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Am I in focus ?
Am I in focus ?

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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super II for Canon
Location: Burger's Zoo, Arnhem, NL
Date: Nov 5, 2005
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500s
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 6, 2005

This is a pelican at the local zoo. This was a big group, and it proved rather difficult to isolate one single pelican. This one started looking straight into the lens and I just let her rip.

Applied USM, and a little hue/saturation to emphasize the vivid pink colors.

My first submission ever. I wasn't planning on submitting anything, but I liked this shot so much I thought I could give it a try. Go easy on me ;)

Place: 431 out of 519
Avg (all users): 4.8308
Avg (commenters): 5.1538
Avg (participants): 4.7650
Avg (non-participants): 5.0303
Views since voting: 685
Views during voting: 404
Votes: 266
Comments: 13
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 06:34:07 PM
It's in focus but the contrast just isn't there to make this bird truly stand out.
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12/06/2005 11:06:03 AM
bit to bright IMO
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12/06/2005 07:04:52 AM
blown out too much!
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12/05/2005 05:33:12 PM
Nice picture - a tiny bit over exposed on the face. I really wish the whole beak was in the picture.
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12/05/2005 12:51:36 PM
IMO, a little overexposed. Also, I would have put his eye in the upper-right third of the frame. But good focus :-)
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12/04/2005 06:58:15 PM
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12/04/2005 06:18:51 PM
Nice hairdo.
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12/04/2005 05:46:43 PM
strange birds! I like the subject and the crispness and the DOF but the crop could be better
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12/02/2005 08:58:16 PM
I think this is an excellent subject matter. My criticism: the sunny area of the photo is pretty hot - seems a bit overexposed, however there is still plenty of detail left in the skin under the beak. I would also prefer to see either less of the beak and more of the head or the entire beak. Having said that, It is possible to have this much of the beak showing, but maybe with a different composition, possibly having him higher on the right frame bringing the eye down to the left while following the beak. I know you can't pose these critters though, amd waiting for the opportune shot could get long!
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12/02/2005 08:23:00 PM
May be slightly bright...but may be my monitor...
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12/01/2005 11:05:02 PM
Looks a little too light.
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12/01/2005 05:53:10 AM
6 - Yes you are, mostly. Criticism; even more detail would make this better in my opinion. A little 'blown', but that pale pink coloring against such a dark background likely makes contrast control difficult. In my opinion, if there was only one bird, the centered composition would have worked better, but with the two in the background, maybe more space, probably on the left (given the lighter variation of water(?) on the right), may have also made this better. Of course the beak 'cut' is obvious, on that I think that either an even tighter cropping on the head, or else incorporating the entire beak, dependent of course what you had to work with.
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12/01/2005 01:43:05 AM
Yep, in focus but overexposed.
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