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Melethia


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Challenge: Symmetry In Nature (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges 2012
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Hermosa Pier
Date: May 10, 2012
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/160
Date Uploaded: May 13, 2012

So I had another photograph entered. Might have scored mid to high 5s. But there are these two three guys, both all of whom have ribbons along the left side of their profile page that go for days and days. Seriously, you have to scroll down to see them all. Tons. Millions of 7s. And they say to go with this one even though it will bomb. (Well, Robert didn't think it would bomb.) Of course, one of those guys has a shot that will probably ribbon.

Seriously. I'm beginning to think they just don't like me. :-)

Anyway, this is a poor dying little fish in a box on a pier. The guy had an old cardboard box with a plastic bag lining it and was dropping in the fish he'd caught. They were, of course, all in various stages of gasping and dying. So it's kinda sad. I love to eat fish, but I do hate to see them die. Overprocessing courtesy of a wickedly strong setting in an older version of Topaz.

And yes, the little fish is lying atop some larger fish. I'll post the original shortly.

Thank you all for your kind votes and comments! I'm as surprised by this as I'm sure the rest of you are! (Well, except for Robert. He was pretty sure this would do well.) :-)

Original:
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1016583.jpg

Processing was a square crop to emphasize symmetry and a crunchy Topaz Adjust setting (Grunge Me, most likely). The annotation in Bridge also says I tried the Silver Efex in luminosity blending mode, but I don't always keep that after I try it, so not entirely sure if I did that or not.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 101
Avg (all users): 6.7843
Avg (commenters): 8.6923
Avg (participants): 6.8723
Avg (non-participants): 6.7091
Views since voting: 2973
Views during voting: 218
Votes: 102
Comments: 75
Favorites: 10 (view)


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03/02/2013 07:16:36 PM
I'm with Wendy on this.
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02/24/2013 02:30:32 PM
This still has to be one of the most awesome shots on DPC!! This is the gold standard of art shots, imo.
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05/26/2012 10:11:58 AM
Congratulations,lovin' this image.
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05/24/2012 07:43:58 AM
This is so lovely and interesting Deb. A very well deserved ribbon.
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05/22/2012 12:28:17 PM
you've got such a great eye to have spotted this, congrats on the ribbon
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05/22/2012 12:20:06 PM
Well done darling, for a fabulous image!it is simply stunning
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05/21/2012 11:36:24 PM
Yes, the texture and color of the tail are very nice. Great shot.
Very effective cropping, as well.
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05/21/2012 11:07:18 PM
Wow the texture in here is beautiful. Lots of artistry in this shot of a fish tail - who would have thought it possible? Congrats on the yellow!
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05/21/2012 09:34:23 PM
RIBBON! RIBBON! RIBBON! And it wasn't even a pigeon!
Way to go, Deb! This is a great, great photo!

CONGRATS ON YOUR RIBBON!!!!!!!!!!!!
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05/21/2012 07:31:42 PM
Ahem... FOUR advisors.....

About time you ribboned, SLACKER! Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!
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05/21/2012 06:49:21 PM
this was a great win!
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05/21/2012 04:54:24 PM
Wow, this is super! Congratulations!!
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05/21/2012 04:20:32 PM
Hey - look at you on the Front page, and with a very arty shot.

Nice piece of work, but if you're going with a fish in a shot you really ought to fillet . . (ok - rubbish joke)

;- )
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05/21/2012 01:17:07 PM
Congrats on a well done entry! Love the saturation de-Tails. (couldn't help myself)
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05/21/2012 12:58:18 PM
Congratulations Deb, excellent!
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05/21/2012 11:52:26 AM
If fish tales were butterfly wings, I'm glad to see this one flew you straight to the top! Congrats on your ribbon, Deb!
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05/21/2012 09:14:43 AM
Terrific, Deb. 'bout time you landed on the front page again.
:)
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05/21/2012 09:04:07 AM
Congrats Deb; this was my top pick. Glad to see this on the front page.
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05/21/2012 08:54:44 AM
Deb! You're kicking butt and taking names!! Excellent job.
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05/21/2012 08:14:17 AM
Look at you Deb! You have been smashing through your competition in the BOYA side challenge. I love the textures and detail seen in the tail and fish scales. To have the tail extent out of the bottom right corner in a square crop was an excellent decision for it calls the eye's attention to all the shapes, texture, and details.
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05/21/2012 08:10:10 AM
Woohoo so glad to see you back where you belong!! Congrats Deb!
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05/21/2012 07:59:01 AM
Hey, girl!! Nice to see you at the top of the pack. This is so well done.
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05/21/2012 06:52:36 AM
Congrats on the fishy ribbon! Love this!
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05/21/2012 06:42:49 AM
Wow this is really nice Melethia, I am surprised to see it on the front page, not because it's not worthy because it so is, but because I would have thought it wasn't the norm for DPC, so pleased to see this here!

