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Challenge: Wildlife III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Hill Country, Texas
Date: Jan 21, 2007
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2007

I've taken so many deer pictures but this is just the second one I've entered in a challenge. I had tried to capture a bird, an Eastern Phoebe I believe but couldn't get anything that would have scored well.

While I'm sure many will recognize the editing due to my love affair with vignettes and sepias I did try out something different by going with a slightly softer look inspired by ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' SandyP's recent ribbon shot. So if it doesn't do well I'll just blame her. :P

Btw, the composition was inspired by ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Coley's Mother, Mentor... My Heart

Editing:

The usual stuff I do to my images (i.e. curves, dodge/burn, channel mixer and color balance for color, etc). In addition I apply lots of noise reduction (PS version) on the main deer and blended that in so that the fur looked softer while leaving the facial features sharper. This is a bit of a change to how I typically process as normally I like to get the fur very sharp.

*Post*
Thank you everyone for your votes, comments and favs. Win, lose or draw it was a fun week.

Outtakes:

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Statistics
Place: 6 out of 218
Avg (all users): 7.5100
Avg (commenters): 8.4902
Avg (participants): 7.4455
Avg (non-participants): 7.5603
Views since voting: 6419
Views during voting: 581
Votes: 251
Comments: 81
Favorites: 24 (view)


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03/05/2008 09:52:50 AM
Beautiful beast. Great capture.
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11/17/2007 10:24:47 AM
Needs more cowbell...ummm...I mean Antler !!!

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03/10/2007 02:26:46 PM
Excellent !! Such a beauty !
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02/22/2007 11:16:03 PM
Super capture and composition. In my favorites it goes.
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02/17/2007 02:55:33 PM
wow! well hello! beauty!

the deer behind this one really finishes this shot..!
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01/30/2007 10:49:37 PM
This is such a powerful image ... A great composition!. Congrats on the top 10 finish.
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01/30/2007 08:53:56 PM
This picture is REALLY nice!!
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01/30/2007 06:17:12 PM
I think you may have one of the highest 6th place scores here, I know its the highest I have seen. Congrats on your second best score!
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01/30/2007 02:19:55 AM
This is just awesome and this was one of my "10" that I gave in this challenge.....The DOF is breathtsaking.....
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01/29/2007 05:56:32 PM
Congratulations on your high placement and score!
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01/29/2007 05:29:44 PM
Congratulations on your Top 10 placement. I actually thought the fox picture might be yours because of your recent ribbon winning cat picture which I loved! This wildlife photo of the deer is so outstanding...!!! Your contribution to this horse race made this challenge incredibly exciting to watch! I was very suprised this photo didn't make into the Top 3.
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01/29/2007 03:57:37 PM
Wonderful photo,congrats.
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01/29/2007 01:07:10 PM
perfegt shot, great work, love the colors.
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01/29/2007 10:39:07 AM
Congratulations on your placement! I thought that this one should have definitely ribboned though. I was sure that this was yours since the beautiful processing reminded me so much of your recent "Llama Llama" shot. Really excellent work on this!
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01/29/2007 08:58:33 AM
Congrats!!
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01/29/2007 07:27:10 AM
Richard, this was one of my favorites too! AMAZING photography! Amazing processing! This photo is AWESOME!

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01/29/2007 06:36:20 AM
Congrats Richard...el Toro strikes again! Fantastic that you got a top 10 and a brilliant score to boost your average! Well done mate
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01/29/2007 05:30:14 AM
Congratulations on top ten! A great finish in an incredible challenge. I think I more fully understand the term "doe-eyes"! This is a beauty!
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01/29/2007 12:46:31 AM
WTG, Richard! Beautiful image, congrats on your well deserved 6th place.
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01/29/2007 12:17:52 AM
Can I peg your work or what????? Lovely, man. Congrats.
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01/29/2007 12:07:52 AM
:( 6th?!? great shot man.
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01/29/2007 12:04:48 AM
I thought this looked like your work! Beautiful image and editing (as usual). Great job and congratulations on your top 10 finish!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2007 11:50:57 PM
great composition!!
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01/28/2007 11:36:14 PM
I'm very jealous, I've never managed this good of a deer capture. Love that deer bokeh too.
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01/28/2007 11:22:05 PM
Outstanding on all counts...My top pick!
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01/28/2007 11:14:50 PM
Most excellent composition, with the perfect crop and OOF background with that one dear to the right. I like the toning and darkened corners here too. The detail is a little short but the expression captured and the shot as a whole just rocks! 8)

