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"So THAT's how it's spelled..."
"So THAT's how it's spelled..."

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Challenge: Chemistry (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II
Date: Jun 5, 2008
Aperture: f/23
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1 sec
Galleries: Animals, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2008

It was very kind of this fellow to find his way onto the porch of our rented vacation cottage. And, weirdly enough, the owners conveniently have a dictionary in their lake cottage for odd photographers who visit... I thought at first perhaps it is for the Scrabble game... but ... nahhh... *smile*

I don't have any lights with me on vacation (partly because I don't own any at home either *ha* ), so I used an empty McDonald's cup with a hole torn in the bottom over my on-board flash to highlight the "Chemistry" entry as best as I could.

I'm not expecting this to do really well (but of course, I hope! *smile* ), but I had a lot of fun with the guy.

Shadow/Highlights, Brightness/Contrast, Border, Curves, Sharpen, NI, USM, Save for Web

Post Challenge: The inquiry into why the pencil? The pencil was required since the lizard was dead (and even still pliable! A gross bonus for me...). I needed it to hold his head up for me.

Place: 20 out of 62
Avg (all users): 5.6951
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4000
Avg (non-participants): 5.7214
Views since voting: 1614
Views during voting: 537
Votes: 305
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2008 06:55:45 PM
Cool idea. The colors are nice and so is the lighting.
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06/17/2008 02:48:52 AM
I like your take on the topic.
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06/16/2008 12:27:51 PM
Decent pic, doesnt seem relevant
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06/15/2008 06:54:05 PM
I like the very subtle highlight to the passage in the dictionary about chemistry but that I think is where this image meeting the challenge ends. I'm not sure of the relevance of the gecko and the pencil - to me they aren't closely related to chemistry and I've been looking at this image for a while now and can't think how they add to your theme and idea.

Technically this is fairly strong, you've obviously got some patience to make the gecko sit still for so long, or a fast shutter :) in any case, its well executed with the exception of cutting off the gecko's tail (but hey they grow back right?!). But because I'm not convinced that your idea is that closely related to chemistry I had to score this down some and give it a 4.
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06/14/2008 06:52:18 AM
Cool photo, not sure if it meets the challenge though. Either way, I hope it does well. Great creativity!
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06/12/2008 06:58:10 PM
While I'm not sure how much this has to do with 'chemistry' per se (except for the dictionary), it's an engaging, well executed photo
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06/12/2008 12:14:55 PM
he'd look awful cute with a pair of glasses on
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06/12/2008 02:47:13 AM
I should suspend disbelief a bit here, maybe there's just something I'm not getting, but why have you got a lizard looking at a dictionary?

sorry. Good photo though.
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06/11/2008 11:59:50 PM
nice composition - angles make it more dynamic
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06/11/2008 11:11:38 PM
is that the gecko?
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06/11/2008 05:32:08 PM
lol...cool approach, good luck with the dnmc...7
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06/11/2008 02:53:53 PM
At first I couldn't figure out where the chemistry was in this picture. I am curious to find out what is the relationship between the gecko and the pencil and the fact that they are both in the open page.
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06/11/2008 02:12:27 PM
Nice composition, but I thing a slightly lower angle would have shown the lizard off better.
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06/11/2008 12:22:58 AM
Cute lizard! :) I want one.
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