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Challenge: Bokeh II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: San Antonio Zoo
Date: Jun 18, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2006

Wow! Thanks you guys! I was totally not expecting to be in the top 5!! I'm excited!

This photo was kind of a lucky accident actually. I was at the zoo with my lifelong friend TheresaA showing her how to use her brand new 20D. We almost didn't go because it was pouring down rain even as we got there.

While we were there, I was totally focused on her and her photos. When we went into this bird aviary, I was more or less killing time while she practiced. . .and voila. . .this little fellow called my name and there you have it :)

Thanks Theresa for talking us into going in the rain :) It was SOOOOOOOOOO worth it!

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 432
Avg (all users): 6.9011
Avg (commenters): 8.2059
Avg (participants): 6.9635
Avg (non-participants): 6.8425
Views since voting: 4441
Views during voting: 432
Votes: 283
Comments: 82
Favorites: 20 (view)


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01/05/2007 12:49:36 AM
Great composition, color, and treatment.I find myself coming back again and again to your portfolio so it's easier to just add you as a favourite.
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12/18/2006 02:06:09 PM
Rich colors, stunning focus and DOF, an all around wonderful photo!
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12/18/2006 01:19:58 PM
Beautiful, enduring, valuable image. I gave you an 8 at the time but it keeps on coming back for more - like your recent win with it. Nice work. You're always an inspiration.
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09/05/2006 10:32:17 PM
I can't believe I forgot to give you props and congratulating you for such a fantastic finish on such a beautiful photograph. You are a pro behind your lens, and your edits are excellent. This has to be one of your best ever. Congratulations my friend!!
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08/24/2006 11:59:41 PM
Amazing. What an excellent shot. Great color contrast and sharpness, nice bokeh. This one's going in my favorites.
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08/14/2006 08:33:44 PM
girlfriend, you just get BETTER and BETTER and BETTER...so when I come to dah 'riverwalk' ya gonna teach me how to use my "OLD" 20D?lol
hugs and congrats to a very deserving lady :-)
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07/26/2006 01:29:55 PM
I saw this was a finalist at Betterphoto.com. I hope it wins!
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07/17/2006 07:12:03 AM
Sandy this is breathtaking! The colors, the composition, the focus....
wow!
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07/08/2006 12:44:23 PM
Fantastic shot!!! Colors, composition and detail are great!!
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07/08/2006 08:51:51 AM
Sandy,

Fantastic color, detail and sharpness. I especially like the composition. Great job!
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07/01/2006 05:27:19 AM
Wow Sandy !!!What a stunning picture..Great color of the bird, perfect look on his face and..... congratulation on your 4rth place...
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06/30/2006 03:14:06 PM
Boy, I missed this one in the challenge. The colors are amazing here. This is a picture that could easily be used in some national add for Canon printers or the like. Very sharp too. Congrats on the green ribbon!
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06/29/2006 10:19:58 PM
this is simply amazing. the color sat is perfect, the framing is perfect. very well done!
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06/29/2006 09:27:18 AM
congra6s on 4th! so close!
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06/28/2006 06:35:29 PM
Cool shot Sandy, great color
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06/28/2006 05:40:30 PM
Congratulations Sandy! Nice capture that fits the challenge very well. Awesome shot!
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06/28/2006 05:19:53 PM
Beautiful shot Sandy! VERY well done! The colors are so rich and full. The detail on your subject is excellent. I love the composition and the crop you chose. Very nice lines and balance between subject and the background. You definitely nailed this one perfectly! Excellent work! Just added to favorites. All I can say is the 1/2/3 votes must have been from people who were jealous because this is simply gorgeous!

EDIT: should have been crop, not croop.

Message edited by author 2006-06-28 20:22:01.
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06/28/2006 04:18:34 PM
WOW Sandy!! This is Gorgeous! Less than a hair away from another Ribbon! Beautiful and captivating... great work!
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06/28/2006 02:40:19 PM
Sandy, this is a fantastic shot. Congratulations.
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06/28/2006 10:29:35 AM
So very close yet again.

