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Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"
1st PlaceAlfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"
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Challenge: Movies II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Harwich Port, Cape Cod, MA
Date: Feb 5, 2011
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/400
Date Uploaded: Feb 8, 2011

Wow, It's hard to believe I got a ribbon at all, with 6.8+, let alone a blue... Thanx, everyone...

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A few people have asked how I made that dark, gloomy crow image, so here's a step-by-step for those who are interested. Note that this was a flyby shot, at a full 400mm, of a crow briefly visiting a tree by my driveway. I got two exposures only, then he was gone. They don't like having me around with a "gun", which is what the 400 looks like :-) I went out in the first place 'cuz there were like 100 of these things flocking and wheeling in that tree, so I grabbed the 5D, mounted the gun, and stepped out the front door.

Ill-advisedly, as it happens, since the whole freaking flock decamped instantly, except this one danged bird who was giving me the beady eye: then he left too.

So I had to deal with a fairly extreme crop, and an underexposed image to boot...

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Processing steps in each image's details box.

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Image as shot, and as processed in ACR: Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_936215.jpg Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_936216.jpg

Iterations of processing in CS3:

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Image as submitted: Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_934374.jpg

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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 50
Avg (all users): 6.8468
Avg (commenters): 7.9524
Avg (participants): 6.7241
Avg (non-participants): 6.8653
Views since voting: 5625
Views during voting: 442
Votes: 222
Comments: 89
Favorites: 19 (view)


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03/15/2011 05:26:13 PM
Stupendous! I love the eye.
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02/22/2011 05:57:35 AM
Perfectly framed and great ominous, Hitchcockian feel to it. Thanks for the editing images. Many congrats on your well deserved blue, Robert!
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02/20/2011 11:38:41 PM
Originally posted by Aleema:

I agree with SEG how did u get it to look so sharp after all that croping? i am really curious. 9


5D is full frame — so you can do a serious crop and STILL have the resolution of APS-C. This was not too much of a crop from the area that would have been covered had a shot the 400mm on the 7D instead. It's been my experience that the 5D cropped to match the 7D sensor is every bit as good an image as the uncropped 7D rendering.

In other words, I can crop my 400mm to approximately 620mm with no sacrifice compared to an APS-C camera, though I would do better yet if I could mount an actual, 600mm lens :-)

And it's a VERY good lens, that 100-400mm, very sharp and clean.
02/20/2011 09:32:50 PM
really good, Bear!
the mood, the backwards glance by the bird, it all worked so well!
congrats on the blue ^^
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02/20/2011 10:52:37 AM
I agree with SEG how did u get it to look so sharp after all that croping? i am really curious. 9
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02/19/2011 12:13:50 AM
Great processing. I could never get a shot so far away look this sharp. I thought that this was a fake bird placed in a tree then shot. Superb
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02/18/2011 11:15:08 PM
You captured the mood of the movie right on! Congrats!
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02/18/2011 08:44:15 PM
i like what you did it in spired me to go out and try to get some loke you thanks a lot
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02/18/2011 06:12:57 PM
Great shot, great capture that very much evokes one of the few movies to truly scare the bejeezus out of me. Love the tutorial too! Congrats on the blue, big Bear! :-)
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02/17/2011 05:20:37 PM
Congrats on the blue, buddy. Extremely interesting photo. And a nice tutorial. Thanks.
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02/17/2011 01:12:32 PM
Congratulations! Thanks for posting the processing steps--it's really helpful!
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02/17/2011 08:39:47 AM
Congrats, Bear - this is awesome!
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02/16/2011 11:05:22 PM
Congrats Robert
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02/16/2011 09:03:42 PM
Well done sweetheart, this is an amazing shot and such a crop , wow on the details!
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02/16/2011 08:51:59 PM
Congratulations on a well-seen and finely produced image.
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02/16/2011 07:25:10 PM
cool
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02/16/2011 07:05:39 PM
Congrats once again Robert!
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02/16/2011 06:49:48 PM
Congrats Bear.....great image along with a very nice new ribbon!!!
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02/16/2011 04:43:30 PM
Once upon a midnight dreary, a blue ribbon came rapping at your chamber door...;-)

