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On Golden Pond

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Challenge: Wildlife V (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Ducks and Geese
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Burke, VA
Date: Oct 28, 2010
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Oct 28, 2010

Just a Canada Goose in late afternoon, but while the subject is rather ordinary the light and color really appeal to me. And I got eye contact ;-) I actually liked the uncropped composition (with some straightening) but for this challenge I wanted to show the eye more clearly.

PP - white balance, straightened, cropped, levels, increased saturation and contrast, colored goose feathers a bit browner, dupe layer, erased goose and merged with original in multiply mode at 50% transparency, gradient filter to further deepen dark colors in the background, dodged goose face, resized, sharpened, blurred background more, cloned out sharpening haloes.

Place: 17 out of 99
Avg (all users): 6.4834
Avg (commenters): 7.6250
Avg (participants): 5.9333
Avg (non-participants): 6.7170
Views since voting: 862
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 151
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/08/2010 04:52:32 PM
Had no idea this was yours. Just brilliant. Top 20 WOOT!!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2010 06:40:33 PM
Beautiful colors - fall reflection? I wish the neck reflection wasn't cutoff - otherwise it would've made my top 5.
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11/07/2010 03:54:16 AM
Next time try to get a picture where the subject looks INTO the open space/neutral space. Never to the outside. That was the best advice I got a long time ago. 8
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11/06/2010 11:42:48 PM
You deffinantly captured the season well with this shot.
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11/05/2010 01:13:28 PM
This is truly lovely! People don't take many pictures of canada geese, because they see them so often. I forget how lovely the are. Nice capture! (not voting in this challenge.)
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11/03/2010 11:14:14 AM
Nice colors and comp, 6.
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11/03/2010 08:41:16 AM
Stunning. The composition, focus and gorgeous amber tones!! Nicely seen and executed. Upping my vote on 2nd review.
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11/02/2010 04:36:26 PM
seems just a little tilted but a gorgeous shot all the same
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11/01/2010 05:57:46 PM
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11/01/2010 02:42:40 PM
I do have a soft spot for Canada geese. :- )

Nice water colour and ripples - if I was being fussy I would probably prefer it to be recropped (if possible) so he was looking into the shot - rather than out of it, but that's just personal taste
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11/01/2010 12:55:09 PM
Very nice. Portrait would have done this more justice and scored it higher. Still a good take. Head facing the wrong way for this comp but the colours are just so sweet and warm
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