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vulturebabe...dressed to kill
vulturebabe...dressed to kill
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Username Challenge (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Korea
Date: Dec 23, 2005
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Dec 25, 2005

With skin like that, I had to clone out a lot of dandruff on the black feathers. USM, selective color, saturation, dodge n burn, Neat Image - not necessarily in this order.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 153
Avg (all users): 6.8630
Avg (commenters): 7.9474
Avg (participants): 6.8085
Avg (non-participants): 6.9040
Views since voting: 1755
Views during voting: 339
Votes: 219
Comments: 29
Favorites: 4 (view)


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AuthorThread
01/04/2006 06:37:29 AM
Congrata on capturing such a regal pose -- it is certainly worthy of the top-10 finish it received. I do indeed feel a chill while looking at it -- but that may be from the ice-cream I'm eating. ;) But, is certainly helped by those blood-red eyes and a beak that leads my eyes down to the sharp tip of the beak. As was said, that is one model you don't want to get mad at you.

From the pose, to the expression, to the wonderful exposure that brought out the tonality perfectly -- this is a portrait any young lady should be proud of.

There are just a few nit-picks that normally I would not mention, but since this is a critique perhaps they will help see why this shot didn't finish with a ribbon.

The first is the shallow DOF; her back feathers fade out of focus, even though the angle of view makes them look to be about the same distance from the viewer. This is a bit disconcerting and minorly distracting -- pulling my attention away from the face.

The second is the 'hair'. While I disagree that it is so bright it lost all detail, as the detail is there to notice, it is pushing the edge of brightness sufficiently to be undecernalbe on some monitors.

The third is the background. This was the first thing I noticed about the shot after the eyes. While the subject is crisply detailed and quite clean of noise, the background appears to have a great deal. This in itself would not be so bad, but the banding, particularly near the face stands out in stark comparison to the detail in the face.

Of the three, only the last I would consider major -- but since it wasn't mentioned by the voters, I'll label it minor and chalk it up to just me. :D In any event, as I said they are minor and hardly worth mentioning.

Truly an outstanding portrait of the lovely young lady. :0

David
Critique Club
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01/04/2006 03:29:54 AM
yes i love it! that look in her eyes reminds me of myself :) ill make this one my new headshot.
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01/03/2006 11:52:10 PM
haha....glad u got to see it vulturebabe!!...is it a good likeness?
01/03/2006 02:40:01 AM
lol. this is absolutely great.
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01/02/2006 03:31:13 AM
this is good, title fits perfectly eh!

Message edited by author 2006-01-02 03:31:26.
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01/02/2006 03:05:03 AM
this is such a strong image! 9th is not at all bad, but I think it should have done even better! I had this as one of my 3 9's (I'm very sparing in my use of 10s, and gave none of them in this challenge).
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01/02/2006 02:53:59 AM
This was one of my favorites by far! Great capture. Congratulations!
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01/02/2006 01:20:58 AM
This is such a beautiful photo. The thumbnail is deceiving. Not that it looks bad or anything -- it's just that it looks like a nice but maybe ordinary bird photo. But when I clicked on it, I was totally blown away by the spectacular detail in his face and feathers. Graphicfunk's right. . .you gasp and get a chill when you first see it! Congratulations on 9th place!
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01/02/2006 12:48:26 AM
An amazing image that gives viewers a virtual chill. Congratulations on your 9th finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/01/2006 11:01:38 PM
great capture and good detail
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01/01/2006 07:09:16 PM
isnt she elegant! looks like a queen of england of olden days. great photo too.
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01/01/2006 02:31:44 PM
Wow, Love the details you've caught! Fantastic picture, good positioning.
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12/31/2005 10:55:51 PM
A vulture never looked so good. I really like this shot. The crispness and texture of the feathers and the eye. Very cool. Good luck in the challenge. 10
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12/31/2005 06:20:24 PM
wow, what a photograph.
have you seen 'the dark crystal?' this looks just like one of the skekses.
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12/29/2005 09:24:10 AM
Almost looks like somebody bundles up with a fur hat and coat. Nice detail and the DOF is really well done.
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12/28/2005 09:24:44 PM
I love this
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12/28/2005 11:19:03 AM
I'm calling PETA! That guy is wearing fur! What a great shot.
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12/27/2005 08:02:51 PM
Wow factor, of an ugly bird and yes he/she is dressed to kill.........great texture of the feathers and face, so well done......... Must be in the top ten for sure.........
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12/27/2005 01:59:00 PM
Vultures are such ugly birds, but this is a great picture. Wonderful detail in the feathers and the wrinkled on his forehead.
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12/27/2005 09:01:22 AM
Some models, you just dont want to make mad.
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12/26/2005 11:46:50 PM
This is hilarious! Great shot! 10
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12/26/2005 06:35:40 PM
Nice capture and depiction!
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12/26/2005 09:14:39 AM
Killer capture with good texture and detail tones.
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12/26/2005 07:36:33 AM
Clever. Beautiful capture; definitely fitting for the challenge!
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12/26/2005 05:41:27 AM
sharp, well composed a real winner shot. best luck. 10
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12/26/2005 04:25:19 AM
nice composition and very sharp
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12/26/2005 02:57:21 AM
Good detail.
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12/26/2005 02:39:35 AM
Awesome!!! 10
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12/26/2005 01:58:31 AM
This is great. I wish there was more detail in the white feathers but I know white is hard to get right. What a face. The black feathers are wonderful.
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