Awesome work...Puppy Bear! Straight into my FAVS!
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02/16/2011 04:41:44 PM
Wow, a blue ribbon for the Bear. Congratulations!! I love the feather detail and colors. And the moss is quite special. Great mood.
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02/16/2011 03:45:02 PM
Wow, excellent! Love it. Congratulations on your first place ribbon.
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02/16/2011 02:33:20 PM
Congrats on blue ribbon.
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02/16/2011 01:05:38 PM
The great processing of this image played a big role in getting you this blue ribbon. Great work and congrats!
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02/16/2011 12:42:57 PM
What an excellent capture. I love all that amazing detail. Congrats on the blue!
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02/16/2011 12:24:19 PM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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02/16/2011 12:12:04 PM
Congratulations!! Awesome photo!
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02/16/2011 11:48:45 AM
Oh man. What a great shot! The detail in what seems to be such a low light setting. WOW! Congratulations!
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02/16/2011 11:42:41 AM
That gaze earned a high vote from me. Wonderful capture Robert.

"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,..."
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02/16/2011 11:35:15 AM
I must remember to look at the ribbons more often. Congratulations Robert. A splendid win for the grown-ups!
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02/16/2011 11:28:58 AM
Bear!!!! How awesome! So very well deserved. Congrats.
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02/16/2011 11:22:33 AM
Nice, big guy. This is a worthy ribbon shot. Congrats.
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02/16/2011 11:09:40 AM
Congrats, Robert. It's a cool photo. My first reaction when voting was to a "shoehorned bird photo" but I quickly revised my opinion.
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02/16/2011 10:52:45 AM
Congratulations, Robert!
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02/16/2011 09:16:34 AM
Killer!! Glad to see this in the top spot.
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02/16/2011 08:56:35 AM
Originally posted by vawendy:

Drat! I think something needs to happen to that 100-400 lens... First seagulls, now a bird. This town ain't big enough for the two of us! (Especially if you keep getting blues out of the deal!)


Seagull was with the 100mm IS Macro, hon... Wanna just take all my lens except the 17-40 away from me? Jejeje™
02/16/2011 08:51:33 AM
Coongrats Robert!! Well done
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02/16/2011 08:43:56 AM
Congrats, Robert!
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02/16/2011 08:40:31 AM
Drat! I think something needs to happen to that 100-400 lens... First seagulls, now a bird. This town ain't big enough for the two of us! (Especially if you keep getting blues out of the deal!)
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02/16/2011 08:13:03 AM
Perfectly... Beautiful Shot! Love it!!!
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02/16/2011 07:34:27 AM
This is the first time that my vote coincides with the majority! Hmmm, something must be fishy ..... or is it that there are "images without borders". Doubt it. Congratulation for bringing the majority in unison! And, of course, for the wicked bird!
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02/16/2011 07:11:07 AM
I had a sneaky suspicion this one was yours! Awesome processing -- would you mind describing how you got this effect in PP?
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02/16/2011 06:46:49 AM
Congrats Robert, this is very nice.
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02/16/2011 06:43:51 AM
Congrats Bear!!! This is a wonderful capture!
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02/16/2011 06:22:25 AM
Very nicely done
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02/16/2011 06:07:18 AM
Congratulations! I love this shot -- it was my favorite of the challenge.
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02/16/2011 04:46:38 AM
Great shot sir, congrats...
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02/16/2011 02:58:03 AM
OK, at first glance I thought "downright creepy!" But then I realized he's smirking. Delightful! Congrats on the bling.
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02/16/2011 02:36:24 AM
That's one evil-looking bird. Congratulations.
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02/16/2011 02:34:20 AM
Well done.
Crows are great company
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02/16/2011 02:12:32 AM
Sweet! Congrats, bear!
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02/16/2011 02:07:58 AM
Congratulations Robert, well deserved. I think even the director would have loved to have this on a movie poster.
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02/16/2011 12:51:59 AM
Congrats Robt. A beautiful image just perfect for the movie.
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02/16/2011 12:38:33 AM
Ya did good Robert....truly eerie and creepy...truly a winner, congratulations.
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02/16/2011 12:38:26 AM
Wow! this is so beautiful Robert, congrats on that deserved first place.
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02/16/2011 12:37:59 AM
Way to go! I loved this one, my top pick. Well deserved win.
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02/16/2011 12:36:39 AM
congratulations, Robert! Nice to share the front page with you for a week, my friend!

eta: corrected a typo (as you know by now, I can't type :)). Also wanted to add that it is a terrific shot. Is this your first submission with 100-400mm? Not a bad start!

