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#21 Guest_butch_*

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 06:11 PM

Wow!!! What a mean prank.. But it was best prank!

Edited by butch, 01 April 2014 - 06:11 PM.

#22 Guest_Dustin_*

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 07:52 PM

Now I know why your photos are so great. You are a master editor. Nicely done Isaac.

#23 Guest_Skipjack_*

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 08:11 PM

This is so darn good, that I think I am going to pin it for a bit.

#24 Isaac Szabo

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 10:42 PM

Thanks guys, and also sorry. I feel kind of bad. I didn't intend it to fool people as much as it did.

Dustin, the kind of editing I did in this photo is something I never do in my normal photos. I do fairly basic stuff to correct color balance/saturation and image tone/contrast as well as cropping (if needed). I say basic stuff, because it is in the photography world, but these things are actually not well understood by many underwater photographers. Anyway, I also sometimes remove distracting bits of debris floating in the water column. I don't do anything that alters the integrity of the original image like adding things, swapping backgrounds, or changing shapes. Honestly, while I do have good editing skills, the most important thing I do is spend a lot of time underwater (in the clearest water I can find), taking many thousands of photos and only ever showing the best 1-2% (not an exaggeration). A huge part of being a good photographer is putting in the effort to be at the right place at the right time to get quality material and then having the discipline to only ever show the very best of it.

#25 Guest_Dustin_*

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 06:22 AM

Sorry Isaac. I certainly didn't mean to imply otherwise. Your photographs are works of art and I think you are being a little modest. I understand the concept that you explained and practice a somewhat amateurish version myself.

#26 Guest_gerald_*

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:19 AM

Now, who were those folks who didn't see any longear traits in this fish?
Nice experiment.to test our ichthyological psychology.

#27 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 01:02 PM

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#28 Guest_Gavinswildlife_*

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 01:32 PM

I also found a fish I could not identify.
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#29 Guest_Dustin_*

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 01:47 PM

That's a bearded whitetailed kingfish.

#30 Fisher88

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:23 PM

Bingo Uland! Sorry guys, I was just having a little April fool's fun. People weren't catching on with the photo like I expected (I thought it would be more obvious), so I ratcheted it up with the fake stocking story. Originally the photo was of a completely normal longear. I reshaped the body to that of a green while keeping the longear colors. Both shape and color are important ID characteristics, and it's interesting to see how people react when they contradict each other. It's also kind of neat to see the body shape differences between the two species in this little animation:greenear.gif

You did a good job on the editing.

#31 itsme

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 09:02 AM

Dang, that's some skillful Photoshopping!  Was that a lot of work?



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