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Challenge: Best of 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: National Zoo
Date: Aug 14, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Candid, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2007

Not the best of 2006 but to be honest, I didn't have the time to look. This was convenient. I know it won't go anywhere with all the landscapes that are so popular with voters but I felt I should enter something. Date is approximate. My computer is acting up but I found it in my august zoo folder. :) I like the shapes, the shadows, and the light... Settings are inaccurate as my computer is having a fit right now and opening up CS would kill it.

For those who asked, the background was pretty dark as it was in shadow. I underexposed the image when shooting and then adjusted the curves in post processing. If you take the image into an editor and bump the levels way up, you will see most of the background.

Statistics
Place: 104 out of 712
Avg (all users): 6.4620
Avg (commenters): 7.5625
Avg (participants): 6.3514
Avg (non-participants): 6.7935
Views since voting: 1156
Views during voting: 520
Votes: 368
Comments: 35
Favorites: 3 (view)


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01/26/2007 05:42:21 PM
I wouldn't have known this was yours...:)
I must say it stopped me though...a shot just of an animal means nothing to me...but you don't do that, you always seem to spot some sort of design, or find a unique compostion that draws me in..so in hindsight I should have figured it out...you know I have never really shot animals at a zoo, and I figure if I ever need to see them, then I can always zip over to your portfolio...
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01/26/2007 07:47:01 AM
This is BEAUTIFUL Courtenay!! I LOVE these birds! What an incredible photograph of them!

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01/26/2007 07:25:29 AM
I gave this an 8. Nice study in the shapes of flamingo(e)s. Was fairly minor, but the 'something' at the top in the dark area, held it back for me mostly.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2007 02:13:42 PM
Nice shapes and colors.
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01/25/2007 12:35:33 PM
love the color & abstract quality :D 10
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01/25/2007 10:40:42 AM
Love the curves and the subtle variations of color.
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01/25/2007 03:30:42 AM
Now this is really awesome, a realy top shot rhat I do hope doea well in thic challenge.
The colors are so rich, and textures to die for.....
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01/25/2007 12:05:27 AM
Exquisite detail & color!
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01/24/2007 10:55:51 PM
Oh, man, what great colors!

I can't help but wonder how you got the black background with the bright and definitive color? Did you rent the birds and put them in a studio?!!
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01/24/2007 10:12:26 PM
awesome shot. this is what i had in mind when i started thinking 'best of'...
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01/22/2007 01:40:12 PM
Black bacground creates a nice contrast. Well done.
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01/22/2007 01:39:32 PM
I love it, great colors, well done.
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01/21/2007 10:24:31 PM
Very pretty
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01/20/2007 04:47:11 AM
Awesome shot. Technically outstanding, and great composition. Very nice work, very nice indeed.
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01/19/2007 08:20:14 PM
Nice shot!
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01/18/2007 07:47:32 PM
Great detail,and colors.
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01/16/2007 05:15:19 PM
Oh, ye olde flamingo necks! They are such incredible birds. Nice composition. The dark background works very convincingly.
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01/16/2007 01:21:24 PM
Nice flamingo shot. While the frame is full and "busy" the subject is still distinct and defined.
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01/16/2007 06:10:56 AM
Strong colour - the benefits of underexposure, as so many don't understand. I find the composition a little awkward - those curves just aren't similar enough, perhaps, for a really easy-on-the-eye balance. Great stuff, though.
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01/15/2007 03:30:10 PM
These guys are great to shoot, aren't they? Lovely texture in the feathers; I like the soft light.
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01/14/2007 11:41:02 AM
Wow, flamino abstraction - great title. You've got all the detail that says "flamingo" and all the color and curl that says pink and curves that could simply be a compelling abstract painting.
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01/14/2007 09:44:28 AM
beautiful
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01/14/2007 06:08:14 AM
wow...stunning, vibrant and full of life...great image, good luck
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01/13/2007 04:18:53 AM
9
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01/12/2007 11:24:57 PM
great colors
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01/12/2007 10:14:24 PM
Good title. Amazing birds.
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01/12/2007 09:23:38 PM
I love flamingo photos. I had one in an earlier challenge.
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01/12/2007 02:47:48 PM
yay! flamingos! :D
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01/12/2007 11:11:36 AM
Nice composition and outstanding colors-8
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01/12/2007 10:47:23 AM
Very nice, wish it were a bit sharper.
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01/12/2007 09:37:57 AM
nice vibrancy 7
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01/12/2007 02:52:43 AM
Great vibrant colours and impeccable focus!
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01/12/2007 01:26:34 AM
Great color and DOF...
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01/12/2007 12:59:19 AM
Gorgeous tones and wonderful repeated curves and loops. The PP of the background is feeling artificial. Still, a wonderful shot.
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01/12/2007 12:08:15 AM
wow ...
browsing thru challenge .. and this jumped right out at me ...
amazing colours, amazing birds, excellent composition, contrasts, and EVERYTHING ...
love it .. =10
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