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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2008
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 EX DG HSM for Minolta
Location: Washington, D.C National Zoo
Date: Mar 24, 2008
Aperture: F6.7
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 25, 2008


- smart photo fix (10,-35,10,0,50,8,18)
- duplicate layer
- xero: Radiance (132,199,138,142)
- blend mode: multiply, 30% opacity
- merge all
- crop
- darken edges
- high-pass sharpen
- resize
- usm (.35,100,10) +luminance
- select eyes and promote to layer
- deselect eyes layer
- neat image
- noise reduction: s&p (3,1)
- hsl (yellow sat -30)
- eyes layer to top
- merge all
- border
- save as jpg

50-500 Sigma @ 500mm, monopod mounted.

Something had this lion all riled up. He was running and leaping all over the place. I have numerous shots of him on the lower levels, but only a couple of him up top (where I could get eye level instead of shooting down).

The leaves across one side of the face are most likely going to be the big issue with this. Will be fun to watch! :-)

Place: 209 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.8112
Avg (commenters): 6.7143
Avg (participants): 5.6952
Avg (non-participants): 6.1316
Views since voting: 643
Views during voting: 218
Votes: 143
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2008 10:19:14 PM
Give you a "6" 'cause ya tried...tough break...lol
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04/06/2008 07:47:59 PM
Gives the feeling of actually being in the wild. Nicely seen.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/06/2008 03:18:22 AM
Great detail on the lion
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/04/2008 08:34:38 AM
Looks more like he's stalking you! Nicely done! 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/03/2008 09:32:39 PM
The fact that part of the face is covered (including one eye) takes something away from the photo. Also, light was kind of flat, requiring more processing to bring out textures and increase the "impact" of the image...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/03/2008 09:27:58 PM
I feel like I could reach in and pet him!!! Beautiful!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/03/2008 08:55:17 AM
The plant in front of the face ruins this for me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/02/2008 10:13:26 PM
Nice capture, great detail & tonality. The leaves in front of his face are a bit of a distraction.
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04/01/2008 09:31:33 AM
Good deatil.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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