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Challenge: Birds II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Key Largo, Florida
Date: Jan 27, 2008
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 27, 2008

I shot this using the 70-200VR at 70mm. I was way too close and believe that the biggest criticism (before being enlightened by voters) is that there is not enough space in front of the beak. The problem was that I couldn't get far enough away from this bird and the 70-200 was actually gave me too much reach. Maybe I'll try the Tokina 12-24 next time like with my alligator shot, lol.

I'm very happy with how this photo trip turned out and with this shot. Actually, I had several to choose from and this one is my replacement choice. My original choice was this one...

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I think that my final choice will do slightly better and if I can be so bold, I predict a 7.1 for the final score. Despite it being winter for most of the DPC population, I expect that there will be a least several serious contenders for ribbons in this challenge so I can only hope.

Underexposed the shot by -1 step to avoid blown out highlights
Converted RAW file in Nikon Capture NX
Opened converted file in CS2
Levels
Sponge tool to increase saturation in the yellow parts
Adjusted hue and saturation in cyan and blue
Cloned out twig
Overlay layer at 30% opacity to "make it pop" (thanks 21.gif Bear_Music for this idea in your recent thread)
History brush where the overlay layer blew out the brightest whites
Unsharp
Crop
Added border
Sized for DPC

Post Challenge

Whew! This week is finally over and many of us knew that this would be a high scoring challenge with all of the outstanding entries. 4 scores of 7+ not ribboning illustrates how competitive this challenge was. Congratulations to all who entered and many thanks to all of the commenters.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 251
Avg (all users): 7.5512
Avg (commenters): 8.8148
Avg (participants): 7.4388
Avg (non-participants): 7.6542
Views since voting: 7895
Views during voting: 439
Votes: 205
Comments: 74
Favorites: 16 (view)


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02/28/2011 09:30:24 PM
An amazing capture. Very well done!
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03/17/2008 01:20:50 PM

Yakatme...I love this shot! Bravo... if you had wanted to add mor space in front of his/her beak, you could have gone to Image... Canvas size, and added as much as you wanted,.. be sure to use your eyedropper to select the blue , so when you fill in the extra canvas it matches! Good luck, and keep up the fabulous photography! Jeudi D. I love my D70 as well, and now have a D300, which is way cool also!
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02/09/2008 03:54:01 AM
Congrats. The blue white combo is appealing.

Looking at the wings a few moments makes them appear like duck bills captured in motion!
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02/06/2008 09:54:39 PM
All I can say is, "I wish I had taken it." Stunning, keep up the good work.
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02/06/2008 09:07:01 AM
Wow, the picture is fantastic! And the title just killed me.
A well deserved ribbon.
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02/06/2008 01:09:23 AM
*Critique Club*

Wow I haven't critiqued in a while and first one I get is this beautiful piece. I remember seeing it when I was voting thinking it had to ribbon and yes it did. Congratulations. I love how in the details you commented about what you learned in the a forum I think that really puts it into perspective for all of us, how much we can learn.

Over the image is very striking, I think the contrast between the blue sky and white bird are prefect for this shot. The border is a very nice way to frame up the shot. I also love the include of the stick the bird is standing on. The focus all the way down to the feet is prefect. There is not much I can say because it is so prefect. Nice job.
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02/06/2008 01:03:32 AM
Congrats on a great pic and a blue among a lot of great pics!
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02/05/2008 03:30:11 AM
Perfect! This would make a wonderful print! Congrats Robert!!
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02/05/2008 03:09:35 AM
STUNNING STUNNING STUNNING..... Congrats on the BLUE ribbon.....
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02/04/2008 11:13:56 PM
Congratulations on your first place, beautiful capture. :)
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02/04/2008 08:42:43 PM
Very nice image. I like the 'action' feel to this picture and your PP is awesome!
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02/04/2008 07:53:27 PM
way to go robert
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02/04/2008 03:26:37 PM
A very nice addition to your top line.

The title, the capture, the bold simplicity, of the shot all worked perfectly. Well deserved finish.
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02/04/2008 02:39:12 PM
Stunning!
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02/04/2008 01:52:04 PM
Beautiful. A great capture. Well done.
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02/04/2008 01:12:02 PM
This rocks.. I like the crop better on the outtake than the winner. I like to see a little space between the border, but my preference isn't usually what others like. He is definitely a cool looking bird.
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02/04/2008 01:03:41 PM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon!! Excellent shot!
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02/04/2008 10:45:50 AM
Really excellent shot! You definitely deserved the blue. Congratulations!
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02/04/2008 10:33:01 AM
Congratulations! Beautiful shot... and an EXCELLENT TITLE :)
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02/04/2008 10:00:58 AM
Congrats!! I knew this would come in as expected. Fantastic shot & I love the fact that your 70-200 gave you too much reach. What a great problem...
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02/04/2008 10:00:45 AM
Fantastic shot. well executed, and perfectly exposed. Congrats on the blue, it is certainly deserved.
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02/04/2008 09:43:37 AM
Good job Robert!
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02/04/2008 08:37:05 AM
I didn't vote, but did look thru the images for this challenge. I suspected that this was one of your Anhinga Trail shots, because I could see that you were close when you got the shot from the perspective, and I know that the egrets are in mating plumage at this time.
It's appropriate that it's mid winter, and the bird that you chose is a snowy egret. It's about as close to snow as we get down here LOL.
This is the "plume bird" that was hunted to near extinction for feathers for ladies hats last century, but they are getting more common now. I have seen flocks of over 50 of them in the 'Glades.
Big congrats on the blue. Go Nikon!
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02/04/2008 08:22:48 AM
Congratulations! This is such a beautiful shot!
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02/04/2008 07:50:47 AM
Wow, what a shot - white balance indeed! Congratulations!
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02/04/2008 06:58:12 AM
Well done! I figured yours had to be blue. Great score you got there. Congrats!
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02/04/2008 06:57:31 AM
breathtaking image well deserved blue
congrats
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02/04/2008 06:55:14 AM
Ha! Can I call 'em or what?! I knew this would be yours. Congrats on the Ribbon!
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02/04/2008 06:44:52 AM
Congrats on the blue, I saw this and knew it would be in the top three. Great score. Great feather detail and nice white tones in the shot. Congrats Again!
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02/04/2008 06:32:10 AM
Stunning capture! Congratulations!
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02/04/2008 06:18:49 AM
Congratulations Robert, excellent detail and color. Wonderful job.
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02/04/2008 05:29:37 AM
This picture makes me happy :D Must be because of those lovely fluffy tufts of feathers.
Congratulations!
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02/04/2008 04:19:01 AM
well done/congrats great picture
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02/04/2008 03:23:45 AM
This definitely had to win, what a wonderful image. Congratulations on your well deserved blue.
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02/04/2008 03:14:27 AM
Congrats on a very well deserved ribbon, excellent shot!
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02/04/2008 02:18:27 AM
Hi Robert, Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!
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02/04/2008 01:14:18 AM
I really love posing birds :P this is an excellent shot, congrats :D
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02/04/2008 01:03:20 AM
Congratulations on a great shot. I have to come down there for a visit ... to be able to walk up to these birds ... I can only dream ...

