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Challenge: Fill the Frame III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Epping Forest, Essex, England
Date: Aug 24, 2007
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 25, 2007

Hopefully at least a 6.5 - I really like this shot.

Post challenge:

Its been a long week waiting for this challenge to end, but so glad its over now. FYI, when I woke up on the first day of voting my image was at 5.8 with 14 votes and gradually climbed up over the week, it hit a peak of around 6.9 at one point. Thanks everyone for the votes, I dunno if its just me, but I win ribbons with the lowest of scores. I admit I viewed the challenge history for the last 15 or so challenges to see if I could judge where it would come, I was figuring a top ten. I think the fact a lot of voters were voting down other great shots for not totally meeting the challenge helped me along - I didnt take the chance with not filling the frame as I know how fickle the voter can be.
Anyway, in post processing I did the following.

Desaturated slightly in Lightroom (LR)
upped the blacks and changed the overall hue a wee bit.

In PS I sharpened the base image, duplicated the layer, desat the new layer, set to overlay, gaussian blur the new layer and then drop the opacity slightly.

Cropped, add border, add slight vignette. I think I tonemapped slightly as well, cant be sure though.

Thanks everyone! As someone who isn't a proflic ribbon winner its still a massive thrill to see ones image on the frontpage.


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 285
Avg (all users): 6.8896
Avg (commenters): 8.9500
Avg (participants): 6.8851
Avg (non-participants): 6.8947
Views since voting: 8525
Views during voting: 255
Votes: 163
Comments: 63
Favorites: 17 (view)


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04/24/2009 04:35:24 AM
I hadn't seen this one before... and I was missing out. This is like the cow-porn equivalent of the rugged cowboy shot. Gritty. Excellently done.
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09/07/2007 05:49:20 AM
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09/06/2007 04:59:16 AM
Excellent capture, congratulations!
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09/05/2007 05:58:33 AM
I was in fact about 7 foot away, but did use the 200mm end to get the detail up close. I made sure I had an escape route available, although I am built for comfort not for speed, therefore seeing this fatboy run whilst pursued by a ton of pissed off beef would of been amusing to any third parties.

Originally posted by adrian45:

I think this is very nicely focussed on the end of the horn - making a point of it, in fact? However, it contrasts nicely with the fuzzy coat that to my mind makes the beast a sort of cuddly-rug type creature.

So, it makes me aware that 'this cat got claws', as it were. I wouldn't like to be in the same field as this, so you got courage in my eyes - I bet you used the long end of the 200mm though - sensible!

Congrats, anyway!
09/05/2007 03:58:09 AM
I think this is very nicely focussed on the end of the horn - making a point of it, in fact? However, it contrasts nicely with the fuzzy coat that to my mind makes the beast a sort of cuddly-rug type creature.

So, it makes me aware that 'this cat got claws', as it were. I wouldn't like to be in the same field as this, so you got courage in my eyes - I bet you used the long end of the 200mm though - sensible!

Congrats, anyway!
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09/04/2007 10:52:52 PM
unbelievable
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09/04/2007 10:45:43 PM
WELL DESERVED
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09/04/2007 10:04:57 AM
;p
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09/04/2007 07:31:02 AM
Originally posted by exclamationjay:

ide say great photo butttt you once said the only challenge someone from Liverpool could win was a hub cap robbing one

so yeah focus seems abit off :D


I said that? Surely I would of accused scousers of stealing the whole car, not just the hubcaps.

yeah, focus is a trifle off.

:-)
09/04/2007 07:17:49 AM
ide say great photo butttt you once said the only challenge someone from Liverpool could win was a hub cap robbing one

so yeah focus seems abit off :D
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09/04/2007 06:36:38 AM
Congrats on a wonderful image and your blue,

Jack
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09/03/2007 09:38:17 PM
congrats. well done
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09/03/2007 06:15:00 PM
Great first place mate - Well done - I love the tones - Love the composition.

