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Challenge: Birds IV (Standard Editing)
Collection: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Date: May 1, 2019
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: May 6, 2019

[May. 19th, 2019 10:46:19 PM]

Ohmygoodness, this score! I was SO NOT expecting this to do this well. I'm absolutely stoked... but really surprised.

It's funny someone commented that I got heavy handed on the processing. I chuckled because I did less processing on this than maybe any photo I've ever entered. I did do a little clean-up and noise reduction on the water, but as you can see by this original, unedited RAW file (except cropping it to match my entry), there's not much processing to it at all. It was just the way the water looked.

Anyway, THANK YOU for this amazing score! I'm still so surprised and grateful:

Here's the original:
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Place: 2 out of 51
Avg (all users): 7.5769
Avg (participants): 7.2500
Avg (non-participants): 7.9583
Views since voting: 803
Views during voting: 124
Votes: 52
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/26/2019 04:58:40 AM
So beautiful Sandy. Stunning image!! Congratulations 😁
05/21/2019 12:09:27 PM
This composition is absolutely is a pure beauty. The sharpness on the eyes is perfect. The background color keep all our attention to the main subject. Great shot. Congratulation for the red ribbon

Message edited by author 2019-05-21 12:22:47.
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05/21/2019 10:56:38 AM
Belated Congratulations, but I've had a good excuse. I thought this was a very beautiful entry.
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05/21/2019 08:28:58 AM
Sandy, this is so, so beautiful. The background looks as if it's been stroked by silver feathers. There are so many beauties in this challenge, yours is my favourite.
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05/20/2019 06:02:45 PM
My favorite of the challenge. Congrats on a beautiful image.
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05/20/2019 11:29:34 AM
*gasp* Sandy!

You use that camera just as if it were part of your mind. Simple as thinking about it and you come up with a stunning image!

You're amazing!

Congratulations on this RIBBON!

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05/20/2019 11:16:40 AM
Originally posted by vawendy:

Is that a cattle egret?

We just call them snow egrets. I'm not anything close to a bird expert tho. I just find them beautiful and graceful and there are hundreds of them nesting over the river right now, so I have an annual field trip to the trees they call home during this time of year and try to get my next favorite image of them.
05/20/2019 09:22:37 AM
I knew the water looked like that. I've seen it before, too. :)

It's just that the denoising left it a little too smooth. I think a bit of grain coming through would look a little more real?

Congrats!! Awesome score!! Is that a cattle egret?
05/20/2019 04:33:07 AM
Outstanding photography! Congrats!
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05/20/2019 12:33:15 AM
and ps .. not a single vote under 6 .. thats probably a first in dpc .. lol .. !!! .. must be those angels looking out for you .. xx

Message edited by author 2019-05-20 00:33:31.
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05/20/2019 12:32:29 AM
hey Sandy .. CONGRATULATIONS .. !!!!! ...
i'm so glad you got a ribbon for this outstanding photo ..
AND got on your profile page ... which is quite an achievement in this day and age in dpc ...
just wonderful .. i'm so happy for you .. xxxxx
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/19/2019 11:49:33 PM
Very cool. Should do well.
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05/19/2019 09:59:05 PM
It seems a little heavy handed on the processing or the water (and you missed a grainy area behind the tail), but nice catch!
05/19/2019 08:36:25 PM
forever searching - and in marvelous elegance
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05/19/2019 03:24:35 PM
Stunning, with sharpness in all the right places complemented by the softness of the water.
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05/13/2019 06:02:41 AM
SERIOUSLY .. !! .. so i've seen three pics that could ribbon .. this makes four .. !! .. amazing shot .. the sort of photo that makes me jealous .. capturing a bird in flight .. i've tried and it was quite challenging .. so i know its not easy ...
but whether its an easy or difficult shot .. this is magic anyway .. tack sharp .. and beautiful .. love it ..
i'm not voting yet . :)

oh ps .. the water .. just adds another dimension of awesomeness to this already amazing shot .. the silver ripples .. gorgeous .. :)
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05/13/2019 12:39:22 AM
Magnificent. The painterly treatment really works. What's with the other leg...?
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