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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Nikon D2H
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
Location: Japan
Date: Nov 20, 2005
Date Uploaded: Nov 20, 2005

Egyptian Vulture found at Chiba Zoo in Japan, looked like Sid Vicious but I decided to name it differently. Not much done to this image I removed noise on yellow and red channels sharpened, cropped, bit of saturation and that was that.. I thought it looked good enough so why do more...

Place: 48 out of 519
Avg (all users): 6.5000
Avg (commenters): 8.2857
Avg (participants): 6.4488
Avg (non-participants): 6.6438
Views since voting: 1880
Views during voting: 403
Votes: 278
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 03:31:21 PM
Looks like me when I'm 100 years old. 9
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12/06/2005 10:18:06 AM
Vultures are funky looking birds, aren't they? Focus and composition are excellent. Not sure if you were going for the dark look because of how vultures are looked upon or not, but I think it adds to the appeal of the shot. Like the border, too.
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12/05/2005 09:37:53 PM
Great capture. What an interesting looking creature.
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12/05/2005 06:16:48 PM
Great capture. Amazing detail, color, and focus..... 8
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12/04/2005 10:49:36 PM
Prettiest vulture I've ever seen.
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12/03/2005 05:22:55 PM
8 - Excellent capture, colors, facial detail/texture and seemingly white/contrast control. Criticism; I want to say 'if only' that beak were sharp too, but likely lose the effect on the face/eye, so who knows. Like the contrasting 'softness' of the feathers around the head, but if just a bit sharper/more detail/texture on that skin around the eye (whether or not retaining the soft feathers or gaining more detail in them, either way still effective), as difficult as that might be (and this size doesn't help), likely make this even better in my opinion. Two small 'white' marks, one on the start of the beak and one just below, on the feathers, if natural 'ok', if not then perhaps cloning out or such. Possibly an even tighter crop on the left, although the context is good as is, may also have made this even better, who knows. Not sure on the frame, especially the color(s) and white 'inner'.
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12/03/2005 02:56:44 AM
I never would have thought a vunture could be beautiful but this one is :) Excellent job. 9
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12/02/2005 02:06:46 PM
What an amazing creature. Like some punk rocker! It's a great photo. I just wish the tip of his beak was as sharp as his face and eye. I've scored it very well.
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12/02/2005 06:54:25 AM
Is this a freek of nature or is this a baby vulture ? anyway I like it 9
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12/01/2005 10:45:13 PM
This photograph is absolutely stunning. Perfect execution in all categories. 10+++
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12/01/2005 11:46:11 AM
Wow... Beautiful tack sharp focus and I love the crop & colors. Great job!
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12/01/2005 04:59:51 AM
very nice, love the facial texture and color just wish the beak was a tad sharper.
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12/01/2005 03:18:59 AM
Great Title. I didn't know they had yellow faces.....ewww.
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12/01/2005 01:50:38 AM
Strange looking creature, ugly but charming. Image is clear and focused, wonder why tip of beak seems blurred, very well done overall..
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