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The Stare
The Stare

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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
Location: Samish River Flats, Washington State
Date: Dec 19, 2008
Aperture: F8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2009

A Rough-legged Hawk consuming his prey on top of a phone pole who seemed to be warning me away.

Converted in View NX with exp. comp of +.4, Picture Control to vivid, shadow protection to 3, color boost set to nature at 10

Adjust Smartfix at 40%
Levels auto adjsut
Brightness at +10 and paint out white areas
Brightness to -30 brush out some areas and reduce to 61%
Increase saturation +5
Dodge a burn a bit
2nd crop tighter
USM 150 .3 3
USM 120 .2 3
USM 120 .2 3
Add 3 pixel border
Save for web

Post Challenge:
Looks like I should have gone ahead and entered a different version of my PB eagle shot from December. I just could not bring myself to do that so close together. But I ended up seeing quite a few entries of previous shots from the same location or the same shoot. Oh well, I'm not doing so well on my choices for Best fo the Year challenges!

Place: 247 out of 531
Avg (all users): 5.7269
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.7257
Avg (non-participants): 5.7308
Views since voting: 757
Views during voting: 371
Votes: 227
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/21/2009 08:28:22 AM
Impressive capture! Congratulations!
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01/19/2009 04:18:05 PM
He probably thinks you want his food, nice shot
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01/19/2009 07:57:09 AM
crisp, clean lines, sharp details, pleasing lines, great shot well done
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01/18/2009 09:37:41 AM
Very good! 9.
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01/17/2009 07:35:29 PM
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01/17/2009 10:43:11 AM
nice capture
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01/16/2009 06:35:18 PM
good focus and detail
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01/16/2009 05:08:56 PM
awesome image - that is one killer stare - i hope you didn't have any small children or pets with you...
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01/16/2009 01:23:27 PM
Stunning clarity, what a gaze, I think he's angry that you interrupted his dinner!
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01/16/2009 12:35:14 PM
Oooh - angles and leading lines, this could be a textbook picture.
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