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"Rooster"
1st Place"Rooster"
noraneko


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Username Challenge II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM for Canon
Location: Charleston, SC
Date: May 17, 2007
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: May 17, 2007

Thanks so much to everyone for the great votes and favorites! And Rooster, thanks for the name inspiration :-)

I've had some inquiries regarding processing of this image. Although I took it in both RAW and JPEG, I actually used the JPEG for processing, as I prefer doing a lot of my processing work in-camera. I underexposed by two stops to pop the colors and used the built-in 81c (open shade) warming filter.

Photoshop:
-Square crop. There was a lot of negative space on either side of the rooster that I didn't want.
-Levels to set white point (feathers just below tail) and black point.
-Curves to brighten rooster overall
-Selective colors to individually pop each color channel
-Another layer of curves for final adjustment
-USM
-Resize for web

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 365
Avg (all users): 7.5965
Avg (commenters): 8.4324
Avg (participants): 7.5455
Avg (non-participants): 7.6357
Views since voting: 43792
Views during voting: 398
Votes: 228
Comments: 124
Favorites: 76 (view)


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01/25/2016 10:29:15 AM
I would love to paint this picture... I assume it is copyrighted?
07/20/2011 02:57:55 PM
Wonderful rich colours - and a perfect pose.
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11/08/2008 09:31:17 PM
had to add this to my faves....
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12/17/2007 07:10:29 PM
whata nice, colorful rooster :) I like the pose and the saterated colors

great job my friend :)
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10/03/2007 08:54:18 PM
Coming to visit the originals from the Deja Vu III challenge:

I absolutely love the stunning colors seen on this Master of the Chicken Coop! The colors are bold and vibrant. Your PP did wonders with making the colors pop off the page. I also like how you caught the rooster in an interesting pose with it's head cocked to look behind him. Your photo is also sharp as a tack for we see all the lovely details from sheen on the end of his tail feather to some of the bumpy textures in the coxcomb (crest on his head. The square crop suits the bird well for it keeps the eye strongly focused on the body of the rooster. Well done.
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09/11/2007 02:19:27 AM
This is an easy pick for one of your ten.
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08/30/2007 06:07:11 PM
Wow, what a beautiful picture. I didn't know a Rooster could look so good
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08/17/2007 01:20:57 PM
Magnificent in every way. Well deserved Blue. My compliments.
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07/19/2007 08:36:04 AM
This is so beautiful and colorful.
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06/05/2007 04:59:12 PM
Now whenever my page opens I'm graced with this outstanding image! Superb color, detail and beauty.....I wish I had a cock so big!
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06/02/2007 08:55:34 PM
THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL COCK
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06/02/2007 01:03:56 PM
Nice color saturation, excellent depth of focus , tack sharpness and a great shot. Bravo!
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06/01/2007 01:02:01 PM
Amazing!!! I've had one or two roosters wake me up in my time, but none ever came close to waking the senses the way your 'Rooster' did early this morning. Better than coffee. It got a loud WOW! as it opened and pose majestically on my screen. Lighting, color, clarity, composition, tweaking etc. all 10+++ My laptop has been in for repairs so I could not give you an offical 10 and even with the BLUE I couldn't close without giving you the praise you deserve!!! again WOW!

