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Precision Landing
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study XV (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Swansea NSW Australia
Date: Nov 12, 2006
Aperture: 6.7
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1500
Galleries: Nature, Water
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2006

RawShooter:
Shadow Contrast +39
Saturation +100
Photoshop:
Noise Ninja with sharpening
Removal of some twigs etc. in water
USM on eye and beak
Noise Ninja to water
Saturation
Selective colour to make water slightly bluer
Cropped
Resize

Woohoo, I can't believe it. Thanks to all the voters and commenters.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 501
Avg (all users): 7.6564
Avg (commenters): 8.6842
Avg (participants): 7.5189
Avg (non-participants): 7.9123
Views since voting: 27077
Views during voting: 343
Votes: 163
Comments: 105
Favorites: 71 (view)


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04/06/2009 04:45:23 PM
This is a beautiful capture.
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03/09/2008 03:41:28 PM
I thought I already left a comment on this spectacular capture. What timing. Beautiful bird in an elegant pose(ition).
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03/30/2007 05:23:57 PM
this pic is perfect, quelle harmonie
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03/30/2007 05:22:44 PM
magnifique, quelle precision !
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03/06/2007 07:36:59 PM
Just saw this. Timing, exposure, processing, definition and we can even see pelican's expression of concentration, or so I interpret. Totally raises the bar.
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02/04/2007 06:29:42 PM
Excellent.
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01/11/2007 06:42:28 PM
Precision really is the operative word here - just brilliant snapping.
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12/14/2006 12:41:19 PM
symmetry perfected! Congratulations!
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12/13/2006 07:25:57 PM
This is one of the best birds/wildlife shots I have ever seen! Congratulations on the blue!
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12/13/2006 07:11:10 PM
brilliantly captured.
well done and congratulations
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12/12/2006 07:37:43 PM
Glad to see a blue ribboner thats not eye candy or another dpchallenge cliche. Excellent!!
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12/12/2006 04:26:20 PM
Dang, nice timing.
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12/12/2006 02:26:16 AM
One of the best picture I have so far seen. Hearty Congratulations.
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12/12/2006 01:22:16 AM
Congrats on your first Blue Owen...go Aussies! Great score! Great idea to use a 100mm macro lens for this
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12/11/2006 09:35:36 PM
I read most of the comments, and I'm surprised that no one has picked up on the fact you can't see the bill, I voted a ten, and just sead I thought it would be at the top, but I thought there would be some comments about the bill, bay be the initial wow factor takes over, and the nit piking goes out the window, I think it deserves to win, it's a great shot, well done.
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12/09/2006 11:55:45 PM
Well done, great timing, great color.
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12/09/2006 01:15:27 PM
Wow. just wow. my jaw dropped literally!
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12/09/2006 07:42:06 AM
GREAT Capture! Congratulations on your Blue!
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12/09/2006 07:37:01 AM
awesome
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12/09/2006 01:18:10 AM
priceless stuff
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12/08/2006 11:58:27 PM
Oh my gosh! I'm so excited this photo won the blue! And even more excited because I finally have enough money to get the camera I've been wanting--which happens to be the same camera that took this stunning image! Now I'm even more excited to get the 350D. Congrats, Owen. Like I said in my comment during the challenge, this photo has National Geographic written all over it. Woo Hoo!
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12/08/2006 11:12:09 PM
This is such a lovely capture displaying confidence, grace and beauty all in one superb capture! Congratulations on your Blue.
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12/08/2006 06:35:54 PM
Congratulations. :)
Excellent timing and capture!
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12/08/2006 05:29:08 PM
wow what a great picture
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12/08/2006 05:00:42 PM
Well deserved blue!
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12/08/2006 04:29:08 PM
Wow! Incredible capture - having spent many, many hours trying simply to capture a bird landing and finding it hard to even get it within the frame let alone in focus I absolutely take my hat off to you for this fantastic image!
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12/08/2006 03:51:08 PM
Amazing photo! Congratulations!
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12/08/2006 03:09:52 PM
Wow!!! I love the crisp clear picture, the blues of the water (congratz on the editing). the eyes, wings etc....

