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Snow Geese before the Storm
Snow Geese before the Storm

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Light On White II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Skagit Valley, Washington
Date: Oct 25, 2005
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Sky, Nature
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2005

Shot at 280mm using 1.4x tele on an overcast day with sky blue-gray to white. Overexposed by .7.

RSE to covert from RAW set white balance on sky, exp +.50, fill +5, shadow contrast +5, highlight contrast + 20, saturation -80
DIP10 to crop, boost contrast, USM
PSE3 to resize and save for web

Place: 61 out of 277
Avg (all users): 5.5631
Avg (commenters): 6.4000
Avg (participants): 5.5000
Avg (non-participants): 5.6034
Views since voting: 838
Views during voting: 382
Votes: 293
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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11/07/2005 07:53:04 PM
***Greetings from the Critique Club***

Let me start by saying WOW..what a great picture. I am really shocked that this did not finish in the top 25! I think its an awesome picture! And it does meet the challenge.

The focus is great, and I don't see any blown out spots. Great job on that! The detail in the birds is just awesome!

The only problem I can see ( IMO ) is the birds are a little small. I'm thinking of the voters here. I think the closer it is, the more detail you can see in the birds...

Overall: Its a great photo, should have finished better than it did. Keep up the great work.

I hope my comment helps...
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11/02/2005 01:16:18 AM
Thanks to all for the comments, all are constructive. I guess I should have left a little more color in the shot and kept the contrast up. But then again I kinda of liked the cool feel to this.
11/02/2005 12:25:50 AM
I didn't leave a comment before, but I rated this one of the highest in the challenge. This was very nicely done. The white of the birds was nicely shot without being too hot and blown out. In fact that is why I feel it is such a nice job. While the top 25% is a great result, personally I feel you deserved to fall in the top 10% with this shot. Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2005 05:50:57 PM
Washed out overall.
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11/01/2005 05:05:42 PM
great shoot, falls well in line with the challange
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10/28/2005 02:54:55 PM
this one is much like the pigeon photo, but it needs the depth that the gray and white cloud background offered the pigeon photographer.
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10/28/2005 05:08:12 AM
Well captured, but where are the highlights?
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10/26/2005 02:51:29 AM
Beautiful. Probably the best picture I have seen so far in this challenge.
The shape of the flock looks geometrical rectangular.
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