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Message edited by author 2007-09-07 13:59:47.
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01/28/2007 09:57:53 PM
I like the expression on the deer's face.
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01/28/2007 09:21:39 PM
I can't stop staring! Bump to 10.
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01/28/2007 08:56:06 PM
wonderful capture....high score from me
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01/28/2007 07:49:49 PM
love how you captured the deer in the background - wow!
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01/28/2007 07:40:33 PM
great picture
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01/28/2007 07:37:30 PM
came back to bump to 9...still not sure about the vignetting, but I love the eye contact and the sepia and the deer in the bg...good luck, I reckon you'll be in the top 10
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01/28/2007 06:17:12 PM
Really lovely composition here, and wonderful use of DOF. 8.
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01/28/2007 10:58:33 AM
This is a marvelously effective composition and nicely titled. If you haven't already, please do note how you achieved the effect. My membership level doesn't allow me to vote, but if I could this would be a 10.
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01/28/2007 03:56:35 AM
Wow, what a shot! You must be one of those 7.xx people. that ghost in the background is just perfect.
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01/27/2007 09:58:54 PM
Magnificent.
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01/27/2007 06:00:51 PM
Great shot and background; love the expression in the eyes. A wee bit overprocessed for my taste, but still very nice.
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01/27/2007 01:47:30 PM
Really like the fading around the edges and the muted colours, they make the deer really stand out. The dof is amazing, it took me a minute to see the other deer but it helps to make this an outstanding entry. Good luck with this I am sure you will do very well!
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01/27/2007 07:52:57 AM
Perfect.
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01/26/2007 06:41:46 PM
Great Shot 10
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01/26/2007 01:21:32 PM
This one really jumps out at you, and I love the other one hiding in the shadows. I like the color tones too. Another one of my faves!
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01/25/2007 02:28:02 PM
excellent tones, composition, nice capture
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01/25/2007 09:47:41 AM
This is a beautiful picture this is awsome awsome awsome, don't know how to say it enough.
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01/25/2007 09:15:09 AM
could be great, but again post processing murders it.....
be calm on the post processing, get the shot right first....
so much lost potential in this great comp.
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01/25/2007 03:33:32 AM
Could not make this image better. 10.
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01/24/2007 09:28:03 PM
Perfect, just perfect, and I love the colortones of this great image, and give you a "10" from me.....
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01/24/2007 09:11:15 PM
Very effective vignetting and selective desaturation. Really makes the subject stand out.
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01/24/2007 06:56:27 PM
I love this type of picture.... real art...
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01/24/2007 10:13:17 AM
fantastic ...
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01/24/2007 09:01:02 AM
Great shot.
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01/24/2007 12:36:51 AM
Great capture and the other deer softly in the background really add to this scene. I spent the whole week trying to find a deer for this challenge and only ended up with one out of focus shot becase of rushing. Congrats
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01/23/2007 10:12:02 PM
Wow! Nice DOF and PP!
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01/23/2007 09:17:42 PM
Beautiful capture. The expression is priceless and I really like the background. Very well done.
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01/23/2007 07:01:57 PM
I really like the tone in this image. Very simple and warm. I also like the DOF and the soft yet recognizable background. Nice.
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01/23/2007 06:08:19 PM
Awesome - 10
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01/23/2007 05:33:51 PM
Great detail in those big, beautiful eyes.
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01/23/2007 01:36:48 PM
nice image, great Bokeh with the other dear.
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01/23/2007 01:23:27 PM
Oh this is beautiful! I love that bokeh background with the faint hint of the other deer! Awesome capture!!!
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01/23/2007 11:16:59 AM
Back to bump you up to a 10 this is just beautiful, great detail on the deer and love the dof. :)
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01/23/2007 09:15:18 AM
This reminds me of a fav by yanko. Love that you can see the other deer in the background. They always have such cautious inquisitive expressions. I like the deepening of the shadow around the edge to pull the eye right to that sweet face. Bumping up.
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01/23/2007 06:58:24 AM
Very cool. I like that you kept the one behind him in the shot.
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01/23/2007 06:20:16 AM
Nice post production treatment here.
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01/23/2007 04:44:28 AM
Very pretty image of deer.
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01/23/2007 03:40:24 AM
lovely, one of the best in the challenge so far. well done 8
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01/23/2007 12:29:20 AM
Very nice. Was this done with HDR techniques? It almost looks as tho it was. The focus is centered right on the deer and her huge, dreamy eyes, and once your eyes wander to the background, they find interesting shapes back there too. Again, very nice and scoring high. Finished with a frame would score higher :) 9
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01/22/2007 09:09:41 PM
great portrait, very good the second animal on the background. 10.
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01/22/2007 08:42:14 PM
Outstanding!!!!!!!! 10
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01/22/2007 08:30:09 PM
Very nice and nice subtle post processing.
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01/22/2007 06:59:45 PM
Great job! I love how you pp this!
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01/22/2007 06:10:20 PM
Lovely!!! A 9 for you!
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01/22/2007 05:58:16 PM
When I started voting last night, this actually didn't show up at all. It's a good thing I reconsidered checking.

OH MY GOODNESS! This is one of the best capture of a deer that I have seen in my life. I hope to see this getting the BLUE RIBBON. Great texture on the deer, superb DOF but still managing to retain the details of the second deer on the right. Color treatment and lighting are also amazing. GREAT WORK!
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01/22/2007 05:44:26 PM
Excellent composition/cropping, detail and treatment. Really outstanding image.
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01/22/2007 04:07:59 PM
Very nice work the color is great,very,very beautiful 10
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01/22/2007 03:28:59 PM
I like this, background is great
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01/22/2007 11:39:17 AM
Very nice. The way the face in the BG slowly swims up is sweet.
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01/22/2007 10:43:01 AM
I really like the picture, but I don't like your post processing. Would have been a lot better if it had looked more natural/real IMO.
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01/22/2007 10:29:50 AM
WOW!!!! This is perfection, the DOF is amazing, good luck with this, i hope this places in top 3..most beautiful catchlights I've seen in a very long time... Title is perfect... I LOVE this shot! A rare 10!!
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01/22/2007 09:20:30 AM
Nice depth of field!
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01/22/2007 06:48:59 AM
Beautiful animal! Nice capture.
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01/22/2007 05:28:02 AM
yanko? nice shot8
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01/22/2007 04:38:46 AM
lovely
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