Congrats on the Ribbon.
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05/21/2012 06:02:16 AM
I'm so glad this ribboned!! Definitely my favorite of the challenge -- 9 from me, and it really should have been a 10 -- I must have been in a cranky mood when voting. :)

Superb! Awesome! And truly incredible!
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05/21/2012 05:30:36 AM
And the birds get pushed down another notch. Well done Deb. ;)
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05/21/2012 05:29:58 AM
Excellent work Mel, well deserved
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05/21/2012 03:56:07 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, Deb!
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05/21/2012 03:30:33 AM
Well done Deb! One of my top votes in the challenge. :-)

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05/21/2012 03:16:16 AM
Congrats Deb - fantabulous!
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05/21/2012 02:51:49 AM
Congratulations, Deb! Way cool - this one is art. The transparency of the tail makes it look like an overlay.
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05/21/2012 02:42:33 AM
Of course! Dead fish! Why didn't I think of that??! Congrats, Deb - a fantastic job and I think the processing is light by most ribbon standards. Looks like you'll get that Ribbon Hogs patch after all. :)
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05/21/2012 02:21:20 AM
great composition, reminded Soutine to me :). Congrats on the ribbon Deb!
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05/21/2012 02:19:57 AM
Congrats with your ribbon. It's nice to see this one in the top 3.
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05/21/2012 01:47:31 AM
Well done Deb! Congrats on a much deserved and overdue ribbon!
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05/21/2012 01:09:05 AM
Well done 21_F.gif Melethia
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05/21/2012 01:04:15 AM
Originally posted by Melethia:

Originally posted by levyj413:

Congrats, Deb! And did either of your advisors ribbon?

LOL! Yes. One of my advisors got the blue. :-)


And this one, 17th... I think you had 3 advisors, hon...
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05/21/2012 01:04:01 AM
beauty - great choice of processing and crop and tones - congrats!
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05/21/2012 12:56:12 AM
Ha, bet you are glad you didn't use the other one, great photo Deb, a big congrats from me on your well deserved ribbon.

Message edited by author 2012-05-21 01:37:44.
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05/21/2012 12:52:08 AM
Beautiful shot, Deb. Congrats on the well deserved ribbon.
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05/21/2012 12:45:28 AM
Deb!!! Yippeeeeee!

This is amazing!
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05/21/2012 12:31:07 AM
sweet tail.
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05/21/2012 12:30:41 AM
Excellent Deb - I'm a big fan of the image and you, so very glad to see this great image rewarded with a ribbon.
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05/21/2012 12:18:38 AM
Oh, million thunders! Would have never hoped for the fish to get yellow! There is hope in the world! (PS I gave it 8 a while ago and did not have time to review and bump)
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05/21/2012 12:18:27 AM
wonderful picture!!!
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05/21/2012 12:14:08 AM
Bravo, a fish tail tale to remember.
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05/21/2012 12:13:54 AM
Congratch on the ribbon, quite a worthy one. It pays to follow advice sometimes, eh.
If you look at the thumbnail, it seems the bag is a larger fish that the tail is resting on.
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05/21/2012 12:12:33 AM
Originally posted by levyj413:

Congrats, Deb! And did either of your advisors ribbon?

LOL! Yes. One of my advisors got the blue. :-)
05/21/2012 12:12:15 AM
Go Deb! Great job on this one!
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05/21/2012 12:11:25 AM
Congrats, Deb! And did either of your advisors ribbon?
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05/21/2012 12:08:48 AM
Well done Deb. A lovely token for a totem.
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05/21/2012 12:08:48 AM
Congratulations, its amazing!
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05/21/2012 12:08:14 AM
Way to go Deb, simply love your work!
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05/21/2012 12:03:46 AM
Wonderful image Deb. Congrats on the well deserved ribbon.
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05/21/2012 12:03:18 AM
And you know it's b/c I bumped you that you got the ribbon, you owe me girl.........lol
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05/21/2012 12:02:52 AM
GO DEB!!!! YAY!!!
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05/21/2012 12:02:04 AM
Told ya Told ya TOLD ya! Awesome awesome awesome!
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05/21/2012 12:01:49 AM
Congratulations! Beautiful shot.
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05/21/2012 12:01:39 AM
WoW oh Wow oh Wow, you got a ribbon, it's been a while, WOOT WOOT!!!
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05/21/2012 12:01:09 AM
Way to go Deb!!!!!!!!! Yay.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/20/2012 11:49:00 PM
This gets teh best in show for artistry and topicality. 10
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05/20/2012 11:39:10 PM
bilateral symmetry and a story with an ending. You can't beat that!
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05/20/2012 10:11:35 PM
beautiful
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05/20/2012 10:05:59 PM
I think I know! Perfect.
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05/20/2012 07:55:39 PM
I never knew a tail could look so good. 10.

And you enter my Verineat gallery Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1014169.jpg
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05/20/2012 06:27:56 PM
Not sure if this will get a good score, but I like this one!
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05/20/2012 05:08:52 PM
Beautiful
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05/20/2012 04:52:33 PM
a bit fishy, but I guess this was unavoidable. I like how the sack (?) edge is looking like a fish backbone.
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05/20/2012 09:04:57 AM
My top pick; very artsy image and well done. (voted earlier)
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05/15/2012 07:13:47 AM
Love the composition and the difference in this image.
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05/14/2012 06:44:12 PM
Most unusual take on the challenge, great image
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05/14/2012 01:37:17 PM
nice texture and feel - 9
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05/14/2012 12:05:49 PM
Nice..I like this
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05/14/2012 09:04:42 AM
I like this a lot. It's oddly wonderful. :) Quite artsy too. 9
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05/14/2012 12:26:08 AM
Utterly awesome, really stands out :-)
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