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Eagle Eyed

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Challenge: Single Light Source II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
Date: May 24, 2006
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500th
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 25, 2006

Shot RAW through a fence from about 35' away. I got lucky as he look right down the barrel of my lens. The f/2.8 negated the need to eliminate the fence in PP. WB & saturation adjusted in RSE6 then converted to jpg. Then cropped, curves, resized, BG cleaned a bit, USM & SFW in PSCS. I love this lens!

Post Challenge.....Thanks for all those 1s, 2s & 3s. For those who didn't see it, there is a light in the upper left off screen between two cages coming from behid the eagle's right shoulder. You're right American Horse, I shouldn't have wasted this shot here.

PS....for those who saw the light, thanks for all those 8s, 9s &10s.

Place: 37 out of 238
Avg (all users): 6.2460
Avg (commenters): 6.2632
Avg (participants): 5.4225
Avg (non-participants): 6.5691
Views since voting: 1131
Views during voting: 412
Votes: 252
Comments: 24
Favorites: 3 (view)

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06/08/2006 12:21:36 AM
Greeting from the Critique Club:

This is a fantastic eagle image with great details. The composition is strong with a crop that shows the image to it's fullest. It is technically very well done. The DOF highlights the bird, yet allows the details of the bird to be clearly in focus. The attention is immediately on the beak and eyes of the bird, which is supported by the clear focus and bright color.

The difficulty in taking this image to the top level is the perception of the voters that the single light source was not artificial. There is clearly a light source over the eagle's shoulder, resulting in the bright patch on the head, the catchlight in the eye and the glow over the eagle's back. Yet, most likely because eagles are generally in natural lighting, a number of voters doubted the source as artificial. In a situation like this, the photographer is at a great disadvantage if he does not clearly show his light source is artificial. Yet, the fact that this image scored so high indicates many gave you the benefit of the doubt.

Overall: Wonderful pic, strong appeal, technically superb, without a definative meeting of the challenge which hurt it some.


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06/07/2006 08:52:21 AM
It's too bad you did not follow the rules. A great pix gone to waste in a silly challenge over a virtual ribbon.
06/07/2006 12:49:55 AM
So where is the single, artificial source of light?
I had given you the benefit of the doubt, but I guess I shouldn't have.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2006 08:04:21 PM
The sharpness of this is amazing. The feathers on the neck and wing almost look fake/computer generated. Good image.
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06/05/2006 04:11:36 PM
artificial light?
06/04/2006 08:36:30 PM
artificial light source
06/03/2006 08:48:42 PM
is this really an artificial light source photo covince me and i'll bump it up 3
06/03/2006 07:18:52 PM
I doubt this is ARTIFICIAL light. Great shot.
06/03/2006 03:13:05 PM
I have no idea how you got so close to this eagle in an "artificial" light surrounding and gotten such a sharp shot.

May have a little "halo" down his back on the left side. Other than that it is excellent.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/03/2006 12:47:59 AM
Eagles rock....
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06/02/2006 06:18:01 PM
Isn't there supposed to be an aritificial light source?? Perhaps I'm mistaken. Nevertheless, lovely photograph.
06/02/2006 01:23:58 PM
So very cool. I assume the light source was the sun?
06/02/2006 12:16:54 PM
great shot!
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06/02/2006 05:49:07 AM
Doesn't appear to be an artificial single light source. Fantastic photo though.
06/01/2006 08:41:25 AM
I'm sorry, unless you have an Eagle sanctuary, and have the ability to put an artificial light near the bird as per the rules, this DNMC.

Excellent image however, great comp, great color, good natural light, great texture, nice movement
06/01/2006 07:52:42 AM
Beautiful photo, but what artificial light source is added here?
06/01/2006 03:41:28 AM
Beautiful eagle shot - love the catch light in his eye. Excellent details throughout. Good luck in the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/01/2006 12:01:46 AM
Nice highlighting. Very imposing.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/31/2006 11:19:04 PM
artificial light?
05/31/2006 07:13:23 PM
Picture perfect!
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05/31/2006 06:59:42 PM
This is a GREAT eagle shot. Very hard to get 'em looking right at you. Is it really lit by a "single, artificial light source"? It looks like natural lighting to me. (Unless this a great shot of a stuffed bird in a museum). I apologize in advance for lower vote if I am wrong about the lighting.
05/31/2006 06:41:35 PM
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05/31/2006 10:13:19 AM
great shot, but the challnge require an "artificial light source"
05/31/2006 09:43:32 AM
amazing. great, photo 8
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