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Hello from Belize
Hello from Belize

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Challenge: Off-Centered Subject (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Belize Zoo, Belize City, Belize
Date: Jun 10, 2003
Aperture: 2.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 15, 2003

Taken at the Belize zoo in outside of Belize City. Used Sony 1.7X teleconverter. Cropped, colors adjusted, flipped, sharpened, and saved for web in PSE2.

Place: 21 out of 138
Avg (all users): 6.4880
Avg (commenters): 6.9091
Avg (participants): 6.2674
Avg (non-participants): 6.9744
Views since voting: 1059
Votes: 125
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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09/20/2003 10:19:48 PM
Very impressive shot! I love the bird being off to the side...adds some interest to the photo...the colors are vivid and wonderful...keep it up....
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06/26/2003 03:15:17 PM

Hello, Bob,

I get to comment on another one of your beautiful pictures. And, be warned, I love colour!

First impression: good, clear, colourful shot, excellent entry for "Off-Center". Love the background.

Light: Excellent. I often find it difficult to work in bright light such as in this picture, but in this case I think the light is wonderful. I love the way it filters through the branches in the background. The only place where arguably it might be a bit harsh is on the branch and claw.

Focus: No problems. The bird is nicely in focus, the background is beautifully out of focus, and the leaves (bottom part of picture) connect the two.

Composition: I like it very much. I disagree with your commenters that would like to see the whole bird - IMO, showing part of the bird, kind of looking into the picture (tilt to the head), emphasizes the "off-center" aspect of the picture. I like the length of the image. The border complements the image and is very appropriate.

Overall: I don't see much wrong with the shot as it is, possibly a slightly softer sharpening wold be better? I'm not sure, as it is, it doesn't bother me, but it does look just a tad over-sharpened.

Congratulations on an excellent entry and a very good finish (although I think it should have finished higher ...). Take care,

Ursula (uabresch)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/21/2003 09:34:45 PM
Geeee this is beautiful! Toucans always remind me of my Dad, who died 6 years ago. He used to tell us that he carved his initials into the beak of one at the Bronx Zoo. For years we believed him, when we were children.
You captured a nice, curious expression. Your dof is good too. Nice work.
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06/20/2003 04:28:55 PM
cool pic would have like to see all of bird 6
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06/19/2003 05:40:36 AM
This one looks a little oversharpened. I like your subject and the head tilt is adorable.
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06/19/2003 12:00:41 AM
Awesome shot I love the lighting and colorful subject. The border takes away from the pic however I think. I really like the texture of the background also.
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06/18/2003 06:29:26 PM
WOW! Great picture. I think the expression on the face is priceless- You did an excellent job with this.
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06/18/2003 04:16:55 PM
This is a beautiful work of art and I love all the colors. The toucan is so vibrant but I think that the background is too busy.
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06/17/2003 07:23:37 AM
I like how the bird is leaning into the shot. The contrast looks a little high though. 6
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06/17/2003 04:08:01 AM
A wonderful fresh image with vbrant colours. Captured very well. I like his 'cheaky grin' if you could call it that. The dof is just awesome as to is the clarity on the bird itself. Very well done and GL in this weeks challenge.
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06/16/2003 09:35:24 PM
I love the vibrant colours although if more of the bird was in view, id like it more. 8
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06/16/2003 01:15:01 PM
Great! I love his expression -- he must have known he was being photographed! Nice use of DOF too.
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06/16/2003 05:05:31 AM
well hello to you too tucan sam. my what pretty colors you have. i like the motion like blur in the background too, is that from wind?
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06/16/2003 02:20:13 AM
Nice shot, but it looks to be a bit oversharpened. The grain in the foreground leaf, particularly, is distracting.
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