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Bluebird Ballet
Bluebird Ballet
Len Scap


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Challenge: Animals In Motion (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Canmore Alberta
Date: Apr 26, 2009
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Apr 26, 2009

Captured today while out walking with my wife. The Mountain Bluebirds just came back to the valley this week after wintering somewhere warmer to the south. They are a very unreal looking blue when they are in mating colors,they fade a bit after June.
I cropped this one quite a bit (I shot it with the 100-400mm)I cloned out a barbed wire in the background that he was flying over. I adjusted the saturation, down, actually and did some selective curves to help out the back ground. minor selective color on the background as well.a small bit of dodge and burn on the eye areas.one pass of neat image smoothed the background.Some selective USM on the head and shoulders (just to control the dandruff).Then resized and saved for web. I hope you all like it.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 143
Avg (all users): 6.9888
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 6.6119
Avg (non-participants): 7.2162
Views since voting: 7057
Views during voting: 572
Votes: 178
Comments: 35
Favorites: 10 (view)


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10/19/2009 07:49:36 PM
excellent capture. just gorgeous
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05/27/2009 10:22:47 PM
I have shot just enough "attempts" of birds to know how hard this is. Despite the issues cited, it is a fabulous shot especially his turning I guess. In motion like that is what really makes this shot in my opinion! I see no issues with cropping; I think it accentuates the bird.

Beautiful!
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05/05/2009 06:53:37 AM
Wow this is one of the best photos i ever see on DPC, sorry for not winning, I do alot of birds photography and i know how hard to do a photo like this!!!!!
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05/04/2009 08:18:57 PM
I've looked at this image about fifty times now, and all I can come up with is WOW! Beautiful shot, it's very elegant.
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05/04/2009 02:27:35 PM
Great photo, wonderful colors. Congrats on 6th, Rob.
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05/04/2009 06:29:26 AM
Congrats on the Top10 , this is a FABULOUS shot!!! One of my top 6 scores given.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2009 07:56:44 PM
Amazing shot, I love the contrast. 10
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05/02/2009 09:05:59 PM
excellent
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05/02/2009 07:13:10 PM
Fantastic in flight catch of this guy.The bird himself seems a little grainy, but you probably had a tough time choosing between smoothness and preserving detail. Better than I could do, and still deserves a good vote for what you achieved.
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05/02/2009 12:14:28 PM
Wow! That bird is BLUE! Great pic, I'm rootin for you.
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05/02/2009 11:28:05 AM
Don't like the crop but the pic is full of nice color and detail :)
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05/02/2009 09:01:54 AM
Great shot. A slightly crisper focus would have made it pop out a little better but I'm sure that at that speed that would have been very difficult. That said I love it. Top 10 I hope.
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05/01/2009 09:12:08 PM
Great photo - beautiful color contrast.
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05/01/2009 12:39:39 PM
Great capture,Great title.
What a beautiful shade of blue.
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04/30/2009 04:53:00 PM
impressive capture
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04/30/2009 04:10:46 PM
Wow, what a gorgeous bird! Such vivid blue and you've made the most of it by choosing a contrasting background. The hooked body shape doesn't appeal to me, aesthetically, though I still admire the capture!
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04/30/2009 05:40:36 AM
This really is balletic - lovely, although a little less noise on the bird (there is also the hint of a 'selection' line above the bird's back), and this would have been a 10 from me. As it stands, a solid 8.
Edit - and now bumping to 9!
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04/29/2009 05:01:37 PM
Dang bluebirds are too photogenic by far! Fantastic pose, lighting and complementary background. Might bump the contrast just a touch and sharpen the head more. But this is a stunning shot; I wouldn't be surprised to see it ribbon.
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04/29/2009 03:39:41 PM
super capture
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04/29/2009 03:34:33 PM
Love the color! great pict!! :)
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04/29/2009 01:52:15 PM
Wow how pretty. I feel mesmerized by the blue. What a clear picture and I love the angles. Nice work.
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04/29/2009 10:36:55 AM
Marvellous shot , lovely bokeh , crisp , 9
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04/29/2009 08:02:13 AM
I like this photo for the graceful motion of the bird, the color combination, and the blurred background. Very well executed!
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04/28/2009 11:57:10 PM
Nice contrast.Very good.
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04/28/2009 01:49:23 AM
Lovely capture - beautiful bird.
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04/27/2009 11:10:12 PM
I literally gasped when I say this!! Beautiful!
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04/27/2009 09:19:15 PM
From the thumb I thought this had ribbon all over it. Looking at it, I think it will do well, but the focus is just slightly off (or perhaps its the lens or motion blur). A great pic though. I love the colors and the wings.
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04/27/2009 08:05:25 PM
An Audubon quality capture, this is simple stunning. A perfect background well controlled puts the emphasis on the bird and suits the over all mood of the image perfectly. Rich in detail with no major or minor technical issues. At first, the artistic impression wasn't quite as good, but on a third viewing, this reviewer has changed the rating from a 9 to a 10. A top ten if not a ribbon contender. Well done.
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04/27/2009 04:58:35 PM
one of my picks for a ribbon...9
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04/27/2009 03:52:43 PM
Wonderful use of colours and contrasts. Lighting is real good too.
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04/27/2009 01:27:06 PM
will get the Blue- stunning work !
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04/27/2009 01:14:48 PM
Stunning capture. I know it's not spot-on sharp, but the colors, the lighting, the bokeh, the body position - just glorious. Not voting at the moment.
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04/27/2009 12:49:17 PM
Quite delightful. Your ribbon may well match your bird . .

:- )
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04/27/2009 11:39:06 AM
The complementary colors of the blue with the gold background work well together. Nice capture! 7.

Congrats on your terrific placing! I had bumped this to a 8.

Message edited by author 2009-05-04 00:48:01.
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04/27/2009 09:05:19 AM
pity about the noise. Awesome photo nonetheless.
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