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Challenge: Free Study 2009-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K20D
Lens: Pentax FA J 75-300mm f/4.5-5.8 AL AF
Location: Tree in front yard
Date: Sep 29, 2009
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2009


Place: 48 out of 400
Avg (all users): 6.3673
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3962
Avg (non-participants): 6.2927
Views since voting: 1131
Views during voting: 251
Votes: 147
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/21/2009 01:14:28 AM
Nice shot. I've been stalking Tui's in the trees off my deck for ages now but I've not yet managed to get a shot that I'm happy with, after all, you've got to be able to show their fantastic colours off. This shot manages to do this.

On the negative side, the feathers seem just a little soft, maybe it's the DOF or the shutter speed (neither of which you list). I'd also have cloned out that OOF branch in the front as it seems to interupt the nice line of the branch he (or she) is sitting on.

Looking at this more I see one of the problems I have with my Tui stalking. The main tree we have for them is a Kowhai and it seems to have many more branches than your tree, hence less "clean" shots of the Tui's. I'm not giving up though, even if I have to grab a chainsaw to "tidy" the tree a tad!

PS: I did have to laugh at ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' NikonJeb's comment, he's must be a real nerd if he reads "nird books" ;)
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10/08/2009 10:11:51 PM
That's funny, we both did birds this month. I was fairly sure this was yours. My first thought when I saw it in voting was the same as ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' NikonJeb that it looked like a plate in a bird book. Really nice work Rina.
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10/08/2009 02:12:16 AM
Lovely creature full of vibrant, rich, metallic color. Well captured, well processed. Congrats on a very good showing in a FS!
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10/08/2009 12:51:40 AM
look a that. "tree in front yard" Hmm. Not seeing anything like that in my front yard. Well done, on a great score, and look no 1,2,3 votes. that's too cool. The colours are stunning. I was trying to guess which one was yours, but this was not one of my choices. :)
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10/08/2009 12:28:04 AM
Beautiful! Such lovely colours and great detail and DOF :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2009 09:45:10 PM
Lovely detail and color, and I like the angle of the branches and bird.
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10/07/2009 01:44:04 PM
This should be a plate in a nird book. Exceptional clarity & definition with composition. Very well done......8
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10/06/2009 02:51:32 AM
Very nicely captured. Great colours. I tried photographing these recently & can appreciate how difficult it can be. They don't stay still for very long.
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10/05/2009 06:04:38 AM
Lovely image. Processing works for me and the colors are lovely. Well done.
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10/03/2009 05:19:48 PM
I think that's "Tūī" actually. 10
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10/01/2009 11:53:21 PM
Great photography!
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10/01/2009 09:29:27 AM
Excellent focus and tonal range. The bokeh is to die for. That white of his chin feathers seem a touch flat. What if you burned the slightly darker shades of it? Wish his tail wasincluded in the shot. Still, a great image. 7
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10/01/2009 04:35:47 AM
What amazing colours here, really like this image a lot. I know how difficult photographing birds can be, well done!
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10/01/2009 12:07:25 AM
WOW! great shot!!!!!!1
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