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(Atlantic) Puffin
1st Place(Atlantic) Puffin
Gauti


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Challenge: Birds (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Ingólfshöfði, SE Iceland
Date: Jun 10, 2005
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 12, 2005

This is one of a series of this particular puffin, camera held at arms length in front of me and trying to guess the focus through the distant viewfinder. That way I could get the front end of lens withing about 1m (3ft) if bird without scaring it off.
Unfortunately the very top of the head is cut off, as commenters will surely comment on.
300 F4L + 1.4 TC = 420/F5.6 handheld, gotta love that lens.
Might post some outtakes after challenge, if you ask me nicely :)
Some adj of hue/sat, levels, local contrast USM and extra USM on eye.
I'm hoping to best my top score (6.761) with this, how can you not like this photo?

*** Post challenge ***
Thank you all for your nice comments and good votes.

Some outtakes and alternates at my Puffin folder in portfolio.


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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 289
Avg (all users): 7.6383
Avg (commenters): 8.7458
Avg (participants): 7.3188
Avg (non-participants): 8.0574
Views since voting: 16585
Views during voting: 545
Votes: 282
Comments: 112
Favorites: 67 (view)


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03/04/2006 12:10:08 AM
Don't sweat the small stuff. I didn't realize the top crop until I read about it. Great job act creating this photograph!
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07/29/2005 05:20:43 PM
i dont really like the crop at the top. if didnt chew off of the birds head the picture would have been perfect.
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06/26/2005 02:10:46 PM
I love this - this a fabulous picture and you are amazing to have captured it
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06/23/2005 02:15:44 AM
I'm very happy this won; I love those birds, and I love the pure, intricate detail of this shot. Add in that there's something startlingly human about this bird's "expression", and you managed to capture the hearts of the voters with a very simple, disarmingly simple, image. Congrats!
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06/22/2005 11:21:31 AM
Perfect!
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06/22/2005 08:59:17 AM
frábær mynd...geggjuð dýpt og litir, til lukku með borðann :)
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06/22/2005 08:58:52 AM
Magnað, til hamingju

Tyrkinn

(Amazing, congrats)
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06/21/2005 10:27:52 PM
Well deserved Blue ribbon ! The clarity and compostion are spot on !
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06/21/2005 03:57:38 PM
Excellent shot, congrats!
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06/21/2005 12:54:04 PM
Looks like your doing pretty good with your goals for 2005. Congratulations--beautiful shot.
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06/21/2005 07:42:49 AM
Absolutely well deserved! Congrats! :)
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06/20/2005 10:53:03 PM
congrats!! well deserved, beautiful shot!
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06/20/2005 09:57:45 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon!!! nice shot
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06/20/2005 06:38:00 PM
congratulations on your blue with this great shot! Crisp, clean shot of an interesting subject! Wonderful work!
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06/20/2005 03:51:08 PM
Hope you get the print done, should sell well,
Great photo, well done.
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06/20/2005 02:14:19 PM
Algjör snilld !
Til lukku !
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06/20/2005 12:59:57 PM
Originally posted by Tallbloke:

Superb detail, exposure and composition. Going in my favourites. 10 (A ribbon or I'll eat my kilt)


(Thank god I dont have to eat my kilt)

Congratulations

Steve

Message edited by author 2005-06-20 13:01:58.
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06/20/2005 12:55:45 PM
til hamingju með fyrsta borðann . Sannarlega hærra en 6.761 flott mynd, góð skerpa.
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06/20/2005 12:00:15 PM
Congrats on first ribbon, well-deserved!
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06/20/2005 11:24:06 AM
Great job! Congratulations!
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06/20/2005 10:51:51 AM
Thank you all very much.
I've been waiting for that ribbon for a long time :)
I knew after 50 votes I was gonna be in top 10 (with 7.4+) so this week has been really exiting for me, esp since I went away for 3 days and had next to no internet connection.

I'm now working on a print, I was in a hurry when I edited this one and forgot to save it before I downsized it and for some strange reason I can't get the same wonderful sharpness now. But don't worry, print will be here very soon.

Outtakes are in the editing room as well, will post 'em soon.
06/20/2005 09:01:25 AM
I knew this would ribbon. This is an awesome photo! Love the details and tight crop....i don't mind that the top is cut off a little...it's still a great photo!! Congratulations on a getting a ribbon and thank you for sharing a great photo! :)

wanted to add one more thing!! Hope you make this available for Print...because I think you could do really well with this!



