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A is for Avian

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Challenge: Accidental Letters II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Washington, DC
Date: Sep 18, 2008
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2008

A White Stork playing with a feather at the zoo's indoor free flight aviary. Thought I would end up with an "S" from my zoo visit but this was way cooler :-) Very happy with the lighting and detail in this one.

PP - cropped, levels, white balance, cloned some texture onto blown areas, dodged eye/face/feather/bill, increased contrast, 2nd layer (Gaussian blur, dodged bird, merged in multiply mode at 30% transparency), added border, resized, sharpened.

Place: 41 out of 113
Avg (all users): 5.8226
Avg (commenters): 6.4286
Avg (participants): 5.9474
Avg (non-participants): 5.7674
Views since voting: 788
Views during voting: 203
Votes: 124
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/28/2008 12:18:19 AM
Great photo!
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09/26/2008 10:00:12 AM
lovely shot. great focus 10
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09/24/2008 09:08:07 AM
What background did you use??? Good find!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/23/2008 03:30:33 PM
unique effort with the bird - I was expecting an S or another letter but you did a great job to have the bird create the A - my only critique is the darkness of the end of the bill - it seems as if it was 'burned' a bit in post processing
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09/22/2008 06:18:19 PM
Back to comment: Well seen! Great sharpness and contrast. The blown highlights are noticeable, but I can't decide whether or it truly hurts this image.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/22/2008 02:03:04 PM
I can make out the A, not very clearly but it's there. The light and focus on the bird are really good, nice job.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/22/2008 04:23:59 AM

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