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05/31/2007 08:47:19 PM
What a gorgeous bird! Congrats on the win.
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05/31/2007 02:21:28 PM
Wow, another TSer ribboning and better yet winning - YAY Catherine!!!!
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05/31/2007 01:06:00 PM
Congrats!!! How cool!! Great shot!! way to go!
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05/31/2007 06:51:46 AM
Congratulations Catherine!!!
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05/31/2007 04:57:43 AM
Congratulations! This is a wonderful image, any way you look at it. A well deserved ribbon and a great new PB.
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05/31/2007 12:14:03 AM
This is awesome. Such wonderful colors and DOF. WOW Congrats on your ribbon.
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05/30/2007 11:04:40 PM
OUTSTANDING!!!! Congrats, Catherine....well-deserved and loooooooong overdue!
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05/30/2007 10:56:55 PM
I do love a good Ruzter picture!
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05/30/2007 09:20:58 PM
Straight to Favs!
Congrats on the colour Blue!
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05/30/2007 09:11:18 PM
This is so beautiful. You really have a way with roosters! I'm so happy you won the ribbon. Congratulations.
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05/30/2007 08:09:01 PM
Exceptional colors! Well deserved ribbon! Congrats!
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05/30/2007 06:24:24 PM
Congratulations ... I knew this image would ribbon. You deserve 1st place with this wonderful photograph.
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05/30/2007 06:22:45 PM
OMG- the colors !!!! CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS WELL EARNED RIBBON
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05/30/2007 05:32:49 PM
Gave it top marks and happy you came out with well deserved blue. Wonderful colors and great details.
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05/30/2007 05:04:20 PM
amazing COLORS...........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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05/30/2007 03:54:26 PM
Amazing Shot - Wonderful Color! Congrats
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05/30/2007 02:48:57 PM
A really stunning photograph - congratulations and well-deserved.
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05/30/2007 01:38:43 PM
Congrats! I saw this during voting and was sure this is going to score high. Great use of vibrant colors.
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05/30/2007 01:32:27 PM
Congrats Catherine ... job well done! Beautiful shot and fit the username perfectly!! A blue, WOW.
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05/30/2007 12:55:32 PM
Beautiful photography!
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05/30/2007 12:10:28 PM
Great finish. Love the vibrancy and bokeh!! Congrats.
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05/30/2007 12:09:58 PM
That is a magnificent colored rooster/congratulations
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05/30/2007 12:02:34 PM
chickens have ugly feet.
I'm glad you didn't include them.
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05/30/2007 12:01:39 PM
While the colors do "pop", it is really the lighting, detail, and pose that really make this a one of kind image. That lighting is AMAZING. Congrats on the Ribbon Catherine. You stuff has been so spectacular lately! Seems like you are really good with that lens of yours! I love primes so much. Congrats again.
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05/30/2007 10:46:47 AM
Unbelievable colors & clarity!! Well deserved win and into my Favs it must go! Bravo!
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05/30/2007 09:55:51 AM
Catherine!!! Woo hoo! This is freaking BEAUTIFUL!!! Mega Congratulations on top honors for this amazing photo! And what a fantastic score!

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05/30/2007 09:19:23 AM
Wow, this really does deserve the blue. The colors are amazing! Congrats Sucker!
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05/30/2007 09:09:43 AM
Fantastic photo...congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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05/30/2007 09:05:44 AM
congratulations on your first ribbon, such a great image. very nice job :)
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05/30/2007 08:49:18 AM
Way to go Catherine! Excellent job! Not a bad way to start the new DPL season.
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05/30/2007 08:07:02 AM
Well done! Easily a ribbon.
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05/30/2007 08:00:52 AM
Simply fantastic!
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05/30/2007 07:52:29 AM
CONGRATULATIONS, knew when I gave you a ten it was a winner, well deserved blue ribbon and it will certainly be on my favourites.
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05/30/2007 07:43:14 AM
wow. how did you process this image?
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05/30/2007 07:42:43 AM
Outstanding! Congrats on a great finish for a strong image!
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05/30/2007 07:24:48 AM
Fantastic image, great shot and processing. Congraulations on your ribbon,

