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KooKooKoKaKaKaKaKa - Kookaburra
KooKooKoKaKaKaKaKa - Kookaburra
mrblobby


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Shallow DOF (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Halls Gap, The Grampians, VICTORIA, Australia.
Date: Feb 7, 2004
Aperture: 4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 200
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 8, 2004

Getting a Kookaburra this close is no mean feat, I was virtually sitting right on top of him though and my dream of Shallow DOF came true! I am kind of testing the water with an Australian them to see how it plays on the International VOTE :) The image is still in its correct orientation but has been cropped down, some other Kookaburras were cropped out also as some of their heads were cut off. A little extra sharpening of the Foreground and Blurring of the Background was done also.

Statistics
Place: 136 out of 174
Avg (all users): 4.9945
Avg (commenters): 5.8333
Avg (participants): 5.0917
Avg (non-participants): 4.8493
Views since voting: 907
Votes: 182
Comments: 26
Favorites: 0


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02/16/2004 12:10:53 AM
This is an excellent and original take on the Challenge. Sorry you didn't score higher with the voters. However, you have the satisfaction of knowing you pulled off a difficult shot very well. And birds are darned hard to get in good detail.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/15/2004 11:55:01 PM
I personally don't care for the boarder and think it detracts.
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02/15/2004 10:43:05 PM
Cool looking bird, and a really nice shot...not real fond of the boarder..but I do like the photo alot, nice dof also.. 7
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02/15/2004 05:28:34 PM
ok how did you do that? Very good picture!
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02/15/2004 02:01:53 PM
I find the transition from bird to background to be a little too sharp, and makes it look almost artificial. The difference in the focus (feathers vs. background) is enough to make it pop out for me. I like the technique of the subject breaking into the frame, but I'm not completely sure I actually like that and the tilting here. But given that's the look you wanted, it's well-done!
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02/15/2004 11:08:59 AM
Interesting trick. But I think even using this technique, he's still a little close to the edges of the frame. I don't think I like the angle of this photo either. Doesn't make it right or wrong really, just personal preference.
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02/15/2004 02:07:10 AM
You made this pop! 7
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02/14/2004 02:52:19 AM
Now this is unusual, great shot,not sure of the overflow on the frame? At least you dare to venture out of the norm, good for you 9
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02/14/2004 12:25:00 AM
Your choice of border here totally ruins this shot for me!
TC
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02/13/2004 05:15:09 PM
I'm not sure the angle works for me.
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02/13/2004 02:13:21 PM
Inspired idea to have your main subject coming out of the picture like this. The effect is particularly good for this challenge.
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02/13/2004 01:08:21 PM
cool shot ... framing really adds to this photo. nice job.
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02/13/2004 01:29:06 AM
If the photo had something with a soft focus in the foreground to indicate a 'Shallow Depth of Field' I would have given it another point. The bird lools like it has been added on to the photo ... no offense meant !
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02/12/2004 03:46:41 AM
weird. top half looks like a deformed bunny. also, i thought the white border is a little distracting and a bit unnecessary - i would have probably given the original uncropped image a higher rating. 7.
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02/12/2004 12:49:06 AM
What a different way to present an image At first I thought what a wide border and as it unfolded on my screen, I was and am very impressed. very nice image very detailed and I hope you dont get hammered for artwork on your border
Very impressed with this!
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02/11/2004 02:46:53 PM
The kookaburra is great, but the slant and the wide frame give the overall picture a gimmicky appearance. IMHO the fact that editing programs let you create bizarre effects is not a mandate to use them to excess.
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02/10/2004 10:33:47 PM
WHOA. I almost brushed that animal off my screen! For a second, I forgot it was a pic! Nice edit - very creative. 8
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02/10/2004 09:45:12 PM
wouldnt be a Tarzan movie withour him!! odd angle but nice shot
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02/10/2004 08:14:15 PM
There is some excellent DOF in this shot, but I reckon most people will score low because of your gimmicky cut out. They'll presume it was superimposed or something. I'd like to have at least seen his feet on the bark to givve it context.

I'm going to give it a 7 because, assuming I'm right that this shot is untampered, it's a great capture.
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02/10/2004 11:39:11 AM
The frame is.... Distrubing!! But original!
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02/09/2004 09:59:41 PM
A nice 3D effect, but I think the effect s overdone. Perhaps the beak sticking out would have worked, but the feet don't, as they are dangling in space. It's actually hard to see the connection between the foreground bird and the tree, so he doesn't appear to be part of the picture.
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02/09/2004 07:11:28 PM
I've looked at this shot several times and am torn on the score. DOF is its strength but both the head and feet "pop-out" and the extra wide border detract. I think your unique approach and inovative angle are refreshing to see.
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02/09/2004 07:09:13 PM
i have never seen a photo matted with part of the photo on top of the matte.
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02/09/2004 04:29:37 PM
I don't much care for the way the bird sticks out onto the border. Seemingly good use of DoF.
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02/09/2004 11:00:39 AM
Nice DOF shot of the bird. The frame and tilt of the picture don't really work for me. Makes it look gimmicky.
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02/09/2004 12:38:21 AM
It's a bit disorienting... but interesting...
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