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Turkey volture
Turkey volture

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 885
Location: Beekse Bergen
Date: Jan 18, 2006
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 18, 2006

When I saw this bird I was struck by its beautiful colors and I had to take a picture. This was the result!

Place: 139 out of 261
Avg (all users): 5.4729
Avg (commenters): 6.6333
Avg (participants): 5.1239
Avg (non-participants): 5.6530
Views since voting: 8892
Views during voting: 499
Votes: 332
Comments: 32
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 09:39:42 PM
Ahhhh! That scared me when it popped up on my screen!
01/30/2006 07:54:30 AM
01/29/2006 11:24:01 PM
And here it is, one of the best so far. This is really good.It would be really great if it were completely in focus, but nice going nonetheless.
01/29/2006 02:28:21 AM
hahaha.. face a mom could love!!! Great portrait ;)
01/28/2006 07:16:02 PM
What a funny looking creature. Good capture.
01/28/2006 04:13:02 PM
I don't wanna know how you got that close to one of these ugly guys. Good focus on the eyes, but with the depth of field used you lost a little on his beak - which may have been intentional.
01/28/2006 01:29:14 PM
Wow, looks 3D!
01/28/2006 06:02:56 AM
What an ugly face, but a good image taken well.....
01/28/2006 12:39:17 AM
Not sure what a turkey 'volture' is :) but this one makes me laugh....... great expression and color... and the eyes being the most important here are in focus.
01/27/2006 06:36:37 PM
kinda spooky. nice shot
01/26/2006 07:02:38 PM
6 - Mainly for the potential and uniqueness. Criticism; difficult, would like to say the beak sharp too, but you'd lose the 'eye effect' - otherwise definitely 640 (in this case height) and perhaps a slight nudge rotation up on the left to 'straighten' (depending what you had to work with of course), and possibly a little more context incorporated 'somewhere', but not sure as, 'works' as is. Even sharper too on the focal points would also have given this extra. Good unusual capture.
01/26/2006 06:33:57 PM
eeeky! the dof is a bit too shallow and so most of the shot lacks a bit of focus imho
01/26/2006 03:29:12 PM
It looks like it is sticking out its tongue into the camera. I realize that it is the red beak, but it still strikes me as funny. I wish the beak were a bit more in focus.
01/26/2006 08:25:01 AM
Oh ugly little thing...

The light behind it is too bright. Either change direction so you're not shooting into the light or use fill flash and expose for the background.
01/25/2006 09:14:53 PM
Made me laugh.
01/25/2006 09:12:29 PM
That is one ODD looking bird. So ugly he is cute :-) Good photo.
01/25/2006 08:54:18 PM
very scary!!! I have never seen something quite like it.
01/25/2006 08:20:14 PM
Well.... ummm... this is quite something. Interesting perspective, a bigger DOF would have helped, even though you got the focus every so nicely on the eyes. The light is rather harsh, but the whole thing is fascinating in a cute/goofy sort of way. 5
01/25/2006 07:13:43 PM
This is a nice picture, I'm just afraid that this will be voted down because of the size, you should use the 640 pixels that we are allowed to use in challenges.
01/25/2006 06:32:56 PM
This would be a terrific image if it was a bit more in focus.
01/25/2006 03:43:50 PM
WOW well done
01/25/2006 02:29:22 PM
its funny... but great.
01/25/2006 02:02:07 PM
More DOF would make this picture great. Tough to do with a long lens and animals though. Great effort 8
01/25/2006 10:25:46 AM
This is a fun shot. I just wish so much of its beak wasn't blurred. I'd like to see the yellow skin part in focus (I don't know what that is called :D). Also, it's a little blown out at the top. I'd like to see the prickly feathers standing out in sharp contrast to the background. I don't really like the way its head is blending in with background here. Love the eyes though. On an emotional level this is a really good shot. Also, be careful of your spelling (vulture is spelled with a 'u'). I don't mean to come off as a smartypants and I know people get in a hurry and get impatient with the process of uploading a challenge entry but there's something about mispelled words in entry titles that bugs me. It doesn't effect my voting of course but who knows what it does to voters on a subconscious level. It's worth getting as much right as possible in an entry. :D
01/25/2006 09:37:55 AM
I'm a fraid - very afraid! Great image.
01/25/2006 09:35:54 AM
wow awesome shot. It really stands out because you filled the frame
01/25/2006 07:35:08 AM
more like a king vulture
01/25/2006 03:29:17 AM
Pretty as a peach. Exccelllent (like mr Burns says in simpsons)
01/25/2006 03:02:06 AM
Very intresting a bit out of focus at the beak but very intresting.
01/25/2006 02:03:16 AM
Yikes! This photo made me jump a little. Very neat. :)
01/25/2006 01:46:14 AM
Wow, these guys look funny close-up! Wonderful zany shot & great color. 10.
01/25/2006 12:21:32 AM
Wow this one stands out! I love it!!

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