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The Parrot Comes
MaryO


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Challenge: Stopped Motion IV (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Domestic Birds
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Nov 17, 2007
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Nov 17, 2007

Getting silly with Hildy. There was a glass door to her lower left but the light was soft because the sun was on the other side of the house. I was sitting below the flight path. No flash, high ISO, so the shot ended up kind of moody and almost scary-looking. She just wanted a Cheez-It! And yes, she will come on command to get one.

Would vastly prefer a shot that is sharper all the way through but the noise would have been unbearable when I inevitably had to lighten it. Ah, well. The lighting on this is fun, even if the picture isn't perfect.

PP - converted from RAW, increased saturation, rotated, cropped, cloned out little bit of chair left after crop, dodged/burnt esp. on eye and face, burnt out any stray color in background, added border, resized, sharpened with noise reduction.

Statistics
Place: 24 out of 138
Avg (all users): 6.3576
Avg (commenters): 7.5556
Avg (participants): 6.2586
Avg (non-participants): 6.4112
Views since voting: 1546
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 165
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)


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01/29/2008 12:56:16 PM
This is a very good image, even with the things that you mention about "quality issues". Most of us know the techniques to get the great shot, but it just isn't always easy as time never stands still with animals or people.
Capturing a hundred one time, exceptional moments like this is worth a lot more to me than missing most of life and it's great images while trying to get that one technically perfect shot.
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01/06/2008 02:37:41 AM
She is beautiful!! You did her justice...nice image, well-done! I really do love this one.
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11/26/2007 07:57:42 AM
Mary, what a great capture! It's dark and moody making the cracker-nabbing parrot look ominous even if we do know she's a love.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/23/2007 11:42:55 PM
Nice capture
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11/23/2007 07:39:01 PM
Spooky. Very dramatic shot. Good capture.
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11/22/2007 06:08:53 PM
excellent...9
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11/22/2007 12:37:54 PM
Outstanding. The orange tail feathers being so well lit makes this image very dramatic.
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11/22/2007 08:41:21 AM
Looks great against the black background. Could have pushed the level on the bird though to make it really standard as the grey wings are a bit dull. Great composition but whats with the brown border? would have been better sampling from the red tail features of the parrot
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11/21/2007 02:12:51 PM
Great lighting and catch. Composition is great also. Little noisy in the wing area but I am sure that was due to the higher ISO. Nice work.
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11/20/2007 05:57:14 PM
nice composition
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11/20/2007 02:57:27 PM
i like where you put the bird in the picture
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11/20/2007 10:58:41 AM
great lighting and good composition. a bit noisy and slightly blurred, though
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11/20/2007 05:37:28 AM
Photo is a fun shot, but the crop seems odd to me. Needs just a little more light to really come alive, but a nice shot.
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11/20/2007 12:34:56 AM
Nice black background and the border works well
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11/19/2007 09:44:00 PM
Extra two points for composition and lighting (8).
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11/19/2007 07:56:35 PM
Great lighting on the tail, body and head. The wings are too blurred and clipped slightly.
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11/19/2007 05:59:40 PM
This is creepy in a cool way. I like the crop and give you an 8 for doing so well on the focusing.
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11/19/2007 02:22:10 PM
Holy moly - what a great capture! My parrot has no idea she can fly! 10
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11/19/2007 02:03:49 PM
This is entirely too cool. I hope it gets at least into the top 10.
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11/19/2007 10:46:20 AM
the lighting transformes a dramatik feeling. Well done.
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11/19/2007 06:49:54 AM
Wonderful stop action, love the light and slight motion captured in the wings!
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