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Dance of the Dinosaurs
Dance of the Dinosaurs

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Herons and Other Water Birds
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Alexandria, VA
Date: Apr 16, 2010
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 720
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Apr 4, 2010

Two Great Blue Herons having a bit of a spat over fishing territory. I am *thrilled* with this image :-)

PP - tonemapped in qtpfsgui (pregamma 0.697, mantiuk method, contrast mapping 0.1, saturation factor 1.087, detail factor 1), merged with original at 10% transparency, cropped, white balance, duplicate layer (Gaussian blur, dodged birds and a little of shrubbery on the left, merged in Multiply mode), dodged birds some more, cloned out two dark reeds in foreground, slight gradient filter to darken bright leaves on top/right, increased contrast, resized, sharpened with noise reduction, added border, hand sharpened a few birdie bits.

Place: 64 out of 394
Avg (all users): 6.2245
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.1604
Avg (non-participants): 6.3902
Views since voting: 602
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 147
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2010 09:51:47 AM
Awesome capture. I wish there was more contrast between the birds and their background, but I guess that just shows that their natural camouflage is working.
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05/03/2010 07:14:02 AM
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05/02/2010 05:40:16 PM
Nice shot but the grass on the left is slightly distracting.
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05/01/2010 11:23:53 AM
I almost tried to vote and then realized this was yours. Fab when it popped up, Mary. They almost look prehistoric. Terrific stop action!! Good luck!
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05/01/2010 06:38:48 AM
On the good place at the right time! Great picture!
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05/01/2010 04:18:54 AM
wow,,wow,,, what a shot,,, you lucky bas,,,,, love this one,,,, scores high,,,,
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05/01/2010 03:57:43 AM
This is splendid. You really captured the gracefulness and majestic beauty of these two birds. 9
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05/01/2010 12:39:20 AM
nice framing
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