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Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Challenges 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Philadelphia Zoo
Date: Nov 3, 2009
Aperture: f/5.7
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2010

For my own info: original located in zoo110309B folder.


Statistics
Place: 344 out of 445
Avg (all users): 5.3154
Avg (commenters): 5.8947
Avg (participants): 5.1978
Avg (non-participants): 5.6780
Views since voting: 546
Views during voting: 375
Votes: 241
Comments: 24
Favorites: 0


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01/31/2010 11:45:22 AM
GREETINGS FROM THE CRITIQUE CLUB

Awww, Kelli, what a super shot with fabulous expression on that critter's face and those eyes! Wow.

Alas, this image didn't score well, even taking into consideration the extraordinary competition in the "Best of..." Challenge.

first, I think you were the victim of the 'zoo shot' phobia that seems to be going around right now. second, I put this on my own computer and cropped in a touch more and messed with "Selective Colors" to punch up the colors and found this guy comes alive with some stronger coloration - not much, just a touch. third (and final, honest!) the foreground blur might have caused some viewer problems. You know how people are, unless it's there for a strong reason, they are too lazy(?) to look over the blur to the main attraction.

Okay, that's it. You know you have a good capture here, and so do I. Keep up the very good work.

Alice
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01/30/2010 04:54:58 PM
Very nice eye-contact capture. I like the processing. The face seems to be processed with more definition and contrast than the rest of the shot. Makes it look 3-D.
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01/29/2010 10:09:07 AM
Again, another score I don't understand. I think the face is incredible! I gave it a 7!
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01/29/2010 07:52:10 AM
I really like this and love your processing. I really don't understand the score. It should be way higher.
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01/29/2010 12:20:30 AM
Way under-rated!!! This deserved a much higher score!!! An extraordinary image beautifully processed!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 08:53:20 AM
Nice animal shot. I like the composition, dof, and details.
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01/28/2010 06:11:14 AM
Looks like he's wearing makeup, I'm guessing that was down to the editing, topaz?

Nice enough shot, good light, exposure etc, but not particularly outstanding that makes it sit apart from the rest I'm afraid.
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01/27/2010 01:10:49 PM
Foreground distracting and the light really breaks this pic down. Pity about other pumas rear showing . Lovely eyes
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01/27/2010 10:37:30 AM
the head looks painted on , PP too much over the top in this case. 6
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01/27/2010 03:38:04 AM
the effect looks almost drawn i do tend to like this tho
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01/27/2010 01:18:38 AM
Looks a little flat in terms of contrast but the eyes really pop out
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01/25/2010 11:19:34 PM
I wish the rump/tail of the other cat was not in the shot.
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01/25/2010 08:53:34 PM
Oh man you could just about fall into those eyes! Pity about the blur at the back of the facing animal, I know it's hard when they move. You've certainly got your focus where it counts but the rest of the shot seems so busy it detracts a bit and you have to search for the focal point again. If the top section had been cropped off a bit more perhaps it would have looked a bit better IMO. Still an 8 from me though.
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01/25/2010 02:41:25 PM
these beasts are so beautiful aren't they...IMO waiting just a few 1/2 seconds longer and you would've had the ass end of the other mountain lion out of the frame...just saying...beautiful focus and great colors
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01/25/2010 12:22:22 PM
looks like he wants to play...
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01/25/2010 09:49:44 AM
good Zoo image
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01/24/2010 06:34:10 PM
LOL You caught one coming and one going. Very clean shot, crystal clear.
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01/24/2010 02:56:43 PM
Lovely on many levels....it seems just the very slightest bit flat which is why I'm only giving it a 7.
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01/23/2010 09:56:26 PM
Wish the saturation was higher
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01/23/2010 08:48:12 PM
The cat's head looks good, perhaps a bit over processed. But the second cat's rear really diminishes this for me.
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01/23/2010 07:24:31 PM
Excellent job of highlighting the face
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01/23/2010 10:56:04 AM
Nice gaze you captured on the cat. Shame about the one in the background. Did you use topaz or HDR on this? Bordering on too much in my opinion. The focus and clarity on the face is wonderful though.
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01/23/2010 02:04:41 AM
overprocessed in my opinion
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01/22/2010 01:26:50 PM
The focus seems a little soft but the exposure is nice and bright.
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