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A Proud Bird
A Proud Bird
mariomel


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Challenge: Masters' Free Study (Advanced Editing II*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super II for Canon
Location: Eco-Museum, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Qc
Date: Sep 17, 2004
Aperture: f/6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000 s
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 19, 2004

Blended exposure from single image.
Saturation.
NI, Crop, Saturation, Levels, USM, border

Statistics
Place: 15 out of 69
Avg (all users): 7.3500
Avg (commenters): 8.0435
Avg (participants): 6.7931
Avg (non-participants): 7.4444
Views since voting: 6245
Views during voting: 797
Votes: 400
Comments: 73
Favorites: 5 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2004 11:18:04 PM
Good pose, good emotion.
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10/07/2004 10:23:19 PM
Without a doubt this is an excellent photo. It only lacks for me that something special I was looking for in a Master of masters challenge. When I look at my Bald Eagle shots I could only hope to achieve one like this! Very well done.
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10/07/2004 09:07:24 PM
Well this is as complete as it can be and the quality is certainly and truly in the masters' category. The detail is crystal clear. The texture most convincing and the post processing immaculate. The dof is well employed creating the perfect sudued background for such a proud study. This has a Jacko feel. Bumping up to 8
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10/07/2004 03:46:00 PM
good sharpness and "pose"; I'm distracted by the color of the background ye I know that's the natural color; I wonder if a selective desaturation would tone it done some? Exellent shot anyway.
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10/07/2004 12:16:37 PM
Amazing foto! Cant fault it. 9.
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10/07/2004 10:54:02 AM
Beautiful. I love the detail and the sharp contrast against the beautiful saturated green background. 9
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10/07/2004 10:51:40 AM
that's a profile and a half. he looks like he means business. great capture. good luck with the challenge!
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10/07/2004 08:59:26 AM
great shot, maybe a little oversharpened though
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10/07/2004 05:22:18 AM
nice detail and contrast
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10/07/2004 03:46:51 AM
great focus throughout the shot! from feathers to beak- you have made the most of a bird portrait adn the eagle really takes on a proud, predatory feeling. nice.
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10/07/2004 12:52:57 AM
Normally I don't really like centered photographs for creative content such as DPC challenges but this one works very well. The background is well muted and not distracting. Details are superb and very clear. Excellent photo! My only complaint is the border. Such a magnificent bird almost plays second fiddle to a thick border. I would have preferred a thinner border if any at all. 9
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10/06/2004 11:02:29 PM
Very nice. If this image were any sharper, it would have scratched my monitor.
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10/06/2004 09:05:03 PM
I like this a lot, he definitely looks so proud - good capture 9
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10/06/2004 02:58:57 PM
Majestic bird. The background seems a little pixelated, though that may be a function of resizing to 640. Good shot.
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10/06/2004 01:34:58 PM
I wish the bird could look more directly into the camera. I know, it's hard to convince it :) Terrific detail. Just my personal wish to look straight into it's eyes.
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10/06/2004 12:20:29 AM
Terrific detail, DOF and color, though I feel this subject with this pose and attitude is a bit hackneyed. A technical marvel that lacks a new view. 8
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10/06/2004 12:11:32 AM
I had originally given you a 6. I bumped it to a 7 because I started to ask myself, "Could I capture this?". Probably not. Actually, definitely not. It's sharp, well composed and contains a subject that is quite elusive. I think you did a great job and I congratulate you.
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10/05/2004 01:06:21 PM
Great detail on the feathers & face. The mottled background is a great foil for the majesty of the ealge.
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10/05/2004 11:24:03 AM
What a majestic stuy. The green really acents the image. Great crop, just enough brown.
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10/05/2004 11:19:45 AM
Incredibly sharp and nice blurred background.
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10/04/2004 11:51:05 PM
Beautiful, sharp photo. One of my favorite birds.
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10/04/2004 11:16:20 PM
Majestic. Feather detail and the markings around the eye are great! Solid nature "portrait."
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10/04/2004 06:45:26 PM
great photo, i love how the eagle is almost the full frame, the green is a bit distracting though. 8
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10/04/2004 05:26:37 PM
great detail on this expressive subject, like the contrast of focus forground to backround.
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10/04/2004 03:46:20 PM
This is a wondeful photo. For nits, I might pick the dirty feather, a somewhat too bright background, and a few of the feathers on top of the bird's head seem a bit out of focus. Did you get this shot in the wild, or is this a captive bird?

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10/04/2004 01:11:21 PM
This is beautiful. Where I live, you could never ever see an eagle. I'm so impressed with how close up you were able to get. 9
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10/04/2004 11:48:48 AM
Ooo the evil eye!!! Perfectly crisp and sharp! How do I type a thumbs up?
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10/04/2004 11:21:47 AM
A perfect "Documentary" shot, and the eagle is always nice to see. No particularly long time interest though. 7
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10/04/2004 10:19:55 AM
Strong Points: The superb Dof on the bird along with the nice soft background make this an exceptional image. Exposure is right on, including the white feathers - plenty of detail in the white. Suggestions for improvement: A catchlight in the eye would really add more wow to a great image. The white border is ok, but I'd like it better at about 1/2 the size - or even less.
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10/04/2004 05:33:07 AM
Expertly executed and posed. Nice profile picture.
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10/04/2004 04:25:27 AM
Great detail and I don't know how you achieved the so OOF background. really adds a lot to the photo. I wonder if you could tell us the lens used here in the details
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10/03/2004 11:22:50 PM
Yes they are a proud bird, so stern looking, so regal! And to think we almost had the turkey for our national bird? LOL! I love eagle shots and this one is no exception. It's well done, centered, overall composition, just lacking a real pop factor, maybe a bit more contrast to bring out the colors? A 9
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10/03/2004 09:49:14 PM
Nice, crisp, good color - 6
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10/03/2004 04:55:34 PM
Very sharp, crisp, colorful - and wonderful that there's no distractions in the background. Indeed, eagles have such composure and fierceness. Excellent shot, thank you!
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10/03/2004 03:20:30 PM
Wow, total National Geographic! Everything is just right. 10
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10/03/2004 07:53:14 AM
It will be interesting to see your notes about this shot. THe bown fethers look a little smooth, but the white ones look seem to have more detail. All in, a nice portrait.
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10/03/2004 07:15:32 AM
Perfect bird portrait with great detail and colors, good neutral background as well.
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10/03/2004 03:28:54 AM
Beautiful photo. The background really helps to make this a stunning image.
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10/03/2004 01:24:50 AM
Magnificent portrait with an outstanding level of detail.
Tough to get the level of detail in the white feathers without blowing out the highlights.
Well Done! ((8))
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10/03/2004 12:59:13 AM
amazing
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10/03/2004 12:08:36 AM
A nice little photograph of an Eagle's head. The green background isn't very flattering in my opinion, but I know there's not much you can do about that, unless you can drug the bird, run behind it, set up a backdrop, and shoot again.. heh.

