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Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing
Ja-9


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Challenge: Free Study 2012-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012 - Challenges
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Sarasota, FL
Date: Jan 30, 2012
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/13 sec.
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2012

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This is an Alligator that was about 80' away from me. I had climbed down on the bank of the Myakka River in order to get at the same level (eye) as the gator.

I used my flash to get the red reflection in the eye and water. Yes, I did smooth out the water mostly because of the bridge reflection in the water...but I will say that it was super still.

@ ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' giantmike you had asked "Intriguing image. I assume this is an alligator/crocodile with different coloring?" because this was taken at late dusk/night the gator is reflecting the colors of the night...dark blue - other than curves/levels I didn't do anything to the color in this picture.

I'm glad that this was so well received....

Statistics
Place: 36 out of 287
Avg (all users): 6.3856
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3945
Avg (non-participants): 6.3636
Views since voting: 1150
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 153
Comments: 25
Favorites: 6 (view)


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06/26/2012 07:17:27 PM
Fabulous image. Congrats on the bling and ching!
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06/24/2012 12:43:04 PM
Truly stunning image. Will favorite
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06/23/2012 01:29:08 PM
How wonderfully creepy! Well done.
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06/22/2012 04:25:51 PM
Such an interesting photo! Great job on your success! Congrats!
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06/22/2012 08:47:08 AM
Janine, this is fabulous. I have seen many gators, but never one from this perspective! Congratulations on your achievement! I am sure there are mnay more to come!
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06/21/2012 11:20:41 PM
Wow, what a great image of this medium sized gator critter!
Big congrats on your ribbon in the Orange (County) Audubon Society photo contest too.
You really nailed this shot.
It's like the crisp and sharp evil twin to my "Swamp Evil" blur image. Interestingly, we were doing a DPC GTG in Ft Myers when I shot it.
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06/21/2012 09:54:02 PM
You must be flying high right now, Janine. Congraulations on your recognition for this exceptional image.
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02/11/2012 10:37:06 PM
I didn't get a chance to vote in this challenge but this is truly awesome!
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02/08/2012 06:36:58 PM
Wicked cool! Great score and Fabulous shot:))
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02/08/2012 11:08:52 AM
Sweet deal!
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02/08/2012 09:55:08 AM
Good job on the eyeball :). Amazing shot, one of my 10s.
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02/08/2012 03:04:10 AM
I meant to comment before it finished, but this was hands down my favorite of the free study.
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02/08/2012 01:30:43 AM
Wd on your finish. Great work. That D80's CCD is stunning even at ISO 1000! Remarkable PP.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2012 06:28:21 PM
I love this because it can be the eyes of an alligator but also an abstract piece hanging out in the air - and to me the color just adds to it immensly.
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02/06/2012 06:03:03 PM
i love it! you rock, best i've seen in a long time
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02/06/2012 05:25:56 PM
Great PP! Love the slit of red in the eye.
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02/06/2012 12:03:26 PM
Intriguing image. I assume this is an alligator/crocodile with different coloring?
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02/04/2012 10:33:57 AM
Very cool. Alien vs Predigator. Love the PP and the smooth dead space around the 'gator/croc, possibly masked and smoothed? The red pupil slit is most unusual and creepy. Top Marks (9)
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02/03/2012 08:24:42 PM
Nice red glow on that eyeball.
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02/02/2012 09:37:49 PM
COOOOL!
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02/02/2012 05:36:35 PM
I think this is pretty damn cool :)
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02/02/2012 08:46:49 AM
love the glossyness and stillness of such a violent potential waiting below the water my favourite so far, love the red eye. have a 9 :) bumped up to 10 and a favourite
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02/01/2012 12:26:15 PM
I give you a lot of credit for getting so close to that guy, me, not so brave. The result was worth the risk, this is wonderful.
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02/01/2012 12:09:06 PM
Wow that's eerie. Very unique shot, brilliant editing too. The more you look at this the more it goes from amorphous blob to yikes I'm about to lose my face!
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02/01/2012 07:46:36 AM
Took me a moment to figure this out, but when I did, it was like a pleasant slap to the face. Well done.
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