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The Little Weaver
The Little Weaver
HarveyG


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Challenge: Free Study 2012-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Lake Panic Bird Hide, Kruger National Park, RSA
Date: Aug 12, 2012
Aperture: f/6.7
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/500s
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2012

Finally the elusive 7! So close yet so far for a FS ribbon but I'll take the FS PB. Thank you all for the votes of confidence in a wildlife image and most importantly your very valued comments. Would you believe I got a validation request and 1x.com rejected it! LOL.
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A (m) Village Weaver to be precise (Ploceus cucullatus) previously known as the Spotted-backed Weaver or Black-headed Weaver.

Shot in the wild at our world renowned Kruger National Park, a 4 day round trip from my home in Johannesburg. I didn't go there for the weavers, as I get them at home too however the opportunities are more frequent. I'm very chuffed with this. They are so busy flying in and out tearing strips off reeds from which to weave their nest. They do not hold still for very long at all. Bird togs hopefully will vote this at least a 7 based on technicals and difficulty but more importantly comment. Non birders will vote 6 or less? I should be so lucky to get 6's in a FS :) Studio, architecture and landscape shots will no doubt trounce it :)

This image is copyrighted 2012 by Harvey Grohmann. Duplication, publication, copying is strictly forbidden and protected by law. To obtain pricing and consent contact me via Photocommission.com or purchase a Print by clicking the link above.

NEF>TIFF, Crop (In order to have any chance it had to fill the frame, be bright and colourful), TopazLabs Adj 5, Protect Highlights and Shadows, Sharpen Radius 50, Sharpen 1.00, Boost Saturation, DeNoise5, Dodge Red Ring in Eye and Catchlight, Resize, SFW

From a 6.5x start it peaked at 7.28 shortly before roll-over.

Outtakes (uncropped) the frames before & after my submission:
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to see what they make from the strips; a nest in my garden in 2009
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Statistics
Place: 4 out of 246
Avg (all users): 7.1429
Avg (commenters): 8.8667
Avg (participants): 7.0112
Avg (non-participants): 7.5333
Views since voting: 2388
Views during voting: 199
Votes: 119
Comments: 36
Favorites: 3 (view)


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09/17/2012 10:03:45 PM
Also lovely! :)
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09/13/2012 10:23:48 PM
What a stunning shot! Congrats on 4th Harvey.
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09/12/2012 06:05:35 PM
Wonderful capture, the detail is amazing!
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09/12/2012 09:52:51 AM
OneX.com is not a measure of a photograph's quality or appeal...a bunch of snobs IMHO ! This is wildlife photography at it's best- congrats to you !
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09/11/2012 09:57:57 AM
Fine, fine image, Harvey. Got a 9 from me...
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09/11/2012 05:31:10 AM
WoW this is brilliant - Congratulations on a well deserved placing in Free Study.
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09/09/2012 07:09:53 AM
Congrats Harvey on a 7+ score. Great shot and just missing out on a ribbon but at the rate you are now going in the FS..it will be comming soon I know. HM a great honour still and well...1x? whats that? Their loss :)
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09/08/2012 03:59:14 PM
wow, this is amazing. i love it. congratulations on the great placement.
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09/08/2012 01:19:49 PM
Sjoe, dit was amper! Darem 'n perfekte foto, daai oog is eintlik 3-d. Welgedaan, Harvey. Whish I was there in KNP.
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09/08/2012 12:16:24 PM
congrats on a great image and HM
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09/08/2012 12:15:26 PM
Go, Harvey! Lovely!
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09/08/2012 11:07:03 AM
Congrats on the score and the 4th Harvey
In a few days/weeks you can shoot them in Jhb too - no need to go to the Kruger :-). Next we want to see "stage 2" - aka the building of the nest :-).
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09/08/2012 09:53:41 AM
I gave this a 10 - rare for me. The focus is just SPOT ON!!
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09/08/2012 09:47:52 AM
Congrats on your finish, what a beautiful bird well captured.
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09/08/2012 07:52:41 AM
Beautiful, congrats
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09/08/2012 05:36:33 AM
Wonderful Harvey. So close but it is an awesome shot and I can tell you are proud of it. Great score and well done on the 7 and an HM
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09/08/2012 03:48:01 AM
Glückwunsch Harvey, ist wirklich ein wunderschönes Bild. Schade das es nicht für ein Band gereicht hat - aber ein PB ist doch auch etwas :)
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09/08/2012 12:40:54 AM
Congrats!! Amazing shot, fresh, crisp, sharp and how tough to get so near them. Well done, Harvey.
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09/08/2012 12:04:46 AM
Well done Harvey! I did vote above 7 as I know what it takes to achieve this result. Congrats on your high placement.
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09/08/2012 12:03:52 AM
Wow Harvey, great finish for an amazing shot.
Congrats on the HM!
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09/08/2012 12:03:35 AM
Soooo naby. Congrats on a beautiful image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2012 08:22:44 PM
An amazing little creature, professionally captured.
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09/07/2012 11:22:55 AM
outstanding image - the details are spectacular and that eye is the coolest!
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09/07/2012 10:04:11 AM
Exquisite depth of field - the detail is fantastic and the moment caught interesting. Lovely colors, too. 10 Voted earlier.
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09/06/2012 11:00:41 PM
One of the best bird photos I've ever seen.
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09/06/2012 08:25:03 PM
stunning bird image...wow 9
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09/06/2012 04:22:23 PM
Terrific macro - wonderful capture.
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09/06/2012 07:24:17 AM
Such a lovely image good capture very very sharpe love the colors nice composition love the bokeh ..i,m a fan of the bokeh ..lmao!! ..Well done
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09/04/2012 09:22:04 PM
Colorful little bird. Very nice details and a great background.
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09/04/2012 06:58:34 PM
Wow, this is perfect.
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09/03/2012 06:13:23 PM
Incredible color. Nice shot
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09/02/2012 10:58:43 PM
This is fantastic. Good lord, the focus is perfect!!!!
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09/02/2012 07:45:37 PM
10 - great shot of this bird.
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09/01/2012 11:57:04 PM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

Wow! You captured some fabulous details on this Weaver - love all the detail seen on the wings, torso, and legs. This little guy is a bright and colorful little bird. I also like how you captured some action as he/she is stripping the grass stalk for materials to build a nest.
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09/01/2012 07:45:55 PM
This is absolutely amazing! I hope this ribbons! Good Luck!
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09/01/2012 07:19:23 AM
Looks like a maale viillagee weaver
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