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Alive with Color in the Dead of Winter
Alive with Color in the Dead of Winter
Mike_Adams


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Birds II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Sarah Duke Gardens, Duke University Durham, NC
Date: Jan 26, 2008
Aperture: F4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320th
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 27, 2008

Ok, this was taken in the Sarah Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University in Durham, NC. This is a hand held shot. A swarm of several kinds of ducks and geese quickly approached the shore I was on when a family came by with some Cheerios and bread to feed. This particular bird was by far the most dynamic to my eye so I stayed patient till it got to a place that would work and till other birds cleared the shot.

Very little done to this so I will give you the whole PP involved.

1. Brightness adjust Canon Raw
2. Contrast adjust Canon Raw
3. Sharpness adjust Canon Raw
4. Brightness adjust Canon RGB
5. Sharpness Canon RGB
6. Saturation Canon RGB
7. Clone out small bright spot Canon Clone Tool
8. Crop
9. Save as JPG
10. Open in PS
11. Highlights and Shadows PS
12. Border frame - PS
13. Save for Web - PS

And that was it. :-) Well I am curious to see how it does. I actually like it most of any challenge shot I have submitted so far so I would love a personal best, but we will see what DPC has to say!

Statistics
Place: 21 out of 251
Avg (all users): 6.7488
Avg (commenters): 7.5263
Avg (participants): 6.6238
Avg (non-participants): 6.8679
Views since voting: 1653
Views during voting: 415
Votes: 207
Comments: 27
Favorites: 1 (view)


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10/06/2009 03:11:17 PM
what a beuatiful bird
09/30/2009 12:32:20 PM
Stunning image. Very well done.
02/13/2008 11:23:36 PM
Thanks for your comment it was the only really helpful one. i'll keep seeing what you put up.
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02/04/2008 09:41:28 PM
Beautiful representative of a Mandarin Duck.
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02/04/2008 01:28:07 PM
Great Shot. I love the gardens there and the Chapel is really kewl...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/03/2008 05:22:09 PM
such a strange looking bird It almost looks as if its not real nice capture 9
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02/02/2008 12:22:34 PM
Very nice and the colors look natural and not over-saturated. focus is good, composition is nice.
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02/01/2008 06:03:36 PM
He needs a little more space above his head in my opinion, especially with the colored frame boxing him in. Nice clarity.
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02/01/2008 03:57:09 PM
Perfect clarity-great shot!
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01/31/2008 12:16:08 PM
Nice detail!
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01/30/2008 09:34:12 PM
wow, AMAZING colors!!!
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01/30/2008 05:03:58 PM
Look at that weird looking thing! :) Very nice photo! Slight sharpening artifacts?
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01/30/2008 02:46:49 PM
Clever take of this coloring.
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01/30/2008 02:17:40 PM
Wow - color indeed! A very lovely bird nicely presented.
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01/30/2008 11:35:08 AM
Wow. Great capture of the colors. The reflecting water is a bit distracting. Did you use a polarizering filter? 6
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01/29/2008 08:32:28 PM
The color is amazing!
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01/29/2008 11:15:47 AM
Sweet photo, though I'm not in love with the border.
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01/29/2008 12:06:26 AM
certainly colourful but very oversharp
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01/28/2008 07:07:17 PM
amazing detail. if i had to nit-pick i would say the composition could be better. 9
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01/28/2008 07:02:44 PM
Very well done. Perfect exposure IMO.
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01/28/2008 05:22:50 PM
Nice capture. Almost everything I like about it is provided by the bird though (i.e. attractiveness/uniqueness). The composition and POV suggests hastiness rather than craftmanship. Although you did get the shot so that's important. The thing is your title suggests more than what is delivered here and why I expected more. Perhaps a lower POV would have captured that story better (i.e. show more of the surrounding elements) and at the same time given this composition more harmony with the subject.

Just my opinion of course. It's a good photo. I just think it can be better. Good luck.
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01/28/2008 04:27:37 PM
Amazing colors.... what kind of bird is this?
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01/28/2008 03:27:07 PM
What a cute bird! Is it a Mandarin Duck? I love the colours.
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01/28/2008 02:18:15 PM
Just gotta love these ducks. They are a blast of colour. your shot is fabulous. colours are crisp, clean, sharp in all the right places, very very well done indeed. 10 straight across the board here for this one
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01/28/2008 01:52:06 PM
super wow factor gets automatic 10
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01/28/2008 10:35:38 AM
WOW, the colors are astounding, a little distracting glare behind the duck, BUT GREAT COLOR!! - 10, hope you do well!!
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01/28/2008 01:32:25 AM
Beautiful bird... the rock on the left side is a little distracting.
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