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Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM
Date: Dec 26, 2009
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2010

Best of, is always hard for me I like a lot, most wont score well here, dont really mind about the score etc etc so this is in the middle, I like it a lot, it may do well at DPC.

My new favorite lens, so handy and super sharp for a 10X zoon it is unbelievable the images that this monster lens pulls out.

Statistics
Place: 14 out of 445
Avg (all users): 6.8077
Avg (commenters): 7.6286
Avg (participants): 6.7513
Avg (non-participants): 6.9841
Views since voting: 2923
Views during voting: 487
Votes: 260
Comments: 45
Favorites: 7 (view)


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01/31/2010 09:46:07 PM
this is just unbelievable - so sharp and such rich colors.
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01/29/2010 01:28:16 PM
Wow, beautiful. Love the colors, bokeh, and sharp grass in the foreground.
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01/29/2010 10:32:08 AM
Dude, you ARE the lion king! GREAT job!
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01/29/2010 09:57:23 AM
Absolutely awesome!!
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01/29/2010 09:04:54 AM
Unbelievable indeed! You have certainly set an almost unattainable bar in animal photography! But I love it. Something to stretch and reach for -- even if attaining art like this is out of reach :)
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01/29/2010 03:57:55 AM
Well done Marac - great pic.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 11:27:08 PM
I'm on the fence about the topazed grass. But the animal details are very beautiful. She really jumps out from the background.
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01/28/2010 09:31:23 PM
What a beauty!
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01/28/2010 08:58:49 PM
The texture in the grass is unreal, and the blue in her eyes is captivating. The best of all the animal shots in this challenge.
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01/28/2010 07:32:55 PM
Very nice :)
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01/28/2010 04:31:26 PM
Wonderful capture of a stunning looking animal. Piercing gaze. Love the low pov, the dof and the fine detail. 9
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01/28/2010 03:27:24 PM
Great low angle and the eye are magic. Funny out of focus background which seems odd and breaks a bit the scene yet the cat is till isolated well. Funny frown on the face giving it a rather odd look unlike what you would expect from a cat like this
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01/28/2010 12:13:22 PM
Perfect capture of this majestic cat. Love the blue eyes. Congrats on
an amazing image! 10
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01/28/2010 12:02:31 PM
Beautiful. I'm sure this will do well, though a part of me questions the amount of color saturation necessary to make photos pop and stand out of the crowd -- it creates an air of artificiality.
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01/28/2010 04:31:28 AM
Excellent take! Though the image is looking slightly centered but very much compensated by lower angle & beautiful DOF!
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01/27/2010 01:59:45 PM
I'd quarrel a little with the seemingly over-sharp treatment, but, it really does nothing to detract for me. Colors are great, pose is regal, and the bg blur is over the top. Good luck!
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01/27/2010 01:31:19 PM
Killer shot of a killer....
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01/27/2010 03:44:53 AM
The post processing furls her brow and I feel it makes her look old n' tired. Beautiful colors and bokeh though. :)
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01/27/2010 03:27:37 AM
good detail the stare is great
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01/26/2010 02:37:56 PM
Wow. this one is going to be in the top 3, for sure! What a great picture, and the light is amazing!
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01/26/2010 02:18:04 AM
One word - Wow.
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01/25/2010 03:57:46 PM
Beautiful detailing, well done!
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01/25/2010 03:41:40 PM
great detail. tonemapped a little?
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01/25/2010 09:34:15 AM
wow, she looks powerful...nice detail...green looks a little too saturated
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01/25/2010 02:44:06 AM
beautiful capture! i do not know if you have taken this shot in her ambient or in park, but the result is great... such look she has! Compliments, i like it very much.
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01/24/2010 09:14:33 PM
Eyecandy alert! :) Neat looking image, although it does have that "topazed" look to the fur and grass- Not that I dislike the effect, just looks processed a bit heavy for me (I think this might largely be due to the somewhat obvious noise suppression on the rear leg, making it look way too smooth.).

Still like this image very much.
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01/24/2010 08:44:59 PM
Fantastic perspective and gorgeous colors. Nice job.
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01/24/2010 07:17:29 PM
I like how you've made the lioness seem to be 3D...excellent job on the selection/masking....well done
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01/24/2010 09:35:52 AM
Great detail and colour. Might have gone with a tighter crop on this myself, perhaps to get away from the centred composition. Love the eyes... they really pop out.

Now... please bear with me... I'm revisiting a little comment experiment I conducted in the 2009-03 Free Study... something like ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' K10DGuy's comments, but with a twist... the twist being, the story will move from one photo to another within the challenge... also, I don't select just a few photos I start at the first and end on the last as determined by DPC random order assigned to me, with a single sentence for each photo... should be interesting... and you're photo is #10 in the series

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The animal kingdom on the other hand were eagerly waiting for this event, and had been waiting for some time.
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01/24/2010 08:33:53 AM
Amazing clarity & detail. Lovely portrait of a magnificent creature......8
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01/24/2010 12:29:11 AM
The mighty beast. Love the colors and the directness of the stare.
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01/23/2010 07:42:41 PM
you know, the colorful, geometric bokeh in the background is fantastic, and makes the subject and foreground really stand out.
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01/23/2010 04:35:14 PM
Perfect!!
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01/23/2010 04:29:15 PM
If the background was more blurred, this would pop even more.
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01/23/2010 06:10:00 AM
Its a great clean capture of a big cat, although it is a little static and directly in front, but then again, its not like you can ask her to move a little for the capture. However, the blur of the background is a bit too overdone for me and makes the image look a little fake for me.
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01/23/2010 01:27:48 AM
I like this although i am not a real topaz fan.
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01/22/2010 10:26:20 PM
Yikes. feels like she is going to jump on my monitor and get me~!
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01/22/2010 09:21:41 PM
Beautiful animal, excellent background, and almost perfect positioning on the green, lush grass. 9
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01/22/2010 05:16:28 PM
stunning lioness! love the sharp focus on the foreground and the lion while the background is blurred. Very 3D effect here.
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01/22/2010 04:37:51 PM
even in this competitive challenge, this is perfectly podium worthy 10
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01/22/2010 01:52:28 PM
Holy moly! If I could take photos like this I'd be rich!!! This is spectacular.
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01/22/2010 12:52:46 PM
Super shot !! excellent technique all round 8
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01/22/2010 11:42:52 AM
Ohhh - I love the crinkle in the forehead - I have that :-)
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01/22/2010 09:06:46 AM
One of my favorites so far, I love the color saturation and sharpness!
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01/22/2010 12:09:31 AM
Bit oversaturated for my liking, very nice otherwise.
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