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Challenge: Masters' Free Study II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon MF 105mm f/2.5 AIS
Location: VINS Quechee Vermont
Date: Nov 8, 2008
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 11, 2008

These eagles are just awesome and I am happy that this one did such a nice job of posing for me near the front of the cage...yep...a caged bird...but at least this shot may give VINS and the great work they do a bit of a boost....

Editing: Adjusted Levels, WB, hue/saturation, curves, selective colors, noise ninja applied, minor dodge and burn of face and eyes, burned to darken background, crop, save for web, minor sharpening and colors adjustment post resize.

[Dec. 7th, 2008 10:30:49 PM]

The comments have been awesome - both the glowing and the critical, the favorites a real joy, and the score unbelievable. I am just happy that DPC liked the image as much as my son (the biggest fan of eagles on the planet).

Post Challenge: Holy smokes! I sure didn't expect this. I really loved the shot, figured it had the DPC look to it, but I really didn't expect a ribbon....Thanks everyone.

A small advertisement....IF you are ever in Vermont, try and make a stop at the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences (VINS). VINS has a raptor recover center where the eagle and this snowy owl live. It is worth the stop - and if you call ahead, they are really gracious hosts.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 170
Avg (all users): 7.1392
Avg (commenters): 7.9643
Avg (participants): 6.7500
Avg (non-participants): 7.2852
Views since voting: 5746
Views during voting: 627
Votes: 352
Comments: 62
Favorites: 22 (view)


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02/02/2012 09:00:39 AM
Great Eagle shot, love the eyes.
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03/19/2011 04:26:06 AM
What a beauty! The clarity is fabulous, like he's right in front of me.
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12/14/2008 11:27:57 PM
Brilliant capture, I can't beleive the detail, very worthy of a ribbon in the masters.
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12/12/2008 07:27:14 PM
Just incredible!
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12/12/2008 04:26:12 PM
Beautiful shot, congrats on the yellow!
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12/10/2008 01:52:51 AM
sigh... Peter, If i had to be beaten off the front page by someone I'm glad it was you! congrats on the double feature this week, that is not a simple feat to accomplish
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12/09/2008 03:57:53 PM
You shot this with the 105 AIS!
Awesome job.
One of my favorite lenses when my subject is not moving.
Wish it would meter on my 90 like it does on your 300... oh well, chimp works.

eta What was your aperture?

Message edited by author 2008-12-09 15:58:33.
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12/09/2008 08:57:42 AM
You are now the Birdman of Vermont, 2-FS! The sharpness is emphasized well by the blurred background.
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12/09/2008 07:38:06 AM
Congratulations for this ribbon too, Well done!
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12/09/2008 04:03:12 AM
Mr Rose, Mr Rose, Mr Rose...how amazing to get a blue in a FS and a yellow in a master's free study...you should be doing cartwheels...I am going to have to learn how to shoot birds!
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12/08/2008 07:43:34 PM
Hey Peter! Congrats for the great finish at this very special challenge. You really a master!
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12/08/2008 07:18:31 PM
Peter - can't think of anything to say...except, you are a wonderful person & your photography reflects that - Pat
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12/08/2008 06:03:46 PM
Congrats...

2 ribbons in 2 Free Study in the same week... we will not see that very often :)
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12/08/2008 01:12:30 PM
A stunning capture, congrats on your third place win!
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12/08/2008 12:45:20 PM
WAY TO GO! CONRATS!
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12/08/2008 11:28:12 AM
Wow Pete double play ! Great stuff Congrats
I going to buy a Nikon ! :)
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12/08/2008 10:44:03 AM
Ribbon hogging isn't done by any more deserving than you! *grin* Good job. It's beautiful.
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12/08/2008 09:52:11 AM
One of my favorites in the challenge! Beautifully done.
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12/08/2008 09:20:11 AM
Two ribbons at once. Incredible. Beautiful photograph.
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12/08/2008 08:43:49 AM
Nice shot and congrats. Try some wild ones once.
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12/08/2008 08:41:32 AM
another excellent image!!
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12/08/2008 08:35:30 AM
Two ribbons!! Congrats, Peter! Well done and well deserved.
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12/08/2008 06:31:23 AM
What an achievement, not only a blue in the normal free study, but a yellow in the Masters challenge as well. You must be stokked! What a great way to start a Monday!