Wow!
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12/08/2006 02:35:16 PM
I'll probably be the one-thousandth person to say it, but...great timing! Congratulations on winning the blue ribbon.
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12/08/2006 02:08:52 PM
excellent capture and clarity! Congrats!
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12/08/2006 12:53:04 PM
The most amazing things to me here are the perfect timing (feet not quite in the water) and great clarity. Stunning shot. I love the tips of the wings.
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12/08/2006 12:46:49 PM
Congrats on your blue!!!! What incredible timing and beauty in this shot!!! Astounding and Amazing!!!
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12/08/2006 12:38:53 PM
Absolutely stunning- great job- congrats !
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12/08/2006 12:26:05 PM
this is soooooooo gooooooooooooooodddddddddddddd.............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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12/08/2006 12:24:00 PM
Congrats on a great shot! Very powerful.
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12/08/2006 10:25:53 AM
Astounding beauty! Congratulations!
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12/08/2006 09:48:53 AM
Amazing shot with unbelievable timing! Really shows that with patience you do not need a super expensive 500 mm lens for bird shots.
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12/08/2006 09:14:04 AM
The wing spread and spread feathers, so crisp, made this shot a winner for me. Bravo & Congrats!
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12/08/2006 08:58:26 AM
Congrats on the blue!! Excellent shot!
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12/08/2006 08:32:05 AM
This photo speaks to me ... and many others I presume. Capturing life in nature in such a way definitely helps humans appreciate a world of which we can only be envious and appreciate with our eyes -and in your case, camera.
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12/08/2006 07:39:38 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon, this was number 1 in my opinion. Glad the voters agreed.
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12/08/2006 06:30:45 AM
This is amazing! It's so clear. I can't imagine a more worthy picture for winning.
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12/08/2006 05:34:25 AM
congrats on the BLUE.
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12/08/2006 05:32:50 AM
Congratulations. This is really awesome.
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12/08/2006 04:36:15 AM
wow... this is amazing.. i love it... congrats..
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12/08/2006 03:16:55 AM
Precision shooting! Congrats on the blue.
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12/08/2006 03:15:28 AM
Precision shooting I say! Congrats to your ribbon!
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12/08/2006 02:22:49 AM
So, so worth the "Blue" ribbon, with this spectular shot.

Not only your first blue, but your best score to date.

I truely congratulate you on this fine image, that you can be very proud of, as I know we all are.....
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12/08/2006 02:20:55 AM
Congratulations Owen! A super capture and a well deserved ribbon.
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12/08/2006 02:20:53 AM
Congratulations on your blue! Great shot... my top pick.
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12/08/2006 01:57:19 AM
Wow! Who the hell gave this a four?
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12/08/2006 01:29:31 AM
That's a hell of a score histogram; no 1,2,3 votes, a single 4, 12 5's, and everything else stacked up virtually the same numbers :-) Never seen one quite like that. Congrats on your blue!
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12/08/2006 01:07:26 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon with this beautiful, beautiful image!
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12/08/2006 01:00:04 AM
Excellent photo!!!
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12/08/2006 12:54:29 AM
Yay! Owen. Way to go :)
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12/08/2006 12:44:32 AM
Wow! What a superb image, you captured the perfect moment. Congratulations on winning the blue.
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12/08/2006 12:28:06 AM
Great capture, grats!
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12/08/2006 12:27:32 AM
Have tried (and failed) to get this shot many times...mainly around Belmont, yours is superb, congrats!
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12/08/2006 12:20:30 AM
unbelievably perfect timing! Congrats on the blue!
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12/08/2006 12:18:27 AM
Congrats on your first blue and new personal best. What incredible timing!
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12/08/2006 12:14:34 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon, what a stunning image!

