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On Wings of Fury
On Wings of Fury

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Challenge: Birds (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6G
Location: Policeman's Flats, Alberta
Date: Jun 8, 2005
Aperture: 4.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature, Action
Date Uploaded: Jun 9, 2005

A Red Winged Blackbird shot with a 70-300mm Nikon lens and an SB600 flash maxed out as to still the wings. Fun to catch these guys just as they take flight.

Cropped 640 x 480
Magic wand to isolate red areas on wings
Tweak up the saturation on the red wing portions
Inverse selection
Desaturate inverted selection
Photo filter to add "sepia"
Dodge and burn wings, bushes etc.
Blur tool on red winged areas smoothing transition
Unsharp mask
Select a rectangle for the border
Inverse selection
Delete selected border background into black
Save for web bicubic sharp

Send out to voters for slaughter

Place: 65 out of 289
Avg (all users): 6.0076
Avg (commenters): 7.0769
Avg (participants): 5.8025
Avg (non-participants): 6.3084
Views since voting: 1109
Views during voting: 360
Votes: 264
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)

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08/28/2005 10:59:47 PM
Most Excellent(to steal a line)!!!
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06/22/2005 05:03:30 PM
wow...outstanding capture! my yard is always full of red wing blackbirds and i love watching them and listening to them. love your composition here and the focus is spot on. well done, John!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/19/2005 06:49:36 PM
wow awesome photo... nice clear shot too 10
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06/19/2005 06:14:06 AM
i really like the minimal background to this great capture
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06/17/2005 10:25:27 AM
I like this shot, the detail of the wings although a bit blurry on the ends. The gaping mouth of the bird, it fits the title.
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06/16/2005 02:29:30 PM
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06/15/2005 04:05:13 PM
I think this would look much better without the balck border, leaving only the bird in strak contrast to the sky. great capture anyhow.
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06/14/2005 04:06:43 PM
Scalvert...is that you?
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06/13/2005 01:47:05 PM
hm i see two red winged birds in the challenge, i wonder if its the same
looks like a flash was used, bumping up :)
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06/13/2005 01:44:45 PM
Great capture of a red winged blackbird in flight. Like the detail of the feathers. I find the background blur a little distracting, but will vote you higher for the effort that went into getting this shot.
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06/13/2005 12:39:08 PM
Great catch. Not an easy one, I've often tried to get one in flight without succes. The same picture with a blue sky backgroud and few white clouds would be the top one. -8
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06/13/2005 12:07:09 PM
Oh wow! What an amazing capture. Right when he's squawking about it too! Good job!
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06/13/2005 11:22:26 AM
Not bad at all but the bokeh is really distracting and doesn´t do anything positive for the shot. Nice clarity of the bird though and I like the slight movement of the feathers.
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06/13/2005 10:58:00 AM
I think I would have zoomed in and cropped out the fuzzy tree at the bottom. Great stop action shot though.
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06/13/2005 04:37:27 AM
Awesome capture ... well done and good luck
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06/13/2005 12:46:48 AM
I think this works really well. I like the elements working in this one. This could be one of a kind photograph.
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06/13/2005 12:44:08 AM
I like this a lot. Very nice blow out of the background, great maintenance of detailing on the subject. The spot of orange, saturated, is a nice spark. 8 with possible bump.
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