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Above the Maelstrom
Above the Maelstrom
MaryO


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Challenge: Free Study 2012-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Herons and Other Water Birds
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: Great Falls, VA
Date: Apr 5, 2012
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Water, Birds
Date Uploaded: Apr 7, 2012

Taken during a mini-GTG with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/12253.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/12253.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Neil at Great Falls, very early in the morning. He was concentrating on beautiful smooth water shots; I went for the wildlife ;-) THRILLED to get this Great Blue Heron just as he got high enough to enter the sunlight in the scene. Can't possibly imagine getting a better shot this month ... or maybe even this year.

PP - cropped (although I like it uncropped, too, but I wanted to show off the bird better), tonemapped in qtpfsgui (pregamma 0.697, mantiuk method, contrast mapping 0.1, saturation factor 1.029, detail factor 1), lightened both layers, slight Guassian blur on base layer, merged in Multiply mode; white balance, levels, increased saturation and contrast and shifted colors a little warmer, lightened and slightly desaturated parts of rocks in lower right, resized, sharpened, added border.

Statistics
Place: 11 out of 275
Avg (all users): 6.7674
Avg (commenters): 8.4167
Avg (participants): 6.7347
Avg (non-participants): 6.8710
Views since voting: 1048
Views during voting: 228
Votes: 129
Comments: 19
Favorites: 3 (view)


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05/08/2012 06:44:22 PM
I'm so glad this did well! It was an 8 from me...

*sniff* *sob* you guys did a gtg at great falls and didn't call? *sniff*
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05/08/2012 03:20:49 PM
Talk about a golden moment!!!! Nice finish my dear.
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05/08/2012 01:47:56 PM
Great job Mary; this is a beautiful shot.
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05/08/2012 01:08:04 PM
Fantastic wildlife capture.
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05/08/2012 08:22:17 AM
this photograph is fantastic..the light just touches the bird as he soars over the shadows..
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05/08/2012 12:20:20 AM
What a magnificent capture, Mary - congratulations! Must have been a sight to behold. Certainly made for a gorgeous photograph!
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05/08/2012 12:07:56 AM
You did a great job with this shot. I love the tones of the early morning light.

Message edited by author 2012-05-09 23:38:23.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2012 11:40:46 PM
Wow. Beautiful scene.
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05/07/2012 11:02:11 PM
Great shot.
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05/07/2012 02:28:00 PM
This is gorgeous, love the way the light hits the water and the bird, an excellent capture.
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05/05/2012 12:37:45 PM
What perfect timing. With the rocks and light, almost looks like a dragon.
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05/05/2012 11:50:51 AM
the only reason my eye goes to that bird is the title. the action by itself is awesome. beautifully lit (thank nature) and you captured it nicely =)
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05/04/2012 03:50:22 PM
Love it!
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05/03/2012 08:40:20 AM
Super shot, great lighting.
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05/02/2012 09:35:33 AM
Great capture.

Love the light on the water, and the added bird.
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05/01/2012 07:24:43 PM
Achingly beautiful - I could look at this all day.
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05/01/2012 02:30:52 PM
Nice light and capture.
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05/01/2012 01:12:12 PM
Love the light, great timing by the heron and you :)
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05/01/2012 10:06:38 AM
Very very nice.
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