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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Key Largo, Florida
Date: Jan 27, 2008
Aperture: f.2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8000
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2009

This was one of my outtakes for the Birds II challenge a year ago this month for which I won the blue ribbon.638393.jpg

I don't expect a ribbon with this one since it's not quite as good as my Birds II entry and because, of course, this is the best of 2008 challenge. This challenge is not specifically for the birds (hmm, no pun intended) and it's full of everybody's best of the year. I do hope to place in the top 15% though.

Underexposed the shot by -1 step to avoid blown out highlights
Converted RAW file in Nikon Capture NX
Opened converted file in CS2
Levels
Sponge tool to increase saturation in the yellow parts
Adjusted hue and saturation in cyan and blue
Cloned out twig
Unsharp
Dodge the shadow on his crest a little
Crop
Added border
Sized for DPC

Statistics
Place: 33 out of 531
Avg (all users): 6.6419
Avg (commenters): 8.1579
Avg (participants): 6.6914
Avg (non-participants): 6.4815
Views since voting: 1690
Views during voting: 376
Votes: 229
Comments: 22
Favorites: 2 (view)


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01/23/2009 06:25:11 AM
This was one of my top 3. Simple but exquisitely done. Congrats on your top 7% finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2009 07:35:54 PM
great image and POV
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01/22/2009 05:48:40 PM
really good control of exposure, super detail, and a strong composition - all in all, excellent work!
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01/21/2009 11:26:46 AM
Beautiful and you captured the whites really well.
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01/21/2009 08:33:59 AM
Beautiful shot - great color! Gorgeous bird!
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01/21/2009 12:12:35 AM
Nice bird. Great framing and excellent focus. I definitely like a sharp image over these half focused/blurry ones! -BB
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01/19/2009 04:09:03 PM
Beautiful shot "Snowy" Egret
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01/18/2009 11:03:19 AM
Great shot! 10.
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01/18/2009 10:24:22 AM
KNew I was going to see one of these baby's. Stunning shot,so crisp and clean with gorgeous details
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01/17/2009 08:43:09 PM
Gorgeous, everything about it.
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01/17/2009 03:59:04 PM
Very nice, great color, great composition
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01/17/2009 02:25:44 PM
WOW, what a capture of graceful bird. Excellent exposure. One of my high score. Good luck.
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01/17/2009 11:33:01 AM
from a hair dressers point of view...great volumizing products...good capture
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01/17/2009 05:55:01 AM
beautiful image and detail - wonderful capture
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01/16/2009 09:11:54 PM
Oh my oh my oh- and the title is just perfect tooo. 10
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01/16/2009 08:21:40 PM
I love it! Great capture.9
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01/16/2009 03:54:47 PM
Beautiful. Clean and detailed.
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01/16/2009 01:36:01 PM
Oh...he's glorious! 8
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01/16/2009 01:25:43 PM
what a handsome bird - nice details and excellent control of focus
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01/16/2009 11:52:21 AM
Very sharp and clear, nice.
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01/16/2009 07:18:32 AM
A great shot, well done on controlling the highlights :)
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01/16/2009 12:26:24 AM
Really nice focus & contrast, great job at not blowing out the highlights.
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