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Challenge: Stopped Motion III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Beach inbetween Ft. Lewis & McChord AFB (Tacoma)
Date: Aug 5, 2006
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/640 sec
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 6, 2006

Finally found the perfect place to capture eagles (in spades). A small alcove/beach area with multiple nests.

pp: (way more than i normally do - due to the severe crop)
cyan filter
cloned out some specs
burned the eye a tiny bit
selective color
add border

Place: 144 out of 212
Avg (all users): 5.2551
Avg (commenters): 5.2857
Avg (participants): 5.3735
Avg (non-participants): 5.1681
Views since voting: 757
Views during voting: 291
Votes: 196
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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08/17/2006 03:41:28 PM
Hi from the Critique Club.

First impression: Good composition with a pretty blue sky.

Technicals: FYI, I have had little success shooting birds, let alone flying birds! You have done a good job of freezing the eagles flight with your fast shutter. I feel that there is a lack of detail and contrast in the underneath side of the wings. Pretty tough to get an eagle to pose! A little more definition here would have been good. His white feathers look good, in fact I might have even suggested lightening them slightly.

Composition: You have placed the bird well in the frame. Itís a classic view and you have captured it well.

Post Processing: My only comment here is my experience with the Shadows/highlights tool in Photoshop CS usually leave my pics a lacking in contrast. This might be why you have lost some of the detail in the black feathers.

Met the challenge well, picture needs just a little more punch to score well in this voting system. White clouds in the sky, fish in talons, etc.

Iím not an expert so PM me with any questions or comments. Keep shooting!


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/13/2006 01:55:52 PM
more contrast would make this a stronger photo
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08/11/2006 03:35:34 PM
Wonderful bird. You've stopped the motion just fine. The image overall feels quite flat like you need some additional contrast. The subject is also on the soft side, a little sharpening would probably really make this eagle stand out. Good luck in the challenge.
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08/10/2006 11:12:50 PM
Good job with capturing the eagle in flight! The composition is pretty vertical, with the wingspan of the eagle being up and down....a different angle might give this photo a little more "pop."
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08/10/2006 08:02:37 PM
nice idea, but a bit boring. maybe if you had cropped in tighter and tried some different rotations? it also appears to have some jpg artifacting, as well (note: i'm giving this a place holder score of 3 just so i can find it when i look at it on another monitor. once i do that, i'll bump your score back up to where it was. i just want to check out the image quality first.)
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08/08/2006 06:04:46 PM
Great picutre, but the contrast seems like it could be worked on.
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08/07/2006 05:59:36 AM
nice capture - but the contrast could use a boost
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08/07/2006 12:47:57 AM
Beautiful bald eagle...makes me feel like it's targetted me for prey! Might have benefitted from a 300mm lens.
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