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I know its around here somewhere, I can smell it...
I know its around here somewhere, I can smell it...

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Duotones III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Sony DSC-H9
Location: Elizabeth, Colorado
Date: Nov 5, 2007
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 5, 2007

Taken in my backyard, I was actually trying to photograph some birds when this little feller showed up.

Place: 240 out of 295
Avg (all users): 5.1043
Avg (commenters): 5.7143
Avg (participants): 5.0841
Avg (non-participants): 5.1429
Views since voting: 925
Views during voting: 222
Votes: 163
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/18/2007 07:17:08 PM
Gorgeous greenery, which is now grayery, but it's even more gorgeous that way. The squirrel seems to be worshiping it.
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11/16/2007 10:46:31 PM
The background is very busy and for me makes this image feel a little cluttered. Perhaps a different DOF?
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11/15/2007 11:46:21 AM
Great composition and B&W conversion.
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11/14/2007 05:38:01 PM
For me, the background overpowers the subject.
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11/13/2007 02:12:26 PM
It's a nice shot but I keep thinking how it would look in colour...
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11/13/2007 09:19:25 AM
Nice picture but I think for this challenge there are a few things that voters may vote down for.
1. This is B&W and there is an argument that a B&W is not a Duotone image. This could be argued for weeks and I doubt that an agreement would be reached.
2. The shadow on the animal's face means we are drawn to the tree at the right and not to the animal, which we should be.
3. I feel the shadow is also hiding the area in the image that is sharpest. Overall the image feels soft and lacking sharpness but from what I can tell the focus is on the little fellas face - we just can't tell due to the shadows.
4. The border seems wrong. The top and left are against the edge of the image but what happened to the bottom and right? I find the best way to add a border is to resize your image smaller than the final size and then increase the canvas size with the border colour.

As an image goes it is good, I'd vote is middle of the road on it's own merits, the lighting is the biggest issue for me. You may also like to try a portrait crop that covers the left half of the image as that may direct viewers to the animal more.
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11/13/2007 09:15:48 AM
Cute shot and nicely composed to my eye.
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11/12/2007 05:18:02 AM
Background too distracting
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