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Oh what big teeth you have!

Oh what big teeth you have!
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Copyright: Graeme Swarts (swarg) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 3 N: 21] (373)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-01
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5600
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Crocs, alligators, caimans, & garials 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-15 8:20
Viewed: 4357
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is real close up shot of a Nile Crocodile taken at the St Lucia estuary.
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nice closeup good colors nice focus nice DOF

Hello Graeme
Excellent close up of this Crocodile,
Really intersting subject,Perfect
composition and focusing on the eye,


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-15 10:41]

Hi Graeme
Great shot with very good details.
Sharpness and POV are nice.

Hello Graeme,

What an impressive close-up of a deadly reptile! I guess you can't go too close for a picture! :)


You composed the image very beautifully! I appreciate the low POV! Very good to include the ground in the bottom, just to provide some support for the crocodile! However, there is one thing I would like to add: I would have left a bit more space in front of the croc's jaw! Just an inch or two of space for the crocodile to look into! The blurred background adds depth to your picture and isolates the subject very well!


The colors look good and natural! I haven't seen a crocodile in my life so I can't provide accurate feed-back on colors! But I can tell that I like the glassy look in the green eye!


The contrast is excellent! It highlights every bump in the skin making it feel almost real!


In spite of the strong sun you seem to have exposed the scene very well! Most of the croc's parts are correctly exposed! However, it seems that tiny overexposed areas are visible in the skin and front of the jaws! This is not distracting and it doesn't diminish the greatness of this shot! In shadows, the details are perfectly visible! An excellent result, considering the strong sun!


You achieved focus correctly and controlled the DOF very well! The details are excellent! One can almost feel the texture of the skin! The sharpness fall-off towards the back of the croc adds depth to the picture and draw attention to the face of the subject! Very well done!

Outstanding job! The strong sun didn't stop you from taking a great shot! I just wish you provided more info on the crock and the shooting conditions! Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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