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Challenge: Animals In Motion (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Wiesbaden
Date: Apr 25, 2009
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: Apr 26, 2009

I do have shots of Sir Thomas.... But I felt compelled to enter a pigeon. Haven't entered a pigeon in awhile, I don't think. And I shot lots and lots of pigeons. Got shat upon as well, which is probably the real reason I'm entering the challenge - have to make that event worthwhile. :-)

Crop, Topaz'd, dup layer with multiply blending mode reduced in opacity are the primary editing steps.

[Apr. 28th, 2009 05:04:47 PM]

AND.... apparently it sucks. Apologies to the voters again. I seem to be doing that alot this year, huh?

[Apr. 30th, 2009 02:09:47 PM]

And yes, it is an awkward composition.

Here's another one I considered. May have fared slightly better.
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Place: 94 out of 143
Avg (all users): 5.3200
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 5.1212
Avg (non-participants): 5.4404
Views since voting: 763
Views during voting: 336
Votes: 175
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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05/20/2009 04:56:04 PM
This is my first time running into this. I love the water and the movement. Under-rated in my opinion.
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05/04/2009 01:58:13 PM
:) Every photo that looked like it had pigeons in it, I thought might be yours. No one puts soul in pigeon photography like you do. I very much liked this one in the challenge. I liked it that your perspective was looking down on this guy flying so close to the water. I try to get those shots at the park all the time, but am rarely able to pull them off to where you get such clear detail in the wings and features!

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05/04/2009 03:46:25 AM
I really like your other shot better as this is a bit soft in the focus, or is this the one that left it's calling card?
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05/04/2009 01:17:59 AM
I have this photo a 7. People don't really appreciate how hard it is to get good blur where the wing is perpendicular to the water so perfectly as shown in this photo. When the bird is flying directly into the light, then the blur become much more dramatic when shot from the bird's side. The lighting works a little bit against you in this shot because his face is in shadow. The wing and the water are beautiful and well photographed!

I always enjoy photos like this and am disappointed in the voters to see it down here. Bah!

Message edited by author 2009-05-04 01:19:22.
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05/04/2009 12:47:37 AM
There you go with another wonderful pigeon shot. Love the light through the wing feathers and the background water.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/02/2009 07:14:40 PM
I like the slight backlighting of the wings. Not a lot of wow factor other than that, though. Birds in flight are hard to to.
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04/30/2009 11:57:35 AM
A curious theme in this challenge are images being too tall. This image would have presented a much more positive impression if it had been shorter concentrating the viewer on the bird and not the background. With a little shorter image, the viewers eye would be attracted to the bird rather than the background increasing the soft focus effect from a negative to a positive. It's almost abstract in concept and that to this reviewer is a plus. While size is a minor issue, sometimes it can have great impact on an image and this is one of those instances. A good solid entry into the challenge originally rated a 6 and rerated to a 7.
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04/30/2009 07:56:30 AM
Superb i love it..
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04/28/2009 02:47:41 PM
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04/28/2009 02:07:52 PM
Wonderful colour and symmetry.
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04/27/2009 08:52:25 PM
good tining with the wind fully extended
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04/27/2009 01:33:44 AM
I'm always late to the dang party! Great choice Deb. The light bouncing up under the wing, adding a subtle glow, is what tips the scales for me. Beautiful and most definitely poetic.
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