Jack
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05/30/2007 07:21:51 AM
Holy ficken crap batman. Great shot. Great score. Excellent job.
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05/30/2007 06:16:37 AM
stunning shot, fully expect to see it stolen all over the internet ;-)
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05/30/2007 04:45:25 AM
YAY for Catherine!!!!!
fantastic colors and photo, yes, go team suck!!
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05/30/2007 03:55:15 AM
YAY! well done indeed, catherine. lovely shot, great score! super duper! GO TEAM SUCK!
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05/30/2007 03:37:43 AM
Woooo-Hoo!! this is soo cool, - extremly happy for you catherine!
the picture deserved it
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05/30/2007 01:30:41 AM
Awesome shot in every way.
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05/30/2007 01:22:40 AM
Well done Catherine.you keep your best shot for the match against us .You have done great job here.Happy for you not happy for us.Never mind is a great shot :)
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05/30/2007 01:21:08 AM
Beautiful! Colors, tonal range, focus, and depth of field are perfect. This rooster has a great modeling career ahead of him.
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05/30/2007 01:15:57 AM
This is such a magnificent study and truly the best of its kind. A super unique flash of rich vibrant colors that dazzles the visual senses, Catherine: an outstanding contribution to delight viewers for a pretty long time. Congratulations on your BLUE!
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05/30/2007 01:01:50 AM
Magnificent!! Congratulations!!
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05/30/2007 12:43:51 AM
Congratulations Catherine. This photo is amazing! It's as if you handpicked the colour for the background. I love how its blurred just right. The bird itself is exquisite! Radiant colours, sharp focus, magnificent tonal range. I love how the brightness is just right yet there is all those black blacks giving everything detail and structure. Well done!
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05/30/2007 12:36:56 AM
Excellent Catherine. Great colour and composition...well done
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05/30/2007 12:34:12 AM
Yippeeeeee! Way to go, Catherine! I'm so happy for you. As your team member, it was so very, very cool to see it before it went into voting; we got to be wowed by it for a few days longer than everyone else! :)
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05/30/2007 12:29:33 AM
You completely deserved the blue. Great photograph!
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05/30/2007 12:20:20 AM
beautiful! congratulations!
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05/30/2007 12:16:44 AM
Great finish. Congrats.
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05/30/2007 12:15:39 AM
Wow, a blue ribbon for a cock photo! That's cool! Congratulations on your first ribbon.
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05/30/2007 12:13:31 AM
Congrats on the blue! This and the peacock are lovely combinations. Beautiful pic!
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05/30/2007 12:11:34 AM
Originally posted by sherpet:

"TOPS" thats for sure, and so deserved this wonderful result.....
C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N.S. on the "BLUE" ribbon, as this is just awesome.....


I just noticed that this is your first ribbon as well, so that make it even more pleasurable.....
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05/30/2007 12:10:28 AM
Of course he was cooperative. He thought you were the representative from Top Cock magazine. Congrats on the blue. I knew it'd do well as soon as I saw it. I'm kinda partial to that lens myself.
I see you "own" that lens on DPC. Well, at least the Canon version. I "own" the Nikon version. hehe
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05/30/2007 12:10:19 AM
Superb colors and DOF! Big congrats on your first ribbon!
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05/30/2007 12:09:22 AM
Wow he's colorful. Congrats on the blue.
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05/30/2007 12:09:15 AM
Congratulations!! Woohoo!
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05/30/2007 12:09:09 AM
"TOPS" thats for sure, and so deserved this wonderful result.....
C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N.S. on the "BLUE" ribbon, as this is just awesome.....

