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Duck: It's what's for dinner!
Duck: It's what's for dinner!

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Challenge: Upside Down III (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: My kitchen table
Date: Oct 14, 2008
Aperture: F20
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2 second
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Oct 14, 2008

This was my wife's brainstorm. I keep Rex on my desk peeking over my monitor, and I recently bought the duck while shopping for the rubber ducky challenge. (He's not a rubber ducky though, so I could not use him in that challenge) My wife wanted to have a picture of Rex gobbling up the duck to use as my picture on her cellphone. I thought it would make a humorous challenge entry.

Pre-challenge notes:
After the pathetic performance of my last humorous entry, I'm not counting on much. It may get over a 5, simply for not having a shoehorn in it. I expect to get some critique on my tight crop, but I like it that way. To me it helps it look more like this T-Rex has jumped out nowhere and attacked the duck. (No toys were actually harmed in the making of this photo.)

Post-challenge notes:
A disappointing challenge. I thought my photography of this was decent and with the humor it would have been worth a chuckle and a low 5. I've had stuff that was a lot worse than this that scored WAY better. I'm really more disappointed in the lack of comments from voters. Perhaps my own sense of humor is a little off kilter, but I like it that way.

Place: 140 out of 170
Avg (all users): 4.3077
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.2558
Avg (non-participants): 4.3254
Views since voting: 648
Views during voting: 240
Votes: 169
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0

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10/22/2008 05:35:52 PM
Hi Steve,

I didn't vote this challenge or even see this until just now. I don't know if you need a critique from someone whose current challenge picture is barely scoring higher than this did, but since you wanted more I'll give you my one cent worth.

As expected here is the critique about the tight crop. It's hard to tell what the two stuffed animals are. The duck especially just looks like a yellow puff with eyes and nose stuck on it, which barely gets you the meets challenge vote. I like the teeth and Rex's eye. It is nice and sharp, thanks to f20, and the foreground coloring is good. Other than that there's not much of interest to hold my attention. The background is just there to be a background but doesn't contribute to it. I guess you have a large house plant by your kitchen table. Maybe a drop of "blood" coming off the tooth would give it punch.
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10/22/2008 12:16:11 AM
I really liked this one, it's funny and the sharpness is brilliant. You were robbed, robbed I say!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/19/2008 08:59:46 AM
Quite a funny take on the challenge, and very nicely cropped and presented.

Not sure what I would have given this had I been voting, it meets the challenge with the duck being upside down so most likely a 6 it is quite nicely shot, although I can't quite make out if there is a yellow cast to this?

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