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The Green Honeycreeper
2nd PlaceThe Green Honeycreeper

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2020 (Standard Editing)
Camera: Sony Alpha a7R III
Lens: Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS
Date: Jan 29, 2020
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/320
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2021

This beauty was taken in Costa Rica last January. We were lucky enough to get a trip in before everything started. He was sitting quite a ways from a peachy pink stucco building. I shot it at 5.6 which blurred the background really well. I made a texture to match him and dropped it in and masked it off him. Thank you for all your wonderful comments! I am so excited to do well with him!

Place: 2 out of 66
Avg (all users): 6.9783
Avg (participants): 6.7188
Avg (non-participants): 7.5714
Views since voting: 502
Views during voting: 102
Votes: 46
Comments: 15
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/18/2021 08:57:02 PM
I keep looking at this image, it is stunning, a great capture. I love the background against this magnificent bird.
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02/16/2021 11:13:48 PM
How beautiful, Donna! Congratulations!
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02/16/2021 04:47:50 AM
So delicate, so beautiful. Congrats on the Red, Donna.
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02/15/2021 11:33:17 AM
Beautiful bird portrait, congrats!
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02/15/2021 11:00:40 AM
I called this one correctly one of my top picks. This is a beautiful image.
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02/15/2021 10:32:25 AM
Congratulations Donna, it is a fabulous photograph!
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02/15/2021 06:48:07 AM
Congratulations on your Red!
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02/15/2021 03:23:41 AM
I agree with that background, amazing, was there a little bit of photo shop going on there?
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02/15/2021 02:14:51 AM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/14/2021 09:10:33 PM
The pure beauty of a still life, except it's a living creature. From the tip of the beak, throughout, and down to those endearing, knobby feet, the detail is stunning. If it seems I'm talking more about the bird than the photograph, sorry. If the composition seems obvious, it might be because perfect balance is such that it can be overlooked, taken for granted. This is elegant, just right. Part of the wonder is the opportunity to see and absorb what is so often flitty and just out of reach. My only hesitancy, opinion only, is about the pinkishness of the background behind the honeycreeper. Feels somewhat overwhelming. Other than that ...
One of three co-favorites of the challenge.
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02/14/2021 03:43:29 PM
Beautiful bird and what a background! How did you manage to get a studio looking background?
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02/13/2021 09:21:52 AM
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02/09/2021 03:16:58 PM
10 from me. My top pick. That background is yummy!
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02/09/2021 01:16:06 PM
Fantastic bird and fantastic bird picture. Great colours, perfect focus.
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02/08/2021 08:37:24 AM
This is fabulous! The color of the bird is stunning and the textured background sets him off very nicely.
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