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Disco Fever!
Disco Fever!

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Portland Zoo bat room
Date: Jul 12, 2009
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/125sec
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2009

Slight rotate (by that I mean I flipped it over)
Slight crop
Clarity +62
Fill light +15
Zeroed preset

Cloned out a bit of a neighboring bat and a branch
Masked everything but the bat, Topaz Denoise on background
Topaz Denoise on bat
Adjusted Levels (8, 1.26, 234)
Burned shadows on lower grate
Dodged the top background green grate to bring it back out of the shadows to carry the eye through
Dodged and burned the bat a little
Added vignette
Boosted yellows and greens in Hue/Sat
Sharpened bat nose and feet along with the lower grate
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Place: 199 out of 419
Avg (all users): 5.6923
Avg (commenters): 7.4286
Avg (participants): 5.7364
Avg (non-participants): 5.5455
Views since voting: 615
Views during voting: 245
Votes: 143
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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07/24/2014 01:40:19 PM
That is a great capture.
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08/09/2009 08:17:53 AM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Ah, look at that. You know I liked this and gave it a 7 during voting. First impressions, as best I recall, were: what is going on here.. where, what, how. Nice movement capture and the lighting really took this image to another level.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
Reading your Photographer's Comments: "Slight rotate (by that I mean I flipped it over) " - funny - so he was upside down, ahh, it all makes a little more sense now.

Composition wise, I think the composition is strong and well placed, I like that you've flipped it and it does kind of go with your unique title. I really like the profile of his/her face and the lighting on it and the way that has caught the eye. The minor distractions in the rear, perhaps cloning out. Maybe, maybe a slight rotate to get the fore bar 'straight', but depends of course if you had the room to work with.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
199/419, tough one - I'm guessing you know this is a slightly 'out there' image, so would likely have never placed too high. It is disappointing, and I'm making a presumption, that most didn't stop to linger and appreciate what they were looking at. Which you certainly don't see often. A score of 5.69 - hm, a little low perhaps, but again, for a semi out of the box kind of image, that is probably pretty good.

Your commenters: all really liked it, hence your 7.42 score on average from them. No 'improvement' feedback - but it is tough with an image like this.

It's unique - I wonder about a print of this on a wall - but he/she would then need a name. That's just my warped mind. And what is he looking at... (don't answer, that's part of the interest in the image).
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/08/2009 10:40:14 AM
8 for allowing me to see something I never get to see
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2009 08:04:35 PM
7 - Interesting image.
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08/06/2009 10:32:59 PM
this is just too cool
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/05/2009 09:48:15 PM
Wild, cool, freaky.
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08/05/2009 09:36:31 AM
great fun title...really good image actually
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/03/2009 11:42:08 AM
Nice shot, you have guts! 10
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08/03/2009 09:06:58 AM
bat out of hell -10
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08/01/2009 08:21:55 AM
I'll be hearing the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever in my head for the rest of the day. LOL
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