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Challenge: December Free Study (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Dallas, TX.
Date: Dec 28, 2003
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2003

Shot at the Dallas zoo. I was about 10 feet away with my 300mm zoom. I cloned out the fence in front of the bird and sharpened and dodged around the eyes and changed the eye color from the dark to light that you see here. Crop is full frame except for 8x10 ratio.

The original image I started with is linked to in my comment below.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 193
Avg (all users): 7.5000
Avg (commenters): 8.3846
Avg (participants): 7.5952
Avg (non-participants): 7.3571
Views since voting: 8450
Votes: 210
Comments: 64
Favorites: 15 (view)


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01/20/2004 07:51:35 AM
wow.. excellent details ;-0 bravo. congratulations!
Biliana
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01/16/2004 02:21:44 PM
Wow! I am amazed at your photoshop skills. Seriously Danny, this shot rocks! Congrats!
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01/16/2004 07:18:26 AM
Congratulations, this is an outstanding shot. Got a ten from me :)
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01/15/2004 11:02:04 PM
This is a crisp, clear photo that extrudes the true originality and beauty of not only the animal but also the photographer :-)
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01/15/2004 09:19:57 PM
Danny, I think this is one of your best shots yet. Superb!
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01/15/2004 03:40:36 PM
Told ya... :-)
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01/15/2004 12:42:43 PM
Congrats Danny!
Great PS work and a well deserved blue ribbon.
I still say it's one scary looking bird :)
Terry
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01/15/2004 11:23:11 AM
You is on a rolllllll, brotha. nice work on the cloning...I'm doing the same for this week's entry :)

Great title too.

Pedro, H.R. P-Ness
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01/15/2004 10:39:23 AM
dude!! you did it !! woohoo!!! congrats man :)
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01/15/2004 09:16:25 AM
A brilliant shot, well deserved win,some very good processing too.
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01/15/2004 08:55:17 AM
Congratulations - a big blue! well deserved and well titled
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01/15/2004 08:20:43 AM
Congrats! Beautiful job! The post-processing is perfect too.. although I only knew it because you mentioned it. Bravo!
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01/15/2004 08:16:40 AM
Congrats on a WELL deserved win. This being a open challenge and photos taken from around the world. Most having more time to spend on the challenge than you have...more so lately. This is saying alot about your talent ! This is a amazing, awesome photo.
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01/15/2004 08:10:34 AM
Congrats Danny, this was one of my tens! :-) Way to go! :-)
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01/15/2004 07:33:46 AM
Danny.... congrats on your 4th blue ribbon... a great accomplishment, especially in this challenge! Outstanding post-shot editing as well. Wow!
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01/15/2004 07:27:37 AM
Awesome job crab! A well deserved win for sure!
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01/15/2004 07:23:40 AM
Great job Danny! Excellent post processing!!
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01/15/2004 07:06:46 AM
Great job crab! It looks like I was right - we ribboned after all. Congratulations on well deserved win!
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01/15/2004 06:45:36 AM
Danny,

Congrats on the blue ribbon for this challenge :) I think winning this challenge is a major accomplishment. You were up against a lot of good photos and the photographers had a lot more time to prepare for this one. The uniqueness of this bird and your talent with the camera have certainly come together well in this image. I look forward to seeing a lot more of your stuff on the front page this year :)
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01/15/2004 05:44:29 AM
Congrats Crab! very nice image.
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01/15/2004 04:59:57 AM
Nice. I was taking a look at your orginal and wwooowww. That is the best postprocessing I ever seen here on DPC.
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01/15/2004 03:33:40 AM
A masterpiece, indeed!!
Congratulations!
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01/15/2004 02:44:07 AM
Yes, congratulations Danny!
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01/15/2004 02:21:46 AM
Congrats for the blue ribbon!
And as stated below a good example how the new member rules enhance an image and not make it digitally looking at all.

Jörg
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01/15/2004 01:21:59 AM
Woooohoooo Danny! Awesome pic, congrats....
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01/15/2004 01:07:05 AM
Congratulations! Yours was the only one of my personal top 3 to actually finish there.

Your win is particularly satisfying because spot editing out the cage was instrumental to your victory. This is proof that the new rules work to make an image the "best it can" be without destroying the original photograph's integrity.

Great job.
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01/15/2004 12:31:55 AM
you make all dslr'ers proud. great stuff
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01/15/2004 12:21:14 AM
Very nice! I really like this shot.
I will be headed there on my future shoot :)
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01/15/2004 12:16:14 AM
holy cow, great post processing work! Really jealous (in a good way) of both your foto taking skills & editing skills! Congrats on a very well deserved ribbon!
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01/15/2004 12:16:09 AM
Congratulations!

