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Challenge: Animals In Motion (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Honolulu
Date: Apr 26, 2009
Aperture: f 8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Apr 26, 2009

cropped, levels, curves, contrast, dodge/burn, resize, usm, border, sfw

Place: 124 out of 143
Avg (all users): 4.7108
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.5606
Avg (non-participants): 4.8100
Views since voting: 655
Views during voting: 309
Votes: 166
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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05/06/2009 06:55:54 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Initial impression: Basically a good shot, just too much building and too little bird.

Technical: Basially good concept and shot, used ambient lighting, would have scored much higher if bird's feet were in view, maybe some building undeneath bird feet. Glare on wings may have hurt too.

Artistic: I like this shot in terms of POV, dof good but probably a little soft. Looks too much like a snapshot. Next time, just take a deep breath, relax, and hold down the shutter release button. Catch the bird climbing upwards. If you have time, set camera to continuous mode (check manual) and try that.

Overall: a very good attempt at a fairly tough challenge, cause voters want to see a clear shot of the subject but an oof background. You gave them both, but it's simply too low in the shot to make an impact.

FWIW: Keep shooting. Don't just shoot one shot of anything, shoot at least a dozen. Then look at them carefully, individually, and find the one that keeps cropping up and resonates with you as the best shot, the best capture. Then enter it.

Feel free to PM me with any questions,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2009 08:52:28 PM
Oh... if only the rest of the feet were there, this would score much more highly.

As it is, I like it... it makes me cheer for him/her to go higher.
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04/29/2009 11:00:30 PM
Nice Idea, but cropping off the feet doesn't help. Also would have had it more to the right, so that it was ascending to the top left corner of the image
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04/29/2009 12:27:27 PM
great perspective. I'm sure there is a good reason why to cut off the legs. May be a little too bright on the wings. But it's not disturbing as it builds a good strong contrast to the windows in the BG
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04/29/2009 10:35:58 AM
the bird's focus is not crisp enough. lack of details on the bird. The bird is placed a little too low in the shot and the cropped legs does not help the composition. 5
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04/28/2009 07:32:03 PM
Not quite to the same level of expertise as some of the other avian images in this challenge, the image is technically flawed in a couple of ways due to a difficult lighting situation leading to rather flat and dull coloring and lack of detail in the bird. The image is too tall to be effective and while the author has matched the title to the image, it just falls short of being truly effective in the artistic sense. Images like this are always difficult and the author has done well capturing a spur of the moment image. A good effort that might have been improved with a little more patience waiting for a different angle and lighting.
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04/28/2009 07:57:15 AM
Not sure if this does it for me. There might a little too much free space at the top.
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04/28/2009 12:37:27 AM
Good shot with the blurred building background.
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04/27/2009 11:32:07 AM
I find the highlights a bit too washed out for my taste
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