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"Kooka-bokeh"
Judi


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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bokeh II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Challenges Animals
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 EX DG HSM for Canon EOS
Location: Queensland, Australia
Date: Jun 17, 2006
Aperture: 9.0
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2006

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I took many awesome images on the holidays including some Kookaburras. This was one of the images.

Processing included -

Convert from RAW (drop exposure)
Slight touch on black Levels.
Very slight Contrast and Saturation (about 2 points).
Resize
USM

Thankyou so much everyone for your great comments and votes. Many people spoke of the colour blue and I have uploaded my original to show that there wasn't much done. The blown highlights on the head did bother me some and almost stopped me from entering it.




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There is also discussion in a thread showing my outtakes.

Thread with Original and Outtakes

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 432
Avg (all users): 6.8673
Avg (commenters): 7.8857
Avg (participants): 6.7945
Avg (non-participants): 6.9392
Views since voting: 6087
Views during voting: 454
Votes: 294
Comments: 70
Favorites: 7 (view)


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07/26/2007 07:56:25 PM
Highlights are my biggest gremlin, shooting digital is a real challenge when it comes to keeping the highlights in control. I use a 2xND filter to help however it is a real issue. It is not an issue here so much Jerry

Message edited by author 2007-07-26 19:57:09.
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02/11/2007 12:10:17 AM
Love the colours ... great capture!
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01/17/2007 03:33:58 AM
SUMBEECH! That is an incredible capture! Title is very cute and apt too!

To think you almost did not enter this. My heart!
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12/03/2006 05:33:29 PM
This is a great pic! Focus is spot on....
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08/07/2006 03:25:45 AM
electric man!
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07/03/2006 06:33:55 PM
wow. This is beautiful. I must have missed it. Excellent capture, excellent POV, excellent composition. Well done!
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07/02/2006 09:27:49 PM
You are the cats meow!
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07/02/2006 05:50:53 PM
Beaut picture. I gave you 7, as it happens - my 7 worked better than yours - (or should that read that my seven was meaner than yours?). I'm not losing any sleep over my scores anyway, and I sure's hell dont expect you to be losing sleep over yours. Congrats...
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07/01/2006 05:03:27 AM
Congratulation on your high score Judi.. Excellent picture and a beautiful bird, well done (as usually ;o)
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06/29/2006 09:28:37 AM
congrats on top 5! well deserved ;)
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06/28/2006 09:32:10 PM
Congratulations Judi! Great capture. The blue background is amazing and such great detail on the bird. The blown highlights on the head is my only nitpick, and I read it was yours too. I'm very glad you decided to enter this shot.
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06/28/2006 06:36:09 PM
Thats some color contrast, works well, very nice
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06/28/2006 05:42:06 PM
Congratulations on your 5th place! Excellent shot!
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06/28/2006 01:11:19 PM
How nice to see a kookaburra do so well! Congrats on the high finish!
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06/28/2006 12:00:45 PM
Wonderful shot, was a 10 for me.
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06/28/2006 10:14:50 AM
WTG Judi!!! Beautiful capture - love the blues. Congrats on top 5! ;-)
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06/28/2006 09:22:31 AM
Lovely! The color of the BG is incredible. Congrats on TOP 5!
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06/28/2006 08:03:26 AM
Gorgeous colours, perfect dof! Great shot Judi
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06/28/2006 06:17:33 AM
congrats judi! nice brilliant colors and nice title too. sent you a pm :)
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06/28/2006 02:55:22 AM
Congratulations!!! 5th place is great. 5th place out of 400+ entries is a ribbon without a ribbon.

<walks away scratching his head - what did I just write?>
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06/28/2006 02:38:32 AM
Congratulations on a top five in a tough challenge, and with a beautiful image, WTG.
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06/28/2006 02:24:32 AM
Congrats on 5th place Judi. Love the blues in the background, they look great.
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06/28/2006 01:45:45 AM
One of my faves :) Congrats!
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06/28/2006 01:27:15 AM
Congrats Judi!!! Top 5! Here is a Woo Hoo Thwap! :-P
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06/28/2006 01:25:00 AM
Wonderful shot of this bird and the background color is perfect for this. congratulations on the high finish
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06/28/2006 12:45:55 AM
Well done on 5th..Great photo!
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06/28/2006 12:41:22 AM
This is FABULOUS!! Congratulations on 5th place!! I love your work Judi!!

