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Juvenile White-tailed Kite
Juvenile White-tailed Kite
aliqui


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Portrait Of A Wild Bird (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Wetlands preserve near my work
Date: Dec 21, 2009
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400sec
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Dec 21, 2009

I went ankle deep in mooshy wetlands for this shot; good times.

Lightroom
Crop
Tried about every preset there is, but figured they all sucked and didn't use any.

Photoshop
Topaz Adjust
Masked out birdy
Topaz Denoise everything except birdy
Select inverse to birdy
Topaz Detailed birdy
Hue/Saturation to kill blues and cyans
Gradient on burn color mode for bottom and left
Gradient on dodge color mode for upper right
Burned birdy's chest
Noticed some weird aqua halos, so I killed those with Hue/Saturation
Resized
Smart Sharpen
Selective sharpened birdy

Statistics
Place: 35 out of 138
Avg (all users): 6.3093
Avg (commenters): 7.4375
Avg (participants): 5.9275
Avg (non-participants): 6.5200
Views since voting: 903
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 194
Comments: 20
Favorites: 0


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01/09/2010 04:12:15 PM
This was one of my top vote getters - really love the way this was captured and presented.
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01/04/2010 12:29:58 PM
This is just splendid. Wonderful work. I love how you composed this so that the environment is an integral and important component of the shot. The gaze of the bird is magical.
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01/04/2010 03:27:18 AM
One of my favs - no idea why this didn't score higher. It is really well presented.
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01/04/2010 12:24:32 AM
I like this, really feels like a portrait.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/03/2010 11:38:35 PM
Pretty bird. I love how it is perched up in the corner all alone.
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01/03/2010 11:05:49 PM
like the composition but I find the blurred branches distracting
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01/03/2010 10:25:26 PM
for me this is quite stunning...very well done...
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01/01/2010 08:41:34 PM
Outstanding. Love your use of negative space in this shot, the OOF elements are a nice touch, and the subdued tones are great. I hope this ribbons.
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01/01/2010 06:43:04 PM
Like the monochromatic style and the framing with branches has always appealed to me. Good job.
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12/30/2009 02:31:51 PM
Great comp and colors..love his little deceitful eyes...9
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12/30/2009 02:14:25 PM
Very well composed and shot!
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12/30/2009 12:37:34 PM
Love the wintry feel of this photo. Lovely composition and light.
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12/30/2009 10:40:29 AM
Gorgeous capture - excellent supporting environment.
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12/29/2009 06:50:12 PM
Nice image overall. For a portrait challenge I would like to see a closer view of the subject.
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12/29/2009 01:13:43 PM
Nice capture. There are some noticeable post processing issues in the lower branches.
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12/28/2009 10:03:42 PM
I really like this environmental portrait...it really adds more interest and even a little bit of moodiness to this photo. Nicely done!
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12/28/2009 06:38:05 PM
nice capture, particularly the look in his eyes.
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12/28/2009 03:25:04 PM
Nice shot, I'm not sure about the crop here, I think I would have liked it tighter, but I understand the need for context.
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12/28/2009 02:57:53 AM
Lovely capture
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12/28/2009 12:19:47 AM
outstanding. 10
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