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Black and White in Iridescent
Black and White in Iridescent

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Challenge: Black and White in Color (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Olympus FE-120
Location: Troy, NY
Date: Jul 25, 2006
Galleries: Abstract, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 25, 2006

My beautiful starling, The Brat. I was between a couple photos for this challenge and the composition of this I just really liked.
The others:

and for fun, The Brat getting annoyed at my incessant picture taking:

All I did was increase brightness and contrast and that got rid of most of the background. I then cloned out what ever little bits of color were left back there and did a little light burning on the feathers to add some more depth.

Maybe some will find it too colorful, I really dont care. She is a black and white bird and she cant help that she is beautifully iridescent! :)

Place: 115 out of 263
Avg (all users): 5.2295
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.0581
Avg (non-participants): 5.3228
Views since voting: 732
Views during voting: 341
Votes: 244
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/01/2006 10:00:49 PM
this is funky beyond words. wait.. wait... I'm getting a message... "Nevermore!" Let us all dissolve our beaks into the funkiness. Amen! 9! (I lied... I gave this a 10)

Message edited by author 2006-08-15 09:36:07.
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08/01/2006 10:12:19 AM
very pretty, but it's not black & white. lovely focus/dof, & the colors are beautiful.
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07/31/2006 12:46:31 PM
almost an 8
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07/30/2006 12:09:31 AM
Interesting angle.
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07/29/2006 12:50:17 AM
fabulous picture! not quite black and white to my taste
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07/27/2006 03:41:23 PM
Now that's a pretty bird. A bit too much color to really be a B/W subject, but it looks too damn cool for me to care about that. I think I would have preferred the focus to be on the eye and beak, but I still like this a lot.
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07/27/2006 11:48:58 AM
very nice DOF.
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07/27/2006 06:40:11 AM
Your spot of focus is chosen very interesting. I find it original photo.9
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07/26/2006 01:16:59 PM
Neat shot, the head being out of focus distracts a little
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07/26/2006 12:05:55 PM
Wow, this is gorgeous!
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07/26/2006 02:02:06 AM
Great Job!
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07/26/2006 01:35:10 AM
a nice idea, but I would hav focussed differently. The feathers draw the eye up towards the head. I would have focussed on the head, with just sufficiently narrow depth of field to allow the foreground feathers to start to go OOF.
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07/26/2006 12:48:48 AM
awesome color, I think more focus would have helped
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