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kloutit


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Challenge: Wildlife II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Singapore Botanical Gardens
Date: Jan 20, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1000
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 23, 2006

This is my first dpchallenge submission, so fingers crossed...

Steps:

Crop
Basic Color / Contrast / Brightness correction
Minor background burn
Clean-up of distracting objects in water
Unsharpen Mask

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 261
Avg (all users): 7.4438
Avg (commenters): 8.4259
Avg (participants): 7.3805
Avg (non-participants): 7.4733
Views since voting: 14395
Views during voting: 591
Votes: 356
Comments: 82
Favorites: 33 (view)


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04/17/2007 05:14:17 AM
Wonderful shot - Great capture and colour saturation. A great image to have.
01/04/2007 11:05:28 PM
Beautiful colors and bird. Perfect composition, depth of field and focus. I would have voted this at 9 without no reservations.
As for my personal impression, this is of the finest bird images that I have seen.
01/04/2007 08:59:45 PM
Wow! This is incredible,

Jack
02/07/2006 08:19:27 PM
Awesome and I'm sure it's not beginners luck, great shot
02/06/2006 10:44:52 PM
Congratulations. An excellent start indeed!
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02/06/2006 06:37:16 PM
Heck of a finish for a first submission :-) Congrats!
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02/05/2006 10:12:09 PM
Wow, awesome colors here. Great capture! Congrats!
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02/05/2006 10:32:01 AM
Well, don't know if you're a beginner, but this is a masterpiece.
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02/03/2006 06:56:26 PM
beginners luck? very nice! congrats!
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02/02/2006 02:45:28 PM
Amazing ... uncross those fingers and submit to some more challenges!
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02/01/2006 09:04:25 PM
Simply beautiful shot!
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02/01/2006 11:07:11 AM
Hi Everyone. Thanks for all the kind words. If you are interested... here are some of the out takes / other shots from the challenge:
//www.pbase.com/kloutit/wildlife_ii__possible_entries
02/01/2006 10:13:01 AM
A beautiful capture. Congratulations on your ribbon!
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02/01/2006 10:08:12 AM
WOW - a ribbon already??? I'm depressed. ha ha ha ha
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02/01/2006 09:33:16 AM
Congrats on a win with your first try....
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02/01/2006 09:24:44 AM
Great job! I had an "aha!" moment when I read the location, I've walked past there on several occasions. Haven't been to SG in a couple years, though... I miss it!
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02/01/2006 08:38:59 AM
Fantastic photo, congratulations on your ribbon!
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02/01/2006 04:32:39 AM
So it did ribbon ! I am glad ! Congratulations !
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02/01/2006 03:01:34 AM
That is a beautiful shot. congrats!
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02/01/2006 02:16:40 AM
Beautiful capture of this low flyer! Congratulations. An incredible accomplishment to win on your first entry.
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02/01/2006 02:06:20 AM
Awesome shot, an exceptional first entry.
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02/01/2006 01:47:21 AM
What a beauty and what colors. Wow! Congratulations on your YELLOW.
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02/01/2006 01:34:59 AM
wow...so crisp and with rich color tones...hard to pull it all together in an action shot like this...well done!
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02/01/2006 01:27:23 AM
Beautiful image. Congrats on a great start to your dpc career. Now keep it up.
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02/01/2006 12:52:11 AM
Wow A stunning Image
Congratulations
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02/01/2006 12:28:42 AM
No WAY - your first challenge submission and you ribboned?! WOW! Wonderful! Congratulations...you are one to watch.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 10:50:39 PM
Great color...like the (lily pads?) too!
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01/31/2006 08:46:10 PM
Wow! Such strong contrasting colours! Great capture too, good luck 10
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01/31/2006 08:19:46 PM
stunning
01/31/2006 05:17:19 PM
8 - Very nice capture. Good stop motion. Criticism; difficult, the lily pads more OOF or sharper (difficult), and maybe a fraction more space above the duck (dependent of course) - and I want to say sharper, even 'more' stop motion, but very difficult, plus I am sure that this size doesn't show the detail larger does. Coloring, on the duck especially, very good. Perhaps a variation in cropping. Not sure on the frame. Up to 8 from 7.
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01/31/2006 03:44:58 PM
A ribbon-winner for sure. Good luck!
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01/31/2006 01:41:11 PM
This is so cool!
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01/31/2006 11:07:50 AM
Beautiful head and colored wing catch
01/30/2006 10:28:20 PM
Wow - this looks like a winner. The clarity on the duck (I assume it's a duck) is amazing. Excellent color, crispness and composition. Well done. And a fave.
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01/30/2006 08:48:28 PM
wow, great capture, the colors of the duck's wing really is set off by the lilly pads. Good focus and DOF. i wouls have liked to see him a bit less cramped up in the corner on the framing, but you get what you get with birds on the wing and this one is a honey. Top ten.
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01/30/2006 05:32:33 PM
Wonderful combination of flora and fauna, good colors, shapes, sharpness, DOF, and composition. I especially like the curves of the wings, wing position, feathers, and lilly pads.
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01/30/2006 01:25:05 PM
Beautiful colors & excellent composition. Nice action shot!
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01/30/2006 01:19:57 PM
WOW LOVIN IT!
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01/30/2006 11:21:17 AM
Stunning work. Just beautiful!
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01/30/2006 08:05:28 AM
I love this shot!The colours are beautiful. You have done really well to capture this. Good luck in the challenge!!
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01/30/2006 07:23:37 AM
I'm so jealous! A beautiful bird in a lovely location with perfect focus and DOF. You have caught this spot on. Certainly a 10 from me.
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01/30/2006 02:06:56 AM
Fantastic shot! The complimentry colors of the bird's wing and the leaves really add to it. I only wish the background were either a bit more blurry or a little more in focus.
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01/29/2006 06:01:14 PM
What a beautiful duck. I like how well the colors of the bird go against the green background. I gave it a 10.
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01/29/2006 03:25:12 PM
One of the last ones I voted on. I'm glad I did. Amazing shot! 10
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01/29/2006 02:21:06 PM
Great capture of the bird in flight. Very good color and clarity. Very nice!
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01/29/2006 11:44:08 AM
nice !
01/29/2006 07:27:19 AM
One of my top three. Great focus on the parts that need it ... the head. And the lily pads add a colour to the picture that take from good to very good.
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01/29/2006 03:17:43 AM
Nice colors!
01/28/2006 05:11:19 PM
Whoah! Could you have captured a more perfect pose???? I don't think so! Talk about being in the exact right position, at exactly the right time. Beautiful sharpness. Color. Fantastic job.
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01/28/2006 01:29:18 PM
absolutely beautiful. nice work.
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01/28/2006 10:52:59 AM
Gorgeous bird. Love the detail on the wing. I like the background but would like to see the pic with the background a bit more muted, maybe.
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01/28/2006 08:12:48 AM
Magic shot.....
01/28/2006 01:45:01 AM
Great shot! 10
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01/27/2006 08:02:49 PM
Very striking image.
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01/27/2006 06:52:32 PM
Wow, great capture, colors and composition. Top ten and a favorite from me.
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01/27/2006 05:24:05 PM
Astonishing. The color-mix is impressive. The details are great even if the bird is in flight. Congrats. -9
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01/27/2006 04:14:48 PM
Great action capture and DOF.
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01/27/2006 10:07:37 AM
Nice crop and capture
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01/26/2006 07:53:07 PM
nice
01/26/2006 05:16:10 PM
Excellent shot. IMO one of the best in this challenge and sure to finish up near the top
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01/26/2006 12:28:23 PM
I find the brightness of the green is distracting. Otherwise good shot.
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01/26/2006 09:48:31 AM
This is sublime and perfectly captured. The colors are rich and lush, and the intense expression on the goose (I think its a goose...I know for sure it isn't a deer or a squirrel) adds to the overall effect. Good luck.
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01/26/2006 04:36:16 AM
Captured the grace and beauty of the bird very well here. Lilly pads are a bit distracting but are necessary to clarify just where the bird was found.

