17/2009 06:04:20 PM
Interesting framing. Nice detail.
03/17/2009 02:30:56 PM
Boy, THAT's a different take on a gator... Love the milky water...
03/17/2009 12:39:44 PM
A very interesting composition. We get only a hint of the beast, but know well enough what we are looking at...at least I do. The cloudy murkiness of the water is also interesting...the ancient becomes abstract.
03/17/2009 12:32:42 PM
Interesting natural abstract. Perhaps a bit too much negative space, but who knows, it might be less abstract without it. (Not voting, at least yet, just commenting.)
03/17/2009 11:37:30 AM
Good shot but the crop might hurt the score.
03/17/2009 07:01:26 AM
Very interesting use of negative space. Probably look awesome as a print.
03/17/2009 04:38:48 AM
interesting composition
03/17/2009 04:06:51 AM
Too difficult to interpret. An alligator hip?
03/16/2009 10:43:47 PM
Nice... yeah, I like it. Bold crop, but that's all you need really. Great tones, you've turned the water into milk (well, maybe skim milk... or something) - bumping
03/16/2009 08:26:51 PM
I love this. Square frame, neat subject, lots of negative space, all details that I love.
03/16/2009 05:40:11 PM
great capture - keep up the good work
03/16/2009 05:30:54 PM
Unique perspective. Great minimalastic type of photo -love the detail in the scales.
03/16/2009 03:30:01 PM
Looks a bit like an alligator or crocodile. Decent shot, but I wish the subject was more discernible.
03/16/2009 03:18:27 PM
The composition is great, it makes us wonder about the croc/alligator - a sense of intrigue:)
03/16/2009 01:23:57 PM
Yessssss! 10
03/16/2009 11:19:04 AM
Great use of negative space
03/16/2009 10:59:29 AM
interesting point of view, I give you six for that ;D
03/16/2009 10:44:59 AM
I'm not so sure about this one. It's an alligator or crocodile, but just seeing the middle of it and so much negative space doesn't do it for me. You do have excellent detail on the hide. This looks like it may have been a "Skin" outtake.
03/15/2009 11:51:28 PM
I'm really not sure exactly what it is about this image that I find so captivating, but you're one of my top 3. I'm certainly a sucker for negative space, so that's part of it. Ah, well. Perhaps it's the undefinable character itself that I love.
03/15/2009 10:38:38 PM
creative crop you have here, the blown out highlights hurts this image a little. 6
03/15/2009 10:14:17 PM
I like the processing a lot. Not sure about so much negative space.
03/15/2009 09:09:02 PM
different for sure
03/15/2009 08:18:15 PM
Interesting black / white contrast. Great textures shot.
03/15/2009 01:29:24 PM
Nice abstraction. Well executed and the color treatment works well.
03/15/2009 11:21:49 AM
interesting composition.
03/15/2009 10:21:25 AM
So abstract and simplistic but gripping as well.
03/15/2009 06:55:49 AM
Is that perhaps a crocodile or alligator? Good contrast and detail. Is this really the best photo you have ever taken and your favorite hidden gem?
03/15/2009 12:34:19 AM
Lots of nice contrasts in this old one.
03/14/2009 08:56:11 PM
03/14/2009 08:25:25 PM
The contrast of the skin is amazing.. wish there was more creature in the image. or toes..
03/14/2009 01:57:36 PM
The detail on this is so incredible. I happen to be a fan of negative space, but that might work against you. Incredible contrast between the milky water and the sharp scales. I love the crop, and how there is just enough information to know what we're looking at. Love this. A fave.
03/14/2009 10:22:51 AM
Excellent--my mind enjoyed the exercise, my eye feasted on the fine detail. I love a good crop.
03/14/2009 09:09:37 AM
nice detail, and it's brought even more by this being black and white
03/13/2009 11:52:27 PM
the end of your life in the corner of your eye. 10
03/13/2009 11:07:53 PM
doesnt hold my interest very long
03/13/2009 08:58:48 PM
Looks like a piece of jewlery. Interesting crop choice. I think it works.
03/13/2009 08:02:58 PM
I like the minimalism here. So serene and then BAM! so abruptly irregular skin.

Not voting yet.
03/13/2009 04:25:30 PM
This severe crop may work better if more in shot & corner to corner
03/13/2009 02:48:55 PM
It almost looks like he is taking a milk bath. Don't think it will help his skin! I like the texture, and the contrast with the smooth water. I'm still trying to put my finger on this picture. I keep coming back to it. The negative space is growing on me. Maybe it's the black and white. Anyway, every time I come back to it I bump it, so that's a good thing. It is definitely a good study in texture.
03/13/2009 02:10:56 PM
This image makes me smile. Love the texture/smoothness competition going on here - works well with the contrast/gray well composed and framed. 8
03/13/2009 01:33:51 PM
Cool composition and texture.
03/13/2009 11:42:02 AM
Wonderful composition - love the milky white water against that amazing texture.
03/13/2009 11:15:19 AM
Love the composition and the details of the alligator/crocodile. The water is a little flat.
03/13/2009 11:11:21 AM
wow, this is different. the water looks milky.
03/13/2009 03:56:29 AM
Lovely quirky graphic - I like it :)
03/13/2009 03:17:25 AM
Certainly in my top few in this challenge. The milky mist of the water hints at the immeasurable time that your title refers to, and makes a powerful statement about the idea of form and function, and aptness to purpose. Thus about beauty. A living Grecian Urn; a 'foster-child of Silence and slow Time ... beauty is truth, truth beauty'. 9.
03/13/2009 01:33:14 AM
Cool composition. Nice textures.
03/12/2009 11:52:06 PM
I would have liked more of the alligator in the frame.
03/12/2009 11:52:04 PM
A little bright on the back maybe but still an intriguing close up.
03/12/2009 11:22:52 PM
awesome composition. awesome.
03/12/2009 10:51:08 PM
a very interesting choice of crop. well played.
03/12/2009 07:10:06 PM
Simple yet stunning, very nice!
03/12/2009 04:07:56 PM
Unusual composition. Nice detail. Maybe too sharp. but over all it seems to work.
03/12/2009 03:28:47 PM
Good tease.
03/12/2009 03:15:58 PM
curious shot, wish the base was less evident
03/12/2009 12:00:20 PM
LOL, the last image was the other end of the gator, a quirk of random sorting.
Love the detail and the composition, works really well in b/w
03/12/2009 11:50:38 AM
interesting composition, great textures and very nice b&w well done
03/12/2009 09:44:06 AM
I have no idea why I like this as much as I do, but I do!
03/12/2009 05:34:56 AM
Heh. good impact, makes you think. Well done.
03/11/2009 09:53:14 PM
interesting perspective on the gator or croc or whatever it is...
03/11/2009 12:03:29 PM
I like the patterns on the body
03/11/2009 10:27:27 AM
Great job bringing out the skin texture.
03/11/2009 09:49:47 AM
Sweet shot, crocs are naasty. Love the negative space.
03/11/2009 08:57:20 AM
Just a touch of the essence of gator. LOL Interesting use of negative space.
03/11/2009 07:56:06 AM
The composition is different and I like it.
03/11/2009 07:11:06 AM
03/11/2009 06:54:30 AM
Don't see any sense in this composition, reptiles are far more interesting than muddy water.
03/11/2009 12:22:14 AM
wow. my favorite so far. what an impact this composition makes.
03/11/2009 12:08:31 AM
do I see a new pair of shoes? really like the muddy water against the alligator...excellent tones..

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