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Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Voigtlander Skopar 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 for Canon
Location: Leyland, England
Date: Apr 12, 2005
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 6, 2006

Crop to position the eye and beak just beyond the thirds, clone to remove some dust and smooth down two stray feathers, resample to 640, sharpen.

Shot with my old quite rubbish lens, took a fair bit of USM to make it as sharp as i'd have liked, but the colours come out quite nice.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 833
Avg (all users): 7.4747
Avg (commenters): 8.6552
Avg (participants): 7.3677
Avg (non-participants): 7.9867
Views since voting: 7185
Views during voting: 713
Votes: 434
Comments: 71
Favorites: 33 (view)


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02/02/2006 12:23:56 AM
awesome shot... congrats on a top placing....
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02/01/2006 09:58:32 PM
Man, I thought this would have gotten the blue. I gave you a 10 - love it.
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02/01/2006 09:36:47 PM
Eugene, this was one of my picks to ribbon and you almost did it. Outstanding shot! Congratulations on 4th.
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02/01/2006 11:36:55 AM
i'm a nature guy...my favorite photography...had my eye on this one to ribbon...better luck next time!!
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02/01/2006 07:06:09 AM
Originally posted by TooCool:

Very nice. Does look a little plastic though. Is this on purpose? Is this from neat image? Or is it from a really tight crop? Just wonderin'.
TC

