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I'm ready for my close-up...
I'm ready for my close-up...

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100K
Lens: Sony 75-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
Location: Banham Zoo, Norfolk, UK
Date: Sep 27, 2008
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500 sec
Galleries: Candid, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2008

Apologies for the cliche. I intended to go to Banham Zoo, where I'd never been before, to capture one of the many magnificent animals there, like tigers, leopards, cheetahs to name but three. Instead I resort to the old DPC cliche of an eagle shot (my second) simply because it's the one that came out best. I will be going back (next year I suspect) and I will get a more imaginative shot. Mark my words lol.

The same eagle (I assume) as featured in these great shots by 21.gif Ecce Signum and 21_F.gif talj:


He's a bit of a DPC star!

Editing quite simple. (not!)
Rotate through 90deg, Auto Colour in PS, save as a TIFF. Then open up in PSP, crop, resize, varying degrees of USM on different areas, some minor cloning on the beak and feathers, some HSL to take the colour out of the feathers, some colour balance on the eye to tweak the colour a bit, and a fair bit of selective softening and sharpening all around. Lastly duplicated the layer, blurred and set mode to overlay (a little trick I learned off 21.gif Ecce Signum)

Place: 17 out of 430
Avg (all users): 6.7771
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.6466
Avg (non-participants): 7.0800
Views since voting: 2198
Views during voting: 295
Votes: 166
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2 (view)

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03/17/2009 04:46:17 AM
With all of the eagle shots in your portfolio I'd say I like this one the most. I like the catch light in the eye as well as great detail you captured. The processing you've used is simple and effective and I like the shallow DOF
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01/13/2009 06:28:33 PM
This is a brilliant shot Barry
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2008 02:14:45 AM
The technicals are good so obviously you know how to use your equipment. However, to be honest I'll forget about this photo rather quickly because there simply isn't anything unique about it.

ETA: Well I didn't forget my comment which was probably too harsh so I apologize for that. Let me add that this is a striking image. The eagle has a very strong presence in the composition, which is stronger than most so in that regard and it's overall technicals, it stands out.

The main reason for my comment earlier is while this is a strong image that can stand out from a technical standpoint it doesn't stand out from a substance/newness standpoint which is also needed for an image to have lasting appeal. Anyway, just thought I clarify. Good luck.
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10/05/2008 03:25:30 PM
Clear, beautiful, well done.
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10/04/2008 10:32:13 PM
Wow. This works well. The nice crisp focus and the clarity of the eye work well.
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10/03/2008 09:31:32 PM
This is about as good as I've ever seen of this subject.
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10/03/2008 02:11:05 PM
Beautifully sharp. The photo, not the beak ;)
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10/03/2008 12:27:39 PM
fantastic details and lighting -
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10/01/2008 11:23:50 PM
This is a great Bald Eagle picture, well done
Believe me, there are not easy to take :)
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10/01/2008 07:04:07 PM
close up is right, that beak is perfect. bumping up your score.
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10/01/2008 09:19:07 AM
now that's a close-up -great work :)
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10/01/2008 08:24:38 AM
A fine close up it is!! WEll DONE:) = 11
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10/01/2008 12:17:40 AM
Great capture.
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