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At the Edge of the Forest
At the Edge of the Forest
MaryO


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Out of Balance (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Alexandria, VA
Date: Jan 5, 2011
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jan 5, 2011

A White-breasted Nutchatch peeking out from his perch on a very large tree trunk. Like the contrast between the texture of the tree and the smoothness of the background, the bright bird and dark woods, and the size of the bird in relation to the tree.

PP - tonemapped the bird and tree in qtpfsgui (pregamma 0.697, mantiuk method, contrast mapping 0.1, saturation factor 1.029, detail factor 1), merged with original at 20% transparency, cropped, white balance, color balance shift toward magenta, darkened midtones, resized, sharpened with noise reduction, blurred background more, added border.

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 133
Avg (all users): 6.3443
Avg (commenters): 7.7333
Avg (participants): 6.4559
Avg (non-participants): 6.2037
Views since voting: 1834
Views during voting: 232
Votes: 122
Comments: 23
Favorites: 2 (view)


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01/09/2012 02:15:03 PM
Just browsing this challenge, which I hadn't done before, and came across your exquisite image. So well seen.
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01/17/2011 05:13:02 PM
Oh WOW! Favorite!
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01/17/2011 07:07:35 AM
Lovely photo
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01/17/2011 01:01:06 AM
Such an original image. Love it. Congrats on the fp finish.
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01/17/2011 12:28:24 AM
Congratulations on your top 10!! Like Wendy I LOVED this.. and wished I had thought of it!! LOL
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01/17/2011 12:07:57 AM
I absolutely loved this one! Wonderful shot!! Congrats on the top 10 :D
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2011 10:39:38 PM
a 7 from me... wonderfully off balance (voted earlier)
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01/16/2011 11:29:11 AM
W oR ks
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01/15/2011 09:31:39 PM
10+ I think this is my favorite. Creative to the max.
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01/15/2011 07:33:13 PM
Very good effective use of this technique. Is feels like the bird is looking into infinite space.
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01/15/2011 07:14:29 AM
Great composition, creates such a nice scale for such a small bird in comparison to the whole forest. I love how the bird blends in with that tree. This is a great shot!
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01/14/2011 08:01:21 PM
Like the composition and DOF
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01/13/2011 09:02:44 PM
Nice, unbalanced because eyes are drawn to the light silhouette as well as the bird but I am not sure if effective as blurred silhouette is a distraction rather than compliments the bird - tough one! 6
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01/13/2011 08:18:37 PM
My favourite!!
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01/13/2011 10:18:51 AM
This is my favorite of the challenge. I have struggled with recognizing the theme in some submissions, but this shot seems not in balance yet pleasing. Nice job.
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01/12/2011 01:06:42 PM
Oh, I really like this composition. Very creative and very effective.
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01/12/2011 08:34:55 AM
nice shot! i dont know that i understand what "balance" in a photo means, but this strikes me as more of a "negative space" shot
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01/11/2011 11:26:15 PM
hehehe... I love nuthatch's they're just totaly out of balance!!! Good capture!
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01/11/2011 07:06:49 PM
like how he seems to be checking out whats around him before he flies into the dark forest in search of food. 8
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01/11/2011 12:57:40 PM
Nice one,like the way it seems mono but color.
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01/10/2011 08:26:17 AM
Oh I like this a lot.
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01/10/2011 01:35:02 AM
Classic example of negative space. Although not totally negative. The blurred branches and the tones are wonderful, and the tiny bird pointing straight into the void totally anchors the image.
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01/10/2011 12:13:00 AM
Lovely.
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