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Title     Mates
Photographer     darranfranks/Darran (132) Send mail to this user
Portfolio     Darran Franks
Categories     Animal
Lens     Canon 17-85mm
Camera     Canon 350D
Content advisory     G (general audiences)
Submitted     February 12, 2008 7:28:19 PM CST
Views     3,175
Rating     7 Thumb-up


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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from zalahmar/Zaid (86) Send mail to this user on February 12, 2008 8:02:43 PM CST (5)

Your timing is impeccable. The only thing that is bothering me with this photo is the out of focus face of the larger turtle. The bright areas are somewhat too bright and could use some burning in photoshop to tone them down, otherwise, a great capture.

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From darranfranks/Darran (132) Send mail to this user on February 12, 2008 8:18:47 PM CST

Thanks for the kind comments everyone! I'd have to agree that it was a shame my f-stop wasn't a little narrower for this one: possibly allowing focus on the large turtles head as well as eliminating spots of overexposure. But it was just one of those lucky moments, with no time to get picky! Cheers, Darran


From spongebob/Jeff (12,030) Send mail to this user on February 12, 2008 10:34:49 PM CST

Did you shoot this one in RAW? This one is very cool looking and even though it is a little soft, if the exposure was fixed up a little it would look a whole lot better. Still pretty neat!


From darranfranks/Darran (132) Send mail to this user on February 13, 2008 5:29:53 PM CST

Unfortunately not Jeff. What you see, is the original image cropped to size.


Thumb-up Thumb-up    from tavius/Tavius (5,651) Send mail to this user on February 12, 2008 7:41:26 PM CST (5) Early critique

Hey Darran, A Great capture. You got it sharp where the action is. Love hurts, she warned him not to be smiling at other girl turtles. A good comp. the background is nicely blurred. There are some bright spots that could have been toned down here, they are distracting. Overall good, You get another thumb for the funny. Well Done Tavius :)

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Thumb-up    from log/Louise (27,972) Send mail to this user on February 12, 2008 7:38:58 PM CST (6) Early critique

Pure anthropomorphism, I know, but I love the nip of skin caught by the smaller turtle and that sappy grin on the larger turtle---almost like a proud father saying "Yes, he's a pest, but isn't he cute with it?" I know you probably didn't have time to change settings before catching that moment, but it would have been nice to get the "Dad" face into the plane of focus as well as the kid's eye, and also adjust the exposure to avoid the blown-out parts.

But it put a smile on my face too....

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from babs7262/Barbara (747) Send mail to this user on February 12, 2008 7:38:17 PM CST (5) Early critique

Very Cool! Ive never seen a turtles' face that up close. Nicely done. The only thing I would of done is show the whole hand or remove what is shown. He looks so happy to have his neck bitten!!

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