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Primped & Permed
Primped & Permed

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 EX APO RF HSM for Nikon
Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: Sep 7, 2008
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Sep 26, 2008

East African Crowned Crane- resident of the Denver Zoo. Got loads of other photos that day too, but decided this was the best for this challenge.
Zero Cropping. I decided to go with my original close cropped version, although I had others that weren't zoomed nearly as much. Simple editing- Exposure Compensation, WB, Brightness, Levels/Curves, Noise Reduction, USM, Couple Capture NX control points to boost Brightness/Contrast on beak, Save for Web, USM.

Place: 160 out of 430
Avg (all users): 5.8421
Avg (commenters): 5.8571
Avg (participants): 5.8318
Avg (non-participants): 5.8667
Views since voting: 1042
Views during voting: 233
Votes: 152
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/06/2009 04:23:39 AM
I LOVE these birds. The Fresno zoo has them in an ordinary aviary walk-through cage covered with ivy, but the way the light is in the afternoon, it pours in through a gap near the roof and lights up their feathery heads and there's this dark background and augh. Gorgeous. It's like they did it just for photographers.

This is a wonderful image and I can't believe it didn't score even better than it did.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/06/2008 05:52:15 PM
awesome bird...great colors
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10/05/2008 03:04:26 PM
hahah, what a bird.
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10/05/2008 02:18:52 AM
Chuck suddenly froze, and the hair stood up on the back of his neck. Then, suddenly, he relaxed, and laughed embarrassingly to himself.

The hair always stood up on the back of his neck!
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10/03/2008 10:09:30 PM
Nicely done.
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10/02/2008 07:43:03 PM
Cool bird! Great detail in all but the blackest bits and the composition is nice. Tough exposure but I think you did very well with it.
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10/01/2008 09:19:32 AM
Best of the African crowned crane shots
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10/01/2008 01:11:00 AM
great color and the background sets the picture off.
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10/01/2008 12:59:34 AM
I like how you cropped this. Nice closeup.
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10/01/2008 12:48:53 AM
Nice profile, very cool
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