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The Taking
3rd PlaceThe Taking
jbsmithana


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Challenge: Free Study 2008-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
Location: Fir Island, Skagit County, Washington State
Date: Dec 14, 2008
Aperture: F8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Dec 25, 2008

An immature Bald Eagle took this snow goose and was having trouble keeping it for him or herself. Shot in the wild at 400mm using monopod Aperture Priority with +.7 EV.

Convert to 8 bit TIFF in View NX set at -0.1 Exp. Comp and Picture Control to Vivid

In PSE7
Tight crop to square
Adjust Smartfix to 40%
Adjust Levels using auto
Brightness / contrast layer at 5 / 10 and paint out effect on snow and background
Resize
USM 200 .3 3
USM 120 .2 3
Add 3 pixel black border
Tweak levels to 253 on highlight side
Save for web

Post Challenge:

Wow! I open up DPC to find my FS entry on the front page! Thanks to those who voted and helped me meet my DPC goals for 2008. It took the last entry of the year but I can’t believe I finally scored above 7 (goal #1) and got my first ribbon (goal #2) after almost five years here at DPC. As for my only other DPC goal for 2008, to get into the top ten of FSM, we’ll have to wait and see if I can jump that far.

Thanks again for all the votes and comments. This shot was definitely one of my best eagle shots to date and a load of fun to take. Oh crap! Now what do I enter for the Best of 2008?

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 407
Avg (all users): 7.4551
Avg (commenters): 8.7500
Avg (participants): 7.5345
Avg (non-participants): 7.2745
Views since voting: 10202
Views during voting: 369
Votes: 167
Comments: 79
Favorites: 38 (view)


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06/04/2010 01:59:35 PM
Holy WOW Batman!

What an image. This is incredible, excellent focus and shutter speed...
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10/26/2009 12:18:12 AM
This shot has persuaded me to buy the lens, thanks (I think)
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01/14/2009 07:05:23 PM
intense.
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01/13/2009 07:35:38 AM
The opportunity to get a shot like this is incredibly rare. And you did a fantastic job of grabbing it. Your kung fu is very strong!

Mikasi
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01/12/2009 08:08:14 AM
A truly amazing capture - one for my favourites.
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01/11/2009 12:52:20 AM
AMAZING Incredible capture!

this has to be published! http://www.naturesbestmagazine.com/index.php?nav=contests&subnav=upload_images

best to you!!
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01/10/2009 05:11:34 PM
This is an amazing National Geographic type shot!
Congratulations isn't enough
I'm speechless
Debbi
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01/10/2009 03:30:01 PM
well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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01/08/2009 09:00:26 PM
Super shot--I can only imagine how difficult it is to catch this event. Congrats!
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01/08/2009 06:37:09 PM
great shot JB!
i've only had the 80-400 for a little while / can only hope i can do as well !!
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01/08/2009 04:36:33 PM
JB!!!! Congrats my friend on your first ribbon and a PB!!! Excellent shot!!! I think I need to learn from you!!!
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01/08/2009 03:32:39 PM
Terrific capture! Congratulations!
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01/08/2009 02:43:34 PM
Congratulations on your Yellow ribbon, this is really a great capture.
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01/08/2009 02:01:39 PM
Yahh!! Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon!! I'm sure you'll find something for best of 2008 ;)
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01/08/2009 01:02:33 PM
Fabulous capture! I'm so very glad it did well for you. Congrats on meeting so many goals at once! Those guts are really well shot. *grin* This is amazing.
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01/08/2009 12:20:52 PM
Proficiat on the 3rd place with this wonderful and superb shot.
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01/08/2009 12:08:31 PM
Great shot. Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/08/2009 11:44:14 AM
Wow. Nothing really more to say. You nailed it.
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01/08/2009 10:56:25 AM
Originally posted by Kali:

Best photo of a seagull I've ever seen! I can't stand those garbage chickens.
Boy I look like an idiot. Snow goose, eh... well, well.
Congratz on the ribbon! This shot deserves it!!!
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01/08/2009 09:45:55 AM
Absolutely WOW!!!
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01/08/2009 08:59:19 AM
Congrats on an awesome pic and a ribbon, glad to see a fellow birder win a ribbon!
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01/08/2009 08:49:14 AM
Excellent shot you got it bang on.
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01/08/2009 08:41:41 AM
AWESOME! Well deserved..
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01/08/2009 07:40:07 AM
Fantastic capture! Congratulations!
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01/08/2009 06:58:26 AM
Very happy to see this ribbon, congratulations!
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01/08/2009 05:52:32 AM
Wow, I didn't realise this was your first ribbon! Congrats, and well earned.
Your bird shots totally amaze me :)
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01/08/2009 05:49:54 AM
I am so pleased to see this on the front page but, no offence intended to 1st and 2nd, it belongs at the top of the pile. I'm adding this truly magnificent shot to my faves, well done JB
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01/08/2009 04:52:43 AM
Omygosh! What an incredible shot. The timing, the focus, the composition - everything is just amazing.
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01/08/2009 03:53:26 AM
Wow, that's the kind of capture most of us can only dream of. Amazing shot and well done!
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01/08/2009 03:01:52 AM
What a capture!! Talk about the right place at the right time Congratulations!!! Well deserved ribbon.
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01/08/2009 02:33:41 AM
Very impressive shot and well deserved ribbon.
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01/08/2009 02:11:09 AM
oh wow! First ribbon! Long overdue. And in a free-study no-less. Congrats, this is just an awesome image, a fabulous display of nature.
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01/08/2009 01:46:51 AM
WOW!! What an amazing shot, JB! Congrats on the (hard to believe it is your first) ribbon! Third place with a 7.4 - that is some tough competition.
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01/08/2009 01:31:25 AM
Originally posted by Brent_S:

Stunning image J.B.- very well captured. Hey, you and I make not only two Washingtonians but two Smiths to ribbon this Free Study- how cool is that? Congratulations!


