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Challenge: Cheater! (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: HP PhotoSmart 945
Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Date: Nov 15, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Water
Date Uploaded: Nov 16, 2005

Taken at a resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Statistics
Place: 24 out of 105
Avg (all users): 5.8044
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 5.3611
Avg (non-participants): 6.0131
Views since voting: 1277
Views during voting: 519
Votes: 225
Comments: 23
Favorites: 1 (view)


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11/30/2005 10:20:27 AM
Hello from the Critique Club!

I have studied your image and have the following to offer:

Composition/perspective - nice application of the rule of thirds in this image. A slightly different crop may have made this an even stronger image as well as an overall larger image - more square to bring the image closer to 640x640 instead of 640x480 (cropping more off the right hand side to eliminate some of the trees before resizing.) This would still allow the subject to be in good compositional position. The focus is clear in the image side to side as well as top to bottom - nice aperture control. Also, the exposure time is good. A little longer and the water would have become more prominent in the image as it would have taken on the 'dreamy' look. Any faster and the water would have become a static element. As it is it appears to be more of a 'right place, right time' as opposed to a set-up shot (too bad it is not a real bear).

Color - a lot of colors in the palette of this image. The overall tonal range seems fairly well preserved as evidenced by the shift from the browns and golds of the rocks in the water to the grays of the rocks on the edge; the black of the bear being solid but no other over-dark shadows. A tribute as well to not overprocessing the image.

Lighting - natural light, appears on a cloudy day. The bright spots on the water are not blown out; the dark areas of the image are not hiding details. This demonstrates good overall control of the camera and your position in relation to the scene.

Challenge requirements - meets the challenge requirements quite well. The shot shows a good imagination and good execution. Well done! Not sure why this didn't do better - it is original, has an element of humor, and is a clear shot.

Overall/my opinion - as stated above a different crop may have made this even stronger. By making the image more square before resizing, the end result after resizing would be closer to 640x640. This would have made the bear a larger and stronger element in the scene which may have helped to make it stand out more. Overall this is a well done image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/27/2005 10:36:57 PM
Great use of the absurd. This is a good way to make a difficult challenge work - without playing cards, dice, or crib notes. Congratulations.
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11/27/2005 08:35:06 AM
Great idea, nice shot. It is funny too.
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11/26/2005 02:19:11 AM
Made me laugh and the comp is interesting.
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11/25/2005 12:44:09 AM
Love this - the frustration of have a subject that just won't stay still completely averted!
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11/24/2005 10:37:33 PM
7 - Like it. Criticism; not much, maybe a sharper angle/perspective, or even trying to 'scale' this, may have made it even better in my opinion. Good idea that without the quality wouldn't have worked.
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11/24/2005 01:42:39 AM
lol 7
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11/23/2005 09:28:13 PM
Now this is MY kind of photography, My camera can FINALLY keep up with the action!! Love it! Good imagination, nice crisp shot. Love the setting you chose.
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11/23/2005 05:52:07 PM
had to do an initial double take on the bear, so you got me! : )
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11/23/2005 01:10:28 AM
Awesome idea and shot.
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11/22/2005 03:43:41 PM
LOL! Very funny! <7> for creativity!
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11/21/2005 07:42:42 PM
Made me laugh...even after my wife called me a loser! Thanks....10
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11/21/2005 03:41:55 PM
hahaha
almost as good as a stuffed squirrel!
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11/21/2005 11:53:46 AM
very cool idea... this should place in the top ten
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11/21/2005 09:14:30 AM
that is funny! bumped to a 9!
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11/21/2005 07:13:09 AM
Very funny! I like it.
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11/21/2005 04:57:02 AM
ha ha
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11/21/2005 04:36:19 AM
Cute & funny idea for the challenge! Nicely done with good composition.
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11/21/2005 03:49:31 AM
good interpretation I like the humour this shot offers 10
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11/21/2005 03:38:44 AM
c'mon that's cheating. what're you as scared of bears as you are of tortoises?
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11/21/2005 01:57:21 AM
hahaha! priceless idea! And of course, a bear and a salmon has my approval written all over it :-)
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11/21/2005 01:43:07 AM
What a good idea; it made me laugh out loud.
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11/21/2005 12:25:44 AM
very clever and well composed.
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