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heron landing
2nd Placeheron landing
coolhar


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 300 f/4.0L
Location: Blackwater NWR on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
Date: Jan 24, 2006
Aperture: f 4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2500 sec
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2006

I was very fortunate when shooting this. As this Great Blue Heron was flying toward me and starting to land, he saw me and was forced by the terrain to actually fly closer to my camera. He landed close enough that I could walk nearer and continue shooting.
A good camera, a great lens, and the relative distances made for a nicely blurred background. Post processing was fairly simple - crop, clone out some small spots, curves, despeckle, adjust color balance, adjust contrast, boost saturation, clarify, resize, add border, and optimize - all done in PSP 7.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 261
Avg (all users): 7.7836
Avg (commenters): 8.8246
Avg (participants): 7.7094
Avg (non-participants): 7.8185
Views since voting: 13366
Views during voting: 610
Votes: 365
Comments: 108
Favorites: 78 (view)


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08/09/2007 03:27:44 PM
This is a fantastic shot , if I would have voted I would have been number 56 with a 10.
07/29/2006 10:12:48 PM
excellent shot
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07/28/2006 07:23:30 PM
wow, you're soo lucky. saw a great blue today, but he woudn't let me within 150 feet. i love it. great composition, etc
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05/25/2006 02:09:59 AM
I've been checking out your bird shots. Man, you're good at shooting birds. Some great work you produce of our feathered friends.
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02/07/2006 01:16:54 PM
very good
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02/07/2006 01:16:06 AM
This was an advanced editing challenge. :)

Selective Editing: Adjustments can be made selectively to your photo. Cloning, dodging, burning, etc. to improve your photo or remove imperfections or minor distracting elements, etc. is acceptable.

Originally posted by Happy Bunny:

Great shot, but I'm very confused about the rules for open challenges which state:

"Spot-Editing: Absolutely no spot-editing is allowed. This includes, but is not limited to drawing tools, dodging/burning tools, and cloning tools"

Is this now allowed?
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02/06/2006 05:58:17 PM
great focus, sharpness and colors, magical moment
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02/06/2006 09:17:07 AM
Great shot, but I'm very confused about the rules for open challenges which state:

"Spot-Editing: Absolutely no spot-editing is allowed. This includes, but is not limited to drawing tools, dodging/burning tools, and cloning tools"

Is this now allowed?
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02/05/2006 10:13:21 PM
This is awesome! Love the background. Congrats
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02/05/2006 09:21:52 PM
stunning work, harvey. i can only imagine what the detail is like on this when printed large. simply fantastic.
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02/05/2006 12:58:19 PM
Another good result with another great shot. The crop/composition is wonderful, I love the way that the feet and the wingtips are pointing to the corners. Lovely warm feel to the background with satisfying earth tones.
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02/03/2006 01:51:46 AM
Beautiful image I pegged as one of the top ones. And you are ;) Congrats on red.
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02/03/2006 12:52:05 AM
This is superb coolhar! LOve it!
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02/02/2006 10:09:18 PM
Way to go -- this is a FANTASTIC shot!
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02/02/2006 01:31:31 PM
This is what we in northern Minnesota call REAL art... Nicely done, Coolhar! =)
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02/02/2006 11:37:23 AM
You got it,keep shooting !!!
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02/02/2006 11:27:17 AM
Congratulations, Harvey, on your second red!
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02/01/2006 08:53:43 PM
Fantastic capture. Love the colour tones and beautifully exposed ! :-)
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02/01/2006 05:16:45 PM
Superb clarity and beautiful exposure make this image exceptional.
Top job.
Congratulations Harvey.
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02/01/2006 01:32:11 PM
Congratuaations on another ribbon, Harvey! This is such a beautiful image - it really is fantastic. It is so clear - you almost feel like you are right there seeing this.
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02/01/2006 12:21:53 PM
Tremendous... congratulations.
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02/01/2006 11:56:46 AM
this is very good!
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02/01/2006 10:07:42 AM
Well deserved ribbon. Congrats.
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02/01/2006 10:00:41 AM
A fantastic capture. Congratulations!
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02/01/2006 09:28:34 AM
Congrats ! Well deserved ribbon !
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02/01/2006 09:09:33 AM
This is one of the best heron shots I have ever seen, congrats.

