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Preening
Preening
Ken


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Challenge: Free Study 2008-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Michigan City Zoo, Michigan City, IN
Date: Apr 27, 2008
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Apr 29, 2008

Taken at the Michigan City Zoo for the April Creative Choice side challenge.

Notes from the post there, title is "Homage to Sandy":

fter getting a PM from 21_F.gif SandyP about her animal shots, I decided to get an annual pass to the local zoo so we can visit whenever we like. We're out at the lake several times a week and the zoo is just across the street.

After shooting almost 300 pictures and only having a few keepers, I know how hard it is to get a decent animal picture.

convert from raw
crop
Nik Efex Glamour Glow (of course)
hue/sat
a bit of lightening in dark feathers
USM
resize/sharpen


Statistics
Place: 23 out of 468
Avg (all users): 6.5764
Avg (commenters): 7.2308
Avg (participants): 6.5049
Avg (non-participants): 6.7561
Views since voting: 1406
Views during voting: 245
Votes: 144
Comments: 22
Favorites: 3 (view)


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10/06/2012 01:16:19 PM
this is Perfection in all respects.
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04/02/2009 10:32:59 PM
nearly a year since this first graced dpc ..
and i never saw it .. !!
i noticed it in pik your fav pic very large and couldnt click on it to make a comment so i had to come all the way to your portfolio so i could .. !!..:)
ITS BRILLIANT ..!!
an amazing photograph and so incredibly stunning ..
i keep looking at it ... it couldnt be any more perfect ..
the incredible sharpness just where it matters ..
the beautiful beautiful soft bokeh ..
the fantastic feathers so sharp and clear ..
that top knot .. WOW ..
about that glamour glow .. its addictive .. lol !!..:)
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05/08/2008 10:11:15 AM
Originally posted by sulamk:

oversharpened and washed out

What ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Auuuuuuuughhhhhh ! ! !

This is just beyond belief awesome!!!!
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05/08/2008 02:29:36 AM
This deserved a much higher placement, thats for sure..... PERFECT.....
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05/08/2008 12:27:23 AM
Such a beautiful photo, Ken. Though you scored well, I feel it really would have deserved quite a bit more.

ETA - I just saw the comment: oversharpened and washed out. Hahahahahaha! That's funny. :o)

Message edited by author 2008-05-08 00:28:39.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2008 12:39:40 AM
Definitely worth a 10..... and I hope this one ribbons.....
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05/06/2008 10:28:31 AM
oversharpened and washed out
05/06/2008 03:26:18 AM
Excellent detail, particularly on the gray feathers. Lovely light for this as well.
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05/05/2008 10:23:04 AM
Nice curves.
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05/04/2008 07:11:05 PM
Good capture. I like the lighting, composition and colors. Nothing in the background to detract from your subject either. Well done.
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05/03/2008 08:40:23 PM
very nice
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05/03/2008 04:19:22 PM
Wow your composition really makes this image work. Love your lighting, dof...and the zany bird!
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05/03/2008 01:07:48 AM
this is impecable
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05/02/2008 10:37:32 PM
While the preeening is an interesting pose, it is a little awkward from a composition perpective. The necks leads away and then back to the body, which lead the viewer in a cicle rather than a clear direction.
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05/02/2008 10:20:59 PM
lovely texture on the feathers, too bad you couldnt include more of the eye
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05/02/2008 04:27:29 PM
Great detail, 8!
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05/02/2008 02:39:34 PM
I love this picture, he looks sharp and colorful, nicely done
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05/02/2008 09:38:04 AM
Almost perfect image. What a pity we can't see the birds face just a little more clearly. Nice lighting and editing.
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05/02/2008 07:37:48 AM
wow
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05/01/2008 08:43:46 PM
Wearing her best Sunday-going-to-church feathers!
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05/01/2008 02:53:16 PM
beuatiful muted gray colours, leading you eye up to the crescendo of spiky bits, well done indeed for an excellent shot
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05/01/2008 06:29:17 AM
A lot of nature photography on this site seems to fall down when the subject is simply snapped as is and is left with too much work to do to hold the viewer's attention. Not here. So much going on but such a simple composition. 10.
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