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Challenge: Pigeons (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Jul 18, 2009
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 18, 2009

Yeah, another blue.

Wasn't sure about the background blur, so sent in into SC before challenge and got the OK just after it started, so sat sweating for a short while. Anyway, got the OK.

Steps ( as far as I can remember ! )

duplicate layer
created mask using the pigeons
applied guassian blur to background layer
merged all back together
converted to B&W and border white with white vignette
little burn under the two birds
save for web

Stoked at third blue.....cheers all!

Place: 1 out of 61
Avg (all users): 6.3972
Avg (commenters): 7.7273
Avg (participants): 6.0857
Avg (non-participants): 6.4581
Views since voting: 4290
Views during voting: 445
Votes: 214
Comments: 27
Favorites: 8 (view)

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08/04/2009 07:59:28 AM
Love this sooo much, one of my favourite pics I've seen in ages!
08/03/2009 09:21:03 AM
Not a fan of vignettes generally - but I loved this so much I gave you a 10. Congrats!!
07/31/2009 05:46:29 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. Its not only a nice capture but the processing is also excellent ...
07/29/2009 10:05:29 PM
Nice capture
07/29/2009 10:04:09 PM
congrats alan .. brilliant shot, excellent process and just had to get the blue .. !!.. i'm shaking my head over your score tho .. i think it deserved over 7 .. :)
07/29/2009 01:12:45 PM
Ooooooh. . .good one! It is simplicity done to flawless perfection! Congratulations on another blue ribbon!

07/29/2009 11:22:15 AM
very nice work. and congrats on your ribbon, too!
07/29/2009 08:53:14 AM
congrats on the BR! one of my top pics for this challenge..
nicely done!
07/29/2009 06:18:24 AM
Only a 6.4? Seriously people?

But, hey, you did set the record for lowest scoring blue ribbon! Congratulations.

Message edited by author 2009-07-29 08:11:40.
07/29/2009 03:37:39 AM
A great pigeon image and a very worthy winner. Congrats on your Blue, Alan.
07/29/2009 03:13:31 AM
Wow - I'd have never guessed the 10-22! I can never get that kind of DOF with that lens. Very good use of the vignette to show off the birds and simply a great pigeon shot!
07/29/2009 03:10:01 AM
For me it's a textbook example how you can turn an average photo (it's just a guess, sorry if I'm wrong) into a fantastic picture with some clever post-processing. Well done and congratulations on the blue!
07/29/2009 02:32:14 AM
Nice shot and great expression.

Congrats on the Blue.
07/29/2009 02:09:00 AM
Many congratulations on the blue Alan; and the great shot!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/28/2009 08:35:58 PM
Real nice processing and the vignette draws you in. The title is perfect.
07/27/2009 10:15:15 PM
I like the pigeons, I like the black and white, the vignette... not so much
07/27/2009 07:01:06 PM
absolutely fantastic image .. love the orientation & the way you've caught one looking straight at you ... excellent focus on the birds but soft everywhere else .. brilliant in b&w .. good luck .. 10..:)
07/27/2009 03:37:55 AM
Excellent B&W for dramatic effect, nice depth of field
07/26/2009 02:07:28 PM
Great B&W with the vignetting
07/26/2009 09:19:11 AM
The processing blurs the background nicely.
07/25/2009 08:40:39 PM
Nice shot. The border could have very easily been distracting but it really worked in this case. It really brings your attention to the two birds. I like the dof with the ground and the birds in the background. Also at first I thought it was in black and white but I guess not. It just kinda looks like it. Either way it looks really good. I would love to compare it to the original to see what if anything you did with the colors.
07/24/2009 02:54:45 PM
Spectacular! 10!
07/23/2009 11:37:25 AM
Well done with the processing. The white vignette works.
07/22/2009 11:46:47 AM
His expression is priceless...8
07/22/2009 04:00:27 AM
Absolutely AWESOME depth of field used here. I love the ground perspective - I tried to get a shot like this and failed miserably, so thank you for not only pulling it off, but pulling it off VERY well. Excellent in B&W, too. (Now about the spelling of "what".....)
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07/22/2009 02:46:49 AM
Wonderful capture. Love the DoF & processing! Will be very surprised if this doesn't ribbon :O) Bumping to 9 - and a fav.
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07/22/2009 12:03:07 AM
Love it. Great comp and tones
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