Paul.
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02/01/2006 08:39:23 AM
Fantastic photo, congratulations on your ribbon!
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02/01/2006 07:13:31 AM
Truly awesome capture, brilliantly done :)
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02/01/2006 06:42:41 AM
One of the most beautifull photos in this site. Congratulations.
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02/01/2006 05:03:21 AM
I didn't vote on this challenge, but I would have scored this highly! Outstanding comp and superb dof. A truly awesome image. Congrats on the well deserved ribbon. :-)
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02/01/2006 04:26:44 AM
Lovely shot, congratulations on your ribbon !
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02/01/2006 04:21:06 AM
Not fair to enter a shot as stunning as this and not post any details as to camera settings and p/p. I'll still call it one of my favorites, but ya owe me...
TC
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02/01/2006 04:19:45 AM
I had this pegged for blue, but red is a pretty good alternative
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02/01/2006 01:46:35 AM
Stunning and amazing. Congratulations on your RED!
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02/01/2006 01:32:35 AM
stunning shot...well deserved ribon!..congrats
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02/01/2006 01:15:23 AM
A stupendous shot, Harvey! Many congrats on your new red!
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02/01/2006 12:55:16 AM
Coolhar - splendid work. Just splendid.
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02/01/2006 12:41:38 AM
Wow--this is no surprise--what a gorgeous image. Congratulations Harvey!
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02/01/2006 12:36:27 AM
Congratulations HARVEY! Awesome shot, and what a score.... darn close to EIGHT! Happy for you!

Message edited by author 2006-02-01 00:40:48.
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02/01/2006 12:32:19 AM
This is art !!! Congratulations on another ribbon. Terrific shot.
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02/01/2006 12:30:17 AM
awesome photo :) Congrats on the ribbon...
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02/01/2006 12:30:13 AM
Harveyyyyy. . .I knew that was your awesome heron shot!!! FANTASTIC!!! I'm so glad you won a ribbon for it! Congratulations!
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02/01/2006 12:30:01 AM
Harveyyyyy. . .I knew that was your awesome heron shot!!! FANTASTIC!!! I'm so glad you won a ribbon for it! Congratulations!
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02/01/2006 12:27:09 AM
Gorgeous shot. Congratulations on your well-deserved ribbon.

Message edited by author 2006-02-01 00:27:46.
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02/01/2006 12:25:49 AM
Oh, terrific! This was you, Harvey! WTG with this fine slice of action!
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02/01/2006 12:21:21 AM
Congratulions on a fantastic image that deserved a ribbon
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02/01/2006 12:20:07 AM
Congratulations, coolhar!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 11:47:03 PM
Fantastic action!!!
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01/31/2006 11:20:10 PM
My top pick. Terrific capture, the light makes the shot. Good luck!
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01/31/2006 09:48:13 PM
very cool capture, love how the bird fills the frame, all over
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01/31/2006 09:28:49 PM
This is just so nice...I love the colors and light...great capture!
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01/31/2006 08:44:56 PM
Stunning capture, well done and good luck for the ribbons.
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01/31/2006 05:06:12 PM
8 - Nice capture and composition. Criticism; difficult, perhaps some slight gamma issues in the darker areas in the background. Depending what you had to work with, 'using'/incorporating the good water element more may have given this a little extra, not sure.
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01/31/2006 04:28:27 PM
Interesting composition and great lighting.
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01/31/2006 03:23:32 PM
wow that is a massave bid i am suprised you got so close
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01/31/2006 08:46:12 AM
I like!
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01/30/2006 06:15:20 PM
Beautiful shot. Great lighting. Good processing.

