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Challenge: Free Study 2012-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Critters
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: Purcellville, VA
Date: Aug 11, 2012
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 2000
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2012

Came upon these deer while out running errands; made a quick u-turn and they were still there, beautifully backlit :-) It pays to have the camera handy at all times! Blew out the highlights but decided I liked it that way.

PP - cropped, tonemapped in qtpfsgui (pregamma 0.697, mantiuk method, contrast mapping 0.1, saturation factor 1.029, detail factor 1) and merged in luminousity mode, increased saturation and contrast, white balance, color balance shift towards orange, levels, vignette, cloned out some bright sky right behind doe's head, dodged deer, resized, sharpened, added border.

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Post-challenge: first ribbon in a FS AND a 7+ score!! Many thanks :-)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 246
Avg (all users): 7.2320
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 7.0851
Avg (non-participants): 7.6774
Views since voting: 3104
Views during voting: 232
Votes: 125
Comments: 46
Favorites: 12 (view)


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01/15/2013 08:33:56 AM
awesome! the vignette is a bit harshly transitioning but I didn't even see that until after the wow factor dropped off.

Message edited by author 2013-01-15 08:35:56.
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09/13/2012 09:58:13 PM
This is just beautiful and breathtaking - I'm sure it was even better in person to witness:-) Congrats on your first ribbon and a 7+ score!
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09/11/2012 04:59:26 AM
Love the bokeh really makes the image standout ..Great work Mary
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09/09/2012 09:14:49 PM
Such a beautiful shot, ethereal and haunting. Congrats!
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09/09/2012 03:37:17 PM
Congratulations, a beautiful, beautiful photo!!
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09/09/2012 02:10:50 PM
Beautiful...congrat's Mary!
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09/09/2012 06:24:41 AM
Magical shot Mary! Congrats on well deserved top 3 place.
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09/09/2012 12:53:12 AM
Oh, Mary! How breathtaking!
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09/08/2012 09:51:17 PM
So gorgeous. Congrats on the yellow!
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09/08/2012 02:32:31 PM
Congrats! A very well deserved placing for this entry. Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_763011.gif
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09/08/2012 01:37:48 PM
Congrats Mary! This one of my favs.
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09/08/2012 12:15:04 PM
Oh! Mary! This is wonderful!

Congrats on your ribbon!
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09/08/2012 12:12:34 PM
congrats. glorious!
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09/08/2012 11:53:40 AM
This is just gorgeous! Congrats on the much deserved free study ribbon. I am green with envy :)
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09/08/2012 11:16:12 AM
Gorgeous! Congrats on your ribbon
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09/08/2012 10:34:28 AM
Good for you!!!! Fabulous shot!!!!
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09/08/2012 09:45:31 AM
Absolutely gorgeous love the pose and dof, great find and well captured. Congrats on your ribbon.
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09/08/2012 09:23:18 AM
Congrats Mary. The subjects stand out so perfectly -- practically jump out of the frame. I'm going to have to PM you about that tone mapping.
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09/08/2012 08:55:41 AM
Beautiful and beautifully lit.
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09/08/2012 07:59:11 AM
Congrats Mary!
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09/08/2012 07:21:56 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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09/08/2012 07:19:31 AM
Congratulations, Mary! This shot is absolutely stunning.
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09/08/2012 07:10:04 AM
This is a stunning wildlife shot, the position of the animals is very nice and the way the light works to separate them from the background is perfect. Well deserved ribbon, congratulations
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09/08/2012 05:03:16 AM
Awesome shot
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09/08/2012 03:49:13 AM
So beautiful. Congrats on the ribbon, well deserved!
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09/08/2012 02:28:25 AM
MY FAVOURITE FOR THIS AUGUST 2012 FREE STUDY CHALLENGE... LOVE IT...

I LOVE THE AUTUMN TONES AND THE AMAZING BACKLIGHT...... IT GIVES ME A PEACEFUL AND LOVING FEELING WHEN I FIRST SAW IT AND IT STILL DOES...ALSO A FAVORITE XOX

I GIVING YOU MY 21_F.gif SHERPET BLUE STAR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS WITH US FROM SHEZ

21_F.gif SHERPET BLUE STAR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

CONGRATULATIONS - Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1025374.jpg

COMEBACK TO ADD THIS, AS A FEW PEOPLE DID NOT LIKE THE BACK LIGHT...
I THINK THE BACK LIGHT OR BOKEH IS AWESOME AND WHAT ADD THE PUNCH TO THIS AWESOME IMAGE...



Message edited by author 2012-09-08 02:30:47.
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09/08/2012 01:30:24 AM
beautiful... i have trouble finding deer interesting these days but the light makes it for these! congrats!
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09/08/2012 12:29:19 AM
Congrats on the ribbon and the gorgeous shot!
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09/08/2012 12:14:41 AM
WD Mary, beautiful wildlife image with perfect engagement and POV.
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09/08/2012 12:05:31 AM
Fantastic shot. Congrats on the ribbon and new FS PB!
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09/08/2012 12:03:21 AM
Congrats, Mary! Got a 9 from me - just a beautiful,beautiful capture.
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09/08/2012 12:02:43 AM
Great shot Mary. Congrats on your ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2012 09:38:51 PM
Love the light and dof/sharpness. This is so special.
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09/07/2012 10:14:21 AM
What an amazing opportunity to catch these two in the most beautiful of light.
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09/06/2012 06:40:08 PM
Coming back too comment and bump this up just an awesome image one tends too rush at time but when you sit and look it just POPS great lighting and sharpness great bokeh and good processing ..Congrats ..Well done
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09/06/2012 08:27:37 AM
beautiful!
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09/05/2012 11:08:55 AM
This would be a great shot for a wildlife calendar.
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09/04/2012 09:16:16 PM
Very nice. They sure are curious creatures, aren't they?
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09/04/2012 04:16:30 PM
This is incredibly beautiful - hope to see it on the front page!
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09/03/2012 06:52:35 PM
beautiful...great focus and point of view 8
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09/03/2012 12:36:10 PM
Top 3
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09/02/2012 02:36:23 AM
Beautiful picture. Only thing I don't like is the light background... with a darker background the deer would stand out more. But again, beautiful capture.
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09/01/2012 09:20:39 AM
spectacular light in this, this shines. 10
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09/01/2012 07:16:29 AM
Beautifull
,love the way thaat the deptth of field highlights the deer!
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09/01/2012 01:39:14 AM
Stunning! Awesome bokeh. Fabulous shot.
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09/01/2012 12:06:28 AM
Beautiful!!
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