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Cardinal Bracing Against the Storm (National Geographic Challenge - Drake - 1/12-18/2004)
Cardinal Bracing Against the Storm (National Geographic Challenge - Drake - 1/12-18/2004)
Judith Polakoff


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Deja Vu (Advanced Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Tamron AF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD for Nikon
Location: My back deck
Date: Dec 19, 2004
Aperture: F/5.3
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/125 sec.
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 17, 2004

I tried my best to take a photograph similar to Drake's beautiful ribbon-winning entry, not an easy thing to do when it comes to natural phenomena! :)

RAW Adjustments: tone comp., auto curves, white balance. Then applied Neat Image, cropped, applied a small amount of hue/sat adjustment, reduced size and applied USM.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 106
Avg (all users): 6.8069
Avg (commenters): 7.3125
Avg (participants): 6.3889
Avg (non-participants): 7.0385
Views since voting: 2428
Views during voting: 381
Votes: 202
Comments: 18
Favorites: 6 (view)


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12/28/2004 06:26:29 PM
Absolutely beautiful, Judith. Congratulations on another great finish.
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12/27/2004 09:58:15 AM
Congratulations on your 9th finish with this admirable sweet entry.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/26/2004 11:33:38 PM
Great capture to copy the original! It's not like you could control your model or even the setting all that much, so congrats on making good use of this opportunity. Good focus, dof, and exposure.
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12/26/2004 04:31:41 PM
What a cutie! These colors are so delicate. An image ro enhance any port. Bumping up.
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12/26/2004 01:39:15 AM
This is absolutly beautiful! Wonderful capture of mood, color and clarity. And so close to the original! One of my top picks.
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12/23/2004 10:12:42 PM
Outstanding shot equal to if not better than the "original"
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12/22/2004 11:55:30 PM
hehe - the background is a little too busy for this to have the same impact as the original. But definately a terrific capture here. 8.
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12/22/2004 12:29:12 PM
a little busy, but very sweet work
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12/22/2004 10:34:48 AM
I like this type of picture that tells a story. This bird has more important things to think about than having its portrait taken.
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12/20/2004 07:54:42 PM
the orignal shot is one of my favorites , you did it justice 8
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12/20/2004 07:44:48 PM
I can't believe that lightning struck twice and we got to have this treat for the eyes twice! Wonderful, lush, exciting capture.
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12/20/2004 03:29:20 PM
Excellent!
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12/20/2004 12:48:32 PM
Either the most enormous luck, or the most enormous patience :-) Have you used a sharpening brush around the crest, and the eyes/beak area? The way that little grainy patches have emerged is a pity. For the same impact you'd need more snowflakes passing - but that really is taking the copying idea too far - but my point is that 'bracing aginst the snow storm' isn't communicated here as well as in the original. Hope that doesn't sound harsh judgement, but you have set yourself a very hard task here.
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12/20/2004 11:12:22 AM
Personally, I think this one is better than the one that won. :)
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12/20/2004 10:29:42 AM
Very nice! The background is a bit distracting, al little more blur to diffuse it's effect and the tail not being cut off (that always bothers me with birds) would have made this a 10, as is an 8
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12/20/2004 09:32:10 AM
great timing...
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12/20/2004 12:32:10 AM
nice!!!! i dont really have any constructive critism... i like this :-)
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12/20/2004 12:24:07 AM
Looks exactly like the original, i'd be tempted to remove the small amount of noise...
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