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The Lowly Pigeon
The Lowly Pigeon
KarenNfld


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Challenge: Birds II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 6s
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Date: Jan 24, 2008
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400s
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2008

I wasn't going to enter this challenge because the only birds around here are pigeons, gulls and ducks (and a few juncos and goldfinches at my feeders). But I went to the lake and managed to get what I think is a different perspective of the common pigeon. They really do have pretty colours if you look closely.

I was using my 75-300mm zoom lens and this was taken at full zoom, hand-held. I've heard people say this lens is not sharp at full zoom but this photo is pretty sharp. I was really close to the pigeon, in fact at one point I had to back off the zoom because I was too close to focus.

The pigeon is all puffed up because it was a pretty cold day. There is very little done to this photo other than a small crop, sharpening, contrast, clarify and some saturation. There is no selective desaturation although it might look like there is.

I like the photo, let's see what the voters think.

Outtake:
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Statistics
Place: 27 out of 251
Avg (all users): 6.6792
Avg (commenters): 7.9000
Avg (participants): 6.5392
Avg (non-participants): 6.8091
Views since voting: 1511
Views during voting: 358
Votes: 212
Comments: 29
Favorites: 2 (view)


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07/15/2009 12:05:10 PM
not bad
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07/15/2009 11:19:44 AM
Unbelievably beautiful. And I too, never thought I'd get to say that about a pigeon.
Nice seeing and great image.
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10/28/2008 05:47:15 PM
Nice...so colourful! Never thought I'd say that about a pigeon...
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02/06/2008 01:24:07 AM
Cool pigeon, Karen! Amazing colors. :)
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02/04/2008 10:11:54 AM
karen, I really like this shot. very creative POV. I knew pigeons had nice colors, but not this nice!
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02/04/2008 02:53:39 AM
Congrats, Karen - your lowly pigeon did very well!
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02/04/2008 01:41:48 AM
Cracking shot Karen that got an 8 from me although I am surprised you have pigeons (winged rats) in Nfld as I thought they were generally city birds. I loved the tight crop, the sharpness and of course the range of colours which had a real electric feel to them. Very impressive finish in what I thought was a challenge which had a lot of outstanding images in it

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02/04/2008 12:37:04 AM
I'm really glad this got a decent score. I gave it a 10 - was my favourite from the whole challenge because it stood out for it's originality...i.e. not a bald eagle, duck or hummingbird...but taking a common bird and simply transforming it into a thing of beauty.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/03/2008 01:10:16 PM
the purples seen a little over "shopped"
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02/03/2008 11:55:03 AM
Nice colors and detail. Interesting POV. Nice shot.
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02/03/2008 09:59:11 AM
Terrific composition and detail.
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02/03/2008 12:02:04 AM
Love the colors
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02/02/2008 12:22:08 PM
Very pretty, All techs are excellent.
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02/01/2008 06:21:30 PM
7 - Good concept. They are beautiful colors in these birds, you've done well to showcase them - just wonder about a variation in composition, 'somehow'.
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02/01/2008 04:33:57 PM
WOW- an excellent take on a pigeon! Great shot!
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02/01/2008 01:19:09 PM
I've never seen a pigeon so close before.. it fills the frame nicely.
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01/31/2008 07:02:10 AM
An EXCELLENT composition to showcase these often-hated birds. I quite like 'em, even though they're terribly dirty. They're also fun to watch and quite pretty.
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01/31/2008 12:11:09 AM
Lovely - one of my favorites in the challenge.
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01/30/2008 07:03:00 PM
Detail and vibrant colors are out of this world!! Fantastic photo!
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01/30/2008 11:58:13 AM
This is the niceset pigeon photo I have seen so far.
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01/30/2008 01:36:52 AM
Wonderful colors. The green/blue/purple combination is one of my favorite color combinations :-)
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01/29/2008 09:30:54 PM
That's close, nicely colored.
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01/28/2008 07:02:34 PM
Very well done. Perfect exposure IMO.
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01/28/2008 06:25:24 PM
Great colors and details. He looks a bit pissed off though. :) Bumping up 1.
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01/28/2008 05:43:32 PM
Fantastic job in pp. Love your vision and the accentuation of the existing colours. Really striking and individual.
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01/28/2008 03:36:35 PM
Wow the coloring is awesome! Great job making us really look at something most of overlook on a daily basis.
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01/28/2008 10:34:33 AM
Allways thought that pigeons where underrated, it is lovely that you have brought out the colours of his crest.
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01/28/2008 04:26:22 AM
Lovely capture of the feather details, wow this guy is well fed! 7
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01/28/2008 01:42:53 AM
The best pigeon shot in the challenge... IMO
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