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Downy Jacket Keeps a Body Warm
Downy Jacket Keeps a Body Warm

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Challenge: Cold II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: The Marsh
Date: Jan 31, 2010
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2010

This is an immature Red Tailed Hawk. He was hoping for some solar warming while looking for breakfast on a chilly morning.

Place: 106 out of 154
Avg (all users): 5.0918
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2727
Avg (non-participants): 5.0263
Views since voting: 499
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 207
Comments: 3
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02/13/2010 03:43:25 PM
I can't believe that
1. this got only 2 comments
2. it didn't end up higher in ranking.
What I find great is the detail in the feathers. Even with the sun shining on them, you've captured all the details in it. This doesn't cause any problem in the darker part of his body either. Often one would see that feathers are well exposed, but - in this case - the head and more specifically the eyes would be underexposed.
Ok, the branches are maybe not the most ideal, but hell, you can't start removing them, you can't ask the bird to turn around to the other side, or to go and sit somewhere else.
Ideal shots can only be created in studio. In nature, one has to work with what he gets. And frankly, you did a great job on this one.

Message edited by author 2010-02-13 17:33:38.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2010 06:24:34 PM
Lovely shot, shame he wasn't on a simpler branch.
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02/03/2010 10:29:35 AM
Yep; definitely pouffed against the cold.
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