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Beautifully Complex Design
Beautifully Complex Design

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Challenge: ABC...LMN...XYZ (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC
Date: May 6, 2008
Aperture: 9.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: May 11, 2008

During one of our frequent visits to Beacon Hill petting zoo one of the peacocks came into the goat pen and began displaying. I crouched down to shoot and he kept coming closer, a step at a time. When he got within arm's reach I decided it was time to move, because I wasn't sure just what he had in mind. Now I wish I'd risked a peck for a closer shot!

Editing is on a single layer, all basic except a touch of burning. Was just a series of tweaks via USM, levels and curves.

Postchallenge; I asked in a thread about the oversharpening comments.
FWIW, processing was two runs of USM@20%/60pxl radius, tiny adjustment to black level, and small curves adjustment, finished with USM 40ish% @1pxl.

postpostchallenge; I've discovered that my monitor was getting definitely softer with old age. I've changed monitors now :) (and yes, this looks too sharp now)

Place: 37 out of 194
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Avg (commenters): 6.5000
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Views since voting: 1123
Views during voting: 234
Votes: 141
Comments: 10
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2008 03:57:04 PM
wOw! Stunning!!! The detail on the feathers is incredible. This is so vibrant and striking.
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05/15/2008 11:16:24 PM
ahh great detail! color is fantastic
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05/15/2008 09:44:37 AM
What can I say? It is, and it is.
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05/14/2008 10:24:27 PM
For me, this seems overly sharpened or overly processed where it reminds me more of a 1960s psychedelic illustration rather than a photo. Not quite my thing as far as the photoshop work goes, but that's just my taste.
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05/14/2008 02:33:56 PM
A classic.... nicely done!
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05/13/2008 10:58:59 AM
oversharp for my tastes
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05/12/2008 07:08:37 PM
Nice capture. It looks a little over sharpened imho.
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05/12/2008 08:10:41 AM
Nice crop and composition but it looks over sharpened and over saturated, a bit hard on the eyes.
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05/12/2008 06:01:21 AM
Seems to be over-sharpened. But that may be deliberate because of the interesting pencil-drawing-like effect on the tail feathers.
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05/12/2008 03:14:42 AM
the overprocessing actually works with this image. I like how you filled the frame too. Nice job. 7
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