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Challenge: Free Study 2008-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Rated 5.5 - 5.9
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Date: Apr 23, 2008
Aperture: f/3.7
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Emotive, Birds
Date Uploaded: Apr 23, 2008

Sandhill Crane at the zoo. It seemed so sad looking out through the fence, like someone in jail.

PP: Cropped, Noiseware, shadows/highlights, exposure, sharpened eye, Levels, Curves (soft light) 50% for contrast, a little dodge & burn, Neat Image, resize, sharpen slightly,

Place: 221 out of 468
Avg (all users): 5.6691
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 5.6465
Avg (non-participants): 5.7250
Views since voting: 568
Views during voting: 209
Votes: 139
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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05/08/2008 11:50:07 PM
Very poignant and wonderful rich color in this. Excellent composition with the strong use of the diagonal and very good detail. This really should have scored higher in my opinion.
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05/08/2008 08:01:19 AM
Very nice detail.
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05/08/2008 12:49:05 AM
I liked this. Great use of diagonal and the red is beautiful. I did get the sense of sadness out of it so the cage here was totally appropriate for your pic.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2008 06:51:44 PM
Ahhh what a pretty bird...love his red eyes!
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05/05/2008 01:56:25 AM
this is beautifully shot but makes me very sad
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05/04/2008 02:36:48 PM
nicely tack sharp, great colours, interesting sad subject, well done

Edited to add,

This is where titles are important, in this shot, the bird is looking out of the cage. If the title had read "A Bird" then the cage shouldnt have been in the shot. But becuase of the title, we now know that the cage is a major element in this shot. This shot is here to evoke a feeling of sadness, caged up feeling, wanting to free. you have depicted it very well adn I hope that people look at this and realise what you where going for.
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05/02/2008 10:11:42 PM
too bad you had the fence in there( did a photo like this with a bird in a cage, and yous definatly kicked mines ass:) great color in the eye and head
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05/02/2008 08:17:03 PM
Very nice composition. Great sharpness and colours.
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