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06/28/2006 12:40:37 AM
Top Finish Judi, had it between you and Midnight red and three others got inthe road.
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06/28/2006 12:40:33 AM
Yay Judi! Great finish and congrats on 5th!
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06/28/2006 12:31:18 AM
"WOW" factor Judy..... I had a guess that this may be yours.....
Great finish dear "Aussie" friend.....
I am adding this to my favorites as well.
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06/28/2006 12:26:09 AM
I thought this was one of the best I voted on. Congrats on the top 5!
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06/28/2006 12:23:20 AM
Yes, I liked this picture a lot Judi! Nice Job, Congratulations on your top 5
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06/28/2006 12:15:12 AM
I loved this one! Great job, Judi!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2006 09:30:47 PM
This is one sharp image! I like the contrast of the blue against its soft feathers. I hope this does well. Good luck!
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06/27/2006 04:55:26 AM
Love the colours
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06/27/2006 12:47:14 AM
nice color contrast
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06/26/2006 10:48:49 PM
Beautiful. That background really makes the bird leap out from the image.
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06/26/2006 10:11:31 PM
Extra point for the title.
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06/25/2006 10:43:14 PM
Just too beautiful....wow
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06/25/2006 08:16:01 AM
Nice bokeh but overblown highlights on the head of the main subject which distracts a lot.
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06/24/2006 10:51:49 PM
Nice shot
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06/24/2006 03:41:40 PM
Heh, nice shot and nice title....
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06/24/2006 07:39:56 AM
Great pic... nice colors - 8
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06/24/2006 05:46:59 AM
WOW!!!! Definately a winning shot. 10 from me
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06/24/2006 03:37:23 AM
love the title. The dark blue background sets the bird off nicely.
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06/23/2006 04:59:50 AM
this is a great capture and colors
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06/22/2006 10:37:35 PM
I love this idea!
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06/22/2006 09:03:33 PM
very nice
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06/22/2006 03:47:25 PM
beautiful shot - why is it so blue -- is that sky? looks like underwater almost. great shot. I don't think the BG out-of-focus is so much of an added interest as necessary for the portrait.
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06/22/2006 03:10:53 PM
Oh, you are SOOOO close on this one! If the white wasn't blown out I'm sure this would be scoring near the top. I love the contrasting colors and the blue in the background is very nice. Best of luck to you in the challenge.
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06/22/2006 10:08:20 AM
Excellent image with good lighting and nice details. The bokeh provides good contrast. My only nitpick is the blown up highlights on the head.
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06/22/2006 09:02:17 AM
I already voted, now back for comments. I gave you a 10 on this shot. Lovely colors, crisp detail, excellent subject and bokeh.
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06/21/2006 11:00:17 PM
Beautiful Kooka and great use of bokeh.
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06/21/2006 10:55:51 PM
Love the title. Love the photo. Wonderful light and detail. (And the tail on da bird ain't bad either...ha) 10
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06/21/2006 09:15:46 PM
Great title! Nicely done.
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06/21/2006 09:15:09 PM
Ha ha, clever title! The blue is so bold that it almost overwhelms the bird. Too bad about the blown out spot on head. Nonetheless, it's a great capture and wonderful composition. Nice work.
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06/21/2006 08:17:24 PM
This is a beauty. I remember them sitting on our back garden fence laughing as I grew up in the suburbs of Fremantle, WA. Lovely image and nice Bokeh! 10.
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06/21/2006 05:16:56 PM
Very sharp image and and well colored....
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06/21/2006 11:51:48 AM
Nice colors, nice light - although the top of thehead is washed out -, good composition.
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06/21/2006 10:54:12 AM
I love the "Aussie" Kookaburras....Very nice background "Bokeh" as well
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06/21/2006 10:07:34 AM
excellent contrast and colors.
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06/21/2006 09:40:23 AM
GREAT! The bird, the branch, everything in this photo is just perfect. I love the blue in the back. Really nice job.
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06/21/2006 09:09:54 AM
wow.. awesome shot. great sharpness. i find the blue in the background looks a bit off but otherwise very nice for me.
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06/21/2006 06:51:24 AM
this should do well...I mean the colour, the sharpness, the bokeh...9
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06/21/2006 02:06:48 AM
Great shot...well done!
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06/21/2006 01:10:51 AM
Crish focus and lovely blue background. Hope this does well for you.9.
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06/21/2006 01:05:27 AM
Beautiful! I especially like how the background sets of the subject.
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06/21/2006 12:35:28 AM
feathers on the head are blown out
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06/21/2006 12:34:19 AM
love the colors nice job
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06/21/2006 12:31:20 AM
Awesome capture. Such clarity of the subject, coupled with the beautiful background gradient. Lovely!
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