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"Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach
"Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach

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Challenge: Book Titles II (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
Date: Aug 10, 2009
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Aug 10, 2009

This was the first book I thought of--wonderful book. If you haven't read it, you should.

Wanted to do "something wicked this way comes", but that shoot didn't work out. Was tempted to use this shot for it, ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/100000-104999/103142/120/813089.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/100000-104999/103142/120/813089.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' but I figured it wouldn't go over well (but I like the shot!)

Tried doing "I have no mouth but I must scream". bought stuff to make face putty. That didn't work. Printed out skin colored paper and tried attaching it to my husband's face over his mouth. didn't work. (Even bought foundation makeup that matched his skin and everything!) Gave up on that idea.

Perfect idea--"The Invisible Man". Tried stuffing my husband's shirt. Didn't look natural. Tried putting a jacket over it. Jacket was spotted. Gave up on that idea.

My husband showed me some wasps and bees (and flies) on the tree in our back yard. Would be perfect for "secret life of bees"!! It was a wasp with two flies right next to it. Humor, book title, all perfect! Not enough light. Even with 1600 ISO. No ring flash. Regular flash just doesn't work at a distance of 1 ft.

Gave up and went with the bird.

Other seagull options from the same shoot:
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Went with this shot because the wings remind me of angel's wings. I think it's a little more unusual than the typical seagull shot. Since the book is about the joy of flying, I wanted to really get the wings involved.

[Aug. 12th, 2009 04:59:01 AM]

At 5.14 after 20 votes. I'm very confused--time for the critique club to explain! Hi guys, why is this scoring so incredibly low?

[Aug. 12th, 2009 04:59:44 AM]

aww... looks like I can't submit it to the club anymore. *sniff*

Place: 50 out of 130
Avg (all users): 5.6988
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6087
Avg (non-participants): 5.7333
Views since voting: 3051
Views during voting: 286
Votes: 166
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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08/19/2009 10:57:03 PM
I gave this a 6 and like some others said, I think I was looking for a little more scenery. Still a great shot tho. It's hard to get a nice crisp shot of a bird in motion and you did a good job here.
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08/19/2009 01:06:31 AM
Wendy, I didn't vote on this challenge. However, like VitaminB I probably would have only given it a 5.

From a compositional point of view, I find this to be framed too tightly. I would want to see more of the sky. In fact, to be honest, I think to portray JLS well, a soaring seagull, however boring, would have perhaps been a higher scoring choice.

Also, it looks like this has been heavily cropped and somehow that affects the image quality. Please bear in mind this is only my opinion, but it may explain some of the 3s and 4s. Don't know if this helps at all.
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08/19/2009 12:55:56 AM
Im in the Critique Club, but didnt pull this out from CC, but I will treat this as if I did anyway.

First, the shot is a good one, well exposed, well composed, and the seagull has a nice 'pose' to it. It could be a bit sharper, as it doesnt have the detail in the wings that high scoring images on DPC are known to have.

For me though, I voted this a 5. Mainly because of the subject itself. A seagull to me isnt very special, in fact, I find it an annoying bird, so even good photos of a seagull dont inspire much of a reaction out of me. Not sure if other voters felt the same way, but it explains my one vote anyway.

You are known for taking photos of birds as well, and this is not your first seagull shot. I find the following photo much better:
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Overall though, 5.6 isnt a terrible score. You and I were very close in fact.

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08/19/2009 12:43:52 AM
I see grain and some halos ..and they are the biggest killers of any score..

but I did give it a 6 because I recognized the hard work it requires to ge an image of this caliber..

Message edited by author 2009-08-19 00:47:39.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/14/2009 11:12:04 AM
Good shutter speed to freeze the action. Looks a little noisy though in the background. The whites look blown out on the face. There are lots of birds that are both dark and white, which presents a challenge trying to expose them properly. Your main priority should be to keep from blowing out the whites. So try to expose the histogram as far to the right as you can without losing detail in the whites. I hope this helps you :)
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08/13/2009 03:02:52 PM
Nice action shot. Colors are nice and the clarity is good.
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08/13/2009 11:00:06 AM
I really like that "Jonathan" here seems to have more personallity than your average seagull. You caught that well! Thanks!
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