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12/08/2006 12:10:58 AM
Congrats. Such a clean image.
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12/08/2006 12:05:26 AM
Wow! Congratulations on this Blue!
I'm figuring you had several shots to choose from. ;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2006 11:26:06 PM
Wow, perfect timing! Well done!!!
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12/07/2006 09:19:34 PM
A perfectly timed, balletic capture. Superb. Good luck!
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12/07/2006 07:24:11 PM
Wish I could give you two 10's
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12/07/2006 07:15:53 PM
Excellent, great timing for this capture.....
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12/07/2006 05:39:36 PM
Love this. Perfect timing. One of my very favorite images in this challenge.
I'm sure it will do very well for itself. Congrats!
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12/07/2006 05:27:17 PM
WOW. SUPER SHARP!!!! GREAT CAPTURE.
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12/07/2006 04:34:27 PM
Very nice, perfect focus, best bird thus far, including my own submission. I love the bit of reflection and wish you had caught a bit more.
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12/07/2006 03:23:22 PM
GREAT angle!! Love the fact that you can see his head, feet & wings so well, raelly nice job!
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12/07/2006 01:35:21 PM
Incredible photo! Very crisp, even with lower light.
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12/07/2006 11:50:01 AM
Awesome. It sort of makes you want to be able to fly, doesn't it. 1/1000 sec before touchdown. I don't know how you could have captured this. 10.
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12/07/2006 09:11:45 AM
I will be surprised if this doesent hit the top spot, excelent.
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12/07/2006 12:34:52 AM
The water is so devoid of texture that this looks like a 3D rendering rather than a photograph, but then I look at the bird's feather detail which is rendered so well. :-) What a striking image.
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12/06/2006 02:03:19 PM
Awesome timing! Incredible detail to go with it - very nice work!
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12/06/2006 12:46:44 PM
what perfect timing!!!!
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12/06/2006 12:46:36 PM
Great timing! This is very nice: composition and colors. Not overprocessed.
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12/05/2006 08:04:57 PM
absolutely terrific capture and timing
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12/05/2006 06:21:19 PM
Very, very nice! The bird and the photo are beautiful. The focus and contrast are perfect. 10
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12/05/2006 03:55:29 PM
Great shot. Bravo
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12/05/2006 03:01:58 PM
AWESOME capture!
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12/05/2006 02:09:59 PM
Simply outstanding clarity and color tone. Beautiful photograph!
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12/05/2006 01:03:02 AM
THAT is a National Geographic Cover if ever I saw one! AMAZING SHOT!!!
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12/04/2006 09:37:15 PM
Fantastic capture! 10
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12/04/2006 08:53:38 PM
What a perfect "split second" in time capture! Excellent!
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12/04/2006 02:58:08 AM
a most excellent capture of a moment in time. Beautiful, detail focus and reflection!!! top 10 in my opinion. 10
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12/03/2006 06:11:17 PM
A stunning shot. well worth the 10 I have given. sharp focus and fantastic timing
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12/03/2006 06:00:33 PM
The timing of this shot is absolutely precise. I love it. This is in my top 4 for this challenge. Great work.
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12/03/2006 01:27:13 PM
Excellent timing and the clarity is amazing! One of my favourites.
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12/03/2006 12:35:06 AM
This is just phenomenal :) kudos on an excellent shot :)
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12/02/2006 09:51:55 AM
Precision capture! The stillness, and the knowledge of the imminent landing and accompanying turmoil, imbue this image with an amazing tension.

Your timing was flawless. The detail is crisp and the cropping is right on the money. 9.
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12/01/2006 10:21:27 PM
Great capture!
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12/01/2006 07:21:05 PM
Nice timing on this one!
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12/01/2006 07:05:37 PM
Brilliant, simply brilliant. The play between action and the calmness of the blue lake, perfect focus, yes yes yes.....I love this shot!!!
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12/01/2006 03:23:43 PM
What an excellent shot.....Touchdown....10 from me
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12/01/2006 01:51:32 PM
great title
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12/01/2006 12:14:41 PM
wow nice capture. Really sharp, great pose and colors are great ! 9
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12/01/2006 09:45:04 AM
Beautiful shot (Looks a lot like a pelican i saw in "Diagonal" - it might be the same???)
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12/01/2006 06:35:57 AM
incredible shot! 10
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12/01/2006 04:37:12 AM
Nice timing.
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12/01/2006 04:14:13 AM
Absolute perfection - 10
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12/01/2006 03:32:39 AM
Dang...nice detail on your bird. He almost looks like he's in a tux leading a symphony! You got the shot just as his foot was skimming or about to touch the surface of the water. Fabulous, imo.
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12/01/2006 12:54:22 AM
The precision of this image is striking. Great DOF and image freezing to see the feather detail
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12/01/2006 12:27:47 AM
very sharp, great timing. -8-
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