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Challenge: Wildlife (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: Challenge Shots
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Saratoga Lake, NY
Date: Oct 3, 2004
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Oct 3, 2004


Place: 59 out of 160
Avg (all users): 5.8929
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.7000
Avg (non-participants): 6.0938
Views since voting: 707
Views during voting: 285
Votes: 196
Comments: 7
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10/20/2004 10:59:47 PM
A good shot, resulting in a good score. I'd give it a 6. The red color in the mouth is the highlight of the image. So why didn't it top 6? There are no major problems, but an accumulation of little details cost you about half a point...

Shooting a 'common' animal automatically puts you at a disadvantage ribbon-wise. Sure, it's do-able, but your focus has to be razor sharp, and you need a great expression and/or beautiful light (look at the cat shots in my favorites).

It looks like you shot this on a cloudy day, so you pushed the ISO a little higher to compensate for the low light. Fair enough, but the lighting is still kinda' flat, and the higher ISO yields grain in the background. Your focus is decent, but the only crisp detail is just above the right leg- maybe you had to crop a lot, didn't use a tripod or didn't use Bicubic Sharper when scaling down. With advanced editing, you certainly could have cleaned up the spot on the railing. Lastly (and probably most importantly) the seagull has it's mouth open, but that's about it- the expression is still rather blank, and the centered composition is completely static. If you couldn't get another shot, you could burn and dodge some subtle shading around the eye for a "meaner" expression, and maybe a diagonal or off-centered crop would make the image more dynamic.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/06/2004 03:47:21 PM
Clean, crisp, and clear. Maybe cropped to tight, but I don't know what you had to work with.
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10/04/2004 11:28:37 PM
Great use of color. I like the dof. Excellent cropping. Well done!
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10/04/2004 09:41:45 AM
I really liked this shot. Great focus and DOF. This reminded me of the Finding Nemo seagulls. ;D
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10/04/2004 06:14:17 AM
Great shot, subject seems to be a man.utd hooligan, but nontheless 8 :-D
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10/04/2004 01:16:33 AM
Great timing and sharpness. Cloning out the dirt on the bar might have been a good idea, though..
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10/04/2004 12:05:36 AM
You've done what most only try - you've made a seagull look beautiful. Great lighting.
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