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1977: the year of the snake
1977: the year of the snake

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Chinese Zodiac (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Date: Jan 24, 2004
Aperture: F/4.0
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2004

Here is 'my' animal, at least according to the Chinese Zodiac. I played with the colour balance, NeatImage and adjusted the levels to get a nice, warm almost golden touch. The background was already blurred because of the aperture.

I like the simplicity of this shot, together with the quiet but restless background and the brownish-orange colours it fits the challenge and the title pretty well I think ;).

I used a 70-200mm as lens and this shot was taken, just like a few before, at the local zoo.

Place: 5 out of 77
Avg (all users): 6.7355
Avg (commenters): 7.2727
Avg (participants): 6.4746
Avg (non-participants): 6.8958
Views since voting: 1962
Votes: 155
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/04/2004 10:55:10 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Hello and may I first say, "WOW!" I loved this shot during the challenge but then again I have learned to love snakes. This guy is very handsome.

Now to the Critique, what to say? This is a great shot overall though at first when I saw it I thought it was slightly off balance and when I try to either divide the shot or do the rule of thirds, it doesn't quite meet either format which is probably why I get the slightly off balance feeling. The colors are fantastic and the background is also perfect for this shot. It doesn't overpower the main subject.

About the only other thing that would have made this shot perfect for me personally would be a more head on shot of the snake, so you could see both eyes or from above actually but that's just a personal preference.

Good Luck In Future Challenges!

DNeufer@stny.rr.com if you have any questions or want to discuss this further!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/29/2004 10:26:46 PM
Nice detail I would like to have seen more of the snake
nice colours and focus
Fits the challenge
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01/29/2004 12:38:51 AM
Great focus, great capture.. Let me guess...the year you were born? I love the background.
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01/27/2004 10:58:34 PM
Nice composition and color, focus and DOF are great. Good job!
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01/27/2004 10:55:19 PM
great colors and DOF
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01/27/2004 03:53:13 PM
Nice clarity and color....
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01/27/2004 10:32:03 AM
Best of the asps.
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01/26/2004 12:30:00 PM
The gold in the eye matches the background color, which draws my attention to the eye ... very nice job. Only thing that I think would make this better is if the tongue were sticking out, but you tell that to the snake!!! "8"
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01/26/2004 02:01:32 AM
Beautiful shot, luscious background. If I could see more of the snake, it would be perfect.
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01/25/2004 09:15:10 AM
Nice shot, more snake might be better
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01/25/2004 07:44:05 AM
nice shot
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01/25/2004 05:36:15 AM
great composition and DoF - 9
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