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She's a Gem
She's a Gem
scottieham


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM for Canon
Location: NJ
Date: Mar 2, 2009
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2009

Thank you everyone for the amazing comments. I am very flattered by many of the comments and I only hope that I can create images that you will continue to enjoy. I am extremely happy with my new PB and such a high finish :-)

Statistics
Place: 57 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.5954
Avg (commenters): 7.7407
Avg (participants): 6.5753
Avg (non-participants): 6.7162
Views since voting: 2339
Views during voting: 762
Votes: 519
Comments: 94
Favorites: 8 (view)


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09/07/2009 11:47:43 AM
spectacular shot! I don't do many sitting bird shots, because I'm so fascinated with the flying. But this reminds me how wonderful a perching bird shot can be!!
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09/06/2009 10:40:45 PM
beautiful DOf, nice bird pose, well done
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09/06/2009 11:18:38 AM
Great image; the high score was well deserved.
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09/06/2009 02:30:00 AM
Absolutely marvelous -- the detail, the color, the background, the composition, the subject -- everything about it.
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09/05/2009 09:05:33 PM
I can't stop looking at this; it's really beautiful.
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03/24/2009 02:47:53 PM
Wow!! this is so beautiful, a Gem indeed ;)
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03/21/2009 08:36:11 AM
So glad u posted worth every bit of your score and then some.
Excellent detail..
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03/18/2009 02:48:50 PM
She reminds me of the Queen Mother all puffed up and with that peak on her head... I took a male cardinal at about forty feet away last week and was delighted to have done that well. This is a beautiful example of photography and I can't imagine improving on it in any way. Even the little branch is perfectly positioned. Bravo.
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03/18/2009 04:31:18 AM
Aww !! I am so dissapointed with where this ended. Fantastic bird shot. Gave you a 9.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:54:03 PM
I'm not a bird photographer, but I have tried and I have a couple of nice shots. I've got just enough experience to realize how hard it is. This capture is absolutely amazing in it's detail, and lighting. You must have had a great overcast day for this photo. No glare spots on the beak or feathers, which is near impossible to control. Well done, 10 from me!
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03/17/2009 11:35:38 PM
One of the best bird shots I have ever seen --- and I love bird shots. Tack sharp, nice colors and lighting, and a GREAT capture in terms of the bird's expression. You are very talented.
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03/17/2009 11:31:19 PM
One of the best bird pictures I've seen on DPC.
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03/17/2009 10:22:55 PM
This is worthy of being in a book about birds.
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03/17/2009 10:04:29 PM
Who? Who is there? This is absolutely wonderful - shallow DOF, but entire bird in focus. Unusual pose, great detail on feathers.
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03/17/2009 09:26:28 PM
One of the most beautiful birds in my opinion. Great capture, crop, focus, color and lighting. Nice capture.
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03/17/2009 09:17:35 PM
nice shot. glad you used the whole 720. can only imagine what the detail is like large, but it bet its incredible.
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03/17/2009 06:19:20 PM
Nice capture and very interesting to look at
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03/17/2009 05:17:14 PM
great details.... nice work.
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03/17/2009 03:29:29 PM
So sweet.
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03/17/2009 02:52:24 PM
Very nice bird shot, great clarity and texture in the feathers, great DOF.
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03/17/2009 02:07:14 PM
looks like she is trying to "puff up" to keep warm...wonderful shot...really like the colors/tones and cropping...excellent
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03/17/2009 12:41:12 PM
She IS a gem, no doubt about it!! Great job!
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03/17/2009 12:32:21 PM
Good composition. Outstanding detail in the shot. Very nice work.
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03/17/2009 09:48:56 AM
Tack sharp, great colors +1
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03/17/2009 02:41:37 AM
OMG ... HOW GORGEOUS IS THIS LITTLE BIRD .. !!!!
the details are incredible and i love his pose .. :)
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03/17/2009 01:45:08 AM
Beautiful shot, lovely detail and dof.
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03/16/2009 09:48:35 PM
Wonderful shot, crisp and clear! 10-good luck!
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03/16/2009 02:45:39 PM
Wonderful clarity
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03/16/2009 01:40:43 PM
Oh I love it. Great composition. The details are prefect.
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03/16/2009 12:02:49 PM
Voted earlier coming back to leave comments. Fabulous detail in the feathers and body of this little bird! Love how we can see the fine textures of the feathers in this close-up shot! The coloration around it's face and the shape of the beak as well as the stare makes me think that this little bird is very grumpy and angry at our intrusion:-)
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03/16/2009 12:00:45 PM
great shot!
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03/16/2009 10:59:40 AM
Perfect focus/dof and I love the natural tones. Great job on the comp too - it fills the frame beautifully. Outstanding shot!
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03/16/2009 09:20:48 AM
Nice shot - Beautiful bird. Love how crisp and detailed. Great color. 9
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03/16/2009 04:10:23 AM
nice shot
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03/16/2009 03:34:34 AM
just beautiful and so sharp well done
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03/15/2009 11:41:48 PM
I'm hoping to leave comments on as many photo's in this challenge as possible... out of (currently) 1124 images, I gave 30 of them a 9. Your image was one of those 30.

I'm a real bird lover, and a sucker for close up birdie portraits. There are a few in this challenge, but this one excels. She is indeed a gem. The crop is perfect, and the colour palate is so subtle yet effective. It's hard to predict the top photos where there are over a thousand to choose from, but this is surely top 20 material.