Nice shot.
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01/26/2006 12:47:34 AM
Oh, now this is cool!
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01/25/2006 11:56:56 PM
Great shot. Love the colors and the selective sharpness!
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01/25/2006 11:34:26 PM
Love this shot...the composition and colors are great...nice capture of the duck in flight...background is a tad grainy...awesome shot...great work!
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01/25/2006 10:56:21 PM
Great shot!
01/25/2006 10:24:22 PM
Very nice clarity on the bird.
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01/25/2006 06:31:37 PM
WOW!
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01/25/2006 04:06:48 PM
well done
01/25/2006 04:00:26 PM
Cool, definitely one of the better picture in this challenge (9)
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01/25/2006 03:37:38 PM
Great Capture; excellent crop
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01/25/2006 03:08:09 PM
Gorgeous colour!
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01/25/2006 02:32:42 PM
colorful
01/25/2006 02:00:57 PM
This is a really nice shot. I hope you get in the top 5 or better. You get a ten from me.
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01/25/2006 01:23:29 PM
may be a TAD oversaturated, but may not be, colors just look TOO good, LOL good luck, and think this is a ribboner LOL
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01/25/2006 01:04:20 PM
Very nice. I might have preferred a slightly more shallow DOF, but a very nice catch.
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01/25/2006 11:56:16 AM
Just perfect!
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01/25/2006 10:24:44 AM
Excellent whistling-duck. Nice timing and colors are wonderful.
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01/25/2006 03:04:02 AM
very soothing
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01/25/2006 01:51:22 AM
Fantastic. Deserves a top 5 for sure. Tack sharp, incredible focus, great colours. Congrats. 9
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01/25/2006 12:16:05 AM
I love it. These flight shots aren't easy.
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