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Challenge: Far Side: Gary Larson Tribute (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Norwalk, CT
Date: Sep 14, 2006
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Humorous, Studio
Date Uploaded: Sep 14, 2006

I'm a huge fan of Gary Larson so I had to enter this one- ideally with something original. I came up with several ideas, but when I caught this large bullfrog it was time for a new game plan! It took me a few days to develop a scene and caption I was happy with. I kept the frog fed with crickets in a large plastic tote, then let him go free after the shot (though I'm sure he was traumatized for life). Many thanks to all three of my reluctant models... especially my boss there on the right who agreed to do this during working hours. ;-)

This was mostly Basic Editing (RAW conversion, Levels, Channel Mixer, saturation, USM). The only fancy editing I did was enlarging the frog about 200%, adding type to the background, and a little bit of Liquify on the expressions and frog. Hope you like it!

Post Challenge: Okay, so I didn't ribbon (hmpf!), BUT I was the only one in the top 10 that made up an original Far Side panel! ;-P

FWIW, the mummy and burning aquarium are among my favorite Larson works.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 80
Avg (all users): 7.0702
Avg (commenters): 8.4091
Avg (participants): 6.8710
Avg (non-participants): 7.1256
Views since voting: 5433
Views during voting: 812
Votes: 285
Comments: 29
Favorites: 1 (view)


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09/24/2006 01:32:37 AM
Congrats!
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09/22/2006 12:30:33 AM
Congrats on yet another masterpiece. While your photographic talent is indeed something to behold, I never cease to be amazed by your creativity and sense of humour.

Very well done indeed.

Ray
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09/22/2006 12:18:48 AM
The serious countenance and contemplative mood of the researches raises the twisted comedy level to a high degree. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
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09/22/2006 12:18:37 AM
Congratulations Shannon!

I absolutely loved this one. I love it even more knowing what you went through to capture it! Great story and setup (as always). Thanks for being my inspiration for wacky and creative shots. You never let me down!:)
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09/22/2006 12:17:28 AM
Great concept and execution as usual. :) Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/21/2006 04:56:27 PM
good one
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09/21/2006 03:09:18 PM
GOOD WORK!!
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09/20/2006 07:10:15 PM
Returning for comments:
A gem of a transformation with convincing facial expression to up the humor.
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09/20/2006 06:06:14 PM
Cool! Is this based on one of Larson's cartoons (if so, I'm not familiar with it) or your own cartoon in his style (in which case, kudos, I think it's spot on). Nicely presented too!
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09/20/2006 08:32:38 AM
I Love it....using chemical equations instead of math would have made it even more enjoyable. Very nice shot as well. 8
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09/20/2006 03:54:58 AM
Perfect 10!
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09/20/2006 01:52:55 AM
Great setup and excellent shot. Well done!
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09/18/2006 11:08:01 PM
Good humor here. Nicely done!
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09/18/2006 09:45:57 AM
This is a riot! VERY well done, love it.
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09/18/2006 03:04:54 AM
good setup and execution, frog on whiteboard is too much, crop at left too tight. - 7
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09/16/2006 12:57:41 PM
Love it. top 5 i hope
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09/16/2006 12:32:32 AM
would like to seem more of the 2nd scientists face and to see more of an expression out of them both.

Cute shot though! Love the concept.
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09/15/2006 03:12:10 PM
Great photo and creativity! I vote a 7.
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09/15/2006 03:07:42 PM
Love this one. Gotta' bump it up.
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09/15/2006 01:42:01 PM
Good work. Haven't seen it in his books, so if it's your original idea...Bravo!!!Very Larsonesque.
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09/15/2006 12:01:05 PM
good job...very creative and very funny
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09/15/2006 11:00:33 AM
Coming back to comment... One of my 10's. Very well executed and extremely amusing!
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09/15/2006 10:18:38 AM
Awesome, my favorite shot in this challenge.
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09/15/2006 09:07:02 AM
that's the tickets, lol. Colors are nice!! 8
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09/15/2006 01:24:01 AM
Best one so far, Good luck great execution and thoughtful setup.
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09/15/2006 12:24:00 AM
Great setup. I have the feeling that this would pass even in basic editing. Well done with getting by without taking advantage of the extra rules (unless you did and thenwell done for not making it obvious). 8 for now - I plan on coming back.
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09/15/2006 12:22:32 AM
haha great work
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09/15/2006 12:16:19 AM
Fabuloso! Can't find a single nit to pick.
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09/15/2006 12:15:42 AM
Hehehee. The composition here is just awesome. Really makes the joke work, I think!
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