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Challenge: Free Study XVII (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II/III USM
Location: Outside Buchanan, VA
Date: Aug 11, 2007
Aperture: 1:5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1250 second
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2007

Yes, another hummingbird shot. They've really started "swarming" around Grandma's for the summer. We have 18 that I've counted, so probably at least 2 dozen.

This shot I liked for the unusual POV and the almost "peace dove" appearance.

PP included crop, clone brush to remove a couple of distractions on the background edges, levels/curves, desaturate, selective color, replace color, channel mixer, dodge/burn, add border, NI, resize, sharpen, save for Web.

WOW! I'm very pleased with this finish. And I can't believe I actually beat ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Larus in a Free Study! ROFLMAO... Sorry, I know it may seem petty and I really wanted to finish in the top 10, but I'll take this and grin for a week. =-)

Place: 16 out of 452
Avg (all users): 6.6585
Avg (commenters): 9.3333
Avg (participants): 6.7692
Avg (non-participants): 6.5205
Views since voting: 1375
Views during voting: 302
Votes: 164
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/23/2008 12:50:28 AM
Roz: I think that's one of the most relevant comments I've received in quite a while. Thank you!
07/22/2008 11:58:47 PM
beautiful .. its the other side of the coin to the pelican in my mind .. one chained to the earth in pain .. and this ... uplifting .. i've often wished i was a bird .. free from gravity .. free from thought .. to feel weightless in both mind and body .. love your excellent photograph and your process is perfect .. LOVE IT .. !! ..:)
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08/20/2007 01:50:57 AM
NIce job Jimmy. I agree that the position of the humbird and your processing give it an ethreal quality. NIce finish!
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08/20/2007 12:34:43 AM
Oh Jimmy!!! I'm so jealous of your hummingbird photos! This is just stunning. Looks like the dpc crowd is catching on to our love of photos enhanced with just the right amount of blur in all the right places!

Congratulations on 16th place with this amazing photo.

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08/20/2007 12:20:36 AM
I just love this hummingbird-turned-dove effect you achieved. Outstanding.
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08/20/2007 12:19:22 AM
Woah - that's a GREAT finish. Congrats my friend.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/14/2007 06:57:33 PM
10 AND FAVED! Wow I don't know where to begin, eyes are nice and sharp, motion on his wings is brilliant, the crop is very very nice and the your choice of colouring is amazing! It looks absolutely stunning! Well done
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08/14/2007 04:01:53 PM
Nice shot!! The angle, contrast, coloring is all right on in this photo.
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08/13/2007 02:40:49 PM
lovely composition..not sure about the halo on the upper and right side of the head..9
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08/13/2007 11:41:42 AM
What a great shot. Well done!
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08/13/2007 08:56:09 AM
nice PP!
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08/13/2007 08:14:00 AM
What a charmer amidst so much mediocrity. Hope this does well for you. It would get an 8 from me if I were voting. ;~D
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08/13/2007 12:38:01 AM
really nice in the sepia tones...great viewpoint 8
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