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Challenge: Unexpected Find (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Georgia Aquarium
Date: Jun 2, 2006
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Animals, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jun 6, 2006

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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 163
Avg (all users): 7.2319
Avg (commenters): 8.1892
Avg (participants): 7.1228
Avg (non-participants): 7.2621
Views since voting: 15255
Views during voting: 518
Votes: 263
Comments: 89
Favorites: 86 (view)


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01/23/2008 06:30:55 PM
Originally posted by Bosborne:

Originally posted by jakemacriv:

i like it a lot but i think it would have been so much cooler if it didnt have those two kids in the foreground.


No..no..no.... It's BECAUSE those people are there that makes this shot. It gives dimension and a reality of what it's like there. Well done! I just KNEW you'd get the blue!!


There are 5 people in the frame. It would be much more impressive if there were only those 3 that are up against the glass. Then it would be like in a dream. But still, awsome photo
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12/20/2006 11:19:36 PM
WOW, just saw this photo for the first time today and all I can say is great job on this awesome shot!!

-dave
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10/02/2006 09:07:10 PM
whoa

Message edited by author 2006-10-02 21:08:25.
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07/25/2006 03:06:02 PM
W0O0OW!
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06/22/2006 05:15:08 PM
Originally posted by jakemacriv:

i like it a lot but i think it would have been so much cooler if it didnt have those two kids in the foreground.


No..no..no.... It's BECAUSE those people are there that makes this shot. It gives dimension and a reality of what it's like there. Well done! I just KNEW you'd get the blue!!
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06/20/2006 02:01:57 PM
i like it a lot but i think it would have been so much cooler if it didnt have those two kids in the foreground.
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06/20/2006 11:20:15 AM
This is gorgeous!
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06/20/2006 08:16:05 AM
One of the very best images I've ever seen of the aquarium - and there have been billions this year! Many congratulations on a fabulous photograph & a well-deserved blue!
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06/19/2006 06:32:23 PM
Wow, this photo is incredible!!! It's filled with imagination and wonder. Astounding!!!
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06/19/2006 12:39:49 PM
Wow!
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06/19/2006 12:21:25 AM
This is amazing and surreal. I love it!
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06/18/2006 01:26:35 AM
Great capture to percolate the wonder in us. Congratulations on your Blue!
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06/16/2006 10:45:04 AM
there is almost this EXACT same image in the June 15th edition of the USA Today. Shockingly similar. I guess you have a similiar eye to that particular photographer.
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06/15/2006 11:33:42 PM
this is so good it makes me sick
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06/15/2006 11:10:20 PM
what a fantastic idea! certainly an unexpected find. brilliant b/w. i like the silhouettes. great shapes. the biggest fish really adds balance to a busy composition. makes it seem neatly organized. and it made me smile, which is always refreshing.
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06/15/2006 02:59:23 PM
Cogratulations on your first ribbon! Great shot!
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06/15/2006 02:22:56 PM
absolutely stunning, amazing image, congratulations.
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06/15/2006 05:36:42 AM
Excellent shot. Congrats on your Blue.
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06/14/2006 05:31:49 PM
Congrats on first place...job well done.
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06/14/2006 05:24:55 PM
This is a beauty. I thought it was the grand aquarium they have in Okinawa, Japan. They have whale sharks there too. Well done on the ribbon - well deserved. The 350XT does some nice images in your hands!

Message edited by author 2006-06-14 17:25:26.
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06/14/2006 05:05:04 PM
surreal, very nice! congrats
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06/14/2006 03:23:11 PM
What an awesome capture. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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06/14/2006 02:54:13 PM
VERY cool photo!! Cogratulations on this exceptional photo. ..and of course the ribbon :)
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06/14/2006 02:47:13 PM
It is truly a marvelous place to go. I have to get back there. Thanks for this shot, it is a good one.
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06/14/2006 01:59:01 PM
Congrats on your win, the B/W work well here.
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06/14/2006 01:44:14 PM
What a great shot, congrats!
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06/14/2006 12:52:36 PM
that has got to be a honkin' aquarium!!!
This is almost surreal looking!! Excellent!

