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Contemplation
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Contemplation(f)
Contemplation(f)
Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi): 500mm, F6.3, 1/80th sec., Natural light
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Eric Highfield
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    Ack...I'm having a terrible day! My apologies to everyone who wrote a comment on the previous post of this photo... I deleted it accidentally when uploading this version. I truly appreciate you taking the time to comment. Lori and Paul, thanks for pointing out the lack of detail in the black areas of the fur on the previous version. I hope you enjoy this one better. I have the HARDEST time getting photos posted on the web to look right. The colours are always wrong, and usually there is too much contrast or the focus ends up looking soft, etc. I usually end up getting fed up and settling for "close enough”. If anyone has any tips on this that they are willing to share, I'd really appreciate it.

2/17/2004 1:03:28 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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This was the original post for comparison...

2/17/2004 1:04:19 PM

 
Burl G. Anderson
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Hi Eric, Looks great to me. 500mm and using the existing light, sharp and well composed. I could only hope to do as good. Well done.

2/17/2004 1:14:54 PM

 
Sherri Conley
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Eric, I think this is FANTASTIC! Good job!

2/17/2004 1:57:17 PM

 
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Nicely done Eric!!

2/17/2004 2:40:24 PM

 
Peter Dove

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Hi Eric,

No problem with the shadow comment - and its Peter not Paul ;)

I really like it - cheers again

Peter

2/17/2004 10:47:48 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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Thanks Burl, Sherri, Murry and Peter!

2/18/2004 5:49:20 AM

 
Marie Fields
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This is a Terrific image! I love it!

2/18/2004 7:22:03 AM

 
Eric Highfield
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Thank you, Marie! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

2/18/2004 7:42:44 PM

 
Lonnie Gatlin

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Simply FABULOUS! Wow. This is a WINNER! I would buy this photo!

2/18/2004 7:54:56 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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WOW, Lonnie! I'm flattered! Thanks so much for such a GENEROUS comment. I'm fond of this one too... had it printed on a T-shirt as StoneHorse Studios "logowear" to advertise my site when I’m out taking photos. All I need now is summer weather to wear it in (or have jackets made). Thanks again!!!

2/19/2004 12:58:56 PM

 
Lois Lynn

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Just great. Congratulations, such a beautiful photo.

2/23/2004 8:17:36 AM

 
Eric Highfield
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Thanks, Lois! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

2/23/2004 11:40:02 AM

 
Marie Fields
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Congratulations, Eric! Just love this image! Good luck!

3/19/2004 5:20:57 AM

 
Jill Battaglia
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Excellent!!! Congrats! This is a real winner in my book! :-)

3/19/2004 5:46:10 AM

 
Kelly Abernathy
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Congrats again on the finals. Love this image. -K

3/19/2004 6:02:01 AM

 
Gary O`Dell

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Great Image Eric..and another Congratulations..Gary O

3/19/2004 7:05:08 AM

 
Gen Nagase
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Many congratulations, Eric!!!

3/19/2004 8:54:31 AM

 
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Congrats Eric on a terrific finalist!!

3/19/2004 10:16:56 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congrats, Eric!!!

3/19/2004 10:48:28 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Wonderful capture Eric -- many congrats!

3/19/2004 2:26:10 PM

 
Allan L. Whitehead
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Congratulations on this one, Eric. I don't know how I missed it when it was first posted. Well done and good luck - Allan

3/19/2004 2:32:55 PM

 
William C. Raco
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What a great expression and pose.
Sure looks like you got it right, Eric.
Congratulations,

bill

3/19/2004 5:46:55 PM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats!...wonderful

3/19/2004 7:20:49 PM

 
Mark Byer

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Congratulations Eric! This is just a terrific shot. The detail is wonderful! This is a well deserved finalist.

3/19/2004 7:55:58 PM

 
Cindy Cone
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This is wonderful, Eric! I missed it somehow earlier. Congrats!

3/19/2004 8:49:37 PM

 
Jean Papo
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Eric, This is such an amazing shot in so many ways. So tack sharp, such a great contemplative pose, such a great composition! And the framing is the icing on the cake!!!! I'll bet you love that 500 mm lens! You do great things with it!!!!! Great work, Eric!!!

3/20/2004 7:26:59 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Big congrats Eric - cool shot!!

3/20/2004 10:04:00 AM

 
Eric Highfield
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Marie, Jill, K, Gary, Nobi, Murry, Colette, Susan, Allan, William, Cathy, Mark, Cindy, Jean & Karen, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!! I really appreciate all of your support and encouragement!

Jean - it's actually a Sigma 50-500mm EX, and it's a great bargain for the money (of course this is always relative when talking about camera equipment!). It sounded too good to be true, and they gave me a 14 day tryout period with a hassle free return policy. Needless to say it never went back. It's performed beyond my expectations at the 300-500mm range, good in the 200's and average (at best)in the short ranges. That's fine with me; I'd rather use my MUCH smaller & lighter lenses for the shorter ranges anyway. For super-telephoto work, it's a real gem!

Bill - actually I did still fiddle with this image after the close of the Feb competition in(vain)effort to get the web version to look closer to the Master file. The final version that I had decided on is not this one, and is posted here, if you're interested:


http://www.stonehorsestudios.com/-/stonehorsestudios/detail.asp?photoID=307237&cat=3233

3/20/2004 1:49:39 PM

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison

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Great photo! Congrats!

3/21/2004 6:00:03 AM

 
Eric Highfield
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Thanks so much, Mette! I'm thrilled that this one was so well received!!

3/21/2004 9:02:50 AM

 
Muhie Kanawati
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Nice capture....very sharp.

3/6/2005 8:13:18 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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Thank you, Muhie!

3/7/2005 6:07:08 AM

 
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