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Standing Guard
Standing Guard

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Challenge: Free Study 2014-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II for Canon
Location: Gatorland
Date: Feb 23, 2014
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/640 sec.
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2014

2014 02 23

Converted from raw. Cropped/healing or cloning/added vignette

Moved to Ps cc. Shake reduction/high pass filter/healing or cloning tool/added brightness/resized/saved for web

Place: 5 out of 164
Avg (all users): 6.8172
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.6923
Avg (non-participants): 7.1071
Views since voting: 1200
Views during voting: 180
Votes: 93
Comments: 26
Favorites: 3 (view)

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02/15/2015 11:43:16 PM
So pristine...
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03/16/2014 07:44:00 PM
well seen, love how the white just pops and how much is added from the shadow, very well done
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03/11/2014 12:34:43 PM
Welcome to DPC. Congratulations on the great finish in a FS.

I love the negative space and the stillness you have captures with this image. I agree with spiritualspatula that a bit of cloning on the branch near the bird's head would have added a bit to the composition. Looking forward to more of your submissions.
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03/11/2014 06:46:03 AM
Thank you all for your awesome comments and very helpful suggestions! I am excited to have joined the DPC family and learning more about taking and editing my photos!
03/11/2014 01:56:55 AM
Great bird shot. I would say that the halo on the tail in the shadow is noticeable, but to me, the branches interfering with the bird's head is more troublesome. To quote Zack Arias, "head in a clean spot." It's wildlife, so it may not have been possible, but right to the side to skirt this. Or, really, I think at least the bit going through the bird's head could be cloned. This way, it would actually add to the composition. In any case, a nicely seen shot, the vignette works well, but the bird/branch beard is distracting.
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03/09/2014 05:55:11 PM
This is an absolutely stunning image. I am particularly awe struck by the fact that this is only your second challenge and do earnestly believe that we will soon be seeing your images bearing ribbons.

Very nice indeed.

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03/09/2014 11:29:49 AM
Beautiful capture. Composition and tonality could not be better. Congrats on the HM so early in your participation here.
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03/08/2014 09:48:15 PM
Wonderful capture, congratulations!!
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03/08/2014 09:37:44 PM
This is a wonderful capture. I had this picked to make the front page ... at least I was close with you grabbing 5th place overall. :-) Thought this may have been Wendy's ( vawendy) at first as this is the type of shot that she's been known to take. If you're not familiar with Wendy's work, take a look (she's Very good).

Anyway ... just wanted to drop by and say congrats on a lovely photo and a well deserved finish.
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03/08/2014 06:25:58 PM
Congratulations on the HM Kimberley. 2nd challenge and you do that in a FS! Wow! What a beautiful, elegantly composed photo.
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03/08/2014 05:26:04 PM
I'm happy this scored well. It got one of my top scores.

There are the artistic elements I like here the vertical symmetry the black/white bird/reflection that's it's almost but not really a B&W image. It seems almost zen-like. Nicely done.
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03/08/2014 03:49:30 PM
You are starting off DPC with a bang. Beautiful shot. I look forward to seeing more of your entries.
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03/08/2014 03:06:48 PM
Absolutely love the shadowed reflection - really rather unusual. Good use of negative space, too. Congrats on the top 5 placement - I am still waiting for one in a Free Study, 200+ challenges in!
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03/08/2014 02:10:22 PM
A very lovely shot, I love how everything flows so nicely from the shawdowy effect of the trees to the reflection of the egret into the water. Very Stunning. Congrats on a great placement in one of the more sternly judged contests on the site.
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03/08/2014 02:00:09 PM
Congratulations on a great finish! I really like how the branches and the added vignette work together to frame the bird and the reflection.

Based on reading the earlier comments you might want to check out one of our on-site (member-written) tutorials, Sharpening Halos and How to Hide Them.
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03/08/2014 12:25:06 PM
Thanks for pointing that out, Bear. I was wondering about that halo, as well. There's a little on the bottom of the stump reflection, too. (or the top of the stump, I guess, in the reflection. :)

Those halos can kill you in voting. It probably would have scored a point or two higher from me without it. :)
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03/08/2014 12:11:41 PM
This is absolutely outstanding. The purity of line & tone is exquisite. Your cropping is spot-on (as SC I have seen the original). Very auspicious start to your DPC journey. Only suggestion: touch up the haloing around the bird's tail in the reflection. Janine can show you how (or, she BETTER be able to anyway) :-)
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03/08/2014 12:03:41 PM
Heck of a finish for a FS; congrats! The bird and reflection are beautiful, but the shadowy branches which appear to be reaching for him are really wonderful. Makes the image much more unique.
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03/08/2014 12:00:47 PM
Love the lighting and tones on this one (and, of course, the snowy's are the best birds!!)

Nice capture and huge congrats on an honorable mention in a free atudy!! In your second challenge, that's huge!!

(heck, on your 100-700th challenge that's huge! :)

Welcome aboard!
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03/08/2014 11:30:10 AM
Very nice!
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03/08/2014 11:28:24 AM

Check you out - superb shot, I'm very impressed!
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03/08/2014 12:02:50 AM
Well, look at you Top 5...

Job well done...and it's only your 2nd Challenge!!!! I couldn't be happier!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/06/2014 07:03:26 PM
Nice lighting, composition, focus on feet and tail feather
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03/04/2014 07:57:32 PM
8 from me. Love the minimalism here.
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03/01/2014 12:16:24 PM
great colors lighting composition subject shadows whole thing
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03/01/2014 08:26:51 AM
really nice !!!
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