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Challenge: Free Study 2010-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Date: Mar 23, 2010
Aperture: f5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 29, 2010

[Apr. 5th, 2010 09:45:24 AM]

oh my, oh my, oh my!! Just hit 6.9 at 111 votes. This isn't exciting -- it's painful! I find myself looking back at previous free studies to see how low the top 10 goes...!

I'm feeling kind of dumb now, however. This is actually an outtake from the stop motion challenge. I liked this one a lot, but the bread was so light, it kind of disappeared in basic editing, and I was afraid that not being able to see what they were going after would hurt the voting process.

It's wonderful to have it appreciated -- because I really liked this photo. It's still my goal to ribbon with a sea gull entry. It won't happen with this one, but having this score in a free study is even more exciting!
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Wow!! 6th!! How incredibly great!! Thanks everyone!!
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A couple of people have commented on the white background. Unfortunately for landscape shots, we get white skies here! Not the typical grey overcast, but almost completely white overcast! Here's the original -- ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/100000-104999/103142/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_866193.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/100000-104999/103142/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_866193.jpg', '/') + 1) . '. So when you increase the contrast, it blows out what very little there is left of the sky. The entire editing was done in basic, with the exception of the piece of bread. In basic, the bread almost disappeared, it blended in too well. That's why I didn't enter it into stop motion -- because you couldn't really see what they were going after, and it didn't make as much sense.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 350
Avg (all users): 6.9467
Avg (commenters): 7.8889
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.8222
Views since voting: 2342
Views during voting: 283
Votes: 150
Comments: 49
Favorites: 2 (view)


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03/19/2011 03:30:53 PM
Excellent image...I can see the bread fine on my screen. I love pics of birds...not my strong point.
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02/02/2011 07:46:46 AM
It's my Christmas card! I love this photo - have the card on the wall next to my desk at work :)
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04/09/2010 12:45:14 AM
Contratulations for the top 10.
How did you do for white backgound? Did you put a very big white background behind the birds or blow out the sky?
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04/08/2010 03:02:25 PM
As always Wendy, your shots are beautiful to see and a challenging example to follow. Congratulations on another beautiful image and really thought you would have ribboned.
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04/08/2010 12:57:58 PM
Super good!
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04/08/2010 09:04:51 AM
Fantastic shot, amazing detail and clairity...congrats on the great placement!
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04/08/2010 08:51:49 AM
huge congrats Wendy!!!! Brilliant shot!
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04/08/2010 08:26:41 AM
Your bird shots just amaze me!!! This is so good.
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04/08/2010 08:24:43 AM
Woah, nice placement wendy! way to go.
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04/08/2010 08:23:36 AM
To be honest I kind of hope you never get that ribbon for a seagul shot because I am loving them and I don't want to see them stop. An excellent shot, and the only flaw is that it didn't place higher. It deserved to. Keep it up!
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04/08/2010 05:28:41 AM
Congrats on the star shot !!!
Great capture and well deserved score
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04/08/2010 04:10:19 AM
Delightful. Big congratz on the excellent 6th place.
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04/08/2010 04:04:04 AM
Lovely image, congrats.
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04/08/2010 03:53:49 AM
It doesn't get any better than this! Superb action shot, Wendy. WOW! --Rick
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04/08/2010 01:19:24 AM
OUTSTANDING capture Wendy. Congrats on a great finish!
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04/08/2010 12:54:16 AM
OK, you pass!
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04/08/2010 12:44:48 AM
Good going, teammate!
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04/08/2010 12:12:20 AM
6th in a free study is VERY impressive indeed! Congrats!
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04/08/2010 12:07:49 AM
I had a feeling this one was yours. Congrats on a great finish!
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04/08/2010 12:05:26 AM
I'm so glad this is yours, Wendy! This is phenomenal. Truly.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2010 08:22:52 PM
Great action shot; lots of detail. Nit: would like to see a catchlight in the other birds' eyes.
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04/07/2010 06:44:16 PM
Wow, that's an excellent capture. I like it.
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04/07/2010 05:04:01 PM
This is doing well for you, I'm sure. Beautifully done.
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04/07/2010 03:17:58 PM
excellent shot
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04/07/2010 12:28:07 AM
A great capture and crop.
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04/06/2010 09:21:24 PM
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' vawendy, perhaps? Excellent exposure and detail. Will look forward to seeing the technical particulars.
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04/06/2010 08:57:41 PM
Wendy?
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04/06/2010 05:29:17 PM
Amazing shot!! 10..
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04/06/2010 03:10:02 PM
Fantastic shot. The detail is amazing. 9
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04/06/2010 11:16:51 AM
amazing shot- top 10
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04/06/2010 06:49:07 AM
Excellent capture with 3 birds in the frame and so much happening. Love the blown out background and shades of white of the birds. perfectly exposed. Really a stunning bird shot. The battle for bread(?) makes this less natural for me being the only thing that drops this to an 8 in my voting.
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04/05/2010 11:12:30 AM
wonderful capture 10
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04/05/2010 09:38:23 AM
Great catch! Would have worked perfect in the 'All things being equal...' challenge. :-) I love the "expression" on the upper-right gull.
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04/04/2010 09:53:13 PM
What an amazing capture!
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04/04/2010 03:44:56 PM
I don't particularly like picture of birds specially those one but I have to say you got me on that one. Love the colors and the disposition. Keep up the good work.
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04/04/2010 02:26:07 PM
terrific
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04/04/2010 12:15:05 PM
A very good one!
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04/03/2010 09:27:08 PM
Sureal, 8.
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04/02/2010 08:05:25 PM
excellent
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04/02/2010 03:49:19 PM
hehehe,, attack,,,,,,, 7
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04/02/2010 02:18:46 PM
great capture & pp - 9
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04/02/2010 10:18:52 AM
FABULOUS!! Amazingly so! (not voting)
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04/02/2010 06:41:59 AM
a great well focused capture
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04/01/2010 10:17:34 PM
Excellent stop action, excallent detail.
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04/01/2010 10:07:19 PM
Hmmm... I gave you a 6 for the technical aspect. The whole bird-against-overblown-white-background gig is rather dull to me now.
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04/01/2010 06:48:28 PM
Beautiful details. 6
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04/01/2010 03:53:00 PM
Great image - reminds me of my portrait of a wild bird image but I like the additional interest of the ensuing scrap here.
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04/01/2010 11:54:53 AM
You must have the biggest lightbox in the world! The level of detail and the crispness of this image is hard to beat.
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04/01/2010 05:05:49 AM
Mine, Mine, Mine.

Great capture! Would have done well in the Stop Motion challenge though I'm sure it will do well here too.
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