Nice shot!
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06/28/2006 10:14:15 AM
Congratulations Sandy!!!! WTG! This is GREAT! :-)
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06/28/2006 09:54:39 AM
Man... I thought this picture was from someone in San Antonio. I have a number of photos of these guys! Good job.

Dang... you missed the ribbon by .0000389.

That is what I call close!

Message edited by author 2006-06-28 10:06:57.
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06/28/2006 08:55:47 AM
Woooo Hooooooooo, You go girl! Congratulations Sister!
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06/28/2006 08:48:25 AM
This is incredible! I love it. Congrats on top 4!
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06/28/2006 08:19:40 AM
What a fantastic shot Sandy! I love the colours, you take such wonderful animal shots. I'm so happy for ya!!!
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06/28/2006 06:42:26 AM
Way to go, Sandy!! Truly an awesome picture and a GREAT finish!!
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06/28/2006 03:14:40 AM
So close, and to 3 decimal places the same score as the Third place.
Congratulations on a lovely image...
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06/28/2006 02:23:39 AM
Very nice Sandy. Love the detail in the bird and the angle he comes into the picture at. Unlucky to miss a ribbon but 4th is still great and well deserved.
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06/28/2006 02:08:16 AM
sandy!! so close, awesome shot, congrats
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06/28/2006 01:43:01 AM
Magnificent, and what a keeper. Clarity and pose very nice.
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06/28/2006 01:42:38 AM
Sandy...I am so sorry that we scored the same at 6.901 and I got the ribbon. I guess they have a system that they work to to decide who wins based on how many 10's or whatever...

You really have a worthy ribbon winning entry here. The colours and bokeh are fantastic. I love the red. Well done on your forth spot...
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06/28/2006 01:23:56 AM
congratulations on a well deserved place. beautiful shot
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06/28/2006 01:10:21 AM
Great image Sandy! The colors and sharpness are outstanding! Congrats on your 4th place finish!
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06/28/2006 12:51:18 AM
Big Congrats Sandy, what a great shot! Aren't you glad you heard that little birdie calling you.
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06/28/2006 12:49:52 AM
WOO HOO -What a wonderful image. Way to go Sandy.
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06/28/2006 12:48:14 AM
Sandy, you are so good! Congratulations on a wonderful, colorful image - that was a perfect zoo day, after all :-) I love the colors and crispness of this little bird.
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06/28/2006 12:28:53 AM
You deserved a ribbon for this,a great finish, I believe it is better than blue.
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06/28/2006 12:25:58 AM
Great finish Sandy. Congrats !
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06/28/2006 12:25:02 AM
Way to go Sandy!!! Congrats on 4th. huge accomplishment amongst 400+ shots.
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06/28/2006 12:22:26 AM
Sandy, this is great!!!!! Many congratulations on your top 5
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06/28/2006 12:22:21 AM
This was one of my favorites. Congrats on your high finish!
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06/28/2006 12:15:09 AM
Cannot believe it, as you "so" deserved to ribbon with this shot.....
Just look at your score, and coming fourth is "fantastic", out of 430 entries Sandy.....
I am just so proud of you dear friend, and your average is always increasing, well done..... I am adding this image to my favorites as well.

