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The Mischief Maker -- Ivory Billed Tucanette
The Mischief Maker -- Ivory Billed Tucanette

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: From the Ground Up V (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: McNeil Avian Center at the Philadelphia Zoo
Date: Jun 21, 2009
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500 sec
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2009

These are fun birds to watch and photograph. They are very outgoing and not afraid of people. This was taken at the new bird exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo. I even have a couple of pix with one of these Tucanettes tasting my lens hood.

Open in PS elements 5, Auto smart fix, shadow/hi-lights, levels, crop, adj sharpness, reduce noise filter, adj, hue/sat, reduce noise filter, crop, shadows/hi-lights, brightness/contrast, add border and save for web.

Post: I don't think many of the voters got the fact that this was a digital art image. It was to look as much like a cartoon as I could do in Basic Editing. Thanks for the comments, and the validation request!! that really made my day :D

Place: 157 out of 186
Avg (all users): 4.6024
Avg (commenters): 4.8571
Avg (participants): 4.4697
Avg (non-participants): 4.6900
Views since voting: 1318
Views during voting: 281
Votes: 166
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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07/09/2009 12:00:02 AM
Oh, how adorable!! And yeah, voters can't quite figure how to take the "digital art" shots sometimes. The processing definitely suits this one.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/29/2009 08:36:07 PM
Great expression. Love the lean of the head and the angle of the capture. The colors are beautiful.
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06/27/2009 11:50:46 PM
This doesn't come across as 'from the ground up' for me. Would like to see a more vertical aspect from the camera for this challenge. Strong processing on this one, like the composition but you have lost the bottom claws.
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06/27/2009 05:39:21 PM
really crazy haloing from the post processing. This image has been pushed too much trying to make it something more. A well processed image doesn't look processed in my opinion. I would however like to see what the original looked like because there is a lot of potential in the shot.

In terms of the challenge it doesn't really say "from the ground up" in my opinion. Its really a case of using the perspective not just shooting something higher than the photographer.
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06/24/2009 10:38:37 PM
I feel this image has potential to be spectacular, at the moment I feel it has been overworked. I would adjust curves, contrast, sharpen (minimum), change the background to a darker color so the magnificent ones you captured on the birds chest could really stand out!
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06/24/2009 07:57:02 PM
Great texture and color
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06/24/2009 04:05:57 PM
Overprocessed, IMO, looks pretty artificial.
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06/24/2009 03:42:43 PM
Looks over processed to me. There seems to be a halo around the bird. Neat subject and nice composition in my opinion though.
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06/24/2009 01:00:57 AM
There's a bit of a halo around the bird -- too much unsharp mask maybe?
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