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Fly Me to the Moon
Fly Me to the Moon
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Challenge: Portrait Of A Wild Bird (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Ngor Beach, Dakar, Senegal
Date: Dec 27, 2009
Aperture: 8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 800
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Dec 27, 2009

Open in Aperture 2. Crop. Boost shadows. Boost saturation and luminance of yellow channel. Raise definition. Export as full size JPEG. Open in Canon Digital Photo Professional. Convert and save (to re-size small enough to meet submission requirements).


Statistics
Place: 76 out of 138
Avg (all users): 5.6480
Avg (commenters): 6.8889
Avg (participants): 5.5493
Avg (non-participants): 5.7040
Views since voting: 590
Views during voting: 365
Votes: 196
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)


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01/04/2010 02:43:12 PM
Originally posted by bassbone:

I think you may have also overdid a bit of your processing as I see a bit of halo around the bird as well.

It is important to remember (and I always have to remind myself as well!) that it is not about the difficulty of the shot, but on what is delivered. An analogy that I like to think about is that I don't want to watch a musician play something that sounds like it is difficult to play, but rather I want to watch a musician play something effortlessly (even if the piece is difficult).


Well, you're right about that. I don't like that halo either. Thanks to you and Dr. Achoo for the nice comments.
01/04/2010 12:22:55 PM
Wonderfully composed and delivered image. I think it is outstanding and can testify to the difficulty of getting a shot like this. The title is 'on the money' and this so fit the challenge perfectly.

That said, I agree with Jason's comments about the details on the bird - I think people were 'wowed' by the details that some were able to capture. I think you may have also overdid a bit of your processing as I see a bit of halo around the bird as well.

It is important to remember (and I always have to remind myself as well!) that it is not about the difficulty of the shot, but on what is delivered. An analogy that I like to think about is that I don't want to watch a musician play something that sounds like it is difficult to play, but rather I want to watch a musician play something effortlessly (even if the piece is difficult).

Overall, I think those that stopped by long enough to ponder realized what a solid shot it was (6.9 from commenters).

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01/04/2010 11:55:35 AM
Don't be discouraged. I often get disappointed that a shot doesn't score higher when I realize how much went into the shot. The observer doesn't automatically realize this aspect of a shot.

Probably people were responding to the lack of "individual feather detail". Not that that is bad, but my guess is it was what people wanted to see.
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01/04/2010 07:20:00 AM
I don't get it; this one really frustrates me. I think this is a freakin' awesome shot - especially the composition and given the rarity/difficulty of getting a shot like this of a bird flying sideways with the moon in the background and the sun lighting up the underside of the wings. It was really tough to get, too. I think that alone is enough to give it a significantly higher score than it got. I had to wait watching birds fly around for a long time waiting for one of them to fly near the moon. Some of the comments suggested that it might not be that sharp; but I'm not sure. I definitely didn't do an extreme crop as suggested by davidw - perhaps it was a 1/2 - 1/3 crop (which, for a 21 mp camera isn't much). Maybe 1/800 wasn't fast enough on a moving bird. Maybe I lost some resolution in the process of saving down to 300 kb from 21 mp. But it still seems pretty sharp to me. If that's their perception, though, of course I can't argue with it. They want it sharper. But I think this is a freakin' awesome shot.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/03/2010 07:55:43 PM
Interesting concept. Unfortunately the rather extreme crop lost you a lot of detail.
01/02/2010 08:16:09 AM
This would have also made a great moon shot!
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12/30/2009 06:00:39 PM
Very nicely snapped!
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12/30/2009 03:27:00 PM
Nice shot, good colors, 6.
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12/29/2009 08:42:35 PM
How cool is that!!! One of my faves of the challenge!
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12/29/2009 12:38:36 PM
Nice grab.
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12/28/2009 04:54:06 PM
sure in the top ten....
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12/28/2009 03:20:38 PM
Well timed shot, and the exposure is very nice.
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12/28/2009 10:14:27 AM
This seems a tad out-of-focus but the composition is great. The title fits this very well.
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