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Challenge: The Username Challenge (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8800
Location: Edgewood, NM
Date: Dec 20, 2005
Aperture: 7.4
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/180 sec.
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 20, 2005

Image cropped and resized. Levels adjusted, usm applied. Hue, brightness, and contrast selectively adjusted. Selective blurring of background. One little speck to the right of the bird's beak was cloned out.
This young Cooper's Hawk persistantly hangs around my back yard waiting for a sparrow to get careless. The bird posed very patiently for almost half an hour while I snapped picture after picture from a distance of about 20 feet. I expect many will carp about blown highlights on the birds feathers, but direct sun on white feathertips = blown highlights!

Place: 27 out of 153
Avg (all users): 6.3904
Avg (commenters): 6.8182
Avg (participants): 6.2604
Avg (non-participants): 6.4848
Views since voting: 1645
Views during voting: 353
Votes: 228
Comments: 16
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/25/2008 09:48:59 AM
lacks sharpness
01/02/2006 11:03:03 AM
Thanks to all for your encouraging comments and for making this last entry of 2005 my best finish ever!
To Elizabeth Abbott: Thanks for choosing a username that fit my entry so well!
01/02/2006 02:58:14 AM
:-) Thanks for picking my username!! :-) Quite a thrill to see this....and a lovely shot, too. Great expression on the bird's face. I can't believe it let you get so close!!
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01/02/2006 01:06:59 AM
A very nice capture to spell out alertness.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/01/2006 11:07:46 PM
great capture
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01/01/2006 10:55:12 PM
The more I look at this the more I like it, bumping it up! Good luck!
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01/01/2006 09:08:19 PM
Fitting image for the username you chose. Nice composition too.
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01/01/2006 08:00:25 PM
Wow, Fantastic shot, nice details. I like how he is looking 'into' the picture. Nicely done.
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01/01/2006 06:37:09 PM
oooohhh _ i just love that pink completely detailess background. Sets off the hawks coloring so nicley and makes it look femine.
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12/31/2005 11:59:31 PM
Excellent shot, the focus just seems ever so slightly off.
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12/31/2005 12:20:17 AM
An arresting image and exciting capture. Bumping up.
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12/30/2005 04:34:22 PM
This is a good subject, composition and I like your background. The only thing for me is the light striking from behind doesn't help.
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12/27/2005 07:45:59 PM
Strong image of this bird, suits the username well......................
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12/27/2005 01:54:30 PM
Gorgeous capture. Great placement/composition.
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12/26/2005 06:40:16 PM
Not quite liking the background. Kind of wishing it was black or darker, as it kind of clashes with the hawk, but still a nice shot!
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12/26/2005 03:42:00 PM
How pretty! The sunset background is a stunning contrast to the sharp focus of this bird! I love this composition too.
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