I think that's just from using a very crap lens :) the only editing done to this was to clone out a few bits of dust/fluff.
02/01/2006 01:30:47 AM
Great shot, great finish. It would have been funny if this took the blue...since my other 2nd place was right there under your other shot! Congratulations.
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02/01/2006 01:15:46 AM
Penetrating and lethal stare. Fantastic capture. Congratulations on your top 5 finish.
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02/01/2006 12:49:32 AM
congrats on 4th!, so close to the ribbon :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 11:04:56 PM
Nice detail. Well done.
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01/31/2006 10:40:25 PM
Close to perfection...
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01/31/2006 09:04:57 PM
Wonderful, would not change a thing.
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01/31/2006 07:46:06 PM
Excellent
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01/31/2006 04:48:42 PM
WOW!! BEAUTIFUL 9
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01/31/2006 03:02:02 PM
Wildlife shots like this are always very impressive. The coomposition you have chosen is good, almost more than good. But the softness on the feathers is a touch too much which harnesses reality somewhat. I would have leaned off on that just a little little bit.
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01/31/2006 02:44:08 PM
I hope that you win.... this is STUNNING
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01/30/2006 05:12:46 PM
Wow
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01/29/2006 03:49:36 PM
wow - awsome focus and clarity - very nice work :)
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01/28/2006 10:50:13 PM
10 from me...good luck!
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01/27/2006 07:38:41 PM
Beautiful!
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01/27/2006 02:41:17 AM
Amazing detail ...
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01/26/2006 11:04:39 PM
Beautiful shot. Such clarity. I love the intense look.
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01/26/2006 12:59:53 PM
Lovely shot, I like the cropping with the eye almost on thirds. I think it is a shame that you didn't maximise the shot to 640 on one side, this will have improved its impact in the thumbnails and also in the voting screen.
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01/26/2006 07:11:40 AM
Wow, we have some very good close-ups in this challenge, and this is one of the best..... So, so good.
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01/25/2006 10:45:01 PM
Incredible detail.
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01/25/2006 04:36:05 AM
Beautifully sharp and well composed.
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01/24/2006 04:09:11 PM
great intensity and detail
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01/23/2006 01:22:05 PM
Beautiful picture, the detail is amazing
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01/23/2006 11:19:14 AM
Very nice close-up. Good job! 9
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01/23/2006 09:34:26 AM
Looks more like a red-tail to me. But nice raptor anyway
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01/22/2006 05:37:32 PM
Wow!!!! 10
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01/22/2006 06:59:12 AM
great detail and sharpness!
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01/21/2006 10:26:27 PM
one of the best in this challenge so far..curious about the eye..did you desaturate it?...9
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01/21/2006 08:57:58 AM
very nice...the look in the bird's eye is very menacing.....9
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01/20/2006 08:27:15 PM
Beautiful textures and sharp detail. Wow! 8
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01/20/2006 07:15:11 PM
very sharp , top ten 8
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01/20/2006 05:21:18 PM
This is great.
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01/20/2006 04:50:53 PM
Speachless...10
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01/20/2006 02:02:04 PM
Nicely done, good detail.10
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01/20/2006 11:04:32 AM
Fantastic detail, good sharp focus. Nicely done
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01/20/2006 10:43:47 AM
intense
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01/20/2006 09:13:30 AM
Super sharp...nice details...love how you filled the frame. Nice job!
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01/20/2006 06:24:58 AM
brilliant photo 9
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01/20/2006 12:23:26 AM
Very nice. Does look a little plastic though. Is this on purpose? Is this from neat image? Or is it from a really tight crop? Just wonderin'.
TC
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01/19/2006 11:01:45 PM
fantastic shot. be very proud. 10
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01/19/2006 07:51:29 PM
What an exceptional close-up image of this bird. Just beautiful.
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01/19/2006 06:19:57 PM
Excellant crop & the detail is fantastic.
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01/19/2006 04:56:07 PM
This is simply stunning, a new favourite. 10
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01/19/2006 10:26:54 AM
Nice close up and good use of existing lighting. Background works well also. Overall a fine job!
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01/19/2006 09:45:36 AM
There's something very compelling with that penetrating stare that provides the "wow" factor here and differentiates it from other similar shots. Just not too fond of the very tight crop here. Sorry if that doesn't make too much sense. An 8 anyway.
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01/19/2006 12:58:49 AM
Incredible shot. Perfect DOF which can't have been easy. Well done.10.
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01/18/2006 11:38:27 PM
Simply beautiful...
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01/18/2006 06:50:12 PM
well captured
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01/18/2006 08:47:25 AM
Nice detail!
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01/17/2006 10:57:28 PM
Excellent photograph, amazingly tight zoom and great detail. "10" from me, good luck!
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01/17/2006 09:57:46 PM
Excellent close up shot! I love the clarity! 9
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01/17/2006 09:38:28 PM
Wow...seriously fantastic shot! Wow... Almost Speechless...
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01/17/2006 08:21:36 PM
What can be said about this capture other than perfect... Well done on a wonderful wildlife entry... :)
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01/17/2006 04:47:56 PM
Super well done, awesome comp.
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01/17/2006 02:13:54 PM
red tail hawk? i love raptors, this is a great shot! 9
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01/17/2006 01:56:21 PM
beautiful close up of this regal bird!
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01/17/2006 01:24:28 PM
tight
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01/17/2006 09:07:58 AM
Such crisp detail. Absoutely beautiful! 10
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01/17/2006 08:09:11 AM
pin sharp...love the shot...in my top 10
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01/17/2006 02:49:32 AM
absolutely beautfiul. I love the crop, the focus, and the colors. Nice Bokeh too.
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01/16/2006 09:22:18 PM
This is amazing! A standout even in an 835-entry, best of the best challenge like this! 10
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01/16/2006 09:17:49 PM
Good eye, pun intended. can't say anyhting else but a 10.
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01/16/2006 07:52:44 PM
Best of the birds!
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01/16/2006 07:06:39 PM
It couldn't get any closer, any clearer, or any more naturally toned. Beautiful work.
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01/16/2006 06:07:09 PM
WOW...I really like this...great job! 10
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01/16/2006 06:03:11 PM
Gorgeous bird. Great composition. Tonal range and detail are awesome. Such an intense look!
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01/16/2006 05:34:01 PM
This photo grabbed my attention immediately. Love it. 10
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