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May 9, 2010
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Shutter Speed
10/5000 second
Focal Length
18 mm
Date Taken
May 9, 2010, 3:23:43 PM
Pencil Vs Camera - 15 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 15 by BenHeine
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A photo I took yesterday in Poland (I also made the rough sketch).
Yes I know, there are no Koalas in Poland but there is one in my
mind, struggling against extinction.

Koalas are in serious decline suffering from the effects of habitat
destruction, domestic dog attacks, bushfires and road accidents.
The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that there are less than
80,000 koalas left in the wild, possibly as few as 43,000.

There is arguably no legislation that effectively and/or consistently
protects koala habitat anywhere within Australia, not necessarily
because the legislation does not exist, but because there is not
always the political will to adequately resource, implement, police
and enforce such legislation...

See the whole "Pencil Vs Camera" album

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Save the Koalas!

A poem by Katie Gabrielle

I'm a koala
cute and stout
listen to this artist
and put the fire out!

I want to live!
So let me be
It's cold in Poland
So set me free!

How would you feel
If you were gone
And nobody cared
for very long.

I cannot speak
Koala bear
Just know
I'm here
And that I care.
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So this is my first time with critiques, but there is a first for everything so lets have a go at it. I saw this picture about 3 months ago and was like "How in the world does he do that?!" Well I am serious. Koalas are my favorite animal and just to see that someone has the same view about their endangeredment (is that a word?) as me really hits me hard. I personally respect your originality and seriously credit you on your view of the matter. I seriously am not just putting 5 stars for everything because I can, I mean it. I love this piece and it probably is one of my favorite that I have ever seen on the web. Keep up the good work (:
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Cartcoon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hurry smokey the bear save him
FLA-02 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is just sad.

Koalas are my favorite animal and this piece of art just gets to me because I recognize the danger that koalas are in. It would be most unfortunate if they became extinct.
AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your pencil vs camera works, but this one to me is sad, it reminds me of a koala rescued after the fires (which devastated us in 2009) it has brang back a memmory, i cant remeber what they called the koala!
Very well done!
Ink-Splashy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your work and how you have even used this to your advantage. You have many watchers and this has got a great message across. Save the koalas! No one told me they were under threat untill I found this. You are a big inspiration for me. Because I draw and capture photo's for a hobby. I may not have been doing it for as long as you, but I know good art and photography when I see it.

In short-if you don't want to read the whole message-keep up the good work. :)

PurpleLuverForever Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wouldn't it suck, if like, the picture burned before you could get a picture? I really hope you made a copy otherwise!
GwendolynTennyson1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Wow! The Artwork is very inspring & it dose have a very inmporent message! "The Envroment is a very inmporent place in this world! With out it things will die! So Please look after our Plant & the animals will thank you"! "The would dose need more Eco-Worriers & people who care"! (I care)!
Tatar1992 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Geniaal! Maar als ik de commentaar niet had gelezen dacht ik eerder aan bosbrandingen en de koala's die er de dupe van zijn geworden :)
MoonlitG Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
This whole album is just incredible. I am obsessed with it. Omg, it's just, wow.
Underground-Rogue Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Writer
A stunning idea, beautifully portrayed.
Ember-Wolf365 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
This is cute,I like the message :3

but why is it the paper on fire...?
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