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Staring Contest - Eagle vs Photographer
Staring Contest - Eagle vs Photographer

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-06 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100
Lens: Sony 75-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
Location: Long Sutton Wildlife Park
Date: Jun 1, 2008
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125 secs
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2008

This is Liberty, the centrepiece (as it were), of the collection at Long Sutton Wildlife Park. This was a lucky capture - I was photographing some owls next to Liberty, when I looked up and caught him looking straight at me. I quickly fired off shots for about 20 secs before he looked away.

This is only the second time (excepting a 24 hour speed challenge) that I've shot a challenge entry on the first day - and on a free study to boot. I've had 29 days to edit this, re-edit this, curse myself I didn't shot a better shot in the first place, etc etc. i'm still not happy with it, wish i had more DOF in my original, but as you can imagine, I didn't really get time to fiddle with my settings.

A special thanks to Andi Ecce Signum for his editing suggestions in this shot. If you like this shot, why not donate some money to the fund he's set up in memory of his daughter here. Alternatively, why not visit your local zoo/wildife park/animal sanctuary, and support it financially or otherwise. Many of the less "commercial" zoos carry out lots of important conservation work on very small budgets, and contain lots of photogenic animals :-)

I'm hoping the dinging I might take for the technical flaws in this shot will be outweighed by the subject matter :-)

Oh and, for the record, I won the staring contest :-)

Place: 12 out of 473
Avg (all users): 6.8630
Avg (commenters): 7.2308
Avg (participants): 6.7523
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Views since voting: 3353
Views during voting: 257
Votes: 146
Comments: 16
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08/11/2009 12:34:44 PM
Love the attitude portrayed here.
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09/15/2008 08:36:29 AM
I love the contrasts and colors of the eagle, great detail and tones. Love the Tack sharpness around the eyes and beak. Love it!
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07/08/2008 04:24:13 PM
Just stunning
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2008 10:52:55 PM
Very good detail in the eyes.
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07/06/2008 11:34:20 AM
wonderful shot, killer stare , 8
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07/05/2008 11:48:37 AM
haha, i think he may win! awesome colors and tack sharp
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07/05/2008 07:48:49 AM
terrific detail - great capture
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07/04/2008 06:09:41 AM
it really is a staredown...who won? nice and clear, good eye contact
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07/02/2008 05:14:53 PM
Beautiful colour, great detail. Lovely shot.
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07/02/2008 01:39:51 PM
Great shot
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07/02/2008 11:05:47 AM
Beautiful soft glow on the feathers, this really sets of his eyes and beak, love the tight crop.
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07/01/2008 10:46:09 PM
great shot, but the processing seems a little heavy
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07/01/2008 07:51:37 PM
Fantastic detail.
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07/01/2008 01:31:02 PM
Fantastic detail...love this shot.
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07/01/2008 11:15:03 AM
Amazing capture!
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07/01/2008 10:18:39 AM
Incredible detail...will do well in this challenge.
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