Good luck for a strong finish in this challenge.
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03/15/2009 10:48:33 PM
Isn't she though? I love the various textures on her feathers. Nice close up
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03/15/2009 10:47:37 PM
Cool shot. Love the feather detail.
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03/15/2009 09:39:35 PM
She's very pretty but she looks like she's not happy! Maybe she hates paparazzi? ;)
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03/15/2009 08:52:44 PM
Love the detail on the bird and the DOF.
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03/15/2009 08:38:28 PM
Wonderful. Such detail and what a cool expresion.
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03/15/2009 07:04:10 PM
A true gem in the model and the perfect photo.
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03/15/2009 03:23:55 PM
Amazing capture, the sharpness and DOF are awesome!!
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03/15/2009 02:38:29 PM
Beautiful! Very well done--nice soft colors.
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03/15/2009 12:00:34 PM
yes she is! wonderful nature shot
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03/15/2009 10:23:36 AM
I'm the biggest fan of bird pictures but this one does stand out for the full frame and wonderful pin sharp focus. Well done and good luck for the rest of the challenge.
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03/15/2009 08:55:39 AM
Oh I love cardinals, I wish we had them here!! This is so clear and beautiful.

Back to vote, I gave this a 9.
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03/15/2009 05:27:47 AM
pretty nice
6 from me
brano
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03/14/2009 08:23:33 PM
Cozy.
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03/14/2009 08:07:23 PM
Great detail!
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03/14/2009 07:36:40 PM
Gorgeous shot. You did such a good job on the DOF so that the whole bird is in focus but the entire background is gone.
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03/14/2009 05:37:00 PM
I love how he's all puffed up against the cold. Nice details.
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03/14/2009 08:48:44 AM
Superb and beautifully detailed bird image. Excellent background bokeh. 9
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03/14/2009 04:38:22 AM
wow, very in your face and she looks pissed. brilliant shot , wonderful details, 9
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03/13/2009 08:52:19 PM
She is indeed! Excellent capture!! 9
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03/13/2009 07:38:20 PM
Fantastic details and super subtle colours. Yes, she really is a gem. Hope this does well for you - it deserves to.
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03/13/2009 05:37:55 PM
Well composed, great colors and DOF. A very nice portrait.
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03/13/2009 05:21:22 PM
She's puffy; must have been cold. Nice eye contact and feather detail.
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03/13/2009 05:16:48 PM
Beautiful details and wonderful composition. The oof background compliments the image. Boy she looks cold and sleepy! Congrats.
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03/13/2009 05:11:23 PM
Beautiful capture! The details in the feathers is great! Very clear capture.
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03/13/2009 03:41:54 PM
beautiful image of a young female cardinal. excellent in a bird book. dof, colors, focus all spot on. well done! 8
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03/13/2009 02:34:06 PM
An incredible photo. Among the best inthe challenge.
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03/13/2009 01:33:00 PM
she certainly is a gem. i love the detail on the feathers!
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03/13/2009 09:39:55 AM
Great detail in the feathers and nice dof
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03/13/2009 08:45:58 AM
Perfect focus and the subject is gorgeous. I love the background. Its a definate 10.
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03/13/2009 08:29:09 AM
Indeed she is :-) superb detail. Nice crop.
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03/13/2009 04:11:33 AM
Nice detail
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03/12/2009 10:22:46 PM
Just beautiful with this colors, background and details.
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03/12/2009 03:25:55 PM
Beautiful capture
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03/12/2009 02:06:10 PM
Tight crop and good color. Maybe a bit more focus on the facial area would help.
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03/12/2009 10:04:48 AM
beautiful bird image, love the top of her head, it's almost like she did her hair for this picture, and you've got great detail in the wings
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03/12/2009 09:42:01 AM
Simply excellent. Cynthia?
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03/12/2009 05:55:27 AM
Just perfect capture - look like a expensive lense u got there
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03/12/2009 05:01:10 AM
What a charming and delightful bird - excellent shot of this creature!
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03/12/2009 01:10:36 AM
What a cute bird, well framed, espoused and presented. I like the composition here. Well done!
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03/11/2009 11:51:47 PM
Wonderful shot, his expression is strong
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03/11/2009 11:19:06 PM
really nice! love the tones!
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03/11/2009 11:02:25 PM
Nice - crisp
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03/11/2009 07:25:09 PM
Yup, not an easy catch...good job.
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03/11/2009 06:57:25 PM
He looks cold- scrunched up to keep warm. Nicely done.
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03/11/2009 06:36:14 PM
Fantastic wildlife photo. Beautiful bird, great lighting and composition. All around perfect photo in my book.
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03/11/2009 06:18:30 PM
wow, how lucky were you to get that close? Or lucky to zoom in and snap before it flew away? =) anyway, excellent image.
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03/11/2009 05:35:03 PM
Nice capture of this female cardinal. Lacks the brilliance of the male, but still an excellent capture, and beautiful bird.
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03/11/2009 03:36:57 PM
Great bokeh, good eye contact, and feather detail it terrific.
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03/11/2009 03:35:08 PM
Excellent focus and DOF. You caught the bird with the mohawk hairstyle looking over it's shoulder right at you. Great greyed out background.
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03/11/2009 02:55:01 PM
great composition and nice shot
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03/11/2009 02:37:32 PM
She looks super puffy.
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03/11/2009 01:52:17 PM
That, she is! Beautiful photo!
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03/11/2009 10:41:38 AM
Wonderful photo! If I were to nitpick, I would like to see some more catchlight in her eyes.
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03/11/2009 08:21:36 AM
Superb capture, excellent focus and DOF and pose
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03/11/2009 07:41:58 AM
excellent cardinal
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03/11/2009 06:25:07 AM
Indeed! :)
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03/11/2009 01:05:58 AM
Oh, the things that this little birdy seems to say! I know, she says "I'm a perfect 10," right?
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03/11/2009 12:24:58 AM
Yes she is. Very sharp and clear, well done.
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