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Challenge: Free Study 2009-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Nikon
Location: San Diego (La Jolla, Pelican Rock)
Date: Jan 10, 2009
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/180
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2009

It's Brown Pelican nesting season, so Pelican Rock is overrun with pelicans.

Post processing:

Lightroom -
* crop
* white balance
* darken blown out spots on the bill and neck
* clone sensor dust

Photoshop -
* NeatImage
* clone out a blurry duck or something right behind his neck (checked with SC first)
* sharpen
* soft light layer on the pelican, 50% opacity
* multiply layer on everything else, 23% opacity
* local sharpen on eye and water drop
* resize
* USM 15,30,0, 80% opacity
* smart sharpen, lens blur mode 80%, 0.3px, 80% opacity

Place: 134 out of 454
Avg (all users): 5.8528
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.8073
Avg (non-participants): 5.9444
Views since voting: 573
Views during voting: 221
Votes: 163
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/02/2009 09:42:54 PM
nice contrast between the bird and water, the light difference between the bird and water are almost too much
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02/01/2009 03:34:52 PM
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02/01/2009 01:49:12 PM
One of the better poultry shots I've seen so far in this comp :)
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02/01/2009 12:20:23 PM
Hope yours is doing better than mine! Like the water drop and punk rock hair!
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02/01/2009 12:21:14 AM
Such lovely detail, colours and contrast. I would have cropped out the right side, and made it a "portrait" format, to allow for more detail in the allowed size.
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