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  #134 Wet
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WET Gator!       ©2013 Edward
Panasonic DMC-FZ200       27th place, 0 points
1/639s, f2.8, ISO 100, ?, Manual, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Increased saturation; sharpened; cropped.       Extra Info: Taken on a rainy day at the wildlife refuge outside of Savannah, Georgia.
 
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Edward
Nov 5, 2013
    Thanks for your additional comments Jade. I appreciate and value your opinion. The voters have spoken and I learn by it. That's always a good thing.

Jade O.
Nov 4, 2013
    eagle1 I appreciate getting comments and getting feedback on my comments so I agree there is always a world of opinions but having read the others now, I think you have two great elements in this image, gator and reflections. In that sense this is a simplified image which should score highly because you've got it distilled to the basic elements (nothing extraneous there). My only guess then as to why such good ingredients don't result in a higher score is maybe just that the size of the gator and dead centre presentation means the two strong elements compete on an equal footing, neither adding a clearly subordinate role. It's just a guess.

Mepo
Nov 4, 2013
    Please don't go getting a complex :-) I feel bad enough already that I can't explain why I didn't like it more. Maybe all us critics should put on some waders and see if we can do any better close up LOL

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mrsawyer
Nov 4, 2013
    Love the subject here, but not the framing.

Edward
Nov 4, 2013
    Perhaps if the gator were larger or more prominent in the picture, being in the center would not have mattered. Still, I am somewhat puzzled why some people are bothered that the gator is centered in the image. I know about "the rule of thirds" and it makes sense for some images, but for reasons I have already explained, I didn't think it worked for this photo. Maybe I'm just weird that way, but the symmetry of this image is what appealed to me. Now, I think I'm developing a complex . . .

Mepo
Nov 4, 2013
    This shot gets my attention but then I wish the gator was not so centered. Not sure how I would crop it though since I like both the reflections and the ripples in the foreground. Not much help I'm afraid, but I do like the subject.

Edward
Nov 2, 2013
    Jade O: I was somewhat conflicted about submitting this photos because at first, I also would have liked the alligator to be more prominent. However, I was already fully zoomed in with my FZ200 (at 108mm), and I did not want to crop out what I thought was the more interesting aspects of this image (patterns in the water) just to enlarge the alligator. I experimented with moving the alligator off center, but did not like the result at all.

You say "potaetoe", and I say "potaato" - that what's so interesting about the world of people.

Jade O.
Nov 2, 2013
    This one I definitely would have zoomed tight on or moved the subject off dead centre.
Edited on Nov 2, 2013

Edward
Nov 1, 2013
    Alligators breathe through their nostrils, which need to be above water most of the time. To me, the beauty of this image (if there is any) is actually the pattern of unseen plants, abstractly reflected in the water. The 'gator is more like a cherry placed on top of the ice cream - so to speak - and in my mind at least, takes secondary place in importance (except for being wet, of course).
Edited on Nov 1, 2013

forkcandles
Nov 1, 2013
    the gator is too small in the frame, but as wet was the theme. a picture with just its eyes showing would have been awesome
Edited on Nov 1, 2013
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