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Highland Guardian
Highland Guardian

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Bridge of Orchy, Glencoe. Scotland
Date: Feb 10, 2008
Aperture: f4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Landscape, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2008

Shot this fellow on my way to Fort William.
Passed by a burger van and there he was just standing there in all his glory.
I assumed he was tame so i put on the Sigma 10-20mm and got really up close and personal to him.
Fired off a few shots before the Burger Van owner pulled me away pointing out that he was not tame and was in fact about to put a few holes in me judging by the way he started shaking his antlers.
Shot at 10mm from about 2 or 3 feet from him.
On a personal note im hoping for my first picture over 6 as i feel the subject matter alone deserves it, and also for my bravery (read: stupidity).

HDR from one picture in order to bring some detail out in the flat clouds.
Cropped, little contrast and other basic adjustments.
Cloned out a Dust Bunny.

I must confess i am absolutely blown away by a 6th place.
I was secretly hoping for a top 30 place until i looked at the entries for February Free and with such high quality entries i then decided a top 50 place would be very good.
I would like to thank all those who left a comment.
Hopefully i can keep up this type of standard in future entries.

Place: 6 out of 458
Avg (all users): 6.9012
Avg (commenters): 8.4615
Avg (participants): 6.6975
Avg (non-participants): 7.3585
Views since voting: 3646
Views during voting: 351
Votes: 172
Comments: 18
Favorites: 11 (view)

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02/06/2009 04:14:43 AM
Whoa, I never saw this one! Whatta shot! Love the processing, strong but not overstated. Great use of the WA effect without cartoonish distortion. Just really nice work. Bummer to hear he's been murdered :-(
03/09/2008 11:31:10 PM
Congratulations on sixth place. This really is a top shot.
03/09/2008 10:49:32 AM
Dunno why you are so shocked by being 6th, its an amazing shot that deserves to be up there, I actually had this pegged for a top 5, so only 1 out :)

nice one..
03/08/2008 06:47:32 PM
Wow! I'm amazed you got so close to the stag and walked away unscathed. Great shot. Very brave!!!
03/08/2008 01:41:29 AM
Congrats on 6th place. I thought you might have taken the Blue with this one. It was my top pick.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2008 08:05:42 PM
Totally awesome shot. The combination of the colours, the wide angle, the light and of course your brilliant subject does it for me. Love the composition too.
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03/07/2008 07:32:14 PM
captured and presented beautifully
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03/07/2008 06:38:00 PM
Love this shot, just wish it were a little sharper.
03/07/2008 02:23:53 PM
This looks like a wide angle lens so you must have got pretty close! Really nice shot.
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03/07/2008 02:14:09 PM
Awesome beastie!
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03/07/2008 11:08:10 AM
very nice.
Lighting looks good.
I like the natural earth tones of the overall picture
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03/06/2008 04:46:39 PM
I like the perspective and composition in this. I truly hope you weren't really that close to this animal (that can be dangerous). It is nicely done and you will probably score well. For me, though, I don't like the HDRish look to the grasses.
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03/06/2008 02:08:42 PM
In my top three. Very beautiful shot.
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03/06/2008 12:58:12 AM
Rad Shot! Faved!
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03/03/2008 01:21:08 PM
looks like this was taken with a really wide angle lens. Not sure I'm crazy about the distortion in the head. Otherwise a lovely shot.
03/01/2008 01:19:14 AM
Love it, great lens to use to add so much interest to the shot. I gave you a 10.
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03/01/2008 12:58:06 AM
how the heck did you capture this? What a great perspective on what i would assume is a wild animal...
03/01/2008 12:20:26 AM
awesome perspective...great image
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