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Averted Gaze: Silver River Rhesus Macaque       ©2012 Steven Sobel
Panasonic DMC-FZ150       4th place, 172 points
1/125s, f5.2, ISO 250, 600mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Converted from Raw with Adobe Camera Raw
Cropped
Detail enhanced and noise reduced with Topaz Adjust
Colors adjusted and light vignette added with Color Efex
Some skin distractions cloned out
Eyes enhanced with dodging and burning
Sharpened
      Extra Info: This was shot from my kayak on the Silver River near Ocala, Florida. This female came down to the water to get a drink while I was paddling by. The monkeys are wild, but not native. There are two stories about their origins, either they escaped from the filming of the old Tarzan movies or they were introduced into the environment by a tour boat captain in the 1930's. Florida is crazy like that sometimes ;)
 
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ysal
Jan 15, 2013
    Congrats Steven, really fantastic shot. Again, those eyes are simply amazing!

littlemav
Jan 14, 2013
    Congratulations, Again!! LOL, like Mrsawyer this was and is my 1st place. +++ points for the kayak shoot, lordy I get the heebie jeebies taking my camera out in my bass boat!!

elliott
Jan 14, 2013
    well done steve.
cheers.
el

mrsawyer
Jan 14, 2013
    This little lady was my #1, but she still did okay in the end! I gave her points for the degree of difficulty (shooting from a kayak) Congrats!

Steven Sobel
Jan 14, 2013
    Thanks for the all the votes and comments everyone! I have an alternate version of this one to post as an out-take, but most of my post-processing on this was minor stuff, zoom the FZ150 takes fantastic shots all by itself.

Jade O.
Jan 14, 2013
    Congratulations on the two top finishes! Overall, I'd say this is maybe the technically best of the entries and a tribute to both your skills with the camera and in the digital lab. Frankly, I'd have sworn this was taken with a high end Nikon or Cannon if it was presented in any other forum. Just superb.

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Una
Jan 14, 2013
    Impressing! I wonder what he is thinking...

evaan
Jan 14, 2013
    Nice clarity and expression. The eyes are especially nice. Makes me wonder what he's thinking. You presented a photo that makes me care about it.

Mepo
Jan 14, 2013
    fantastic shot, well taken and composed. Thanks for the detailed pp information, it helps my learning curve!

hifi
Jan 14, 2013
    Excellent shot!

mrsawyer
Jan 14, 2013
    I feel like I know her! What a great shot. I really don't see how it could be any better! High in my favs.

ysal
Jan 14, 2013
    You can see every hair on her! The clarity of her eyes is amazing.

wrosenthal
Jan 13, 2013
    Great expression!
Edited on Jan 13, 2013

littlemav
Jan 13, 2013
    This is my pick for the winner of the main division... In my opinion, it is the One photo done Perfect Congratulations!

Old Finn
Jan 13, 2013
    Very good portrait, good work.

sammybeckham
Jan 13, 2013
    Pin sharp for a long lens, good out of focus background
well taken

Lo
Jan 13, 2013
    Great portrait, excellent use of PP to bring out the colour and detail.

ellaVic
Jan 13, 2013
    Taken from a kayak? Wow! Amazing clarity and sharpness. I'm expecting her to avert her gaze once more and look at me any moment now!

PhillipW
Jan 12, 2013
    Very nicely crafted image, thanks for the detailed PP and extra information, good luck.

rafinmelb
Jan 12, 2013
    Lovely detailed portrait. The focus is perfect on the eyes.

Jade O.
Jan 12, 2013
    Great great animal portrait vying for top pick.

dogma02
Jan 11, 2013
    Great composition, excellent detail in the subject and nice bokeh. Love her eyes!

forkcandles
Jan 11, 2013
    glad the animal has the freedom to roam etc. lots of PP wonder if the original will be shown in outtakes. good capture as i expect they dont stay still long

elliott
Jan 10, 2013
    you can't get much better than this for a shot in the wild.
well done. (only thing i might have done would be to clone out the crumbs off her lips).
in my favorites.
el
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By Steven Sobel


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