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Challenge: Animals In Black And White (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Date: Feb 19, 2012
Aperture: 8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 250
Date Uploaded: Feb 19, 2012

a vulture next door. the shot was overexposed, so I used curves to darken and add contrasts. I dodged and burned his face to bring that out more. B/W was just a simple desaturation.

Sigma 500mm F8 lens

Place: 133 out of 172
Avg (all users): 5.1364
Avg (commenters): 6.3750
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Avg (non-participants): 5.3235
Views since voting: 330
Views during voting: 243
Votes: 154
Comments: 11
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02/28/2012 01:00:32 PM
Beautiful shot.
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02/28/2012 12:02:18 PM
Amazing Background but soft bird.
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02/27/2012 05:00:38 AM
Originally posted by Giles_uk:

bokeh is a give away to whos this is going off the image a week thread...

Wasn't me, honest :P I liked the shot (7) and it's definitely grainy but that's a Don editing technique :)

Some like the donut BG (circle of confusion), others mostly don't so I try avoid it. The masking, Gaussian Blur is one way to subdue it because you have to shoot high ISO to get decent s/s but I use masking/de-noise more as I try avoid the specular highlights at time of shot. Here's two examples:
My std original: My GB Edit:
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/105000-109999/108580/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1000122.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/105000-109999/108580/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1000122.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/105000-109999/108580/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1001170.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/105000-109999/108580/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1001170.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Message edited by author 2012-02-29 01:26:41.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/26/2012 03:23:43 PM
Was this done with a mirror lens/ Those circles of confusion are very telling.
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02/26/2012 03:03:46 PM
Love the background.
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02/25/2012 05:39:31 PM
Has to be a mirror lens :) Unique bird captured.
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02/24/2012 12:39:07 PM
I don't know if it's the background... or the bird... but there's something not quite there for me. I think it could be an amazing shot... but there was something missing. Maybe someone with more experience could help?
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02/20/2012 06:10:29 PM
bokeh is a give away to whos this is going off the image a week thread.... it does distract on this pic as the feather detail is minimal on my screen, checked on other mac as well
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02/20/2012 07:47:33 AM
I don't know if its your editing, but that is the most garish bokeh I've seen. It reminds me of bacteria colonies on a petri dish.
I'd try selecting the vulture for the sharpening on one layer, then applying a gaussian blur on the background bit.
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02/20/2012 07:42:23 AM
such a loaded title. fantastic.
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02/20/2012 05:31:02 AM
not quite enough detail in the bird. nice Bokeh and crop.
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