Message edited by author 2007-05-30 00:10:10.
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05/30/2007 12:08:15 AM
Congrats on the blue!
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05/30/2007 12:07:15 AM
Beautiful image! Did you know "Hahn" is "Rooster", in the German language? Congrats on your well deserved win!
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05/30/2007 12:06:10 AM
Wonderful!!! Congrats on the blue - you really deserve it for this one.
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05/30/2007 12:05:06 AM
Awesome shot!! congrats on the blue Cathrine
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05/30/2007 12:04:31 AM
my favorite of the whole challenge ... congrats ...
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05/30/2007 12:04:22 AM
Dude! Awesome pic! I didnt think anyone used my username for the challenge! Great job & congrats on the ribbon!
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05/30/2007 12:03:08 AM
Woohoo!!! Beautiful! Congrats!
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05/30/2007 12:03:03 AM
Woot! Congratulations. My score prediction for you was pretty close too!
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05/30/2007 12:02:24 AM
HA! Told ya so...congrats! :D
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05/30/2007 12:02:06 AM
Well will you look at that!!!!! A blue! Way to go, Catherine!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/29/2007 10:57:24 PM
Absolute perfection!
You will have fun with the scores this week--
I predict winner
10+
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05/29/2007 09:53:30 PM
Great colors, focus and bokeh
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05/29/2007 10:46:23 AM
Very nice...
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05/29/2007 09:02:29 AM
Gorgeous color and tones...rich and elegant. Very nice crisp detail and a buttery smooth background. Excellent photograph!
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05/29/2007 02:35:02 AM
Great color...and I love the off-centered composition.
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05/28/2007 10:18:49 PM
sharp, great color
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05/28/2007 09:20:09 PM
The clarity and colors are amazing here.
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05/27/2007 10:49:31 AM
Nice DOF and striking colors. The focus and composition are spot on. I really like this image.
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05/26/2007 09:30:03 PM
Nice image. Very vivid colours. I love the sharpness of this image. I hope it does well.
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05/26/2007 05:33:53 PM
woooowwwwww, 0.0
awesome colors, I only wish I could see his legs a little more, but I guess it helps with the composition that you didn't show them, so...10!
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05/26/2007 03:29:43 PM
nice colors
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05/26/2007 03:03:23 PM
wonderful color and great b/ ground
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05/26/2007 11:48:36 AM
Colors on this are wonderful; not oversaturated to my eye, and the green in the background doesn't compete with the rooster. Like the composition with the rooster's head and neck paralleling (sp?) the curve of the tail. Nice job.
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05/26/2007 10:01:21 AM
this looks fantastic! i love the clarity and the colours.
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05/26/2007 01:34:08 AM
fantastic colors
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05/26/2007 12:43:11 AM
Excellecnt color, nice DOF & detail in the feathers - 9
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05/25/2007 07:40:39 PM
Fantastic photo - if ONLY I could see the FULL rooster.
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05/25/2007 04:52:01 PM
Absolutely perfect detail. Very nice uncluttered background. Textbook perfect.8
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05/25/2007 09:22:35 AM
just stunning ... the colors you've captured are amazing ... my choice for a ribbon ... good luck ...
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05/25/2007 08:28:57 AM
Nice composition and colour work.
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05/25/2007 06:47:51 AM
Not sure why you have cropped off the feet. I'd also prefer a little more space to the left of the rooster, the crop is a little tight.
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05/24/2007 06:03:50 PM
Superbly captured - beautiful treatment of the colours (I'm assuming these have been enhanced in post - otherwise the lighting is just really great). Some might take issue with the fact that you've cropped his feet out - but I think it works without the distraction of ugly chicken legs. 9.
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05/24/2007 08:40:58 AM
Beautiful! Great light, focus, color. background, composition and clearly meets the challenge! Rooster is well represented here!! 10
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05/24/2007 04:42:24 AM
Never saw a finer rooster, great 3D look, those colors 10
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05/24/2007 12:17:14 AM
I see a top 3 !! - Great saturation, sharpness, cropping and brilliant unobstructed background that normally lets a lot of DPC pix down.
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05/24/2007 12:01:03 AM
Great colors and focus throughout.
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05/23/2007 10:09:50 PM
Striking image. I love it.
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05/23/2007 09:00:19 PM
Excellent color and pose...wish we were able to see his feet.
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05/23/2007 03:25:03 PM
excellent
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05/23/2007 02:58:59 PM
Beautifully composed, vibrant colors that don't look overly-processed, good use of depth of field -- a nice surprise to find this at the very end of my photos to score.
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05/23/2007 02:08:55 PM
AMAZING colour, simply wonderful!!!
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05/23/2007 01:42:46 PM
OMG!!! This has to be the most gorgeous image of a Rooster I have ever seen. Looks like an Old Master Painting. You're going to ribbon with this baby.
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05/23/2007 01:22:38 PM
what beautiful shades, nice focus well done 10
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05/23/2007 01:06:09 PM
very colorful. good focus. deducting 2 for cropped legs
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05/23/2007 10:22:17 AM
wonderful colours 8
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05/23/2007 09:34:35 AM
Great focus and bokeh. Wish we could also see his feet. 7
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05/23/2007 09:29:56 AM
I LOVE THIS!!! course I'm a 'country gurl'... 9...10 with feet and all...gl
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05/23/2007 07:51:36 AM
Seems a bit cutoff at the bottom. Perhaps a little more space down there would help. Nice, clear, sharp image though.
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05/23/2007 07:28:37 AM
great colos  I think these rich tones will strike many a high votr. -My eye is beeging for a slight left shift but that's probably just me. 8
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05/23/2007 12:39:04 AM
This is the best photograph of a rooster I've ever seen! Great colors and your bokeh is awesome! Lighting looks like he was in a studio, lol. Nice job!!
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05/23/2007 12:17:07 AM
very nice, and unbelievable clarity. wow at the colors. 9
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