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Challenge: Bokeh III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Wildlife Refuge near Monte Vista, Colorado
Date: Oct 24, 2006
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 24, 2006

My husband drove us up to the Wildlife Refuge in Monte Vista tonight after he got home from work so I could take some pictures for the Bokeh Challenge. We went up yesterday, too!! I was hoping to get a picture of a Sandhill Crane with lots of other cranes in a blurry background - well, it just wasn't to be. Yesterday when we went to the refuge all the cranes were in a farm field outside of the refuge there was really only one good vantage point to get a picture of them and another lady was already there with two cameras. We drove through the refuge and I got some pretty nice pictures of Redwing Blackbirds. This evening went back hoping to get a crane picture - well, the cranes were actually in the refuge this time but were too far from the road to get a good pic even with my 400mm lens. You can't get out of your car when you drive though so I couldn't get any closer. Anyway, I got some more Redwing Blackbird pictures. Edited another one and kind of like how it turned out better than the first one so used it instead. The bokeh in the first one was actually better but this one has a more "finished" feeling to it.

I love how this bird is posed - it looks like it's lost in some personal reverie.

Editing: Crop, adjustment layers for levels & curves; flatten; hue/saturation- increase red & yellow; noise removal with Helicon Noise Filter; resize; smart sharpen; save for web.

Place: 66 out of 440
Avg (all users): 5.8740
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.8438
Avg (non-participants): 5.9030
Views since voting: 886
Views during voting: 329
Votes: 262
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/01/2006 03:59:30 PM
I hoped for a higher placement! :(
This is really a wonderful image! :)
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11/01/2006 12:21:40 PM
The 'bokeh' compliments and enhances the main subject - it's not 'dramatic' but that's not its purpose - it supports the main image beautifully. A great image - i had it a lot higher up - well done.
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11/01/2006 12:17:18 AM
Sammie, You won't believe this, but I knew this was yours and also it was one of my top three finishers. Great shot again. You are doing so well these past months. I need some lessons from ya, I'm kind of stuck in the 4s & 5s lately. Best wishes, your Cornish Cousin, Van
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/31/2006 09:29:45 PM
It's a beautiful but I don't think the bokeh is really interesting...
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10/30/2006 09:41:47 PM
Oh, what a great catch!! I love orioles, the fuzz is a great contrasty texture. Beautiful image. ;o)
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10/28/2006 04:33:43 PM
Wow! I really like the contrasting color of the bird and cattails. Very nicely composed. Good luck in the challenge.
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10/27/2006 11:43:08 PM
nice subtle tones
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10/27/2006 05:42:32 AM
8 for me.
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10/26/2006 08:42:50 PM
Great shot! I love the black and white of this, even though it's in color! Wonderful perspective too.
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10/26/2006 04:18:06 AM
I like this but I think it suffers from what many others do in that it's cluttered. If there were just the single cotton stalk with the bird, it would have better composition, but in a natural setting, unless you go out there with a pair of scissors, cutting down things, then the bird wouldn't be there. LOL. It has a blurred background, but not seeing it really adding to the shot. You could almost crop it so that the bird were much larger, and you'd lose all of the white fluff to the left, and I think it would be more cleaned up and have more eye appeal. Hope this is helpful.
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10/26/2006 12:04:18 AM
Excellent boken for sure. Van
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10/25/2006 04:16:44 PM
wow... this is too good. hope it gets into top ten
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