Still, it's just another bald eagle for me, but an 8 anyway :)
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10/02/2004 10:54:28 PM
this is wonderful, colour, focus, framing, etc ....what else could possibly improve this?...10!
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10/02/2004 04:33:03 PM
Really good DOF here, excellent clarity in the bird here, can make out so much detail in the feathers. The eye is the most important thing here, that is in perfect focus! Well done, full marks! 10
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10/02/2004 03:43:42 PM
Very nicely detailed. I love the subject and color.
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10/02/2004 03:39:20 PM
Very nice image composition. The background feels somewhat plain, unfortunatly, which in turn, seems to down-tone all the colours of the picture. The usage of a Frame does help with the overall feel of the picture.
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10/02/2004 03:27:43 PM
wonderful profile of a noble bird. excellent details captured in the feather, beak and eye. highlights are blown out on the top of the head, though.
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10/02/2004 02:58:17 PM
Crisp, clean, and clear. The top of the head might be a little washed, but the eye and beak are very good.
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10/02/2004 02:12:41 PM
Unbelievably sharp, and a great subject. You've got one great lens there. The green background is very effective. Perfect exposure... not easy given the range of tones. Not quite sure about your crop though... I'd have thought a little more about rule of thirds here. Still, 10.
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10/02/2004 08:20:15 AM
So clear and restless. Beautiful colours and a great shot
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10/02/2004 05:43:37 AM
this kind of pictures make me really depressed about my own submission for Wildlife. great with the green background.
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10/02/2004 03:16:15 AM
The detail in this bird is excellent His eyes shine and he looks very regal
I like the green background it really makes the bird stand out well done Nice work!
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10/02/2004 01:55:26 AM
Its been done before, but you do it so well. 9.
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10/01/2004 11:09:41 PM
How far did you bump the saturation on this photo?
10/01/2004 10:46:39 PM
Technically amazing. Composition is excellent. Wow. 10.
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10/01/2004 07:45:54 PM
Just Great!
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10/01/2004 07:32:53 PM
Excellent shot, great detail. I've tried and tried to get a good eagle picture to no avail. I love the detail in the feathers and the beak. 8
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10/01/2004 06:51:03 PM
Nice. Good focus.
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10/01/2004 05:25:55 PM
fine picture of a beautiful bird - top feathers are alittle overexposed, but the sharpness is fantastic
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10/01/2004 04:07:16 PM
My favorite animal and a wonderul photo of him. Focus is excellent. I wonder what it would have looked like a little less centered. The only nit I have is the light coloring behind his head on the left. Great shot.
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10/01/2004 03:58:31 PM
lots of details.....nice close-up work.....great green background too
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10/01/2004 03:56:14 PM
oooooh, that glare. So dominating and confident. great shot. 8
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10/01/2004 03:41:22 PM
This is amazing...Great job and good luck. I love the contrast in colors between the bird and the background. The focus is wonderful. ~10~
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10/01/2004 01:51:40 PM
I like the colors and the shallow depth of field as well. Nice composition and lighting. Not the most interesting picture but still well composed and nice capture (7).
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10/01/2004 12:39:37 PM
A beautifully presented portrait that really shows this bird off to it's best. The detail in teh eye is wonderful. The rich green background is just the right colour to show off the brown, white and yellows of the bird and the depth of field blurs it out excellently. 8
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10/01/2004 11:47:12 AM
Well if your subject has to be a head of an eagle than that is the way to do it. Great job.
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10/01/2004 07:58:44 AM
powerful , 10
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10/01/2004 06:38:44 AM
Wildlife photography is defined by this picture. It couldn't have been done any better from the clarity of the bird to the complementary backround. This is of Setzler proportions!
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10/01/2004 06:35:12 AM
This is a nice shot, but it seems slightly flat. You could try bumping up the contrast a little or dodge/burn it. Also, I think it would be much better in B&W or duotone, because the green in the background doesn't suit the type of bird this is. 6
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10/01/2004 04:16:33 AM
Straight out of National Geographic. Amazing :) Love it :) Can't even suggest anything to improve it!
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10/01/2004 03:47:13 AM
The colours and detail make me go WOW! Wonderful image. Brilliant! 10.
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10/01/2004 02:26:09 AM
Don't they have amazing faces? I've never been able to get this close. I like the brown of his feathers and the gold of his beak. Excellent portrait of an amazing bird.
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10/01/2004 02:20:55 AM
beatiful pic, can't fault it
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10/01/2004 12:27:38 AM
Beautiful bird. I really like the green background, makes his eyes stand out. Very nice focus too.
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