Message edited by author 2007-09-03 19:52:56.
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09/03/2007 12:25:22 PM
lovely shot, great crop, congrats on the ribbon.
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09/03/2007 11:49:47 AM
This was one of my favorites. Congrats on blu :)
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09/03/2007 11:11:59 AM
Hey, what do you know...one of my top picks actually won! Congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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09/03/2007 09:16:02 AM
Congratulations on your blue Mark! Great photo.
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09/03/2007 09:12:12 AM
And you were hoping for just a top ten....lol. Congrats and its a great shot!
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09/03/2007 08:43:25 AM
What a FABULOUS photo! As soon as I saw it I knew this one was the one. Congratulations. It's always so refreshing when the voters get it so right :)

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09/03/2007 08:23:20 AM
Beautiful! Deserved blue! Congrats.
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09/03/2007 07:14:39 AM
Congs. My guess was correct you won blue. I did not vote on this image, but its very good pic all the way.
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09/03/2007 05:13:34 AM
congratulations mate. nicely done
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09/03/2007 04:22:15 AM
great shot! congrats on ur blue
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09/03/2007 04:07:19 AM
Sometimes I'm right.. Mr BLUE strikes again.
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09/03/2007 03:22:58 AM
Another great shot from Essex! I'd given you an 8 for this, the DOF and framing are perfect. Great work
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09/03/2007 02:46:49 AM
Congrats on the blue, fabulous close-up that perfectly meets the challenge
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09/03/2007 02:44:16 AM
I'm glad to see this do so well. Great composition and colors. Congrats!
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09/03/2007 01:49:13 AM
I figured this one would do really well. Congrats!
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09/03/2007 01:22:08 AM
congrats..this is a wonderful shot!
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09/03/2007 12:50:08 AM
Well done Mark...is blue the only colour you win ribbons in?
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09/03/2007 12:44:03 AM
Congrats on the blue, Mark! Excellent image.
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09/03/2007 12:43:51 AM
Originally posted by david_c:

Perfect DoF...great grey tones. Top 5 image.


Ok, top 1. I stand corrected. Congratulations, I love this image.
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09/03/2007 12:40:05 AM
Excellent shot here..... well done.....
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09/03/2007 12:18:48 AM
Congrats. I figured your score was going to land you a ribbon and since you don't win anything except blue it had to be that one.
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09/03/2007 12:15:12 AM
Congrats on this awesome portrait.
Nothing but blue for you !!!
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09/03/2007 12:12:02 AM
Sooo, when are we havng the Bar-B-Q? ;-) Nicely done. Congrats.
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09/03/2007 12:09:20 AM
You really like this shot? pffff...seems like EVERYONE really liked this shot. Forget the 6.5, 6.88 is a whole lot nicer, especially with that nice blue ribbon. Good work!!
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09/03/2007 12:08:29 AM
Marvelous, Mark! Big congrats on your new Blue!
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09/03/2007 12:07:50 AM
congrats! the shot is a great fill the frame. Woo!
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09/03/2007 12:01:06 AM
Congrats. Way to go.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/02/2007 07:55:20 PM
The square composition really works for me. The processing is very nice as well. The horn totally makes the shot in my opinion. 9

Message edited by author 2007-09-03 18:30:31.
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09/02/2007 04:29:07 PM
Great shot and I really like the way you have cropped it.
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09/02/2007 01:43:50 PM
This is fabulous. I hope it does well for you.
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09/02/2007 12:00:33 PM
Great photo, nice colors, lighting and detail, great composition as well, 10.
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09/01/2007 01:37:35 PM
Very nice DOF, I like how you took a single-subject filled frame and still managed to have a distinguishable foreground and background. 10
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09/01/2007 01:42:36 AM
wow this is great in many ways, detail,dof,tones and textures...nice
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08/31/2007 10:42:33 PM
Perfect DoF...great grey tones. Top 5 image.
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08/31/2007 10:38:21 PM
I like the composition, this is a great shot!
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08/31/2007 08:48:20 PM
I get the point!
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08/31/2007 04:12:38 PM
top 3 10
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08/30/2007 02:58:26 AM
great color and use of focus 9
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08/29/2007 08:48:32 PM
I like the composition and texture. Well done.
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08/29/2007 12:25:13 PM
Top notch photo! The tones, the texture, the composition are all great, but I think that bull may be upstaging the photographer here! ;-)
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08/28/2007 02:27:37 AM
excellent composition and DOF...
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08/27/2007 10:49:01 PM
I like it. Good color values. Best of luck in the challenge. 10
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08/27/2007 07:49:45 PM
love the crop....nice job all around 8
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08/27/2007 07:36:50 PM
the tones and colors really make this photo - the focus so completely on the animals face and the shallow DOF to blurr out the fur on the hind section work extremely well
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08/27/2007 05:07:45 PM
nice capture 8
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08/27/2007 03:41:54 PM
Love that horn!
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08/27/2007 02:05:02 PM
WOW ! I love this shot. 10 and adding it to my favorites
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08/27/2007 01:06:27 PM
beautiful
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08/27/2007 12:08:54 PM
A lovely shot and a full frame, excellent:)
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08/27/2007 02:21:46 AM
great composition, with great dof
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