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Challenge: Best of 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Sunshine Coast, Australia
Date: Aug 14, 2006
Aperture: f5.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2007

Hit the sat on this pretty hard (far too hard for my tastes), just trying to do the DPC saturation to see if it does an better :-)

There is a less processed version of this below (I prefer it to be honest)...
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07/11/2007 12:17:37 PM
Just stumbled across this image, it is quite beautiful! Love the lighting (lower sun?) and vibrant colors... plus I just like the subject -- I've never seen such a cute bird with such a big head :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2007 03:19:22 AM
This is so Austalian, and definately one of my favorite birds.....
I love the DOF in the background and so colorful.....
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01/24/2007 11:54:27 PM
that's quite a find. nice work.
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01/24/2007 07:22:48 PM
I love these birds - so similar to the kingfishers in South Africa. Well composed photograph with perfect DOF.
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01/24/2007 07:52:38 AM
A lovely photo but I feel the colour saturation is slightly 'unreal' and a catchlight created by fill in flash would have brightened the eye a little.
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01/23/2007 07:46:05 PM
the color of the light is appealing in this, detail is pleasant, & I like what you did w/the background...9
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01/23/2007 05:48:01 PM
These birds are so darned cute and love their name.
This image could have done a lot better in my opinion, had the background not been so harsh and high in contrast, and some detail brought out of the eye.
I played a little with it in Photoshop just out of curiosity and applied a brown toned black & white layer to the image overall, did edit, fade, and watched until I was able to get a slightly toned, but desaturated look to the background, then erased back in the bird and the main branch. I did a strong USM sharpening of the bird and main branch and adjusted the levels in the eye , then added some black to the reds (selective colors adjustments)in the branch.
Feel free to PM me for a URL where I put it (in my workshop folder).
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01/23/2007 07:53:38 AM
Attractive composition and lighting.
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01/19/2007 09:40:58 PM
great shot love the DOF 9
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01/19/2007 08:14:22 PM
I would have cropped the bottom part out. I would have loved to see more details of that beautiful bird.
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01/19/2007 07:12:29 PM
Great close-up! Love the bokeh background!
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01/19/2007 11:48:53 AM
great capture, nice pp and colors.
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01/17/2007 04:49:02 PM
Could use some dodging around the eye and face, and some darkening of the bright background areas.
Nice catch!
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01/13/2007 04:57:47 PM
Great catch but it looks a bit over saturated.
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01/13/2007 03:35:06 PM
I like this shot.
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01/12/2007 05:07:36 PM
a wonderful australiana type image...great exposure and nice dof...good composition...nice
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01/12/2007 11:38:55 AM
BG hightlights are really bright, closer crop might help.
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01/12/2007 07:59:28 AM
funny bird , good catch ... colors are very nice, DOF looks strange :-)
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01/12/2007 03:42:44 AM
oversaturateed & slightly more sharp
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01/12/2007 01:45:00 AM
Nice capture
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