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Challenge: Pet Portrait IV (Basic Editing)
Collection: Creatures
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro
Location: Birmingham, England
Date: Feb 6, 2009
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Feb 6, 2009

This is one of 4 fish in our aquarium - this one is by far the dimmest!

Post challenge:

I was really surprised how well this did and how many lovely comments. For me though, I think the image is technically quite poor and in retrospect it all looks too over-processed to me. I'm going to make a conscious effort to go easier with the post-processing from now on.

Same fish, better shot:

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Statistics
Place: 4 out of 278
Avg (all users): 6.9745
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.5288
Avg (non-participants): 7.2456
Views since voting: 4235
Views during voting: 550
Votes: 275
Comments: 39
Favorites: 8 (view)


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03/03/2009 09:52:47 AM
i like the detail of the face ,the fading focus toward the back of the tail, yet you kept the contrast of the object VRS background
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02/24/2009 10:42:44 PM
This should have taken at least 2nd; I don't think people realize how hard it is to shoot fish, especially macro. Nice composition and crisp detail where it matters.
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02/21/2009 01:01:51 PM
Great capture - should have ribboned.
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02/18/2009 10:08:11 PM
This made me smile, well done.

Mac,
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02/18/2009 02:59:54 PM
Congrats to Scarface!
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02/18/2009 05:25:45 AM
what a great and funny face -well done with the HM
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02/18/2009 03:59:56 AM
Love this shot !!! Brilliant.
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02/18/2009 12:58:48 AM
I had this as one of my top three, congrats! Eminently deserved.
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02/18/2009 12:14:02 AM
Loved this one for both the expression and for being different ... good to see it finish on the front page. Congrats on your HM.
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02/18/2009 12:04:01 AM
congrats on 4th, I really wanted this to win!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/17/2009 06:27:18 PM
Ah yes, I remember Old Blue. Cool shot and awesome DOF.
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02/16/2009 06:18:30 PM
Holy shit! This stopped me in my tracks. After slogging through so many boring dog & cat snapshots this is a delight to the senses. I love everything about it. I'm not quite done voting yet, but there's no doubt that this is the best in the challenge for me. 10
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02/15/2009 10:45:40 PM
this is one of my pics for a ribbon. fantabulous.
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02/15/2009 07:29:35 PM
great dof, love the lines, terrific expression(?) 8
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02/15/2009 06:18:51 PM
WOW, great shot!
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02/15/2009 04:33:33 PM
Wonderful!!
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02/14/2009 11:14:01 PM
Absolutely enchanting in every way! Love it!
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02/14/2009 05:35:17 PM
nice shot, love the name and the colours are great
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02/14/2009 03:33:53 AM
Really nice flow and movement in this and great DoF.
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02/13/2009 07:34:47 PM
Unique among all entries. I hope you are rewarded for your creativity.
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02/13/2009 06:17:49 PM
Well, that's the most adorable pet fish I have ever seen. Funny and good!
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02/13/2009 06:14:24 AM
wow...great picture. 8
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02/13/2009 05:54:27 AM
Fantastic shot!
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02/13/2009 05:11:01 AM
Wow...it almost looks 3D.
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02/12/2009 04:26:58 PM
Great capture! The DoF is perfect to highlight the important parts of the shot. The tail fills the frame nicely without dominating.
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02/12/2009 02:54:04 PM
cool color.
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02/12/2009 11:07:03 AM
Awesome shot!
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02/12/2009 09:57:14 AM
Now that's a face! Great shot!
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02/12/2009 09:46:04 AM
I wish I had a dollar for every photo with this title on this site. Or "What are you looking at?" *grin*

Perfectly framed and great sharp focus on the face, especially through water. I wish there weren't so much noise (I think Neat Image would have cleared up most of it) in the background... and I'm sure some will ask for more contrast or brightness. Still it's a 7 from me.
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02/11/2009 10:05:32 PM
I think this would be even better if it were a bit brighter. That being said, I love this shot and I'm marking it as a favorite! Trying to get a fish to cooperate for posing can't be easy!
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02/11/2009 09:14:01 PM
Terrific capture! I hate trying to get pics of fish, turtles, or anything else behind glass. 9
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02/11/2009 09:11:37 PM
Nice picture, you managed to give a fish some personality, well done
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02/11/2009 08:18:43 PM
Nice expression. The fish fills the frame well and it is a bit refreshing after all the dog and cat pictures.
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02/11/2009 07:52:19 PM
Great fish portrait! Excellent composition.
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02/11/2009 01:15:28 PM
This may win - it's very unique. I like the shallow DOF a lot
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02/11/2009 11:53:42 AM
my only ten in this challenge so far. The reason, not cute and furry but the clarity, the colour , the details, the background fins, this is an excellent shot imo
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02/11/2009 10:29:58 AM
Very nice fish shot; wonderfully clear and nice DOF. Also rather pleasing shape to his body here, and the purplish hue gets you a bonus point from me ;-)
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02/11/2009 09:09:42 AM
Awesome shot, I love the fact that it isn't a cat or dog. I don't know what it is but something about the background color is keeping me from giving you a ten. 8
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02/11/2009 12:24:30 AM
This is beautiful, I love the soft focus with the rest of his body as background.
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