Deannda
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01/15/2004 12:15:49 AM
WOW! great work...more proof that PS work doesn't just create digital art.
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01/15/2004 12:14:20 AM
This is a great transformation! The editing really shows a strong argument for allowing more advanced rules here. Superb stuff.
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01/15/2004 12:12:44 AM
Wow, amazing work. I looked at the original... excellent job. congratulations!
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01/15/2004 12:10:25 AM
Thanks for all the great comments. The eye was changed back from the blue that I mentioned in the comments.

For all of you who fear photoshop making digiart, here is the original file I started with:

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/4493/thumb/55276.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/4493/thumb/55276.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

I spent over 2 hours perfecting this shot so it could be what you see here. Cloning, dodging, burning, healing brush, sharpening actions... all tools that help take this from my trash bin, to the frontpage.

Thanks again!
-danny
01/15/2004 12:08:05 AM
Wow! Wonderful! Congratulations!
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01/15/2004 12:07:11 AM
amazing pic...the detail is stunning. congratulations, danny...you da man! :)
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01/15/2004 12:01:56 AM
Super work, Danny!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/14/2004 11:35:50 PM
You've done a great job capturing the soft textures of the birds feathers as well as a sharp beak and eyes. I don't know the birds colors; it seems a little limited in color range, but that might be the scene.
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01/11/2004 06:42:23 PM
Accomplished macro and a worthy subject (and personality!) composed to suit the purpose. Examplary silky (Canon?) background blur, flawless.
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01/10/2004 06:46:09 PM
it's not a pretty bird, but it is a pretty picture. strange how that can happen.
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01/10/2004 05:41:37 PM
Now that's an interesting bird.... I like the composition and the levels are good. This is the best bird head shot I've seen in a while here. Good job! 9
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01/09/2004 11:01:39 PM
outstanding
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01/09/2004 06:40:42 AM
Beatiful image. Really, good focus.
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01/08/2004 11:03:55 PM
interesting close up
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01/08/2004 06:17:33 PM
wow - amazing detail here. = 9
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01/08/2004 07:45:38 AM
Awesome
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01/06/2004 09:47:06 PM
exception detail. tack sharp. great pose. I love the head feathers and the beautiful eye catchlight. 10!
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01/06/2004 08:10:28 PM
Great close-up, nice detail and background.
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01/06/2004 11:43:20 AM
super texture and color repro!
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01/06/2004 10:31:03 AM
Nice portrait and a good capture on the expression. Excellent clarity. What type of bird is it? I was wondering if a wider crop would make him stand out more.
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01/06/2004 07:33:07 AM
Nice harpy.
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01/06/2004 05:34:59 AM
I just cannot get over the incredible detail in this shot. Perfect dof, wondeful lighting, and have to admit I am so curious as to how you got this amazing bird to sit and pose for you! This shot is definitely one of my favorites in the challenge.
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01/05/2004 03:33:47 PM
This is a really great shot, your dof is wonderful..the detail is outstanding 10
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01/03/2004 07:05:13 PM
Somehow this bird looks like it is pissed off about something. :)
Good focus on the eye, good use of aperture/ shallow dof, like the toning balance and composition. 8
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01/02/2004 10:18:18 PM
Beautiful shot. Looks so lifel like rather than just a photo. 10
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01/02/2004 06:21:20 PM
nice pic, please let us know what kind of bird that is after the challenge
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01/02/2004 12:41:12 PM
Wow this is great..great capture of everything from feathers to background. Is this a Harpee eagle?(10)
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01/02/2004 08:03:36 AM
Wow, this is one cool photograph! Perfect DOF, interesting tones.
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01/01/2004 10:44:25 PM
I really love her (his?) hairstyle! The crispness is intense. My hope is that you encountered this creature out in the wild. Glorious.
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01/01/2004 06:56:17 PM
Awesome detail. I love the color of his eyes. Excellent shot! 10
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01/01/2004 03:13:52 PM
Well you either have a great lens or are related to dr. dolittle. Great texture and sharp image.
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01/01/2004 09:15:23 AM
scary!
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01/01/2004 12:36:35 AM
Very nice details, the eye is so strong. Well done
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01/01/2004 12:29:33 AM
Excellent work and good luck in 2004 :) = 10 - Setzler
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