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Majestic Hunter
Majestic Hunter
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Birds II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K100D
Lens: Pentax DA 50-200 ED
Location: Lansing, MI
Date: Jan 27, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/180
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 27, 2008

Taken at the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, MI. The shadowing to the left of his eye(that runs vertical through the entire photo) is actually from the wire cage he was behind. Call it extreme semi-transparent foreground bokeh if you like. ;-) This shadow almost makes it appear as if he was backlit from the left and frontlit from the right of the camera. The original shot was very questionable and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to use it or not. I think I got pretty lucky.

PP included:
Brightness
Contrast
Shadows
Pulling back the highlights quite a bit
Increasing the yellows saturation only
Cloning some of his iris in his eye to make it stand out a little more and then smudging it to blend it in
Removed a few scratches from his beak
Clarify
Noise removal
USM
Softening the background tree to try and dilute some remaining noise(which also softened the upper feathers)
Crop
Resize
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I see I still have much to learn. To be quite honest, I sped through the pp'ing of this shot to get it submitted in time. I should have taken a little more time and done it right. In retrospect, there are quite a few small errors I made in producing this shot - things that I critically saw after the fact.

But thanks for the comments everyone. I hope to submit better shots in the future.

Statistics
Place: 20 out of 251
Avg (all users): 6.7536
Avg (commenters): 7.9333
Avg (participants): 6.5577
Avg (non-participants): 6.9439
Views since voting: 2397
Views during voting: 412
Votes: 211
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)


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08/21/2008 07:10:58 AM
quess i should start voting again....this is a stunning photograph, simple awesome. i love it with a passion.
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02/04/2008 01:24:35 PM
Not quite sure why this didn't do as well as the other eagle shots. I actually like this one much better than the first head shot because he doesn't have a huge reflection in his eyes. You captured this bird well, he looks like he is very proud of who he is. Great softness in the whiter feathers.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/03/2008 05:06:26 PM
detail amazing lovely image
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02/01/2008 05:02:46 PM
Adorable! Beautiful lighting on his feathers..10
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02/01/2008 03:39:33 PM
Unusual image/effects - bordering on digital painting in a sense. I like it.. grows on you.
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02/01/2008 10:26:18 AM
Outstanding!! Detail clarity coloring pp the best.. Especially like his beak as not such a deep yellow.. and the frame coincides..

The best Eagle of the yr.. If anyone asks me:)
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01/31/2008 06:40:22 PM
crisp, sharp, clear . But maybe too big in the frame and not leaving enough room in front of him/her. colors,contrast, saturation all look very nice.
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01/31/2008 06:41:04 AM
what did you do to his eye in post processing? Or was it this way naturally?
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01/30/2008 07:11:47 PM
Best Eagle entry!! Upgrade to 9
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01/30/2008 06:24:53 PM
Really beautiful! 10
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01/29/2008 04:08:59 PM
Good feather texture,and close up.
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01/29/2008 03:24:17 PM
Great detail and great bird. But too bad about those burnt out highlights. They ruin it a bit.
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01/29/2008 08:06:55 AM
Nice detail in the feathers, good composition.
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01/29/2008 07:15:49 AM
I remarked on another eagle that he looked like an old guy in a brown feather suit. This one (it must be the headshot approach) reminds me a portrait of the CEO of a large, rich corporation, that you'd see hanging on the wall of the boardroom.
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01/28/2008 06:59:19 PM
Very well done. 8
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01/28/2008 03:01:39 PM
logo material here...10 (first to take advantage of the rulesets in a complimentary way)
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01/28/2008 11:39:30 AM
Wow great focus. The coloring really draws in the eye.
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01/28/2008 11:09:27 AM
My goodness a juvenile bald, amazing capture, lovely sharpness on the feathers and good capture of him having his head tilted, if it was straight on, would have lost the mood. 9
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