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Noisy, Hungry Sea Lion
Noisy, Hungry Sea Lion

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Challenge: Sound (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony Mavica CD400
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: May 31, 2003
Aperture: auto
ISO: auto
Shutter: auto
Date Uploaded: Jun 1, 2003

Taken at Sea World in San Diego, CA

Place: 31 out of 96
Avg (all users): 5.9055
Avg (commenters): 6.4545
Avg (participants): 5.9118
Avg (non-participants): 5.8983
Views since voting: 1107
Votes: 127
Comments: 20
Favorites: 0

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07/02/2004 06:08:11 PM
I think you've captured a great moment. I really like the composition. I have to agree with the majority about the blue thing though. I think I understand the "feel" you're going for, but I'd like to see it natural. It might then look like another animal shot, but I think a great animal shot is...a great animal shot. :-)
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07/02/2004 05:28:03 PM
I'm not sure about the blue either. That said, the crop and framing are tremendous. I can almost see him jumping out of the water while barking, and creating a huge "noisy" splash.
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06/30/2004 11:30:24 PM
This guy looks like he's singing! I like the composition and the cropping but I would have liked a smoother, less noisy look to the shot. I don't think the blue adds anything to it, but I'd have to see it will different options really to tell for sure.

It sure is a cute shot.
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06/30/2004 11:18:21 PM
I like the blue hue to this photo, I think it makes the photo standout
I think it would just be another good animal shot if the coloring was left std as the inside of the mouth would distract from the great cropping used here
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06/30/2004 09:29:45 PM
There's a tad of a blue cast on my monitor. I'd like to see more of the sea lion. I can definitely hear him, though. Good take on that challenge. :o)
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06/30/2004 09:13:58 PM
Really cute shot, Steve. I like the comp. I also agree that losing the blue cast would improve this shot. I might even clone out that light line in the bg, from the seal's eye to the right edge of the shot. Nice work, though.
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06/14/2003 12:32:48 PM

Well, I wish I had more to say about this picture....

Its great. I like the crop choice. The detail looks sufficient, maybe a bit obscured by the darkness in the shadows. A lot of others have commented about the blue cast and I think they're right, it detracted from the photo. Im guessing your score would have easily gone up a whole point if this wasn't the first thing to hit many a viewers brain.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/08/2003 10:26:11 PM
I'm not sure why you chose this color, but I love the composition and cropping. Great timing,too. Super photo!
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06/08/2003 09:52:58 PM
Nice composition and color choice. Gives a very sea lion feel. You can almost hear that loud bark filling the space around the head.
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06/08/2003 07:42:26 PM
too blue.
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06/06/2003 06:41:54 AM
Yes, I can hear it too. 9 Morgan
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06/05/2003 09:44:53 PM
I know how noisy these critters can be (my local zoo has some). Your choice of composition works well. (Can you select white balance? The color seems to be a bit off..... on my monitor.)
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06/04/2003 09:59:46 PM
nice shot.....noisy also (sound that is)
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06/04/2003 03:09:14 PM
I think it needs more contrast instead of the bluish cast.
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06/04/2003 11:59:40 AM
This photo captures something... something emotion. I can't even put the words together. It's an awesome shot
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06/03/2003 03:29:16 PM
Great shot, like the blues.
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06/03/2003 03:21:50 PM
This image seems to stand well on it's own... I don't like the title :) excellent shot tho..
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06/02/2003 05:09:32 PM
Title aside, this doesn't really scream 'sound' to me, although I can sort of see it as on topic. This looks very strange, overly blue -- is it tinted? Also the framing seems off -- either too much negative space or possibly not enough.
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06/02/2003 04:35:42 PM
I would like to see this one in Black and White. Great composition!
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06/02/2003 03:10:00 AM
he looks like a statue! if he was spitting water he'd be a fountain! Very nice capture. I took some sea lion photos recently but was never able to get this close.
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