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Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6G
Location: Miami, Florida
Date: Nov 22, 2005
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2006

Took this picture while on vacation in Florida at "Monkey Jungle". (Their motto appeared to be "A place where humans are caged and monkeys run free!".) I was in a small tour group and we were led to this gorilla's area. I think this gorilla's name was King, although I'm not completely sure. Anyway, at approximately 20 feet away from me, King was reacting to the tour guide's voice while I shot him with my camera. At one point I noticed him looking straight at me (or at someone/something close to me) so I quickly took a few pictures.

Upon looking at the pictures on the computer, I was disappointed that most of them were blurry or not very good. However, this one was fortunately salvageable and I was delighted with King's humorous expression. I know this picture will not perform too well in terms of ranking here, but at least I hope some of you primate afficionados will enjoy this picture. :-)

Aaand here's some technical stuff for anyone who's interested...

Date/Time: 2005.11.22 11:56:31
Focal length: 300mm
Flash: No
Exposure program: Shutter Priority
White Balance: Auto
Exposure Value (EV): 0
Tripod: No
Distance from camera to subject: ~20 feet

Post-processing (used a couple layers):
Curves, Gaussian Blur, Brightness/Contrast, Dodging & Burning, Resize, Unsharp Mask, Save for Web.

* * * After Voting * * *

I knew this picture wouldn't do too well and I agree with the commenters who said the picture is too soft/pixellated. Considering the amount of entries in this challenge, I'm at least happy that Grumpy ain't at the last place and moreso that he made some people smile. ;-) Thanks to those who voted, especially to those who generously took their time to comment on this picture! Thank you very much again.

Place: 720 out of 833
Avg (all users): 4.8838
Avg (commenters): 5.8824
Avg (participants): 4.7913
Avg (non-participants): 5.3714
Views since voting: 829
Views during voting: 567
Votes: 439
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 03:45:29 PM
"Yeah, I got a haircut! Wanna make sumpin of it?" :) Stan
01/28/2006 10:56:45 PM
8 from me...good luck!
01/27/2006 02:02:45 AM
I love the expression - title fits perfectly! Seems to be a bit OOF, but otherwise good job. The composition / crop is perfect.
01/26/2006 09:59:31 PM
Funny image, looks a tad pixelated though.
01/26/2006 05:46:24 AM
He does look grumpy, but a good image of this gorilla...
01/24/2006 04:59:37 PM
What a mug.
01/20/2006 11:54:17 AM
Lovely expression!!
01/19/2006 09:14:50 PM
Would loved to have seen him singled out a little more form the background, great facial expression
01/19/2006 07:29:14 PM
There are shadows that work against this photo. Great title!
01/19/2006 05:26:02 PM
great expression, good composition, would be better if the face was fully in focus (which may be quite hard, taking into account a typical monkey's patience) and the background less distracting/more contrasting
01/19/2006 02:49:42 PM
great expression!
01/19/2006 02:23:29 PM
hahaha.. a great expression. Technically, it could use some improvements, (focus and contrast mostly), but great job grabbing his look.
01/17/2006 07:32:54 PM
Hehehe that is such a great expressions! Focus seems a bit soft to me but the hilarious face makes up for it! :P
01/17/2006 09:10:21 AM
He really does look pretty mad! I wouldn't want to be too close. Great capture. 10
01/16/2006 10:19:33 PM
Great pic, the way the arm is extended, almost makes it look like he took the pic himself.
01/16/2006 06:23:39 PM
MK Squishy face! Nice capture!
01/16/2006 05:50:45 PM
Great expression, but it seems a little too soft to me.
01/16/2006 02:07:26 PM
"Was that you? That was nasty!!!"

Nice capture of the expression!!
01/16/2006 12:22:05 AM
Nice title for a nice capture!

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