DPChallenge: A Digital Photography Contest You are not logged in. (log in or register
 
Challenge Entries
Portfolio Images
Canada Lynx on Alert
Canada Lynx on Alert
scalvert


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife V (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Good - Average
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Bridgeport, CT
Date: Oct 28, 2010
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2010

This is actually the same cat I entered in Wildlife III, but taken purely by chance. The zoo asked me to take some photos of their new vampire bats for press releases, but when I arrived the bats weren't in yet. However this lynx was unusually active, and positioned just right in an environment that's downright hostile to photography. I wasn't planning to enter, but might as well, huh?

Processing: Exposure and contrast in RAW conversion, Levels to pop a very flat original, smooth some edges on the subtle background bars, then Noise Ninja and gaussian blur to smooth it out even more and reduce noise, Dodge and Burn, USM and spot saturation on the eyes and background.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 99
Avg (all users): 6.9396
Avg (commenters): 7.7333
Avg (participants): 6.2708
Avg (non-participants): 7.2574
Views since voting: 2032
Views during voting: 452
Votes: 149
Comments: 29
Favorites: 2 (view)


Please log in or register to add your comments!

AuthorThread
11/14/2010 02:13:11 PM
Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by yanko:

I don't know what's funnier, you shoehorning another zoo shot in a wildlife challenge or Simms "shooting fish in a barrel" calling you out on it.

Much ado about nothing. If you ask someone if a lynx is an example of wildlife they'll say ABSOLUTELY, but a stray siamese cat would get hammered by voters even if it had never seen a house in its life.


Meh. Like getting "called out" by someone taking a photo of deer in a nature preserve is any different anyway, on the grand scale.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/09/2010 07:12:44 PM
Originally posted by yanko:

I don't know what's funnier, you shoehorning another zoo shot in a wildlife challenge or Simms "shooting fish in a barrel" calling you out on it.

Much ado about nothing. If you ask someone if a lynx is an example of wildlife they'll say ABSOLUTELY, but a stray siamese cat would get hammered by voters even if it had never seen a house in its life.
11/09/2010 02:43:15 PM
I don't know what's funnier, you shoehorning another zoo shot in a wildlife challenge or Simms "shooting fish in a barrel" calling you out on it. Only at DPC.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/09/2010 01:02:24 PM
I was expecting better for this shot,anyway 7/99 ain't bad.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/09/2010 12:11:38 PM
In itself a superb shot !

In terms of the challenge - does a zoo shot really fit the challenge description ?

But then the winner was also in a 'Wildlife Refuge' so I guess it is all of a muchness.

Still a great shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/09/2010 10:59:54 AM
Originally posted by Simms:

Its an amazing capture but you havent really said what this "hostile environment" was.

I explained it on my last entry. The enclosure dates back to the early 1900's (the zoo started with PT Barnum's circus animals), and is constructed with heavy iron bars on the front and back that are difficult to blur away. There's another fence 8 or 10 feet in front of the bars, while a roof and the surrounding trees limit the available light. The only area that allows good lighting away from the bars and any artificial structures is confined to just a few square feet, although the catchlights a couple of people mentioned were a natural opening in the trees behind me.
11/09/2010 06:17:57 AM
"The zoo asked me to take some photos of their new vampire bats for press releases, but when I arrived the bats weren't in yet. However this lynx was unusually active, and positioned just right in an environment that's downright hostile to photography."

So this wasnt in the wild? Its an amazing capture but you havent really said what this "hostile environment" was.

Great finish.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/08/2010 09:59:49 PM
Auugh! STUNNING!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/08/2010 02:51:13 PM
wonderful colors -- love the tongue. :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/08/2010 12:16:52 AM
Nice one! 'Grats on top-10!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2010 11:47:27 PM
Fantastic detail and lighting! That thing looks weird and wonderful! 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/07/2010 08:03:19 PM
so cute! nice job!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/07/2010 07:43:44 PM
Nice detail. Like that little bit of tongue sticking out.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/06/2010 10:29:46 AM
Very nice catch.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/05/2010 02:59:49 PM
Beautiful photo
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/05/2010 12:20:53 AM
Great capture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/04/2010 09:45:36 AM
What a gorgeous animal, his nose is very shiny almost button like. It is overall a good photo.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/04/2010 12:34:29 AM
Great expression! This cat's got something to say and you will listen . . . 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/03/2010 08:53:44 PM
Looks like a display window reflecting in the eyes?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/03/2010 06:56:17 PM
9 - it looks like a painting, I love how close it is
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/03/2010 12:51:50 PM
I am not sure how to judge this one because the square catch lights in the eyes makes it look like it may be captive animal which would make it questionable as far as the challenge so I am not going to judge it in case I am wrong. Pretty cool cat though, kind of wish the top of the ears were not cut off but still a nice shot. Good luck in the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/03/2010 11:13:28 AM
Wow, I'm amazed by these cats, so petty, nice capture. 7
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/02/2010 10:39:38 AM
A bit too much vignette going on here for my taste but it's a captivating photo. Instead of alert though I see sad emotion. Eh, regardless, very nice work.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/02/2010 07:17:17 AM
In the top three for me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/01/2010 09:11:52 PM
beauty
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/01/2010 06:11:07 PM
WOW
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/01/2010 03:26:01 PM
Fabulous looking animal !
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/01/2010 08:56:25 AM
A beautiful capture of a beautiful animal.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/01/2010 12:20:20 AM
This is very well done, I really like the feel of this. It should score fairly high, the only minor fault is the tufts on the ears. They are a very distinguishing mark of the Lynx. I would have predicted a Ribbon here if they were not cut off.
Good Luck with this I hope it does well for you.
  Photographer found comment helpful.


Home - Challenges - Community - League - Photos - Cameras - Lenses - Learn - Prints! - Help - Terms of Use - Privacy - Top ^
DPChallenge, and website content and design, Copyright © 2001-2020 Challenging Technologies, LLC.
All digital photo copyrights belong to the photographers and may not be used without permission.
Proudly hosted by Sargasso Networks. Current Server Time: 05/24/2020 06:35:39 PM EDT.