Message edited by author 2005-06-20 09:04:18.
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06/20/2005 07:46:28 AM
congratulations ... awesome shot
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06/20/2005 07:41:54 AM
Congratulations! wonderful picture; great detail.
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06/20/2005 07:35:30 AM
Congratulations Gauti.
Til lukku Gauti, afgerandi sigur!
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06/20/2005 07:25:20 AM
Til hamingju með bláa borðann...
Virkilega falleg mynd!
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06/20/2005 06:26:34 AM
Congratulations on the blue. I had this one pegged as the winner.
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06/20/2005 06:07:16 AM
til hamingju .. Rosaflott mynd.
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06/20/2005 05:50:22 AM
Þessi er alveg drullufín, til hamingju
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06/20/2005 05:33:43 AM
Glæsilegt!!!! Frrrrábært... Til hamingju með borðann frændi! Snilldarmynd
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06/20/2005 03:55:23 AM
Til hamingju með bláa borðann!
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06/20/2005 03:43:02 AM
Well, I like this photo and am glad it ribboned ! Well deserved, congratulations !
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06/20/2005 03:39:46 AM
til hamingju með fyrsta borðann.
ekkert smá skor, verður erfitt að toppa þetta ;)
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06/20/2005 03:37:25 AM
Til lukku kallinn minn.
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06/20/2005 03:27:39 AM
Congratulations, this was one of my top images
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06/20/2005 03:04:11 AM
Congratulations Gauti!!!! This is one of the most beautiful photos I´ve seen!
Ég trúði því varla að þetta væri fyrsti blái hjá þér! Til hamingju, svo sannarlega áttirðu þetta skilið!
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06/20/2005 02:55:34 AM
Many congratulations - truly a beauty! btw, to answer your question.. you did top your highest score.. by far!! but the crop might be of a little concern to some ;)

great photo - truly a worth ribbon winner.
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06/20/2005 02:48:13 AM
Time to update that to do list! :0)
Well done!
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06/20/2005 02:34:36 AM
congrats on the blue!
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06/20/2005 01:23:05 AM
Yippee!! I loved this one and had it as a perfect score. Congrats!!
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06/20/2005 01:17:59 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbbon, man!!!
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06/20/2005 12:34:37 AM
wow, if that's not clarity, I don't know what is....AWESOME shot!
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06/20/2005 12:30:35 AM
that, dude, is an amazing photograph.
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06/20/2005 12:26:46 AM
Congrats on your bluey!!!! Beautiful shot!!! :o)
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06/20/2005 12:22:10 AM
I'd say you blew your old high score out of the water. And a Blue Ribbon! Well deserved.
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06/20/2005 12:20:52 AM
Congrats! I didn't vote in the challenge but would have given you a 10!
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06/20/2005 12:15:16 AM
This is indeed as close to a masterpiece. The image doubles as a factual reproduction and as a modern piece of art work,

Congratulations on your well eraned blue. This image deserves it.
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06/20/2005 12:07:51 AM
Congratulations ,
you made it , without my vote ;)
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06/20/2005 12:07:15 AM
Way to go! I knew it! Congrats!!
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06/20/2005 12:01:47 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, and a blue at that! Beautiful shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/19/2005 10:30:31 PM
This is fabulous. Bumping up! 9
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06/19/2005 08:52:30 PM
Great shot, would be even better if the whole head was in view
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06/19/2005 08:15:15 PM
This is simply stunning...great job!
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06/19/2005 06:57:51 PM
WoW , it's just perfect in every angle , i wish i could vote your photo .
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06/19/2005 06:43:36 PM
Great close up of this very popular bird, showing lots of interesting detail..
One of my favourite images from this challenge.
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06/19/2005 06:11:09 PM
Great focus in this shot
10
good luck
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06/19/2005 09:05:37 AM
Looks like this could be a winner to me.
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06/19/2005 05:42:07 AM
how pretty can a bird be..and the image does justice to this..beautiful
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06/19/2005 12:50:18 AM
Beautiful shot. The perfect puffin!
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06/18/2005 03:56:03 PM
I predict a ribbon for this great shot! You captured the colors and textures fantastically.
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06/18/2005 04:21:27 AM
awesome shot! Great detail and the colors are just right. Does not look over processed at all. 10
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06/17/2005 09:26:22 PM
Beautiful colors. Like the texture contrast of the sharp feathers, yet the beak so smooth. Excellent composition. The small frame adds to the overall pleasing effect of this photograph. Very well done! Should place in the top 3. I give it a 10.
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06/17/2005 09:15:19 PM
Very nice detail and exposer. Great photo 9
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06/17/2005 07:47:41 PM
Did the head have to be flattened? Beautiful/ BOL
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06/17/2005 02:26:37 PM
I am stunned by this photo. It seems virtually perfect in every way. The only nit I can pick is that it feels a little too tightly cropped at the top, but it's a pretty small nit to pick. Hope it ribbons.
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06/17/2005 12:54:15 PM
Perfect exposure and interesting bird. Good shot.
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06/17/2005 12:01:38 PM
Great capture of a very photogenic bird. I would have preferred to see the top of the head, though.
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06/17/2005 10:28:17 AM
my second fav in this theme... Geggað. I always feel sorry for the photos that comes on, next after a picture like this... 10
Gauti?
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06/17/2005 05:37:03 AM
Outstanding sharpness!! Great color. Very nice.
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06/16/2005 09:26:31 PM
I like the simplicity of this. Wish his head wasn't cut off on top, but it is beautiful just the same.
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06/16/2005 07:22:47 PM
Great details of this wonderful subject! Very, very nice! :)
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06/16/2005 04:45:00 PM
I hope you take the "Blue" on this one! I love this Puffin. 10
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06/16/2005 12:14:03 PM
Just wonderful sharpness and detail and colour too. Absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, with such a tight crop, the loss of the top of his head has more of an impact than it might otherwise and weakens the composition considerably. Still one of my top 3 in this challenge though! 9
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06/16/2005 05:06:46 AM
Nice image! 8
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06/15/2005 11:38:58 PM
beautiful portrait of a very captivating subject
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06/15/2005 11:20:28 PM
Top Pick!

