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Paul


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Portrait Of A Wild Bird (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Creatures
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Redditch, Worcestershire, UK
Date: Dec 21, 2009
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Black and White, Birds
Date Uploaded: Dec 22, 2009

Post challenge:

Very pleased and surprised to get the blue here - a pretty simple shot really. The gull was one of many competing for bread with the many ducks at Arrow Valley Country Park in Worcestershire. The bird was hovering at the time making for a fairly still body but nice in motion wings. The exposure was manual since pointing into the sky was causing problems for the automatic metering.

Many thanks for the votes and all the nice comments.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 138
Avg (all users): 7.5076
Avg (commenters): 8.7308
Avg (participants): 7.2029
Avg (non-participants): 7.6719
Views since voting: 6965
Views during voting: 465
Votes: 197
Comments: 69
Favorites: 9 (view)


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09/01/2014 01:34:51 PM
Love this! The high-key choice really accentuates the detail.
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05/08/2013 02:42:16 PM
How'd you get the pure white background in this. VaWendy gets this look a lot to.
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03/12/2011 11:48:44 AM
Excellent high key shot, and the eye grabs the attention. Congrats on the ribbon too!
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01/06/2010 08:22:12 PM
Had a feeling this was yours. Just excellent, congratulations on this well deserved blue.
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01/06/2010 10:53:36 AM
Beautiful
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01/05/2010 09:40:03 PM
Knew this one was special! Congrats on the Blue.
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01/05/2010 01:21:55 PM
Very nice shot Paul - and congrats on the Blue.
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01/05/2010 10:22:18 AM
Congratulations! Great shot.
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01/05/2010 02:43:41 AM
What a gorgeous image. Congrats on the blue!!!
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01/05/2010 02:23:08 AM
well done! looking forward to your tutorial
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01/04/2010 07:57:00 PM
Congratulations - a winner in some excellent company. This is just so lovely. I love how the motion blurred feathers just softly merge into the sky.
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01/04/2010 07:28:05 PM
beautiful photo and processing
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01/04/2010 06:26:00 PM
I didn't know this was your shot but i had an inkling you were going to get the nice big blue Ribbon..
A Big CONGRATUALTIONS!!!
Well deserved...
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01/04/2010 05:47:07 PM
Congrats on your blue. Nice processing.
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01/04/2010 05:25:55 PM
FABULOUS and so beautiful!! One of my top scorers!! so nicely done! and so unique!!
CONGRATS on the BR!
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01/04/2010 04:30:28 PM
Huge congrats on this awesome, beautiful image ! Well done , paul :)
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01/04/2010 03:51:53 PM
Beautiful capture. Congratulations.
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01/04/2010 12:59:47 PM
This recieved my highest vote, nice job.
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01/04/2010 12:55:53 PM
Really beautiful shot, congratulations on your blue ribbon.
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01/04/2010 12:38:08 PM
Fantastic capture, congrats of the Blue!
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01/04/2010 12:37:04 PM
Very cool stuff! I love the crazy cool DOF you were able to capture to hightlight the birds face and soften the wings. Congrats on the Blue.
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01/04/2010 11:05:04 AM
What a WONDERFUL shot! I really, really, really, really like it. :)