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06/14/2006 12:28:03 PM
do u have either a higher resolution shot or print avialable?
06/14/2006 12:06:25 PM
Ryan, Congratulations! One of my favorites from the challenge. I do like the b/w very much here.
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06/14/2006 11:52:10 AM
I find this shot simply amazing! I had recently gone to the Baltimore Aquarium and found it practically impossible to shoot anything of the fish or sharks there because the lighting was so poor. I had already thought about going to see this aquarium because I had read they had whale sharks. But your picture has just sealed the deal! I will be heading down there ASAP simply so I can try and replicate the detail you have in this incredible picture!
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06/14/2006 09:29:41 AM
Wow, that must be one huge tank to have a whlae shark in it. COngratulations on an excellent shot and your ribbon! The B&W conversion has excellent tones.
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06/14/2006 08:03:17 AM
I didn't get to vote in this challenge...first one I have missed since joining...but this would have been my winner...well done and congratulations
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06/14/2006 06:58:42 AM
Great job and congratulations! I love that you didn't bother stopping in the 6's and just went ahead and jumped into the world of the whopping 7. Yay!
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06/14/2006 06:34:32 AM
best and most worthy ribbon winner in a while
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06/14/2006 06:30:42 AM
exquisite
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06/14/2006 06:28:07 AM
this is great congrats on the well deserved ribbon...
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06/14/2006 02:54:30 AM
Outstanding! Kuddos on the choice of B&W over color. It works great here.
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06/14/2006 02:01:44 AM
Great moment. Congrats on the ribbon.
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06/14/2006 01:53:49 AM
Great photo! Wow!
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06/14/2006 12:45:26 AM
Congratulations! It was one of my favorites!
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06/14/2006 12:36:54 AM
Excellent capture! Congratulations on your blue ribbon!
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06/14/2006 12:28:29 AM
Wow, my first ribbon. Thanks to everyone for all the great comments and votes.

The pic was taken at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. I shoot there as often as possible, always fighting the low lighting. Usually the whale sharks stay at the top of the tank, so I was happy when this one dove down. All the fish fell into place and I was lucky to capture such a dynamic compostion.

Editting consisited of:
Raw conversion
Cropping
Levels
Shadow / Highlight
Curves
Brightness / Contrast
USM
Neat Image
Channel Mixer

A lot of people commented on the choice of B&W over color. Originally I was going to use a color image, but the color actually seemd to detract from the strength of the tonal range and compostion, so I decided to go B&W.

Thanks again!

