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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IIn
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Banham Zoo
Date: Mar 15, 2008
Aperture: F/10
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 26, 2008

Shot during another trip to Banham Zoo - am loving it there and now have an Annual pass (but promise to submit different subjects).

Suprisingly I had 5 or 6 shots to choose from this month (most from Snowdonia) but went with this as, well, I prefer it (and was easy to edit from RAW).

Would love to see this in my top 5 and hope the voters think the same :)

Editing....
Convert from RAW
New layer and convert to B&W
Brought back the eyes
A couple of sharpen/NI passes
D&B in some areas
Cropped and resized.

WOW! was in the inner hebrides during voting so could not follow my scores - my first 7+ score, second yellow AND a PB - thanks to all!


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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 500
Avg (all users): 7.0506
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 7.0513
Avg (non-participants): 7.0488
Views since voting: 6007
Views during voting: 274
Votes: 158
Comments: 42
Favorites: 10 (view)


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04/13/2008 05:59:41 PM
Beautiful image and a very well deserved red ribbon, congratulations!
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04/13/2008 05:16:15 PM
Beautiful capture. I love how you can see the feather details. The eyes are gorgeous. Congrats on the red!
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04/13/2008 05:01:26 PM
WOW! Very cool Andi, looks like you got home just in time! Congrats on the red :o)
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04/13/2008 12:26:46 PM
Congrats Andi, cracking shot :o) Just a shame you couldn't be online all week to see it on the frontpage! Glad you finally hit the magic 7 and you'll be even more chuffed to know mine was only 7.0435! Looks like I need to do some work to knock that great big grin off your face! ;o) Keep 'em coming, looking forward to seeing you in the Top 5 in the FS Marathon this year XxX
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04/13/2008 08:32:11 AM
Andi - love the shot, even if it did overtake me :-P

Congrats on your ribbon :- )
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04/13/2008 12:56:48 AM
Special Day,Very Special Shot,Well Done XX ;-)
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04/09/2008 09:09:27 PM
Really awesome! Congratulations on the Ribbon!
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04/08/2008 07:11:14 PM
Lovely shot Andi, I had the chance to see a snowy owlet(?) up close this summer, the cutest ball of grey fluff...but it certainly had those huge feet/talons, piercing eyes and bill! I imagine it looks a lot like your magnificent owl by now!
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04/08/2008 04:10:34 PM
Super shot, congratulations Andi!
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04/08/2008 11:30:58 AM
well done/congratulations
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04/08/2008 10:57:23 AM
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!
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04/08/2008 09:39:01 AM
oh very well done to you. Fabulous shot!!
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04/08/2008 09:05:38 AM
Seems I had no idea what I was talking about. Congratulations! The 7 looks good on you.

:)

Originally posted by Ecce Signum:

Originally posted by hopper:

actually, i'm thinking you're going to need a higher score to be in ribbon territory ... 3rd place is going to be 7.2ish ... i'm guessing

Originally posted by Ecce Signum:

OK, let the voting stop now :)

Votes: 88
Views: 154
Avg Vote: 7.0114
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1
Wish Lists: 0


LOL am sure you are right, its just that I've never scored a 7 before (still a way to go) and it will help me greatly in the FSM. Also, a 7 no Ribbon icon looks quite cool
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04/08/2008 07:43:36 AM
Andi, congrats on the ribbon! It's a beautiful shot. Those eyes are fantastic. Well done!
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04/08/2008 06:12:44 AM
Fantastic shot! Congrats on the ribbon!!
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04/08/2008 04:51:44 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Andi! Amazing detail in this image.
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04/08/2008 02:32:25 AM
Beautiful shot Andi. Well done on the ribbon. Kinda creepy how close our placings were, subject matter AND title.
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04/08/2008 02:26:55 AM
Stunning - congrats on the ribbon.
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04/08/2008 01:45:15 AM
Guess it will be on your front page for a while! And on DPC's this week! Congrats.
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04/08/2008 01:37:17 AM
Congrats on the ribbon and breaking the magic 7 mark Ecce. This was my favourite of the challenge :-)
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04/08/2008 01:22:13 AM
All sorts of good stuff with this shot! 'Grats on the ribbon, the PB, the 7... and the shot. Nice work, Andi!
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04/08/2008 12:20:38 AM
grats on the PB pantyboy ;) brilliant shot
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04/08/2008 12:11:57 AM
Hey, hey, Andi! You got your scoring wish. :) Congrats on the ribbon!
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04/08/2008 12:08:55 AM
Great shot congrats on the 7+ and new PB and of course the Yellow ribbon.
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04/08/2008 12:08:10 AM
I knew you'd ribbon...well done, and you ended up creeping over 7
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04/08/2008 12:07:41 AM
So vibrant! grats on your ibbon
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04/08/2008 12:02:09 AM
Grats on the ribbon! I went and got an annual pass to the zoo too ;)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/05/2008 12:49:34 PM
Nice detail on the white feathers.
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04/05/2008 12:47:53 PM
That must be one heck of a zoom lens
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04/05/2008 11:19:34 AM
Very nice. The details are outstanding the composition is excellent. Like the catch light it's missed all to often in images like this well done. Nice deep yellow in the also.
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04/04/2008 12:21:46 PM
Absolutely incredible photo, great focus on eyes, incredible color and contrast.
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04/04/2008 08:34:08 AM
Wonderful detail! Beautiful eyes!
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04/04/2008 06:18:40 AM
Very wonderful! Compelling expression. Effective use of few colours. Ribbon, is my prediction. A nitpick.........I'd like the fine feathers around the eyes to be in sharp focus, rather than the 'nose' feathers.
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04/04/2008 04:54:05 AM
Spectacular! Love the colorful eyes against the white feathers and the sharpness and detail. Great composition.
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04/03/2008 07:35:11 AM
Very cool shot, I need to shoot one them. Excellent 8
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04/03/2008 01:12:24 AM
Dear, dear dear...how many bird shots are there in this challenge?! ;o)

Seriously, I think this is an excellent shot. I love the post processing and wonderful colour in the Owl's eyes. I think the detail in the feathers around and just underneath the beak is very nice and the close up composition really makes this a captivating shot. I hope it does well for you :o)

Note: I am not voting on this image.
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04/02/2008 12:02:02 PM
very very cool. Love the eyes!!
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04/02/2008 12:53:50 AM
Beautiful Snowy Owl. Nice exposure.
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04/02/2008 12:16:55 AM
Yikes! Fierce eyes.
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04/01/2008 03:47:01 PM
hedwig!! super cute and great clarity. 9+fav :D
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04/01/2008 08:49:30 AM
frickin sweet!!!
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04/01/2008 08:19:16 AM
great! eyes are fantastic
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