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Challenge: Free Study 2008-06 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IIn
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Banham Zoo
Date: Jun 14, 2008
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jun 17, 2008

The Bald Eagle is somewhat of a regular in Free Studies and yes, have entered a shot of this guy before, however entered this shot for a couple of reasons and hope you, the voter see that this is different to the norm and that you took the time during voting to appreciate how lucky I was to capture the nictitating membrane half way across his eye!

The only issue I can see stopping this from being my second 7 is the blown out feathers.

Editing was mainly in the conversion from RAW before using my new found secret weapon!

Take your image, any image, duplicate it then use Gaussian Blur until you can just make out the outline. Next select 'overlay' in the opacity dropdown and change the opacity until you get the desired result.

Expecting a 6.4
Dream for a second 7

Place: 150 out of 473
Avg (all users): 5.9865
Avg (commenters): 6.3000
Avg (participants): 5.9732
Avg (non-participants): 6.0278
Views since voting: 1021
Views during voting: 237
Votes: 148
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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07/08/2008 05:46:08 PM
Biggest problem was the number of Raptor shots this freestudy.. Nice shot.
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07/08/2008 12:10:13 AM
IMHO this should have finished a lot higher, sorry you took a 'hit' with this in the FSM.

Oh and, happy snapping! I hope to see the photo you have to take for losing our side bet very soon! ;o) XxX
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2008 08:51:42 PM
Lovely colours, he just glows and I love the eyes, very captivating image.
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07/06/2008 07:56:32 PM
I think I would have liked it better with the wings cropped out.
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07/05/2008 01:42:09 PM
i love the detail you captured in the feathers, they are so beautiful, and the coloring is fantastic
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07/05/2008 07:50:30 AM
beautiful detail - very nice
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07/04/2008 01:33:12 PM
Nice catch. The colors are beautifully rich.
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07/02/2008 11:18:36 AM
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07/01/2008 09:57:48 PM
great angle
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07/01/2008 04:51:58 PM
Great details, and very regal looking. However, the position of his wings is a bit off-putting. Is he looking forward or backwards? Good details.
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07/01/2008 01:05:24 PM
I'm willing to bet this is yours Andi...does that mean you have to give $10 to the fund now? ;o)
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07/01/2008 09:24:38 AM
Nice work and angle.
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07/01/2008 08:26:26 AM
The crop makes its wings look very odd.
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