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Challenge: Beauty (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Outdoors
Date: May 25, 2005
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 26, 2005

Curves, using threshold Method from DPChallenge
Whites on head and tail brightness reduced
Background Blurred to pop the image

Place: 31 out of 255
Avg (all users): 6.1760
Avg (commenters): 7.2632
Avg (participants): 5.9692
Avg (non-participants): 6.4000
Views since voting: 963
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 250
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2005 11:45:05 PM
Great shot! Details in the feathers are outstanding!
06/04/2005 11:23:57 PM
I love this image, but it is cropped too tightly. This eagle needs room to soar! 6
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06/04/2005 11:21:18 PM
This is an excellent shot and was probably the result of a lot of planning and execution. The eagle is perfect in the way his wings are fully extended with the individual feathers visible. I hope theres a good story behind this one, You really did a great job.
06/03/2005 09:15:25 PM
truly a beautiful capture of a lovely bird...good luck ...hope this does well
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06/03/2005 07:34:47 PM
Wow! Breathtaking capture of fantastic clarity and detail! 9
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06/03/2005 02:06:25 PM
Looks like the eagle was pinned up, great capture, bumping up
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06/02/2005 05:17:12 PM
incredibly good exposure on a difficult shot!
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06/01/2005 02:20:27 PM
awesome shot! looks like you start to lose focus on the head and tail but its still a great capture
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06/01/2005 10:16:28 AM
Nice capture with great detail. ( I think it would be improved with a landscape crop vs. portrait or just a little more room on the side would help.)
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06/01/2005 03:00:55 AM
Whilst there is no doubting the beauty of your subject, I find the photograph itself to be lacking that extra element that would really make me think 'beautiful!'. I'm not wholly sure what that might be - though certainly something more than the quite straightforward portrait presented here - perhaps more sense of the dynamic, such as a bit of motion blur in the background: this shot presents a very still feeling, presumably because a high shutter speed has wiped all sense of movement. Obviously it's technically OK - in focus, good detail, etc, although I would say it is overall a touch too bright for impact - pulling the exposure, or brightness back a touch would add some depth and life to the tree and sky colours, and make the detailing around the head and tail more easily noticeable - but the simply technically OK isn't enough to spark that moment of amazement when the world seems to stop for a fraction of a second. 6
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06/01/2005 12:01:20 AM
Beauty is a subjective thing, I know. In my scoring and comments I'm trying to score based on NOT whether or not I would think a particular subject beautiful, but on whether the photographer has succeeded in creating a beautiful photo. I look for the elements of color, lines, focus and dof interest, lighting, and a certain element of grace and lovlieness. I'm looking for a unique and creative appeal for the highest scorers. The description says to create a photo that makes the viewer think "that's beautiful", so it will undoubtedly be very subjective. (This is what I'm putting at the start of all of my comments, and I hope it is helpful.)

That being said, this is a wonderful capture of the eagle in flight. Nice dof, very nice light and colors. Certainly a majestic and beautiful subject. I keep wondering what was around it, as the vertical crop seems a bit severe, but there may have been a reason for that. One of my favorites so far.
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05/31/2005 09:53:05 PM
you have beautifully captured this gorgeous creature....imo he seems a bit cramped by the cropping
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05/31/2005 01:56:13 PM
WOW! What a great shot! 8
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05/31/2005 11:59:27 AM
Great capture! I like how you've maintained detail in both the highlights and shadows of the feathers.
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05/30/2005 11:45:26 PM
Nice detail and great photo!
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05/30/2005 10:36:16 PM
great capture
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05/30/2005 01:59:06 PM
Great shot. Beautiful eagle in motion.
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05/30/2005 01:12:45 PM
Maybe too tightly cropped. but beautiful shot.
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05/30/2005 10:33:49 AM
Great capture. Is a bird going to win again? Good luck.
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