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Challenge: Animals In Motion II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2013 Challenge shots
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Date: Jun 6, 2013
Date Uploaded: Jun 6, 2013



[Jun. 13th, 2013 09:57:44 PM]

Would have liked more time for this one. I had just got back from MN and only one day to shoot, but after two weeks without my camera, it was nice to be able to shoot again.

It was about 4-5 hours of waiting with intermittent shooting. It was a hard day to shoot because the light was quite poor.

Thanks for the wonderful comments. I do wish I had a couple more days to try at this challenge. I think it could have been better.

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Place: 3 out of 58
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Votes: 88
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06/17/2013 01:14:59 AM
This is a pretty good way to spend your 550-th challenge. Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/16/2013 08:55:47 PM
And quite dreamy it is! Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/15/2013 09:31:40 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, Wendy. Good to have you back.
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06/15/2013 08:59:13 AM
Originally posted by HarveyG:

Wendy congratulations and I am happy for you for your ribbon. I am fully aware of the skill and patience needed to capture BiF but am I the only one who sees it or is brave enough to mention it? (giantmike touched on it). The PP is not your finest hour. It is heavily pixelated, so much so that actually steps can be seen in the pixels (easily visible if you increase your LCD brightness), both the background and the leading edges of the wings and white area of wing tips. Many JPG compression artefacts, haloing and odd speckles, dots above the head and leading edges of the wings. I would hazard a guess that you've "heavily" cropped the original to get the bird in the 800px frame and/or used some plugins to improve/remove flaws but in turn that has emphasised them. Typically DeNoise and Smart Sharpen or USM enhance these problems when there is low pixel quality to begin with. Regards, H.


I think it happened in the denoise process. The lighting was really poor, and the shot was quite noisy. I ran it through topaz denoise, and I think it happened there. The problem is, I have pretty bad eyes, and I don't see these things. Even after people point it out, I don't see it here. When I blow it up, I start to see it a bit. But it's not something I would have noticed. (I'm getting better at seeing halos, but this type of thing still is really problematic for me eyes.) As I mentioned in the comments, though, I really wished I had more time -- I did think I could have gotten something better. Maybe I was seeing the issues and just didn't realize what they were...

Message edited by author 2013-06-15 09:04:29.
06/15/2013 06:38:36 AM
Congrats! Thas shot is beautiful, your capture of the delicate moment is superb.
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06/15/2013 02:38:51 AM
Wendy congratulations and I am happy for you for your ribbon. I am fully aware of the skill and patience needed to capture BiF but am I the only one who sees it or is brave enough to mention it? (giantmike touched on it). The PP is not your finest hour. It is heavily pixelated, so much so that actually steps can be seen in the pixels (easily visible if you increase your LCD brightness), both the background and the leading edges of the wings and white area of wing tips. Many JPG compression artefacts, haloing and odd speckles, dots above the head and leading edges of the wings. I would hazard a guess that you've "heavily" cropped the original to get the bird in the 800px frame and/or used some plugins to improve/remove flaws but in turn that has emphasised them. Typically DeNoise and Smart Sharpen or USM enhance these problems when there is low pixel quality to begin with. Regards, H.
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06/14/2013 05:58:12 PM
Beautiful, Wendy! Congratulations on your ribbon!
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06/14/2013 11:50:31 AM
Like he's hovering - that wing motion is perfectly beautiful. Congratulations on the ribbon, Wendy.
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06/14/2013 09:08:22 AM
I thought that might be yours...congrats on your ribbon...I tried a couple of times to get a shot of these beautiful birds when I was there...you have to be very, very patient!!! (as you are!!!)
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06/14/2013 08:59:10 AM
Congrats Wendy; beautiful as usual.
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06/14/2013 02:23:55 AM
I love your little bluebirds best of all, Wendy. And this one seems to be reaching out to hug you.
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06/14/2013 01:57:48 AM
Congratulations Wendy. This gorgeous shot was my equal top pick along with Sandy's.
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06/14/2013 12:30:50 AM
Another exquisite image from you, Wendy.
Well done.
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06/14/2013 12:25:33 AM
Bluebirds are back! Yee haw!
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06/14/2013 12:15:36 AM
I had a very strong feeling this beautiful, ethereal little bird was yours. It's amazing! It is so Wendy! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/13/2013 11:57:13 PM
Wendy maybe?? Very nice!
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06/13/2013 09:45:45 PM
well done
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06/13/2013 05:40:41 PM
This may be my favorite. It has captured the beauty and grace of this small creature. This looks to me like it may have Wendy's fingerprints all over it. If I am wrong you have done a great job. Wendy is not an easy one to imitate.
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06/13/2013 08:28:04 AM
Something os odd about this. I think there is a halo of noise around the bird, something I haven't seen before.
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06/12/2013 03:42:52 PM
Lovely - there should be a song accompanying this!
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06/11/2013 02:05:06 AM
Superb! I love the sharp head and blurred wings, the light and bright bird colours and the dark background.
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06/09/2013 11:38:01 PM
Just beautiful. :)
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06/09/2013 11:33:07 PM
lovely shot.
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06/09/2013 08:27:18 PM
Lovely capture and composition. Some odd artifacts on the tip of the right wing create a bit of a distraction.
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06/08/2013 12:27:40 AM
Top 3
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06/07/2013 04:20:23 PM
Love it!

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06/07/2013 08:57:04 AM
How pretty and ethereal
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06/07/2013 04:11:23 AM
Great quality
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