Good luck in this challenge!
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01/30/2006 05:16:38 PM
Very striking GBH shot, good sharpness and composition, fantastic position. Love it.
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01/30/2006 06:31:55 AM
Beautiful shot, clear focus.
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01/30/2006 02:30:44 AM
Wow, thats one crystal clear take-off! I think this would have taken some real patience on your part.
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01/29/2006 11:44:36 PM
Shame about that clump of weeds breaking the BG into such a two tone affair, but the Nice DOF doe a decent job to minimize the problem. Thw color palate works well and the exposure is very nice. The framing is the best part of the shot, with the wings and the fet all bringing in the eye from the conrners, allong the neck to the eye. The bird itself is just about nails, with the feet being prefectly picked out off the BG. One of two nines in the challenge, ought to ribbon.
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01/29/2006 11:39:22 PM
Great stuff, real calendar shot ... and I mean that as a compliment ... LOL
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01/29/2006 06:32:46 PM
Wow! Amazing shot. Spot on exposure, perfect compositon, great DOF for no distractions from the background. National Geographic good.
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01/29/2006 05:57:16 PM
This is one of my top rated photos. Why? Wonderful limited color palette, Great action, tack sharp focus, good composition. Yes, I do like it very very much.
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01/29/2006 02:20:39 PM
Wow! This is my favorite so far. Good luck.10
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01/29/2006 10:11:37 AM
Great image!!! Pin sharp, nice composition and spot on exposure. Good luck with this one
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01/29/2006 07:17:34 AM
beautiful.. everything.
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01/29/2006 03:47:05 AM
Great shot! (8)
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01/28/2006 07:59:37 PM
Very cool capture, good work
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01/28/2006 02:39:12 PM
perfect in every way .. best in show!
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01/28/2006 01:14:06 PM
This is a great capture, even those these birds are big they are so graceful in flight. You nailed this one! Good luck!
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01/28/2006 12:08:13 PM
Nice!
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01/28/2006 08:02:33 AM
This is one of my favorites in this challenge, It definately has the "WOW" factor, so I do hope it does well.....Excellent image, well done.....In the top three for me.....
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01/28/2006 12:41:06 AM
WOW! Nice of that heron to strike the perfect pose for you. I like the background, too...looks like a painting.
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01/28/2006 12:36:52 AM
This is one of my favorites for this challenge. Great catch and composition. Good Luck!
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01/28/2006 12:16:28 AM
ohhhh my... what a capture...the light head is against the dark... the dark body is against the light.. a full body capture, crisp focus.. all the signs of someone who has worked very hard at capturing this type of image (and gotten lucky!) I want to be this good
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01/27/2006 08:14:05 PM
My second 10 - Very high standards on this challenge!
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01/27/2006 06:54:52 PM
Perfect timing. Colors and composition are very good.
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01/27/2006 06:23:46 PM
great shot
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01/27/2006 05:26:58 PM
I'v personnally have a lot of great heron picture in my bird collection. I would be very fierce to have one like this one.
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01/27/2006 04:52:20 PM
I can feel the breeze from his wings. I love this pic. Excellent!
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01/27/2006 02:58:48 PM
good dof, nice feather definition, top ten to me
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01/27/2006 10:07:03 AM
EXCELLENT!!! This has blue ribbon written all over it. What a great capture. The DOF is good. Spot on focus. WOW
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01/27/2006 09:47:40 AM
I've seen these where I walk my dog. They look like dinosaurs. Great capture in the true spirit of the theme. Could use a bit more contrast to give it some more pop. Still a high scorer with me because of the sharpness, a DOF that isolates the subject very well and the incredible comp.
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01/27/2006 08:47:27 AM
Looks like he's actually taking off, but who cares... Beautiful capture! Fantastic focus & DOF. Terrific natural earthy tones. Great job.
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01/26/2006 11:28:18 PM
SpecTACULAR!!!! I just don't see how this could be any more perfect, so a perfect 10 it is! :) (probably one of many)!
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01/26/2006 05:53:25 PM
wonderful shot...great sharpness and nice bokeh in the lens...excellent
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01/26/2006 05:50:40 PM
One of my favs. Excellent job, great focus, compostion, lighting great everything 10
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01/26/2006 05:13:41 PM
Very good.8
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01/26/2006 09:05:17 AM
Good action shot.
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01/26/2006 03:43:32 AM
Perfection in bird photography. This is super. Good luck.
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01/26/2006 12:00:22 AM
Great colors and beautiful framing!
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01/25/2006 09:50:35 PM
Beautiful shot, I like the muted colors
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01/25/2006 08:03:41 PM
excellent capture, perfect DOF, nice stop action and super detail and clarity - really well done
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01/25/2006 07:57:58 PM
This has so much going for it!!! Wonderful focus, brilliant timing, perfect DOF, the background complements and completes a whole color scheme. 10
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01/25/2006 03:56:44 PM
a 10 is too low well done
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01/25/2006 02:48:02 PM
the angle and the DOF are amazing
you got the perfect moment of stopping the motion
great job
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01/25/2006 01:56:17 PM
Great shot. Nice sharpness and detail.
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01/25/2006 11:00:49 AM
Very Nice!
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01/25/2006 10:26:18 AM
Excellent in all ways.
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01/25/2006 09:53:53 AM
The first shot in this challenge that has inspired me to say, "WOW!" Excellent work!! - 10
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01/25/2006 08:30:31 AM
beautiful!
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01/25/2006 07:56:31 AM
nice action photo, i like it
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01/25/2006 07:43:28 AM
Lovely dynamic motion, nice detail, lovely light in the eye, shallow DOF isolating subject from background perfectly - this is a wonderful capture - bet you're very pleased with it.
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01/25/2006 02:10:50 AM
Good detail and very clear even though its in motion.
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01/25/2006 01:44:15 AM
This is truly an amazing shot. I don't especially like the border but that's just me. This is one of the best I've ever seen. :) 10 =^)
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01/25/2006 12:56:30 AM
awesome! beautifully captured. just perfect!!
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01/25/2006 12:16:53 AM
Wonderful. Sharp and excellent color.
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