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Challenge: October Free Study (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 2800Z
Location: Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Date: Oct 9, 2004
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 7, 2004

In hindsight, I'm ashamed of submitting this.
he Columbus Zoo has this wonderful walk through lorikeet house where you pay $1 for a cup of nectar and the Lorikeets land on your hand, shoulders, head, anywhere. One time I was there a lorikeet landed on my camera hand and tried to take pictures of his own! This was on my first trip to the exhibit. I'd walked by several times but never ventured in until this time, and was stunned at some of the macros I got. I used one of them in defining features and got ravaged for being off-topic. Hopefully this one will do better.

The title was something I came up with because of the colors. I dunno, titling my photographs is hard. I'd rather the challenge be on just the image, but everyone who calls their image "Untitled" or "***" or something just get voted down.

I think this photo could be improved by having a different background, possibly against some of the green in the exhibit. Also the area under the head could be lightened, maybe.

People will vote this down because of the sub-cephallical darkness and the background. Maybe on the tight crop as well, possibly on the "over saturation" though I used no post processing tools on this. Oh well.

I'm being brave, but I predict a high 5's maybe even into the 6's with this. It's good and I know it. So much for humility.

Place: 150 out of 487
Avg (all users): 5.7773
Avg (commenters): 5.9333
Avg (participants): 5.7070
Avg (non-participants): 6.2500
Views since voting: 980
Views during voting: 323
Votes: 247
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2004 01:30:04 AM
Beautiful. The only complaint that this voter has is the reflection in the eyes. If you could clone it away somehow (beyond my skill level) while leaving the pupil intact, this would be perfect! Awesomely vivid colors.
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11/05/2004 12:55:46 PM
Beautiful colors...great aviary study-8-
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11/05/2004 12:00:02 PM
Great colors and I like the reflection in the eye, could do with just a little more dof.
Focus looks like it's on his beak (is that the correct spelling?)
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11/05/2004 06:49:31 AM
I love the colors in this picture and love the idea of it being so close up. I have two minor complaints: 1) It doesn't seem as sharp as it should be ... perhaps the DoF was too shallow, and 2) I like to see a reflection of light in the eyes (it makes them look alive), but in this case, there is too much light in the eyes and it is actually making it hard to see what should be the most compelling part of the image. In any case, it's still a great image. I hope to see this one up in the top 10. Good luck in the challenge!
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11/04/2004 07:22:55 PM
The colors are outstanding, Clear and very crisp photo. I think it would have been better to not crop ot the top of his head tho
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11/04/2004 11:03:56 AM
reflection in eye very distracting, PS the eye ya got a winner
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11/04/2004 04:30:45 AM
Nice portrait, I would add a little more contrast and try to get the eye more in focus. But cool GL
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11/03/2004 11:26:38 PM
I'm sorry, but I feel like you should have found a shot that wasn't so similar to the one you entered into the defining features challenge (I think that was the one). The angle's just slightly different, but the photo is essentiallly the same. Just my opinion.
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11/03/2004 10:53:49 PM
This is a great photograph that shows off what a digital can do with extremely brilliant colors. Too bad the window reflections reveal the captivity of the subject. In a theater that tends to overuse monochome, I find this one very refreshing and well balanced in the cropping too. (8 stars)
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11/03/2004 10:33:05 PM
Where's the top of his head? These guys are so colorful, and you've got the focus, colors, and feather detail nailed.
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11/02/2004 11:39:04 PM
You couldn't find anything better to enter that an almost exact replica of a photo you've already entered? I think all the comments you got on the last one apply here as well. Except that it does't meet the challenge. lol Can't go wrong in a free study, unfortunately I don't see it doing much better in this challenge than it did the last. I think your lighting was very bad for this shot, and that hurt it a lot. The only improvement I see in this one over the last is that it's not cropped so tightly to the beak.
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11/02/2004 08:37:55 PM
The crop works well in this shot, perfectly focused and brilliant colors. Good luck.
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11/02/2004 06:45:10 PM
Beautiful vibrant colors......
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11/02/2004 04:06:42 PM
This is a really lovely subject. I like the depth of field used here and the expression. The colours are also really beautiful and definitely "pop". if you're doingsomething like this in the future, I find portraits like this usually (not always) benefit from a bit more negative (blank) space to the side of the subejct (in this case to the right side). Using a rule of third approach (subject to 1/3 of the image) usually balances out the composition and makes the subject stand out (plus, studies show the rule of thirds is the most visually appealing. It isn't a steadfast rule... but would apply nicely in this situation. Your eye wants to move a bit toward the direction where the bird is moving and it's limited with this crop. Just some advice - a good image overall though.
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11/01/2004 11:32:03 AM
Nice sharp details of the feathers and beak. Contrast seems a bit flat or maybe feathers under the beak are really that light.
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11/01/2004 10:31:33 AM
Very nice color. The DOF seems just a bit too tight, blurring already just beyond the eye. Also, the placement of the catchlight in the eye causes a problem for me. I realize it may be hard to get the bird in the perfect position right down to the catchlights, so this isn't meant really as criticism - more as explanation of my experience with the photo. 6, just-married
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