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Challenge #14 in the Photo chat series. Hosted by AndrePooh, barb_s.
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This is a complex challenge, please read the instructions and the and the comments first.*** Enter one photo that you entered in any previous challenge, which -to your dismay- scored much lower than you expected. This challenge is to find out why. Also give a link to that particular entry and elaborate why it should hav scored better. Also enter a -dummy- photo as shown in the example below as a second picture, see for elaboration the comment in the example. Then give constructive comment on all other photos. Eventually you can enter a second improved version of your first picture by withdrawing the dummy and use that free slot. ***
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Snake in the Grass
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18th place
The challenge was wild reptiles in their natural environment, and this placed 97/100: http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=579757 I know it's not a great wildlife shot, but it really does show this snake in its natural habitat. There's sticks etc. in the way but you can see his eye peering at you, and his nose, his shiny black scales and his red belly. It is a realistic shot of how you are likely to encounter one of these snakes, unlike a lot of photos in the challenge taken in zoos etc. I've sworn off regular challenges, but the chat ones are fun...
Submitted: Sunday, 18th March, 2012 07:21 (GMT)
Taken: Wednesday, 28th December, 2011
Focal length: 200 mm
Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 800
Views: 352
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