Message edited by author 2006-06-14 01:44:35.
06/14/2006 12:14:25 AM
Terrific! Simply breathtaking! Light is perfect, and the composition works so well. I'd be proud with a photo like this! Congratulations with the bluey!
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06/14/2006 12:13:39 AM
Wow, Wow, Wow! I didn't get a chance to look at this challenge but I'm so glad this won a ribbon, because I would be kicking myself for missing this. What I want to know is how long you had to sit there until this fantastic scene presented itself so wonderfully to you? I love this aquarium and now will have to go back and plant myself in this very spot to see if I could be so lucky as to get half a good a shot as this one. Congrats on your blue ribbon and into my favorites this goes!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/13/2006 05:48:33 PM
Great shot. A pity about the two heads in the foreground that mar the composition.
The choice of black and white was a clever one, since the various groupings of fish create bands of tone (tightly grouped lower fish, one large shark and looser group of rays above) that probably wouldn't be revealed as easily in colour. Plus the silhouette of the viewers at the bottom of the tank is strengthened without colour.
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06/13/2006 05:03:38 PM
I have NEVER seen that many stingrays at one time! This is an amazing shot! Great lighting and detail! 10!!
Hope you put where this aquarium is in your profile. If this doesn't win the blue.....it will be a shame!
Thanks for sharing!!
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06/13/2006 04:42:06 PM
Great! Love the black and white for this photograph.
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06/13/2006 04:07:10 PM
Great shot
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06/13/2006 08:45:04 AM
Wish the bottom 2 weren't in the shot but otherwise a great catch! 9
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06/12/2006 09:33:10 AM
a great picture.
it would be even better if you could have gotten rid of the people in the bottom of the picture.
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06/12/2006 06:01:43 AM
Good capture.
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06/11/2006 04:55:10 PM
I think pic could have been made better if it were coloured or even the fish were given slight colours. Otherwise composition is lovely
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06/11/2006 09:00:56 AM
Wow this is definitely something worth seeing. It is a nice b/w.
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06/10/2006 07:12:25 PM
This is really great. It would have made even more impact if the two people closest the camera were not in the shot. Well done.
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06/10/2006 10:17:20 AM
I was just shooting at the georgia aquarium this week so i fully appreciate just how hard these shots can be especially with the dark aquarium lighting. this is BEAUTIFUL! should have cropped out the noisy people at the bottom. almost perfect. 9
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06/10/2006 07:19:12 AM
What a great shot! Very cool. I wish the two in the front could have cut you a break and left for a minute. They are a little distracting. I like the B&W and the silhouettes of the three people. 7 from me with a potential to bump.
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06/09/2006 08:53:44 PM
WOW! That's one heck of an amazing photograph! R I B B O N!!!
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06/09/2006 07:35:49 PM
great composition
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06/09/2006 03:44:35 PM
Stunning!
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06/09/2006 02:23:46 PM
I really like this a lot. I can't help but wonder what the color version would have looked like.
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06/09/2006 12:33:57 PM
that looks awesome
10
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06/09/2006 10:02:01 AM
Looks so surreal. That is so cool. Awesome Shot!
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06/09/2006 08:19:14 AM
I like
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06/09/2006 07:35:12 AM
Amazing
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06/09/2006 02:51:58 AM
amazing picture, one of the best ive seen on dp, gave it a 10
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06/09/2006 02:14:51 AM
Wow, I really like the composition--the various lines and curves with the fish.
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06/08/2006 08:29:00 PM
This is fantastic. I'm so glad it's in b&w too - the shapes are what make it, and they are shown off brilliantly without the distraction of colour. I'm expecting to see this do very well indeed!
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06/08/2006 06:02:24 PM
really cool.. i dont like the one person in the foregroumd, a little distracting, but overall great. 8
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06/08/2006 04:37:15 PM
Gorgeous use of contrast! Very cool image!
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06/08/2006 01:53:38 PM
Okinawa, right?
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06/08/2006 11:13:47 AM
Very interesting. I would have liked better only the 3 children in the picture tho.
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06/08/2006 09:52:28 AM
I would have given an 8 if two people were not in the foreground... great picture!
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06/08/2006 07:46:22 AM
realy nice capture... but nothing to do with the theme...
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06/08/2006 01:45:18 AM
beautiful. i love that you chose B&W.
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06/08/2006 01:43:21 AM
Amazing !!
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06/08/2006 01:37:10 AM
This picture is absolutely gorgeous!
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06/07/2006 10:47:20 PM
I would never have imagined an aquatic image like this would look so spectacular in B&W - Awesome 9, it would have been perfect without the two in the bottom foreground. Back again ... what was I thinking this is 10 plus.
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06/07/2006 10:03:46 PM
could do without the people in the foreground.
i like the black and white.
great clarity.
good job.
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06/07/2006 09:31:55 PM
great shot!
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06/07/2006 06:09:14 PM
Very dramatic and the choice of tone is fitting. The two immediately below the camera detract a tad, in my opinion, but what can ya do? :) One of my top picks.
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06/07/2006 05:50:17 PM
Wow... How gorgeous. I love the B&W effect. Great job 10
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06/07/2006 05:48:14 PM
Gorgeous. I would love to see this in color. 10.
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06/07/2006 05:42:01 PM
Beautiful. I love everything about this. WOW. 10
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06/07/2006 01:49:43 PM
It's a shame about the two people in the foreground. It's a good picture.
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06/07/2006 12:53:00 PM
wow this is sooooo awesome! i would have never thought to do it in black in white. it turned out great! well done 10
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06/07/2006 12:47:20 PM
Very nice. So much here to look at and love. Great job.
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06/07/2006 10:13:48 AM
great clarity, great tones.-9- if only the two in the foreground weren't there.
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06/07/2006 05:54:32 AM
WOW! LOVE this shot, it´s friggin awesome, the tones are nice. Only to nitpick, I would have liked this shot more (if possible) without the two people in the foreground, with just the three of them standing there but I still gave this a 10 and added it to my favorites, nice work!
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06/07/2006 01:29:12 AM
1-2 Meets Challenge - 1
1-3 Technical Merit - 3
1-3 Creativity - 2
1-2 Extra Credit - 0
Final Score - 6
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