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Challenge: Animals In Motion (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Beddis Bay, SSI
Date: Apr 20, 2009
Aperture: f18
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 23, 2009

A crab frightened out from underneath a rock on Salt Spring Island, BC. After turning over a few rocks and seeing lots of little, fast green and grey crabs scuttle away, I chose to go with one of these bigger purple guys. They're more likely to hunker down initially and run a little slower, and they're easier to shoot! However, as you can see, wildlife has little regard for artistic direction... :-)

PP: RAW conversion, crop, autolevels, clone, brightness/contrast, saturation, fill flash, resize, usm 2x, save for web

Place: 139 out of 143
Avg (all users): 3.7665
Avg (commenters): 4.4000
Avg (participants): 3.7077
Avg (non-participants): 3.8039
Views since voting: 816
Views during voting: 311
Votes: 167
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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06/11/2009 12:48:08 PM
ah! if only the focus was better, it could have been a nice shot.
maybe from a better angle, though.
hard shot to take, i understand.
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05/07/2009 08:15:08 PM
It's not a bad shot, something I'd hang up in the bathroom for sure. No horses for this challenge?
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05/05/2009 01:33:05 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I'd have to agree with earlier comments regarding the blurriness. Tough situation though. You could go with a higher shutter speed and get this fella sharp. But then it wouldn't show motion. If you went with an even longer shutter speed he would no longer be recognizable as a crab. Perhaps not the best choice of subject for this challenge. Then again maybe there are ways of shooting it? Perhaps a slow shutter speed with flash right at that end of the exposure. (Is that rear curtain sync or front curtain sync? I can never remember). He'd have the blur to show his movement, but you'd have him frozen in the end to get the detail. Not exactly sure how to set the camera up to do that though. (Heck, I don't know if MY camera can do that I've pretty much memorized the manual).
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05/04/2009 01:38:29 AM
Yup , I was right. did not deserve the score you received. did not leave a comment earlier, gave you a 6. composition is good , colors are good. Yes it could have been sharper still... the voters should not have been that harsh.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2009 08:54:09 AM
this pic is simply not sharp enough, looks blurry.
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04/28/2009 10:16:00 PM
A good action shot rich in detail with plenty to look at. A good exposure with the rich color tones. Not particularly a motion shot, it is a good macro that could use a little more focus and a little heavier hand on the exposure. A worthy entry into the challenge.
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04/28/2009 02:48:56 PM
This photo would be much better if it wasn't so blurry.
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04/28/2009 01:58:53 PM
Great idea but lighting is very harsh
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04/28/2009 12:13:16 AM
Nice composition, but a tripod would have done you a world of good here for more detail. Also, a frontal view if possible, is 90% the best way to go with animals, in my opinion.
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04/27/2009 11:24:07 AM
a little out-of-focus?
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