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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Hair (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: national zoo
Date: Apr 11, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 14, 2007

Young male lion. Entered him in challenges before - he wasn't well received then and don't expect he will be now. He's actually very beautiful and I love watching him. Not much editing, especially for an expert challenge but I didn't feel much was necessary.

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Thank you everyone for voting. Didn't think this would do as well as it did.

My steps:
crop,sharpen,levels,curves
lots of mask layers with various gaussian blurs and sharpening
more mask layers used with screen and multiply for highlights (eyes) and shadows (vignette)

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 170
Avg (all users): 6.8759
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.1067
Avg (non-participants): 7.1442
Views since voting: 2662
Views during voting: 494
Votes: 290
Comments: 43
Favorites: 13 (view)


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04/05/2009 09:20:20 PM
I love this!!!
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06/30/2007 10:10:22 PM
WOW... This is gorgeous! Beautiful...
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05/28/2007 10:49:00 AM
I really love this image. The processing is perfect for the image.
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05/01/2007 12:26:33 AM
Great penetrating capture to show off the beauty of this proud creature. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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04/27/2007 01:08:14 AM
WOW. Fantastic. One of the best animal shots I've ever seen. Congrats on top 10!
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04/26/2007 06:57:50 AM
you nailed this challenge! wonderful!
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04/25/2007 06:57:33 PM
I love this, love this and did I mention love this??? I actually said WOW out loud! It is going right into my favorites! Fantastic work!!!
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04/25/2007 06:45:52 PM
I had thoughts of entering a young male lion, but I'm glad I didn't now, because this one's much better. Very elegant. Congratulations!
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04/25/2007 01:54:14 PM
A stunning image of a beautiful animal. Big congrats on 7th place.
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04/25/2007 12:07:01 PM
Courtenay, this is one of the most beautiful animal photos I have ever seen. I'm so glad it was better received this time! I would have been so disappointed if this one wasn't on the front page. If it were up to me, it would have a ribbon under it right now, but I'm glad at least it made the top 10 in an amazingly competitive challenge!

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04/25/2007 12:59:59 AM
Great shot Courtenay - well done and congratulations for making the first page.
(Noticed it was the 100-400L LOL)

Message edited by author 2007-04-25 01:00:56.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2007 06:08:56 PM
10... amazing.
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04/24/2007 12:47:56 PM
I like how the fur is smooth and ethereal looking while still maintaining very nice detail. Great tones as well. Nicely done!
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04/24/2007 06:17:36 AM
I love this shot. Excellent job of focusing, alignment, and overall appeal. Your choice of subject matter is absolutely marvelous. I love the look that you captured on this wonderful beast! Outstanding job!!
(9)
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04/23/2007 10:45:15 PM
Cool photo, very dream like but yet very sharp. Well done
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04/23/2007 03:50:07 PM
nicely processed
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04/23/2007 12:33:58 PM
Wow! I love the soft focus around the face and the exposure is just right. An 8.
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04/23/2007 12:22:31 PM
I love this image. It has a great soft feel to it. Hair fills the frame, its a great image.
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04/23/2007 10:55:47 AM
i like how up close the image is and the lighting is really good!
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04/22/2007 10:55:41 PM
Painting like....awesome work!
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04/21/2007 11:34:07 PM
Great closeup. A beautiful shot.
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04/21/2007 09:06:39 PM
This is beautiful! Love the soft texture feel! 10
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04/21/2007 07:36:02 PM
wonderful
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04/20/2007 10:22:15 PM
=OutStanding
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04/20/2007 01:22:46 PM
Simply stunning! Very well done in all regards.
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04/20/2007 11:00:54 AM
Beautiful focus, color, and light! 10
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04/20/2007 06:12:05 AM
love the beard
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04/20/2007 01:18:17 AM
nice picture
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04/20/2007 01:12:11 AM
Striking image of such a beautiful creature. Well done.
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04/19/2007 10:19:20 PM
Oh wow, another one of my favorites!!! Greatly awesome!! Just beautiful! I hope to have me a pic like this someday! 8
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04/19/2007 03:54:14 PM
Love this shot! I love the sharpness in the middle of the pic and the softness around the edges. The vignetting is nice. It really focuses the eye on the face. 9
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04/19/2007 12:40:36 AM
Nice work. - 8
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04/18/2007 10:25:38 PM
wow, amazing impact! I just wish there was more focus there...
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04/18/2007 10:15:58 PM
ain't he cute!
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04/18/2007 10:12:35 PM
Wow! I can't think of any way to make this shot better. Focus is dead on, colors are vivid, composition "looks right", it's all there.
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04/18/2007 06:43:16 PM
Nice image.
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04/18/2007 03:55:25 PM
Ooooooooh . . ..DEFINITELY my favorite in this challenge, and a new favorite in my fav's! What gorgeous, dreamy processing of a fabulous animal! From what I've seen, if this doesn't win a ribbon, then you got seriously robbed! I wish I could give it two 10's!
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04/18/2007 12:30:22 PM
A very well-captured expression.
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04/18/2007 11:21:03 AM
perhaps too soft, considering the subject. . .very engaging, though. 7
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04/18/2007 11:17:52 AM
NIce shot, but not wild about the soft edges.
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04/18/2007 12:24:36 AM
Wonderful photo, PP is great, he looks kind of sad. ( this must be Sandy, if not sorry but that's commpliment!! ) 10
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04/18/2007 12:20:24 AM
Very nice animal portrait
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04/18/2007 12:04:42 AM
Loving the editing. Beautiful indeed. 8
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