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Challenge: Birds II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6
Location: San Diego Wild Animal Park, Escondido, CA
Date: Jan 26, 2008
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 27, 2008

Okay, so I know this guy doesn't have classic beauty, but is very rare, and is an amazing creature. This "pose" is exactly how they sit with their heads hanging. Their heads have an amazing amount of color, and I've tried to keep the saturation true to life.

Statistics
Place: 86 out of 251
Avg (all users): 5.8980
Avg (commenters): 7.0625
Avg (participants): 5.8511
Avg (non-participants): 5.9412
Views since voting: 1199
Views during voting: 330
Votes: 196
Comments: 20
Favorites: 1 (view)


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02/09/2008 08:39:27 AM
I remember this guy from my trip to the WIld Animal Park..they are some ugly birds..so cool they have survived for so many centuries! nice finish here Tom!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/03/2008 10:01:09 PM
Awesome bird, nice colors, 7
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02/02/2008 12:06:26 AM
Almost human.. beautiful
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02/01/2008 03:34:20 PM
That's one ugly bird. You captured the details well.
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02/01/2008 02:33:48 PM
what a craggy old bird, an unusual perspective
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02/01/2008 09:45:22 AM
Love the way Mr. Handsome is presented in the frame.. You totally nailed clarity and detail which i think is outstanding...
The highlight in his feathers is also really good...
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02/01/2008 08:50:22 AM
Nice shot! Great work with the light.
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01/31/2008 12:49:18 PM
That's a face only his mother could love. Nice composition and exposure. The focus is a bit soft though.
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01/30/2008 04:59:10 PM
Love the crop and the composition of this. It is perfect for the subject.
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01/30/2008 01:52:44 PM
I love this one. The head down look is great. Reminds me of the villainous vulture characters from some old cartoons. Face is the shadows is the only minor critique I can make, but with animals, you take them how you can get them.
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01/30/2008 10:46:16 AM
Rotation has increased the impact.
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01/30/2008 07:45:43 AM
I don't think I've seen one shot this way - I really like it! And strangely, it has a very California old rock and roll (think Mick Jagger) feel to it.
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01/29/2008 07:51:26 PM
Beautiful capture of a rare and magnificent bird.
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01/29/2008 11:15:07 AM
I've felt like that some mornings. Very good lighting.
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01/28/2008 10:49:14 PM
Wow!!!! 10
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01/28/2008 08:38:44 PM
This guy is as ugly as my submission!
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01/28/2008 03:37:20 PM
Cool shot, I really like that it is different. The lighting is good, I wish we had just a little more focus.
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01/28/2008 10:15:10 AM
nice head shot of a CC, either a zoo or up in the Grand Canyon???? 8
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01/28/2008 08:07:44 AM
the dark crystal comes to mind here
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01/28/2008 04:28:49 AM
unique perspective - I like it
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