Message edited by author 2011-02-16 02:46:42.
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02/16/2011 12:32:10 AM
Congratulations on ribboning with a shot that is completely different from your normal DPC photos! Thumbs up!
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02/16/2011 12:21:09 AM
fantastic shot, well deserved ribbon. Congratulations!
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02/16/2011 12:20:00 AM
Congratulations!! Just awesome! Well deserved!
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02/16/2011 12:15:24 AM
was the clear winner for me...well done! I love surprises, and you certainly got one. Congrats on the BLUE!
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02/16/2011 12:14:23 AM
Well it's not surprising it won--beautiful IQ. Congratulations!
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02/16/2011 12:11:27 AM
Someone is enjoying his new lens I think. Congratulations sweetie! But please keep those crows away from the bird feeder.
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02/16/2011 12:09:09 AM
Originally posted by coryboehne:

Well well! A ribbon for the man who previously stated that he couldn't shoot birds....

Very nice one Bear, congrats!


Yeah, but NOW I got a 400mm :-) My second bird ribbon, too... I can't believe it...

ETA: Actually, my THIRD in the past few months — 3 of my last 4 ribbons have been birdshots...

Message edited by author 2011-02-16 00:43:28.
02/16/2011 12:08:31 AM
way to go, bear!!!! Blue looks good on you!

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02/16/2011 12:02:29 AM
Well well! A ribbon for the man who previously stated that he couldn't shoot birds....

Very nice one Bear, congrats!
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02/16/2011 12:01:59 AM
Awesome!
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02/16/2011 12:01:55 AM
Brilliant! Absolutely BRILLIANT!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/15/2011 10:19:49 PM
Good character capture, spooky processing
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02/15/2011 08:59:59 PM
Whoa! COOL! (not voting)
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02/15/2011 08:27:44 AM
My favorite so far, I'm really getting the atmosphere, the eye is perfect.
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02/15/2011 06:11:18 AM
Excellent.
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02/14/2011 07:05:33 PM
one of the best for sure! I'm back this is my 10
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02/14/2011 05:21:38 PM
Dark and foreboding, great work.
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02/14/2011 11:15:00 AM
Fitting and excellent image for the movie, has the "mood", nice work.
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02/13/2011 12:44:39 AM
amazing shot. i like the framing of the bird and the dof is fantastic. 8
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02/12/2011 12:33:02 PM
Gorgeous image.
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02/12/2011 11:20:40 AM
Oh, yeah. Great detail & appropriately DARK!!
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02/12/2011 06:58:53 AM
In my top 3 - cracking photo, and perfect for the challenge.
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02/11/2011 08:06:48 PM
Fabulous framing and appropriately noir.
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02/10/2011 03:27:47 PM
It really captures the feelling of the movie. Nicely done. :)
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02/10/2011 11:47:28 AM
bit if a shoehorn, well not shoehorn necessarily but kind of unoriginal well processed and great image though 6
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02/10/2011 11:40:42 AM
Nice spooky feel to it,fitting the movie.
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02/10/2011 11:17:47 AM
I love the tones and colours here. Lots of detail in the black bird which is great.
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02/09/2011 06:07:43 PM
You've truly created an ominous mood here. Excellent capture.
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02/09/2011 02:51:14 PM
Wow, nice capture!
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02/09/2011 09:58:09 AM
Very ambitious and excellent picture! 10
Did you try playing with levels more? It's a fantastic photo!
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02/09/2011 07:49:46 AM
Beautiful picture. Just love the texture and detail in the birds wing and on the moss on the branch. Excellent Top 3 photo for me with an 8!
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02/09/2011 05:50:29 AM
Beautiful. The framing of the branches and detail on the wings is great.
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02/09/2011 12:39:50 AM
wonderful haunting image...nice work 8
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