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Challenge: Free Study 2015-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Stuff
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 150mm f/2.0 Zuiko Digital
Location: Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Date: Sep 26, 2015
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2000
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2015

A very sexy American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis) poses for me while getting some sun on a trail at Brazos Bend State Park, Texas, USA.

Place: 38 out of 122
Avg (all users): 6.1026
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0167
Avg (non-participants): 6.3889
Views since voting: 277
Views during voting: 118
Votes: 78
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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10/11/2015 06:31:39 PM
Hi from the Critique Club.

A great image that scored well, always a challenge to 'critique' these.

I was fascinated to read that this was taken in a State Park, wow. So this guy was roaming free? Incredible how you got so close.

I love the close-up aspect to this image, and your chosen aperture seemed to get the perfect amount of this creature in focus while nicely blurring out any distractions in the background. Excellent! I would be curious what this image would look like if the area of blurred foreground was taken out, or leaving just a slip of that foreground visible. This would have placed your subject lower in the image, but maybe an equal amount of the top of the image could also have removed to almost make this more of a fill-the-frame shot? Not sure if that would make this any stronger or not, you've got a strong shot as is. Well done and thanks for sharing.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/06/2015 12:55:44 PM
and scary
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10/06/2015 12:49:36 AM
Who knew alligators were such great models??
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10/02/2015 02:02:49 PM
Oh! VERY! And well shot! 8 In my top four.
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10/01/2015 09:00:39 AM
WOW, love this perspective, unique, sharp image, perfect DOF, good luck
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