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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Wildlife Refuge near Monte Vista, Colorado
Date: Nov 1, 2005
Aperture: F6.7
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/750
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2005

Editing: Crop, select background from cranes, do levels on background then on cranes, color correction on background, remove noise from background but not cranes, adjust blue levels on whole picture, dodge and burn the mountains a bit, resize, unsharp mask, save for web.

The Sandhill Cranes stop here in the San Luis Valley in March and November on their annual migrations. They are nice to photograph and just watch the funny things they do.

Taken on the first day of November and here I am getting it put up on the last day of November. Talk about a procrastinator.


Statistics
Place: 31 out of 519
Avg (all users): 6.6145
Avg (commenters): 8.5789
Avg (participants): 6.5297
Avg (non-participants): 6.8493
Views since voting: 1134
Views during voting: 396
Votes: 275
Comments: 25
Favorites: 2 (view)


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12/09/2005 04:20:01 PM
Wonderful shot, Sammie. I love it.
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12/08/2005 12:20:09 PM
Had a feeling this was a San Luis Valley photo! Nice job!
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12/08/2005 10:07:17 AM
This is great Sammie
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12/08/2005 07:59:46 AM
Sammie, thought your shot would ribbon. Great as usual. Van
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2005 09:52:06 PM
Darn near perfect. Im sure this will make a nice print. Good luck in the Challenge.
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12/06/2005 07:14:14 PM
Nicely done. Good catch, love the mountains in distance below them.
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12/06/2005 01:18:59 PM
Yes, this is a superb image in each and every way...10
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12/06/2005 10:59:58 AM
Gorgeous! 3 sharp sandhills lovely job!
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12/05/2005 11:06:00 PM
Wonderful capture...one of my top 4. Good luck!
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12/05/2005 03:24:24 PM
Great sharp image of cranes and wonderful bg. -10-
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12/04/2005 06:30:22 PM
Great focus, beautiful composition. Really amazing shot.
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12/04/2005 03:30:48 PM
A little bit over sharpened, nice to see the mountain peaks in the background, maybe you should add more contrast to them.
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12/03/2005 06:42:07 PM
8 - Really like this, I think it is the simplicity and the gracefulness that appeals most. Criticism; very difficult, especially with likely resulting contrast issues, but would like to see those birds 'pop' more against the sky, 'somehow'. The 'hazy' (and 'light') background still 'works', but again, if somehow to gain more 'pop' in the birds, may have made this even better in my opinion. Excellent capture.
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12/03/2005 01:31:08 PM
This is really beautiful. Good luck.
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12/03/2005 08:43:59 AM
Very good. Sharp focus on the birds contrast nicely with the blur on the mountains.
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12/03/2005 06:50:18 AM
One thing that's strangely remarkable about this is how the lead bird and the trailing bird are, in pose, very nearly precise copies of each other. I do wish you'd cooled the sky down a little, it seems a tad toow arm for me, but a wonderful, serene image and one of my top scores.
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12/02/2005 11:50:23 AM
This is excellent. Such clarity on the geese. And the two birds on the end with wings down and the one in the middle with wings up.. looks like they posed for you. Very well done.
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12/02/2005 11:29:10 AM
Excellent catch. Were you flying with them?
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12/02/2005 09:35:14 AM
very nice
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12/02/2005 09:09:17 AM
Nicely done. The clarity of the birds is great. With the peaks being white, it almost diminishes the impact a bit for me. I wonder what it would have looked like to crop out most of the mountains and just zoomed in more on the birds. Just a thought. Still, well done and quite unique!!! 8
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12/01/2005 12:30:19 PM
What perfect focus on this! It's beautiful! The snowy faded mountains in the background add so much to this too. Congratulations on a perfectly executed image!
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12/01/2005 11:25:08 AM
Sammie, Ya did really good on this one. The cranes are perfect. The mountains add to over-the-top to the shot. Blue should be yours IMO
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12/01/2005 11:13:09 AM
Excellent timing, lighting, POV, composition. Very well done. 9 - good luck in the challege!
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12/01/2005 04:18:51 AM
Terrific shot = 9
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12/01/2005 02:15:00 AM
One of my winners. 9
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