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Coot and Cattails
Coot and Cattails

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Oct 3, 2004
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: auto
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 3, 2004

Coot (or mudhen) at Lake Temescal Regional Recreation area. I had a couple of closer shots, but this was the best one -- in a nod to the hyperliteralist voters -- which showed the bird in it's "natural environment" among the reeds growing in the soft mud near the shoreline.

Cropped, basic RGB tone curve adjustment. Tiny bit of retouching of a reflection near the tip of the beak. Second tone curve to bring out detail in the eye and back feathers. Two applications of USM at 66%/0.6 dia/TH=5. JPEG=8/10.

Place: 143 out of 160
Avg (all users): 4.6000
Avg (commenters): 5.7500
Avg (participants): 4.5000
Avg (non-participants): 4.7021
Views since voting: 689
Views during voting: 285
Votes: 190
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/05/2004 06:30:39 PM
Nice clear image. Coots are skitish things so good work!
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10/04/2004 11:21:06 AM
Soft focus other wise I liked the shot very much
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10/04/2004 11:19:29 AM
Interesting subject. The composition could have been a little more interesting if the subject were off center a bit.
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10/04/2004 06:03:44 AM
Over exposed nose, and lack of contrast brings this done a bit. Don't be afraid to use more contrast in your images. Choice of subject is good. Good luck
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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