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Bird & Branch
3rd PlaceBird & Branch
HarveyG


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Things That Go Together II (Expert Editing)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM for Nikon
Location: Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa
Date: Dec 20, 2011
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 21, 2011

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
On Tripod
UE EV -2.0
Masked Bird, branch, BG
Topaz Clean Heron (soften and smooth)
Enhanced bird with contrast, subtle sat increase
Topaz DeNoise BG mask
Resized, Smart Sharpen and SFW

This is not my usual editing style for a challenge/wildlife work however I tried to keep it subtle and natural.

This image is copyrighted 2011 by Harvey Grohmann. Publication is strictly forbidden and protected by law. To obtain pricing and consent contact me via Photocommission.com

[Dec. 24th, 2011 03:23:08 AM]

24 Dec 2011 02h00 EST 09h00 CAT - 40 votes 7.1212!

Dec. 30th, 2011: At rollover - Flabbergasted a 6.7778 ribbon for a genuine in the wild wildlife image. What a way to end start the new year. Thank you for your votes and most importantly your valued comments.

So honoured to be rubbing shoulders with Johanna and Ben and almost rubbing shoulders with John

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 65
Avg (all users): 6.7778
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.5500
Avg (non-participants): 6.8837
Views since voting: 3292
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 126
Comments: 32
Favorites: 4 (view)


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02/03/2012 07:16:04 PM
Very glad you did so well Harvey! Such an interesting mix of whites and browns on him. I'm so used to green heron, its cool to see such different colours and tones. Plus a nice shot to boot!

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01/29/2012 11:08:09 AM
Simply stunning image, congrats !
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01/02/2012 05:56:49 PM
Congratulations on 3rd. The bird is totally exotic, to me, and a very attractive bird it is. I love the focus and composition, and this shot was in my top lineup. 9 from me..
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01/01/2012 09:29:08 PM
I am elated for you. You do elegant and sensitively beautiful work.
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12/31/2011 06:38:08 PM
Congratulations on the top finish!
What a way to ring in the new year!
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12/31/2011 05:09:23 PM
First ribbon? I was sure about the FS of the Polinator to shine more but am glad that these little birds get enought attention. These two shots look like perfect designs for somptuous silks. Congratulaions!
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12/31/2011 12:52:38 AM
Congrats on your first Ribbon Harvey! So glad to see your name on the front page with a great image. May 2012 present you with many more ribbons and a blessed new year.
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12/30/2011 01:54:37 PM
beautifully photographed
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12/30/2011 11:37:16 AM
Very pretty image, congrats on your ribbon!
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12/30/2011 11:24:53 AM
Beautiful rendering of the bird. Congrats on the ribbon!
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12/30/2011 11:22:27 AM
Gorgeous capture. Wish I could capture bird details like this. Congrats on the yellow!
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12/30/2011 10:08:42 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, good un.
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12/30/2011 09:35:06 AM
Wonderful. Congrats!
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12/30/2011 06:33:48 AM
Awesome detail! Congratulations!
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12/30/2011 03:13:07 AM
Wonderful shot Harvey, congratulations.
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12/30/2011 02:55:19 AM
Look at you!!! Neighbors! And we called each other's shot :-) Awesome image, Harvey. Congrats on the ribbon. I cannot believe it's your first!
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12/30/2011 02:43:19 AM
AWESOME!
Congrats Harvey on the ribbon!
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12/30/2011 01:01:07 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon
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12/30/2011 12:30:04 AM
Yippeee! First ribbons are the BEST ribbons.

You'll see soon... after you have many more. Congrats!!
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12/30/2011 12:18:43 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. A super sharp image and I'm crowning you king of the birds. Beautiful capture.
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12/30/2011 12:15:24 AM
Congrats on the yellow!
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12/30/2011 12:15:17 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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12/30/2011 12:11:05 AM
Beautiful creature and capture. Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/29/2011 11:44:45 PM
So sharp - wonderful details - love the colors!
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12/29/2011 03:42:08 PM
Very good image for this challenge. I would have preferred a more natural look to the bg, but I understand the lure of the expert editing allowances.
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12/29/2011 09:16:53 AM
I apologise, I am new to this and you are "stuck" with my comments. Pls. realise that this is *my* learning curve more than yours!
a nice take on the theme. What a great photograph - when i grow up I want to take pictures like this :-). I like the colour combination - both subjects (branch and bird) really stand out from te background. Nice composition. Only negative I can find is that the left side of the branch is slightly out of focus
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12/28/2011 05:16:04 PM
Perhaps a teeny bit over-denoised/smoothed but still very nice, I like the relaxed colours and the bird is beautiful. I like the bokeh too; nice image.
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12/28/2011 12:05:04 PM
Wow! This is sharper than sharp! Surely a NG shot.
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12/27/2011 11:44:13 PM
Great catch!
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12/23/2011 10:04:45 PM
Very Nice
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12/23/2011 04:34:41 PM
what kind of heron is this? Looks like a young green heron.
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12/23/2011 11:21:48 AM
A heron of some type! Harvey? Beautiful capture
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