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Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Washington State
Date: Jan 21, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2007

cropped, cloaned-out power lines, adjusted color and tones, saturatd 17%, resized and unsharp mask.

Statistics
Place: 177 out of 218
Avg (all users): 5.1399
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0385
Avg (non-participants): 5.2158
Views since voting: 661
Views during voting: 332
Votes: 243
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0


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AuthorThread
04/21/2007 01:38:21 AM
Thanks for your advice Karmat. I am just now discovering this feed-back feature and am replying to everyone. Hope it's not too late. I know everything you are talking about is true. I cloaned the powerlines out and did it poorly, but I am so happy you noticed the feathers had detail. I went out and purchased a new lens after this challenge! I'll have to wait for the eagles to return in the fall to shoot them!

thanks so much for your excellent critique.

Darlene
02/02/2007 05:12:41 PM
CRITIQUE CLUB CRITIQUE
by karmat

Compositionally, this is a strong picture. The bird is located roughly on the upper right third and this gives a sense of balance to the shot. Also, while this location of the subject can sometimes feel out of balance, the fact that the bird is flying "into" the frame helps. The negative space gives the sense of freedom that one can sometimes associate with birds.

Technically, the shot is focus and exposed well. The colors are simple, so they aren't distracting, and the bird shows up well on the blue sky. I do notice a couple of streaks, and after reading your notes, I'm wondering if it is where you cloned out your powerlines. In normal voting, I'm not sure I would have noticed it, but in studying the picture to critique it, I can't miss it, and now when I glance at the shot it "jumps" out at me. If you can't see it on your monitor, try boosting the levels or curves and see if anything shows up. Also, you have good detail on the wings. Good work. Unfortunately, that is one of those details that may not grab the voter on a typical pass, and thus you weren't "rewarded" for it in the scoring.

Overall, the shot is good. It isn't "WOW" and it isn't earthshattering. It is a technically well shot picture. Looking at your scores, most people seem to think that it falls somewhere in the middle. So, while I think the composition works, to make it more dramatic, it may have helped to use a tighter crop, or to crop it in an unusual way. This would help to get the attention of the voters.

Please feel free to contact me if I need to further elaborate or explain anything I've said.

karmat

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2007 10:12:31 PM
Nice use of negative space. I see a couple of strange streaks in the image and I'm not sure what it is. They look like spots where maybe you used the smudge tool or healing brush? I know they are in the image and not on my screen because they scroll with the image. Very nice capture. Good luck with the challenge!!!
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01/27/2007 08:12:50 AM
Nice use of negative space. Sky feels a bit grainy - you might try Neat Image or similar tool for smoothing.
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01/25/2007 09:28:52 AM
where??? Ohhh, up there in the corner.
longer lens or more patience required.
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01/24/2007 01:20:42 AM
This would have been great for the minimalist challenge, composition-wise. Pretty good detail considering how high these guys fly.
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01/22/2007 06:47:11 PM
Nice composition.
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