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Ghosts of Pigeons Past
Ghosts of Pigeons Past
sfalice


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Challenge: Pigeons (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Baylands Preserve
Date: Jul 15, 2009
Aperture: f18
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/20th
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jul 16, 2009

Convert from RAW, CROP, Selective Colors, Noise Ninja, Sharpen, Topaz Adjust. remove lots of sensor spots.
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I love to take portraits with a long lens.

[Jul. 28th, 2009 11:45:21 AM]

Ah, the eye membrane. I thought it might be controversal, and it is. Of course I did it deliberately, as it set the mood I was going for. This is the kind of art I try to create, where it causes a little discussion.

In any event, others in the series did not have the half-mast membrane and I discarded them.

Thanks to all for the many comments. This was a fun challenge.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 61
Avg (all users): 6.2019
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.1176
Avg (non-participants): 6.2179
Views since voting: 1064
Views during voting: 377
Votes: 213
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0


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07/31/2009 07:42:41 PM
I love the colors and DOF in this one Alice, great work.
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07/30/2009 04:23:36 PM
This was one of 3 images to which I gave a 9. Lovely light, nice sharpness of detail, love the half lidded eye and the background is great!
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07/29/2009 01:26:04 AM
I love the evil eye! Beautiful bokeh too -- makes the background look like a painting. The only criticism I found was the halo on the back of the birds head. Otherwise, cool shot!
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07/29/2009 01:22:49 AM
Eye-catching(!): the partially open/closed nictitating membrane simply gives the nod/wink to this being not at all what it might at first seem. Wit and whimsy, graphically lush.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/28/2009 08:47:59 PM
Evocative.
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07/28/2009 08:26:45 PM
Cool title for this image.
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07/28/2009 06:59:41 PM
Interesting colour and composition. Love the soft background with hints of other pigeons. The bird's stare is almost scarry. A moment well captured.
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07/28/2009 10:52:59 AM
The eye is pretty distracting.
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07/27/2009 10:17:31 PM
It's too bad the nictitating membrane wasn't fully retracted.
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07/26/2009 09:24:31 AM
I like the yellows in the background and how they contrast with the blues. Too bad about the hot spot on the right.
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07/25/2009 08:33:27 PM
I love this one. Probably my favorite in the challenge. I love the details in the feathers and I love the eye. I also love the oof birds in the background. I'll have to check back to see what kind of equipment you used. Only minor critisim is that the top of the beak is a little blown out. I never would have noticed though if I wasn't looking for something to critisize. Great shot.
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07/25/2009 01:55:30 AM
How dare YOU!
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07/24/2009 10:01:44 PM
Excellent timing to get the pigeon in half blink!
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07/24/2009 11:20:02 AM
Great detail
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07/23/2009 06:23:37 PM
Love the depth of field used here. Just not sure about the eye not being all the way open, it's like he's trying to read your mind (lol).
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07/23/2009 11:34:16 AM
Woah your pigeon is evil! Like its plotting the destruction of mankind. Lovely Bokeh, but somethind is up with the feathers? too sharp? 8 from me.
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07/23/2009 10:48:34 AM
This is a superb portrait. It's the out of focus birds in the background that make it special. They are so well positioned. What well trained birds.
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07/22/2009 11:47:38 AM
The transparent eyelid coming up over the eye is quite remarkable. 8
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07/22/2009 02:50:28 AM
VERY cool use of pigeon bokeh!! And nifty that you caught the eyelid half closed - nice glow! Very cool pigeon shot indeed!
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