LOL! I missed that connection completely! Pretty cool.
01/08/2009 01:09:19 AM
Stunning image J.B.- very well captured. Hey, you and I make not only two Washingtonians but two Smiths to ribbon this Free Study- how cool is that? Congratulations!
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01/08/2009 12:49:58 AM
Fantastic wildlife shot, great timing, and focus, the eye's perfect! Congrats on your ribbon, J.B.
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01/08/2009 12:31:57 AM
great wildlife photo. wish the "victim" could have been sharper. gratz on the ribbon :)
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01/08/2009 12:25:52 AM
This rocks, thats all there is to say about that.
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01/08/2009 12:24:44 AM
This is what I call wildlife. Fantastic and my fav!! congrats.
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01/08/2009 12:23:37 AM
Outstanding! Is it really your first ribbon? WTG!
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01/08/2009 12:14:20 AM
I can't get over how crisp this is. Beautiful capture and many congrats on 7+ score AND ribbon!
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01/08/2009 12:12:40 AM
Wonderful wildlife shot and a powerful image of nature. Congrats on your 1st ribbon, one of many to come I'm sure!
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01/08/2009 12:07:22 AM
Congrats on getting the YELLOW!! Nice action shot.
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01/08/2009 12:06:34 AM
Great capture. Well done in all aspects--beautiful sharp action shot, perfect background. Congratulations on the ribbon!
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01/08/2009 12:05:32 AM
excellent capture. Didn't vote on this challenge but glad a "real' wildlife shot got a ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2009 11:16:23 PM
Wow....perfect timing for you and the eagle and damned poor timing for the duck!! What a capture of nature. Is that a Golden Eagle? I'm not sure how you were able to get such a detailed and crisp shot like this. Kudos to you!!
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01/07/2009 08:18:48 PM
Wow, what timing! Great, sharp shot.
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01/07/2009 05:51:57 PM
Spectacular timing.
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01/07/2009 05:45:56 PM
Best photo of a seagull I've ever seen! I can't stand those garbage chickens.
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01/07/2009 04:28:40 PM
Nice capture!
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01/07/2009 12:06:51 PM
Intense photo.
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01/07/2009 04:22:15 AM
Oh my goodness...National Geo quality...what an amazing nature image...adding as a fave and congrats in advance for a top 10 finish I hope ... 10
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01/06/2009 09:06:35 PM
Wow, what a great capture. Lucky you to see this and be able to get the shot!
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01/06/2009 05:06:39 PM
woah...a little more than I care to see, but an excellent photo none the less. 9
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01/06/2009 06:32:11 AM
Magnificent! A truly awesome capture (both literally and metaphorically!) this must be the winner!
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01/05/2009 11:33:11 PM
WOW, a very nice capture
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01/05/2009 04:02:50 PM
This one is dramatic! Great shot.
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01/05/2009 12:47:35 PM
wow you can see the blood! 10
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01/04/2009 11:28:13 PM
Wow, great capture
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01/04/2009 10:54:27 PM
Great capture. Ten just for the luck of getting this kind of scene in such detail.
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01/04/2009 04:11:50 PM
Ooh.. good timing.. it's well shot and perfectly sharp.
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01/04/2009 02:26:17 PM
Great capture. I guess that's an Eagle's version of 'take out'
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01/04/2009 06:17:45 AM
Stunning moment you captured here. 9
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01/02/2009 10:04:10 PM
wow, this will do very well. you captured the action amazingly well, i love the glow in his eye, it just pops.
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01/02/2009 09:23:36 PM
great timing. poor duck.
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01/02/2009 08:54:04 PM
What a great action shot! Must have shot this really fast to freeze the motion and preserve the details you have. Wow! There seem to be some artifact around the wing tips against the darker part of the background.
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01/02/2009 04:23:26 PM
my lord what capture. in a wildlife challenge sure the blue! I don't know if in a free study will be the blue. 10
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01/02/2009 02:45:10 PM
wow great shot, it does not get any better than this does it. 10
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01/02/2009 10:32:44 AM
Splendid shot! 10.
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01/02/2009 05:06:41 AM
Wow. stunning. 10 and fave.
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01/01/2009 07:28:27 PM
awesome capture
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01/01/2009 04:07:01 PM
Hell of an action shot. I kinda feel for the dinner bird.
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01/01/2009 01:04:51 PM
Great anticipation to get this shot. It's an excellent example of capturing "the moment".
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01/01/2009 10:38:48 AM
Wow How long were you waiting for this shot? Nice capture. (Both of you.) BOL
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01/01/2009 07:15:47 AM
Dramatic! Top notch capture.
The sad thing for me is that there are lots of pictures of birds of prey on this site where people have simply gone to a zoo or bird park and they've won ribbons for it. Your picture is a thousand times more satisfying, and yet where will it finish?
Let's hope on the front page - 10
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01/01/2009 01:35:24 AM
awesome capture
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01/01/2009 12:36:57 AM
Wow! Great capture. I have been trying to just see this happen for years, much less photograph it. Well done!
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01/01/2009 12:17:56 AM
Wow! Gruesome and awesome capture!
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01/01/2009 12:07:44 AM
great capture, technically excellent too.
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