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A bird's eye view
A bird's eye view

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Challenge: Perspective V (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Galapagos islands
Date: Dec 18, 2007
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2007

A frigate bird was posing rather nicely for a very long time on a boat I was on. I took soooo many shots :)

No major editing, just minor tweaking during RAW conversion (contrast, saturation, sharpening, cropping). Not that I wouldn't have wanted to edit it more, but I still haven't quite made it back home from my holiday, and therefore don't yet have a version of Photoshop available to play with.

Anyway, DNMC away... :)

Place: 105 out of 148
Avg (all users): 5.3832
Avg (commenters): 6.1250
Avg (participants): 5.2698
Avg (non-participants): 5.4519
Views since voting: 679
Views during voting: 224
Votes: 167
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/07/2008 12:10:21 PM
As an image, this has much to commend it. The detail is fantastic. As far as meeting the challenge, this really doesn't answer well to "perspective", and from your comment I can see you know that. Particularly "off" is the title itself, as of course a birds-eye view is conventionally looking down from a great height.

The image itself can be improved with some shadow recovery and some edge burning to alleviate the very flat sky. Something like this is what I am talking about:

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12/31/2007 01:41:13 AM
Beautiful focus, texture, and light. I've never seen a frigate bird up close. It's quite exciting to see more than just their beautiful distinctive outline in the sky.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2007 09:27:44 AM
Nope... not even unique in the least. Good shot of a bird.
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12/26/2007 10:57:03 PM
I love the picture, and the caption made me laugh!
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12/25/2007 08:34:32 PM
fantastic image
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12/24/2007 08:21:35 PM
well captured - 7
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12/24/2007 02:04:05 PM
nice photo.. very sharp and clear. it doesn't seem to me that i'm getting the bird's perspective like the title implies. it's a view of the bird's eye but not a bird's eye view.
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12/24/2007 05:41:06 AM
A great picture but it doesn't say "perspective" to me.
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12/24/2007 02:18:07 AM
very stylish hairdo :-D nice shot.
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12/24/2007 12:26:18 AM
nice shot. That beak looks like an old piece of wood. How weird.
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