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Saker Falcon
Saker Falcon
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Birds (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II/III USM
Location: Blair Drummond Safari Park
Date: Jun 12, 2005
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 12, 2005

Taken at Blair Drummond Safari Park in Stirlingshire Scotland.

Love Birds of Prey and therefore loved this challenge regardless of score.

Post Processing, Levels tweak and slight crop.

Steve

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 289
Avg (all users): 6.9814
Avg (commenters): 7.8750
Avg (participants): 6.9068
Avg (non-participants): 7.0926
Views since voting: 5848
Views during voting: 402
Votes: 269
Comments: 33
Favorites: 3 (view)


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04/14/2007 11:38:18 PM
Just wanted to say that I concur with the other commenters - the clarity brings this little guy right out of the screen. Good work.
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04/14/2007 06:47:59 PM
Amazing clear , sharp & beautiful shot !
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11/12/2005 03:57:40 AM
Just ran across this again. WOW - what a closeup.
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11/12/2005 03:47:33 AM
The clarity here is exceptional. This image is jumping off my screen. Beautifully done.
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07/03/2005 07:37:28 PM
Fantastic shot. You placed high, but I think you should have placed even higher than 10th. The clarity (in motion?) here is extraordinary.
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06/20/2005 06:55:15 PM
This is so sharp and clear that it looks like it's jumping out of the screen at me!
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06/20/2005 03:55:43 AM
Arghhh the elusive 7 score errr eludes me again

Thanks for all the great comments folks

Here's another one of the same guy from the same day, this one has catchlights in the eyes which was the main theme of any critisicms.

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Steve
06/20/2005 12:27:04 AM
Congratulations on your top ten finish. A capture in total alertness.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/19/2005 09:39:33 PM
Very nice. Great, simple background. The lighting is just a bit harsh - with some areas blown. But overall a pretty capture. BOL
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06/19/2005 07:57:57 PM
Wow, what a great pose! Love the darkness in the eyes... they really carry this shot.
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06/19/2005 07:00:42 PM
Crisp and clear. Great comp. A little halo round beak is distracting but this is a great subject.
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06/19/2005 06:09:31 PM
Fantastic focus
could this be a ribbon?
A lot of great shots in this challenge, but this is one of the best
Good luck
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06/19/2005 12:46:34 AM
Although slightly washed I love this shot because of the posture of the bird.
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06/18/2005 07:07:40 PM
awesome! tack sharp with obvious shallow DOF .. shot to perfection! only thing I could wish for would be more light in the eyes.
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06/18/2005 02:33:33 PM
Great capture bringing out the alertness.
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06/18/2005 07:40:15 AM
Great angles. There area between the eyes seems overexposed to me.
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06/18/2005 01:28:39 AM
awesome focus and angle. one of my faves. 10
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06/17/2005 12:59:45 AM
Out of all the Falcon shots in this challenge IMO this one is by far the best. There is absolutly no feeling in those eyes. Well exposed, excellent DOP\selective focus, loads of detail, contrasts perfectly against the background and fills the whole frame. Great job, deserves to score high.
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06/16/2005 12:30:34 PM
Great close up and wonderful detail. I think what seems weirdest for me though is the way his eyes seem almost to be missing in their blackness. A catchlight would help this image very much indeed. 7
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06/16/2005 12:27:20 PM
Great detail in the feathers, lovely focus, but not the nicest pose I've seen for a falcon. Great picture though.
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06/15/2005 04:36:02 PM
Almost a perfect photo, pity about the halo around the beak but still almost perfect..well done!
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06/15/2005 08:48:06 AM
wow sharp focus
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06/14/2005 11:47:29 PM
this is amazing.i love how sharp and crisp the head is.
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06/14/2005 07:41:58 PM
I would have liked to see the whole bird.
06/14/2005 01:59:58 PM
Beautiful job! I love the 3D feel this has to it - great PP! (10)
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06/14/2005 09:12:01 AM
Too harshly lit.
06/14/2005 12:15:03 AM
gorgeous detail! Nice emotion in the bird!
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06/13/2005 11:04:22 PM
Hard lighting works well here, and brings out the feathered detail on head.. I like the way you used shallow dof concentrated on the head and wing.
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06/13/2005 07:13:48 PM
Great shot. Very sharp and well composed. I'm seeing a little bit of noise on the top green part. Otherwise, excellent. 6 Good luck!
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06/13/2005 12:42:39 PM
Amazing clarity and detail on this shot! I feel like I could touch the feathers on this bird. Just amazing. Lighting and colors look great as well.
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06/13/2005 10:51:53 AM
Very nice. I like the contrast of the background. It makes him "come at you" that way. Very clear focus. Nice lighting. This could be a winner!!! I vote 10!
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06/13/2005 04:42:25 AM
Awesome capture ... well done and good luck
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06/13/2005 12:15:54 AM
wow this is a cool one, seems a little hot though, 6
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