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Lunch To Go
Lunch To Go

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Le Claire, IA at Lock & Dam #1 4
Date: Jan 30, 2011
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2011

Shot RAW and converted in LR3. In PSCS5, cropped, vignet, border, some sharpening, color correction, levels. It was early morning and very foggy so that was the color of the water.

Place: 121 out of 307
Avg (all users): 5.7945
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.8039
Avg (non-participants): 5.7727
Views since voting: 579
Views during voting: 238
Votes: 146
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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02/14/2011 07:33:08 AM
Hi Tom - welcome to the Critique Zone!

Having looked at your portfolio, and having checked out the other comments, I doubt that I am going to tell you anything new, but here goes...

Technically: There is little to say - from what I can see of this shot it is pretty much nailed, and looking at the figures, you were working that lens/camera to get the shot anyway. Perhaps if you were working at 200mm, you could have dropped the aperture and gone faster? I don't know - these shots happen so damn fast anyway, it's just that 1/400 seems a tiny touch slow for an eagle in flight!

PP: Perhaps a little extra sharpen after re-size? Other than that, the vignette really works here.

Artistically: IMHO, this is where the points went. Pulled back, with the wings and a little more space to move, this shot is definitely a high six if not a seven. It's just too cramped, and the loss of the wings denies the bird his identity. It's also very centred - either a tighter, or a looser, crop would have worked better for me.

As I said, little new but I hope that helps in some small way!


02/08/2011 02:10:43 AM
I was in total Awe of this shot! Am really surprised it didn't score higher!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2011 03:46:06 PM
beautiful perfect shot! Congratulations! Well done!
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02/04/2011 09:40:43 PM
Beautiful action shot. Would have been nice to see the full wing span though.
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02/03/2011 09:30:04 AM
this shot for me is just shy of WOW - Why did you crop off the wings?
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02/02/2011 12:42:19 PM
Very brave crop,super image.
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02/02/2011 07:10:10 AM
Very good and in focus. looks a bit faded?
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02/01/2011 01:30:23 PM
Wonderful capture!
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02/01/2011 09:23:48 AM
Great timing and capture!!
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