Message edited by author 2008-02-04 01:04:11.
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02/04/2008 12:19:31 AM
Robert, I'll just say congratulations on a beautiful image, because with one this fine, the ribbon was a certainty. I'm glad to see it's yours.
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02/04/2008 12:15:04 AM
The great contrast with the sky was an excellent idea, congratulations on the Blue.
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02/04/2008 12:06:39 AM
Just beautiful, Robert! Congratulations!
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02/04/2008 12:06:25 AM
Congrats on the well-deserved Blue. This is really a spectacular capture!
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02/04/2008 12:05:13 AM
Congrats for the blue, this is a great picture
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02/04/2008 12:04:21 AM
A well deserving first place shot! Nicely done!
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02/04/2008 12:04:10 AM
WOW. Has such a nice graphic feel to it - the shape is just fantastic. Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/03/2008 05:04:23 PM
Fantastic shot I love the pose and the white against the blue detail great a 10 from me
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02/03/2008 10:01:19 AM
Simply stunning, definitely a top ten shot.
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02/02/2008 05:04:18 PM
8 - Excellent capture. Almost wish your title didn't make me look even closer at 'that'.
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02/02/2008 04:35:05 PM
Magnificent shot and perfect title - a winner all the way for me.
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02/01/2008 07:10:26 PM
Very nice!
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02/01/2008 02:50:45 PM
Fantastic! What a great pose and colour combination 10
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02/01/2008 01:32:31 PM
Beautiful.
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01/31/2008 12:17:43 PM
Beautiful!
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01/31/2008 10:42:31 AM
clever title and excellently focused and composed shot. one of my favs in the challenge.
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01/31/2008 07:21:58 AM
Love the blue sky, haven't seen a blue sky in Michigan in weeks. composition good, colors good, contrast and saturation good. Focus good but not POPPING good. Very nice shot.
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01/30/2008 09:44:21 PM
good titling.
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01/30/2008 06:12:06 PM
Fantastic capture! 10
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01/30/2008 03:12:34 PM
Great title, super sharp, nice pose. Well done!
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01/30/2008 07:11:28 AM
Stunning. Dynamic. Perfect in every way! Besides the great exposure and sharp detail, the movement created by the great composition and timing make this a top-notch image. This is the first shot I opened, but I'd nominate it for a ribbon without seeing the rest.
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01/30/2008 06:18:16 AM
Good sharp straightforward shot. Centered subject works well. Makes me wonder if this is scoring as well as a past gator. ;)
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01/29/2008 10:57:00 PM
Strikingly beautiful against that sky, and marvelous detail. Very much like the non-standard pose and perspective.
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01/29/2008 09:10:31 PM
Excellent! :)
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01/29/2008 03:48:39 PM
Very good shot, and sharp.
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01/29/2008 03:30:03 AM
Excellent capture of the specimen and a great title!
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01/28/2008 08:26:41 PM
nice
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01/28/2008 07:04:12 PM
this is a great photograph,the bird stands out so much it could be 3D,I would score high for this shot if i was a full member and be very happy if i'd taken it.
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01/28/2008 05:12:49 PM
Fantastic technical capture - no blown highlights and very sharp. Blue sky complements the yellows as well. Would hope to see this top 10 if not ribbon.
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01/28/2008 03:19:17 PM
wow what can you say about perfect ,,,,,,,,, ummm ,,,, nothing straight 10
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01/28/2008 03:17:52 PM
Wow great piece. I know you weren't but it looks like you told him look right, pick up your wing and pose. Nice job!!
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01/28/2008 02:56:59 PM
damn,how much did you pay this fella!? 10
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01/28/2008 11:53:44 AM
Cute title. Amazing photo, crystal clear and sharp and gorgeous pose.
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01/28/2008 10:38:54 AM
oh, this is a funny bird! Very good crop and focus. the blue background works very well. The framing works good, too. - Good luck!
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01/28/2008 01:48:59 AM
Beautifully captured 9
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01/28/2008 01:07:22 AM
This is lovely 9
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