Message edited by author 2006-06-28 00:33:24.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2006 10:25:13 PM
Love this one, beautiful pic. It caught my eye right from the start, and is one of my tops, great color, dof, bokeh and composition.
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06/27/2006 08:51:56 PM
I can't get over how incredibly sharp and detailed this is!
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06/27/2006 07:28:07 PM
Excellent
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06/27/2006 02:31:36 AM
Beautiful, sharp, great color, bokeh seems a bit too soft, almost digitally enhanced a bit, still a great shot.
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06/26/2006 11:20:08 AM
Wow, It does not get any better than this! The composition, vibrant colors, post processing, and incredible detail of the bird (I swear he is looking right at me!) are all impeccable. Wonderful Bokeh image.
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06/26/2006 09:35:01 AM
very crisp photo
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06/26/2006 01:51:50 AM
I guess it is a lorikeet, a very healthy one. Good shot!
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06/25/2006 01:29:22 AM
Very well done!
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06/24/2006 11:23:27 PM
Great intensity of colour.
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06/24/2006 04:17:09 PM
Excellent shot... Very nice ;)
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06/24/2006 01:35:13 PM
Quite an enchanting capture. 7
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06/24/2006 10:37:22 AM
Beautiful
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06/24/2006 09:34:31 AM
love the detail and colors
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06/24/2006 06:06:07 AM
Very good shot. 8
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06/24/2006 05:38:53 AM
Very pretty array of colours.
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06/23/2006 11:42:13 PM
Stunning colors.
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06/23/2006 10:38:15 PM
beautiful colors!
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06/23/2006 09:44:33 PM
Wow those are great colors. That birds stare kinda creaps me out though.
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06/23/2006 05:29:11 PM
great colors
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06/22/2006 07:58:39 PM
Very interesting shot..
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06/22/2006 04:37:43 PM
nice composition - theme served well
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06/22/2006 03:57:41 PM
Great colors and sharpeness.
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06/22/2006 09:15:07 AM
I already voted, now back for comments. I gave you a 10 on this shot. Lovely vibrant colors, crisp detail, excellent subject and bokeh.
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06/22/2006 08:14:21 AM
beautiful, i love the position of the bird, cols, sharpeness, etc.
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06/21/2006 11:47:18 PM
OMG I have this same photo. EXACTLY. Your Bokeh is a little better than mine. Ended up not using it because I was lacking a catch linght in the eye and the bird lacked life. Great job.
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06/21/2006 11:32:31 PM
WOW! Awesome capture! The colors and focus are phenomenal. You have met the challenge perfectly. My guess... First page with a ribbon attached! 10
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06/21/2006 10:38:58 PM
I love this shot. Meets challenge very well! I love this bkgrd. 7
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06/21/2006 07:50:02 PM
Red Lorikeet?
The colors of this photo are just awesome!! The beak stands out great against its purple compliment and the rainbow lori in the background is terrific! Its great how you dont notice it right away.
I love the way the red in the background echoes the shape of the birds body in the foreground (that looks like a wing, not sure). I also like how the wing helps bring your eye to the edge of the photo.
I love this photo, it has a great feel to it (I love birds too, though, so you get extra points for that!) 10!!
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06/21/2006 06:01:52 PM
wow, how pretty! I love the colors and the sharpness, 8
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06/21/2006 05:31:37 PM
Pleasant focus on the eye and a very handsome bird. Nice coloured background too. 8.
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06/21/2006 02:25:22 PM
Great colors and focus. Background adds to the image.
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06/21/2006 12:24:54 PM
Background certainly is interesting, enhances the subject too. Nice crop.
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06/21/2006 12:22:17 PM
Gorgeous! Love the color tones and the unusual pose. (I'm such a sucker for a good bird shot.) ;-) Beautiful job!
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06/21/2006 11:22:10 AM
Lovely colors. I love the reflection in the eye.
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06/21/2006 09:36:43 AM
Fabulous light and color! I really like how the bird seems to be "dipping" into the composition...very nice work.
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06/21/2006 08:41:24 AM
What a stand out. That tack sharp eye with the glint of light - wow. The purple and red combination is killer! I like the diagonal line of it too with that little guy popping up out of the upper right corner, as well as the blurred line behind him on the left. Great job.
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06/21/2006 06:38:43 AM
spectacular colour
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06/21/2006 01:35:40 AM
"WOW" factor here as I just love the strong colors.....
The "Bokeh" is also excellent, and the bird is so strongly focused.....
Well done, and I give you a "10".....
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06/21/2006 01:26:04 AM
What an amazing image, I'm sure his eye moved as I put the cursor up to vote.
Top Shelf.
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06/21/2006 12:40:25 AM
Striking colors and tack sharp. The bokeh is good but the background in general is a bit too busy for me. Still the image is really good so it gets a 7 from me.
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