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Challenge: Wildlife (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Vair Pond
Date: Oct 3, 2004
Date Uploaded: Oct 3, 2004

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Place: 114 out of 160
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10/11/2004 10:58:06 AM
Tanx all for comments/concerns! Oddly enough despite the several comments, there was actually absolutely no sharpening done here. I'd say the culprits are several fold:

--Primary culprit was the terribly harsh lighting...stopping down turned the water the lovely creamy blue/black, but...
--Texture of the rough beak/head area lit harshly with strong highlights and contrasty shadows gives an appearance of more sharpening than feasibly necessary...especially in contrast to the soft bed of feathers and smooth water...
--and finally to a very mild degree...shot with sharpy L-series glass...

I bracketed the shot and the darker shot a stop down had blended the heron too much with the water without much contrast...in fact, you can still see the blending down the back of the neck in this shot despite being a stop up.

On the whole I didn't mind the sharp contrast between the water/heron since it really matched the rather mean temperment of this particular one! I've lived in Chicago most of my life and I had NEVER seen a heron in this area EVER...so I was enthralled just to be able to get this shot in a local pond!

Oh well, win some lose some... :)

Message edited by author 2004-10-17 22:03:28.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/10/2004 09:35:29 PM
It seems over processed. Love the shape of his neck.
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10/09/2004 07:22:40 AM
Nice heron, however it appears to be way oversharpened.
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10/08/2004 06:11:47 PM
love the water and its contrast with the heron
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10/05/2004 06:58:01 PM
Waterfowl are hard to capture... they hang out in bright areas with dark plumage... or dark areas with white plumage... I like the composition and the expression... the color of the beak is very nice. Overall, I have a hard time getting past the blockyness of the head. Not sure what or why it is that way, but there you have it. Good luck.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/04/2004 09:15:08 AM
Interesting subject. The lighting seems a bit harsh but overall it is an interesting shot.
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10/04/2004 06:13:59 AM
Cropped a little tight IMHO
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10/04/2004 04:33:11 AM
Looks over sharpened and not so real
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