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Pheasant in the Snow
Pheasant in the Snow
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Square Crop (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
Date: Mar 3, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2006

She's a female pheasant, shot when it snowed unexpectedly. Quite a straightforward wildlife shot really. Not much editing - brightness, contrast, crop, resize and sharpen. Going for quite a dynamic composition, using strong diagonals and curves.

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 369
Avg (all users): 6.7700
Avg (commenters): 8.1304
Avg (participants): 6.6406
Avg (non-participants): 6.9647
Views since voting: 1520
Views during voting: 275
Votes: 213
Comments: 26
Favorites: 2 (view)


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03/18/2006 06:03:33 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Oh, my! I know a good bird photo when I see one, and this is a good bird photo. I am so lucky to get to examine it closely in the line of duty. Every feather is crisp and in good order; the highlight in the eye is there, the contrast with the not-white background is just fine. Yes, I see a tiny bit of haloing on the back of this beauty from sharpening; but because all else is so good, that can be overlooked.

So, congratulations on a great score, which I certainly think you deserved. I'll look forward to your next wildlife entry.

Alice
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03/13/2006 10:21:54 AM
Indeed a superior capture more like a character study! Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/12/2006 09:58:05 PM
Nice closeup.
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03/12/2006 08:33:29 PM
Something about this that I really like. The layering of the feathers, the perspective. No that's not it... something about the clarity of it all. Good job!!!
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03/12/2006 11:58:30 AM
Very sharp, great shot!
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03/12/2006 06:48:51 AM
This is very sharp and well composed picture...9
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03/11/2006 11:42:50 PM
The clarity in detail is amazing!
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03/11/2006 04:26:57 PM
I don't love the photo, but the quality of you photo is undeniable. I hate looking at over sharpened, digital looking photos. Your is perfect. Thank you for this. I think maybe I don't like it because I don't like you subject. The more I look at it the more I appreciate it. Good job 8
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03/11/2006 03:42:57 AM
excellent
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03/10/2006 09:51:01 PM
wow..the details in the feathers is wonderful 9
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03/10/2006 08:24:34 PM
Amazing detail and texture!
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03/10/2006 12:30:58 PM
beautiful. well done. wow, what patience - our pheasants never stay still. o yeah, the dog chases them!
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03/10/2006 12:15:20 PM
Fantastic detail in those feathers! Wow! Great job.
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03/10/2006 07:12:08 AM
Nice detail in the feathers, Cindi ;-) especially when I tilt the laptop screen closer (!)
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03/09/2006 10:55:22 PM
wawaweewa! Look at that detail near the top of the head and eye. NOw was that edited (not that i would have aproblem with that). too bad the beak isn't as sharp. very nice. good luck.
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03/09/2006 08:21:48 PM
Great shot! I love how sharp the bird is.
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03/09/2006 01:26:01 PM
WOW! Amazing detail here. I like your choice of DOF. Great shot! 10
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03/09/2006 12:42:31 PM
This is very nicely done and the square crop really suit it.
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03/07/2006 09:40:45 PM
Nice capture
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03/07/2006 07:50:06 PM
Awesome image...this works well for the challenge, composition, balance. Your capture of this birds detailed plumage is excellent... well done
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03/07/2006 06:08:52 PM
The focus is just wonderful! Good luck with this beautiful shot.
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03/07/2006 03:52:16 PM
The first shot I get to vote on in this challenge and it's a ten all the way. Love the detail of the feathers
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03/06/2006 06:37:28 PM
WOW..I love the detail and the colors! 10
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03/06/2006 04:53:58 PM
Great detail and clarity!
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03/06/2006 08:54:38 AM
Incredible detail. Good luck!
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03/06/2006 12:57:01 AM
great sharpness, but sky is a little bland imho...you should be very proud of your lens, it's crisp
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