Congrats on your ribbon!
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01/04/2010 10:01:00 AM
Congratulations Paul - this is an incredibly beautiful photo!
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01/04/2010 09:59:32 AM
Gongrats on the Blue! Wonderful shot!
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01/04/2010 09:46:01 AM
HUGE Congrats Paul !!! Top notch shot all the way.
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01/04/2010 09:22:18 AM
Congrats!!!
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01/04/2010 08:48:12 AM
Auuuuugh. . . how BEAUTIFUL! Mega congratulations!!
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01/04/2010 08:10:26 AM
congrats on your blue, wonderful image!
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01/04/2010 08:03:56 AM
I didn't get a chance to comment during voting, but this is the best seagull shot I have seen. Congrats! 9 from me.
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01/04/2010 06:01:42 AM
Paul, congrats on the blue -- excellent!!!
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01/04/2010 04:33:15 AM
Congrats! My top pick!
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01/04/2010 03:43:22 AM
Betty Boop reincarnated as a seagull. Amazing picture. The subtle sepia undertone is perfect. Congrats!
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01/04/2010 03:28:05 AM
Absolutely stunning shot, Paul. As 21_F.gif roz says, the details, combined with the softness, give this a very special beauty. Congrats on your blue ((Hugs)).
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01/04/2010 02:25:50 AM
Brilliant shot Paul, what a start to the year.......! Well deserved blue ribbon mate.....................! Congrats.
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01/04/2010 02:00:16 AM
Congrats, Paul! This is just perfect. Well deserved blue ribbon.
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01/04/2010 12:31:22 AM
Congrats dude. Really amazing capture and processing.
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01/04/2010 12:26:31 AM
absolutely incredible shot .. such a fantastic combination of details and softness .. just wonderful .. congrats on an amazing score and the blue .. :)
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01/04/2010 12:15:12 AM
Congrats Paul, beautiful portrait of the bird.
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01/04/2010 12:13:37 AM
Congratulations on the blue with a fine image Paul and taking over the top scoring spot with a 5D Mark II as well :-)
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01/04/2010 12:08:45 AM
Amazing image. Well deserved blue.
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01/04/2010 12:05:11 AM
This is a terrific photo - congratulations!!
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01/04/2010 12:01:57 AM
Congratulations, I knew this had to be the blue!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/03/2010 10:45:05 PM
this would make a great white on white challenge shot...
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01/03/2010 06:38:46 PM
Nice high key shot. Excellent how the head, wing tips and feet are all nicely in focus. Well done!
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01/01/2010 08:42:21 PM
I am really like the over exposure on this. I actually said WOW when this came up on the screen during voting. Hope you ribbon with this one.
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01/01/2010 07:41:26 PM
sensational 10
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01/01/2010 02:44:51 AM
This is spectacular. If it's accepted as a portrait, should be in top 5. Well based on the score thread I'm guessing this has been validated as a portrait! ;) Again, stunning capture, love the wings and the high key presentation.
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12/30/2009 09:51:21 PM
I think this is Paul and I'm bumping to a 10. Best in show.
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12/30/2009 06:12:49 PM
WOW! Awesome image!
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12/30/2009 05:58:27 PM
This is divine/angelic! I predict a blue ribbon. Really exquisite, what more can I say.
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12/30/2009 04:31:16 PM
Gotta be a ribbon here because of the skill involved. Would love to know how you did it. Stylistically or maybe aesthetically, I prefer the more natural pictures. But that's just a matter of taste; and I can clearly see that this is a masterful photo.
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12/30/2009 02:27:18 PM
Nice shot and processing....7
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12/30/2009 10:39:53 AM
Excellent high key work.
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12/29/2009 08:41:26 PM
Just great!
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12/29/2009 06:10:27 PM
Ohhhh....love this one! Well done! 9.
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12/29/2009 01:08:59 PM
A great high key answer to the challenge.
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12/29/2009 08:49:48 AM
Excellent low key and stop action!! I love how their feet dangle when they fly.
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12/29/2009 07:37:29 AM
Awesome capture! Pretty and graceful!
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12/28/2009 10:27:12 PM
The high-key and motion blur in the wings really work together well to give this photo a life of its own. Well done!
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12/28/2009 09:40:02 PM
Most unique I've seen yet. Fav so far. Nice Job. 9
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12/28/2009 06:45:22 PM
lovely high key image. one of the best in the challenge.
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12/28/2009 04:42:35 PM
Amazing photograph, love the postprocessing and the "angelical" look.
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12/28/2009 04:33:20 PM
Nice shot... I think this will be appreciated by others more than me (I don't like high key).. Still, nice image.
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12/28/2009 02:46:03 PM
Excellent edit, subject. A winner in my opinion, great work!
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12/28/2009 10:38:58 AM
Love the high key and transition between the blurred wings and the sharp head and legs. Amazing shot that deserves a high score.9
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12/28/2009 03:00:55 AM
Love this! One of my top favorites. Good luck!
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12/28/2009 12:45:17 AM
great white on white capture .. very effective!
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12/28/2009 12:37:29 AM
Golly... There's no Eleven key, dang. This is so amazing! I hope it's a ribbon-winner for you. So far it's the only 10/wishful 11 I've given.
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12/28/2009 12:08:17 AM
I love this...great high key image...sharp where it needs to be 9
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