Congrats on another fantastic image!
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12/08/2008 06:30:10 AM
Congratulation Peter. Another awesome shot!
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12/08/2008 05:09:16 AM
Looks like you have the big double on the front page matey, fully deserved Peter.
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12/08/2008 04:30:08 AM
Whoa! What a fantastic week you've had! CONGRATS, you truly are one of the Masters of the Masters.
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12/08/2008 04:12:43 AM
What an amazing challenge to do so well in. Congratulations on such a lovely picture, but also for capturing what sounds like a wonderful day.
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12/08/2008 03:34:35 AM
My goodness! Congrats on the double!
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12/08/2008 12:50:08 AM
Peter, your birds are flying high!!! Congratulations! Great job!
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12/08/2008 12:34:46 AM
Woohooo! Congrats for a ribbon in this challenge, Peter! The detail is just incredible. Great composition, too.
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12/08/2008 12:23:31 AM
Check you out - you are a double winner!! Well deserved. Congratulations!!
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12/08/2008 12:21:46 AM
Congrats on the double!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2008 11:38:45 PM
wow, great capture, nice clarity, 10.
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12/07/2008 08:07:00 PM
Nice pose, detail.
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12/07/2008 04:45:32 PM
Whoa. I could cut myself on the sharpness. I see a tiny bit of pixellation on the beak, but that's a nitpick. Nice composition, nice bokeh. 8 Bump to 9
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12/07/2008 10:48:01 AM
Awesome!! Exceptional detail, Simply superb!!
Thinking i have met this fellow and am totally impressed with his portrait.. Deserves to Ribbon..11
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12/06/2008 06:16:13 PM
incredible detail
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12/06/2008 12:13:12 PM
good sharpness and isolation.
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12/06/2008 10:59:52 AM
Really great photo! Gorgeous bird!
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12/05/2008 09:13:54 PM
Incredible sharpness in this photo. DOF and exposure are perfect. One of my favourites, and hopefully one of the top 10 in this challenge.
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12/05/2008 03:01:35 PM
Wow - well done. When I see shots this tight, I immediately think that the bird is in captivity, so I have to say that usually I'm not as impressed. But I'm putting that aside on this one because it is really such a nice capture. There's great detail in that piercing gaze, isn't there?! It's a little over-exposed on his head though & I only mention that because it caught my eye & that led me to notice the LCA (green fringe) around the edge of his head. But don't let me put a downer on an otherwise great shot! -- 9 -- Good luck!
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12/05/2008 12:53:44 PM
Probably on eof the finest eagle head shots I've seen. 8
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12/04/2008 06:25:03 PM
Nicely done. I think a tighter crop might have been better. The focus on the eyes are spot on.
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12/04/2008 02:31:50 PM
The detail is very sharp and how could I give this bird anything less then a 10.
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12/04/2008 03:21:07 AM
Great capture and great subject. What a photogenic bird! I wish they lived in the U.K!
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12/03/2008 10:21:08 PM
Great detail in the birds face.
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12/03/2008 07:31:22 PM
So very clean...doesn't get sharper than that!
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12/03/2008 06:27:29 PM
WOW
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12/03/2008 11:24:15 AM
Razor-sharp. WOW :)
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12/02/2008 11:21:06 PM
I'm a sucker for eagles, and this one is done to perfection. Nicely focused eyes and detail maintained in both black and white feathers. Subject is well isolated from it's background but the bokeh does detract a bit from the subject. Just a nit-pic. Congrats.
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12/02/2008 06:40:01 PM
One of the best eagle head picture that I've seen in a while.
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12/02/2008 12:57:41 PM
It seems pretty hard to take a bad picture of these guys. They always pose so beautifully! Wonderful sharpness on the face.

Message edited by author 2008-12-08 12:51:08.
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12/02/2008 10:55:13 AM
So clear, so sharp, what a fierce gaze.
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12/02/2008 07:30:16 AM
I know who this is but will cast a fair vote, excellent sharpness
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12/01/2008 10:25:01 PM
gl Peter! tack sharp
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12/01/2008 02:32:08 PM
Beautiful shot
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12/01/2008 12:55:38 PM
wow, very crisp!
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12/01/2008 12:53:51 PM
Superb! 8
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12/01/2008 08:53:34 AM
great composition
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12/01/2008 04:29:57 AM
too much sharpening and again softening/noise reduction let all the details disappear. serious discoloration on the beak from oversaturating the yellows. slight pink cast in the white feathers.
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12/01/2008 12:35:36 AM
WOW - that is the best focus. GOOD GRIEF~~
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12/01/2008 12:03:52 AM
super crisp and a great pose
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