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Sitka Eagle
Sitka Eagle
CJinCA


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Sitka Raptor Sanctuary
Date: May 12, 2009
Galleries: Black and White, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2010

Crop, B&W, Contrast, Shadows/Highlights, Lots of Burning and a Little Dodging, Sharpen

[Jan. 26th, 2010 11:42:23 PM]

A few have remarked about how dark this is and I think it depends on the monitor the viewer is using. I've printed this out and there is more detail than I think some people are seeing. I may have to lighten up my shots to make sure all can see the detail in the shadows better. :-)

Statistics
Place: 168 out of 445
Avg (all users): 5.9878
Avg (commenters): 6.9091
Avg (participants): 5.9275
Avg (non-participants): 6.2075
Views since voting: 782
Views during voting: 379
Votes: 246
Comments: 26
Favorites: 1 (view)


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02/27/2010 09:59:57 AM
I gave this one a 7. It is dark on my computer but what I see is the head in a spotlight and subtle details on the wings. I think it is perfect for this regal bird.
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01/29/2010 12:15:26 AM
What a great shot. The detail is wonderful. Regarding whether it's too dark or not, it looks terrific on my monitor!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 05:41:44 PM
It's nice to see an eagle in black and white.
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01/28/2010 04:08:27 PM
Stunning and great B&W conversion.
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01/28/2010 12:56:41 PM
Very nice. Lighting works perfectly here. Eyes are well lit and posture of eagle good.
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01/27/2010 04:56:18 PM
Moody and sharp... 9
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01/27/2010 07:44:30 AM
different presentation , nice contrast , I like it , 7
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01/27/2010 01:31:27 AM
stunning
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01/26/2010 11:40:03 PM
Gonna have to take a trip to AK I think, just love this photo.
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01/26/2010 11:12:05 PM
Lots of drama in this image. It is a bit dark for me to be a real high scorer. The head of the Eagle is particularly nice.
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01/25/2010 11:59:51 AM
good job on the pp
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01/25/2010 02:32:40 AM
nice b and w...love the black bg
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01/24/2010 07:41:27 PM
Way way up north. I don't know that I like or dislike the b&w but your image is well composed and very clear.
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01/24/2010 07:18:24 PM
really like this...how the lights and darks seem to blend and fade...well done
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01/24/2010 07:48:56 AM
The best eagle portrait I have ever seen. Bar none. Superb!......9
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01/24/2010 07:16:57 AM
I always find half the beauty in these shots the details in the feathers etc, but the B&W conversion you've done seems to have lost a lot of that.

This version is quite interesting, especially the strong head area against a largely black background, but I'm not sure if it makes up for the loss of the other attributes.
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01/23/2010 09:23:44 PM
I'm sure everyone is pointing out the halo, no? I also submitted a bird with a halo and am getting lots and lots of comments about it.

However, that's not the first thing I see here. I see the most beautiful BW tones, and outstanding bird-of-prey photo that sets itself apart from the myriads of eagle shots here. It's stunning.
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01/23/2010 03:15:26 PM
Works well in B&W.
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01/23/2010 03:00:20 PM
Nice portrait, almost doesn't look alive! A bit dark for my tastes.
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01/23/2010 02:43:03 PM
Great portrait
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01/23/2010 06:15:48 AM
Unlike eagle photos we are accustomed to... I feel the top of wing might be over-brightened a tad, but I like the 40's portrait feel it has. Good photo!
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01/23/2010 01:43:20 AM
fav eagle of the challenge!
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01/22/2010 10:32:36 PM
Fantastic choice of B&W. The composition is fantastic too. Very very well done.
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01/22/2010 03:13:57 PM
stunning
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01/22/2010 09:34:39 AM
i like it very very much! but, why not in colors?
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01/22/2010 08:14:47 AM
The b&w is great here.
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