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Portrait of a Parrot
Portrait of a Parrot

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Domestic Birds
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Jul 30, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2009

Shaka, a Congo African Grey female. Like the light (from a window) in this one and that she's making eye contact.

PP - converted from RAW, cropped, white balance, 2nd layer (lightened bird, merged in multiply mode), dodged eye a bit, increased contrast, reduced noise, blurred background some more, desaturated a couple of yellowish areas on her face, shifted greenish hues bluer, resized, sharpened, added border, hand sharpened eye just a tad more.


Post-challenge: well YAY for Shaka making my Profile page! We've now signed the adoption papers so I guess this is her introduction. We lost Hildy, our other CAG, back in May, and Shaka needed a home just when we decided we were ready for a Grey to fill that hole in our lives. We had up to 2 months to foster her and decide if it was working; it only took us two weeks. She's a sweetie :-)

Place: 28 out of 419
Avg (all users): 6.5359
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.4474
Avg (non-participants): 6.7949
Views since voting: 1188
Views during voting: 257
Votes: 153
Comments: 13
Favorites: 4 (view)

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05/10/2012 10:21:17 PM
She is a beauty, and this is a lovely portrait of her!
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11/13/2009 11:00:25 PM
The dark BG in this highlights the features and eye very nicely. I suspect that you may have brought this shot up from being underexposed by the look in the darker areas of the feathers. It's a lovely shot, and the bit of noise gives it that "film shot" effect. Grays are noisy so it fits. Grays are the most wonderful of birds when they are in their "sweet bird" mode.
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10/11/2009 10:42:13 AM
I had a feeling the lighting was natural for this, nice off center portrait, 28th place in a free study is outstanding.
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08/08/2009 10:30:44 AM
This is very portrait-like, but it's a parrot! That's why I gave it a 7. Well done.
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08/08/2009 09:20:30 AM
Excellent shot, Mary and I'm not even a bird person. Got an 8 from me.
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08/08/2009 06:26:34 AM
Love this shot! Great lighting and a very dramatic portrait!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2009 09:28:13 PM
Brilliant subject. Wonderfully composed! Crisp, precise capture. Lovingly presented.
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08/07/2009 08:07:01 PM
7 - Some funky things happening with the grain and noise (which kind of work, in my opinion), but I really like the composition and look on the parrot and especially like the muted colors.
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08/07/2009 06:58:34 PM
Nice dramatic lighting. There is some noise that if reduced would make this a better shot. 6
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08/07/2009 12:52:53 PM
beautiful lighting! looks over sharpened to me but the composition and lighting are excellent
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08/02/2009 08:36:51 PM
OMG!! Very cool!!
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08/01/2009 07:43:00 PM
Very clear and sharp, great dramatic lighting.
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08/01/2009 08:22:44 AM
Oh my!! This is excellent. I love a good profile. He almost has human qualities. Nice one.
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