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Fish for Dinner
Fish for Dinner
Quasimojo


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Challenge: Free Study 2008-01 (Advanced Editing VI ("Time Lapse"))
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: London Zoo
Date: Jan 31, 2008
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1600
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2008

This is one of my outtakes for the Birds challenge. The problem for me with this photo is the grain - shot at ISO 800 - and there's not a lot I could do with noise ninja to remove it without really softening up the image and losing a lot of detail.

I lost my bottle and didn't submit something else - edgier and more risky - so I'm failing my own manifesto by letting my conscience guide me to what I think will connect with more people.

PP: convert from raw, levels, tonemapped the left hand side to try to diminish the distracting other pelican and create more contrast with the background on the right, contrast, noise ninja, border, resize, usm, save for web.

No preditions on this one as I think it's a nice photo but nothing that special, so anything average in 5.5 to 5.8 will be fine - but fingers crossed it will tickle a enough people past the grain and into a 6.

Post Challenge: Wahey! 2nd 7 and 2nd 4th place in a week. I don't know whether that's unlucky to do two 7s without ribboning in a week or very cool!! Shooting birds at the zoo is definitely like shooting fish in a barrel :)

p.s. And it's a perfect 7 too.

Original unedited version:

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Got loads of nice outtakes. Will dig through them and post a few later.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 428
Avg (all users): 7.0000
Avg (commenters): 8.3750
Avg (participants): 6.9896
Avg (non-participants): 7.0227
Views since voting: 8962
Views during voting: 254
Votes: 140
Comments: 26
Favorites: 3 (view)


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05/25/2008 05:33:41 PM
Very brave crop which paid off.. works incredibly well.. again, so close to that damn ribbon..

excellent work.. might have to get myself down to London zoo and show you how its done.. :)

just kidding.. 10/10
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02/12/2008 12:53:09 AM
Just adore the pano crop you chose for this. Terrific shot, congrats on your score!
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02/11/2008 02:32:29 PM
This is fantastic. Belated congratulations to you for the very nice placement, but especially for the image. I'm just going through your portfolio now and really enjoying myself. What a capture this one is!
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02/08/2008 02:16:58 PM
Loverly shot, not much grain at this res and your shutter finger hit it perfectly. Congrats on your HM, yo kept this quiet'ish. 2 7's in a row
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02/08/2008 01:58:57 PM
You definitely did the right thing in going with what you thought would connect with more people. This is a great capture. Poor fish. Oh well, circle of life.
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02/08/2008 10:15:02 AM
Yup this rocks. Congrats on an amazing capture.
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02/08/2008 03:00:19 AM
Congrats on your 4th, outstanding image!
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02/08/2008 01:49:50 AM
BIG WEEK FOR YOU! this shot is killer.
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02/08/2008 12:56:48 AM
The greatest picture I have ever seen!
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02/08/2008 12:23:55 AM
Congrats on 4th, very well deserved!!
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02/08/2008 12:23:04 AM
"I think it's a nice photo but nothing that special," - no, Nick, it is something special! For me what makes this photo is the eye connection between the flamingo and the fish - a superb capture and well worthy of the 4th place - congratulations.
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02/08/2008 12:12:06 AM
At first glance I was wondering why in the heck you didn't submit this photo to the bird challange, but I checked out you entry and your other bird one is a favorite. Actually I can't decide. Both are such great shots I've never seen. I think the tight crop works really well here and the expression of the fish really adds to the photo. Another zoo shot? (cheater) .....jk
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02/08/2008 12:03:15 AM
Wow! What timing. Congrats on the 4th, and in a free study, too!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2008 10:38:12 PM
I love finding the fish. great composition.
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02/06/2008 02:55:21 PM
7 - Wow. Wish the framing/composition had some variation though. Not sure your border enhances this image.
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02/04/2008 02:06:23 PM
Cool
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02/04/2008 01:27:52 PM
Great capture. 10
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02/03/2008 09:45:49 PM
WOW!!Nice shot!
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02/02/2008 11:06:12 PM
wow ... how long did you have to wait for this shot? amazing capture ... good luck!
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02/02/2008 10:09:27 PM
the fish looks like it is saying "o y!, put me down!" very well done but i wish it was a bit wider.
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02/01/2008 04:35:49 PM
A picture is worth a thousand words, and thats exactly what that fish has to say right now. Some how I don't think it's going to do any good.

VERY NICE!
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02/01/2008 03:34:56 PM
Whoa... quite the amazing shot.
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02/01/2008 10:38:11 AM
HHAHAHA! Thank you for making me laugh, great photo :)
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02/01/2008 09:14:57 AM
excellent catch! too bad the lights are blown
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02/01/2008 06:15:44 AM
great image
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02/01/2008 03:36:43 AM
cool shot , nice crop 7
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