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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Quantaray AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Tele-Macro for Canon
Date: Oct 22, 2005
Aperture: f-11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2009


Place: 193 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.1388
Avg (commenters): 7.1034
Avg (participants): 6.0825
Avg (non-participants): 6.4658
Views since voting: 539
Views during voting: 679
Votes: 497
Comments: 64
Favorites: 2 (view)

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03/19/2009 02:55:05 PM
Thanks for all of the great comments. For the people who live at lower elevations, the blue is the sky in the Colorado Rockies. I follow eagles around the state. But this is my best eagle encounter.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:39:19 PM
dramatic - striking color and detail
03/17/2009 10:20:48 PM
Very nice eagle. Great blue background. Sharp focus on the eye. Nice colors in eye and beak.
03/17/2009 11:04:33 AM
The feathers have nice detail, the blue is so intense it makes me feel like he's in front of a flag or something.
03/17/2009 01:05:35 AM
Beautifully clear and great detail.
03/16/2009 07:28:48 PM
noble and proud
03/16/2009 03:24:49 PM
excellent capture...will be interested in what lens you used...very nice edit
03/16/2009 03:00:58 PM
Nice shot!
03/16/2009 02:19:45 PM
Great detail and pose. Nice shot.
03/16/2009 02:01:17 PM
Wow amazing shot. The clarity and colors are prefect.
03/15/2009 11:07:50 PM
Great lines, color and clarity. Mission accomplished!
03/15/2009 10:16:03 PM
nice detail
03/15/2009 09:22:45 PM
Real nice capture in spite of the harsh light. Nice blue sky.
03/15/2009 06:47:13 PM
Nice detail and great eye contact
03/15/2009 05:52:10 PM
Frame worthy. DOF is right on. Distinguished. Sharp! I need a copy of this.
03/15/2009 04:58:54 PM
Magnificent bird with beautiful details.
03/15/2009 03:50:40 PM
Beautiful portrait of this often photographed, famous raptor. 7
03/15/2009 12:19:09 PM
Almost "too" perfect... The blue is a little overpowering, but the comp and clarity overcome it. Really great shot. 8
03/15/2009 11:59:15 AM
Clear and strong and makes glad I'm not a rodent!
03/15/2009 10:53:49 AM
Very nice detail in the feathers, great composure on the eagle.
03/15/2009 10:11:40 AM
Great shot
03/15/2009 09:24:13 AM
Why do you think that this challenge is addressed only to americans? ... It's not always about you ... Anyway ... A good picture otherwise ...
03/15/2009 09:18:29 AM
Very sharp. Nice shot.
03/15/2009 05:56:05 AM
wow amazing sharp and clear shot - guess u have a very good zoomlense - 8
03/15/2009 05:36:44 AM
well done
03/15/2009 05:10:18 AM
excellent focus. te blue of the bg (sky?) looks quite unnatural
03/15/2009 02:38:35 AM
nice shot, excellent details, 7
03/15/2009 02:35:51 AM
sharp, good detail
03/15/2009 12:19:37 AM
Nice blue sky, and good job at getting him/her looking intimidating and regal.
03/14/2009 11:04:13 PM
Brilliant blue sky, excellent clarity, a fine photo.
03/14/2009 08:49:14 PM
Interpretation of Topic: Interesting Choice, I just don't see the "hidden" in the photo.
Photography: Exquisite!
Viewers Reaction: Awesome bird.
03/14/2009 05:26:26 PM
This is a BOLD eagle :-)
03/14/2009 10:09:22 AM
Good details overall.
03/14/2009 04:46:54 AM
A bird that is well represented on DPC but you have done it proud with this image. Well done 8
03/14/2009 04:09:25 AM
You got a great pose from the bird here
03/13/2009 08:43:58 PM
so majestic
03/13/2009 08:35:58 PM
Stunning capture!! 8
03/13/2009 12:59:56 PM
I'm a sucker for eagles, especially bald ones. LOL Very nice detail on the feathers considering the extreme lighting situation. Excellent.
03/13/2009 12:12:29 PM
majestic and beautiful
03/13/2009 09:55:57 AM
Nice stock image..
03/13/2009 09:35:20 AM
Nice detail in the whites.
03/13/2009 09:11:07 AM
Making eye contact, no less. Very cool.
03/13/2009 06:42:14 AM
the striking blue background adds to this shot
03/13/2009 03:12:50 AM
Beautiful pic of an Eagle. Honestly, I find the odd blue to be very distracting. I didn't even notice the eagle at first. It took effort for me to even look at the eagle. Also, it could do with about 12% of the top cropped off.

PS. Who is the 'we' for 'our'? My national symbol is the beaver.
03/13/2009 12:16:21 AM
Wonderfully detailed ... few will see an actual eagle like this and you've shown us something special.
03/12/2009 09:41:16 PM
Great sharp eyes. Might have been good to have used some noise reduction on the sky, and perhaps also the balck feathers.
03/12/2009 09:16:32 PM
terrific detail
03/12/2009 08:38:22 PM
Wonderful portrait and great detail in the feathers.
03/12/2009 08:30:13 PM
wow, a great portrait of our national symbol, really well done, love the contrast with the blue blue sky
03/12/2009 04:17:21 PM
Regal!! Great focus and coloring!
03/12/2009 03:34:14 PM
03/12/2009 10:49:35 AM
wow it is.
03/12/2009 09:37:31 AM
Great shot! Nice textures and lighting.
03/12/2009 07:45:56 AM
These guys pose so well! Nice job.
03/12/2009 03:59:07 AM
A nice, sharp eagle photo.
03/12/2009 01:33:27 AM
03/11/2009 11:38:42 PM
majestic and proud..what a lovely portrait!
03/11/2009 08:51:29 PM
Great exposure and details, love the eye
03/11/2009 08:37:35 PM
Sharp and well shot. Nice detail in the feathers. I'd have cropped off a bit of the top, to get the eyes at the upper third line.

Not voting yet.
03/11/2009 05:47:51 PM
Stunning color in the sky really frames this eagle well. Nice sharp focus.
03/11/2009 04:50:11 PM
A little to much space at the top but love the subject. To me it just needs more of a crop.
03/11/2009 02:45:36 PM
great composition, and light, great colors.
03/11/2009 02:45:35 PM
Excellent capture
03/11/2009 03:49:24 AM

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