Brilliant image, great work!
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06/15/2005 04:58:12 PM
beautiful bird
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06/15/2005 04:46:08 PM
Very good!
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06/15/2005 04:44:01 PM
Superb detail, exposure and composition. Going in my favourites. 10 (A ribbon or I'll eat my kilt)
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06/15/2005 08:51:22 AM
its need to be re framed
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06/14/2005 10:18:02 PM
Nice detail. I wish the crop was a little wider though so the entire top of the head was in the frame. Almost looks like a fake bird.
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06/14/2005 07:22:34 PM
Wonderful!
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06/14/2005 04:05:57 PM
This is awesome!!! 10! I absolutely love this!
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06/14/2005 04:01:53 PM
10! Superb.
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06/14/2005 12:25:51 PM
wow, what else can I say! What a GREAT picture! love the colours and the closeness. a 10 from me
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06/14/2005 10:43:10 AM
Doesn't fit the challenge at all!

Ok, I admited, it's just envy!! A perfect 10!
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06/14/2005 10:05:38 AM
Love that bird! Very sharp, excellent colours.
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06/14/2005 08:00:09 AM
Sooo good that it almost looks fake. This is my pick for the blue ribbon. Wonderful details, colors, focus, dof, and bokeh. The only small criticism is the cropping of the top of the head. However, if you decide to sell this print, let me know. (10)
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06/14/2005 07:57:14 AM
Absolutely a beautiful picture. This is a 10 all the way.
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06/14/2005 02:14:48 AM
So sharp, great detail, excellent seperation from background and fills the frame. Well done.
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06/14/2005 01:43:33 AM
Beautiful photo with very nice clarity. My only complaint is that the top of the bird's head is cut off by the border. 9
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06/13/2005 10:52:34 PM
I love these birds! Wonderful shot of this puffin, I like the soft lighting and detail in feathers and beak...8
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06/13/2005 09:41:47 PM
Very well done! Good focus, colors, composition.... it's all good.
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06/13/2005 06:56:56 PM
Puffins are awesome and you are fortunate to have been able to photograph one. This shot is exceptional except........................you cut off its head. 7 Good luck!
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06/13/2005 02:56:01 PM
There are some great shots in this challenge, I think that this one stands out above the rest.Superb
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06/13/2005 02:34:17 PM
Wonderful textures and colors. It's a bit annoying that the top of his head is cut off by the border.
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06/13/2005 02:21:19 PM
great colours & detail
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06/13/2005 01:11:55 PM
Nice detail but the crop is a bit tight for my taste.
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06/13/2005 12:41:31 PM
Beautiful colors ont his bird! I love this choice of subject. Great clarity and detail on the shot. Good composition.
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06/13/2005 12:39:59 PM
this is such a beautiful bird. I have never seen those before dpc!
That painted beak is marvelous. Your details are great. What lens did you use? How close were you? simply amazing!
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06/13/2005 12:17:41 PM
Very cool!
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06/13/2005 11:37:28 AM
I´m stealing this photo! Wow!!! No trouble with the score here :)
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06/13/2005 11:29:08 AM
Looks like the cover of National Geographic. Great color and contrast!!! Well done on the lighting. This gets a 10.
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06/13/2005 11:02:20 AM
The colours and the sharpness here are worthy of NG. The crop just may be a touch too tight on the top.
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06/13/2005 10:19:23 AM
Wow, now that is tack sharp! Look at all that detail. Superbly done. A ribbon-winner for sure.
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06/13/2005 09:54:24 AM
They are so pretty, your shot is a 9, love this bird.
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06/13/2005 07:08:35 AM
Really great shot. Where did you do that?
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06/13/2005 05:59:05 AM
Awesome capture. Well done
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06/13/2005 05:14:36 AM
gorgeous 10
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06/13/2005 04:25:49 AM
An interesting study, verysharp where it matters.
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06/13/2005 12:42:15 AM
very very good my young padawan
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06/13/2005 12:25:54 AM
Gorgous colors, love the crispness of the feathers around the eye, beautiful! 10

Good luck!
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