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Don't Mess with da Boys!
Don't Mess with da Boys!

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Challenge: Pigeons (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Location: Bracknell Town Center
Date: Jul 19, 2009
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Jul 19, 2009

Cropped and straightened horizon, upped exposure, blacks, clarity, sharpness in RAW
curves, levels, dodge and burn layer, b&w with a mask to keep colour in graffiti top right. Noise ninja on a new layer with a mask to exclude the front bird. Flatten, add vignette on a new layer with a mask to exclude the front bird, resize, noise ninja, border, save.

Place: 15 out of 61
Avg (all users): 5.9151
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.9722
Avg (non-participants): 5.9034
Views since voting: 807
Views during voting: 424
Votes: 212
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/30/2009 04:15:54 PM
I was one of your 3 tens! (And it was the only 10 I gave in this challenge).
I really love this one, I thought it would rank much higher!
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07/29/2009 09:32:44 AM
The time has come for your Critique Club comment!

Your subject quite obviously meets the challenge, which is always a nice start. What is really interesting about your shot to me, however, is the selective saturation. Keeping the one bit of graffiti colored draws attention to it very well, but at the same time doesn’t steal the show from the front and center pigeon. Your title really helps to make the photo, which for some voters might be a negative. Having said that, I think your title is great and I really like it. The stance of the pigeons is perfect for this, and the graffiti in the background and street setting really make it look as though they’re trying to be tough. Great use of humor here. I like the offset subject, and the choice for aperture was perfect, keeping the background pigeons and graffiti in sufficient focus to be recognizable but not distracting.
My only issue for this shot is that the focus could have been a bit sharper on the lead bird, there seems to be a small bit of softness on the eyes. Maybe a high pass filter or maybe the noise ninja was a bit overdone?
All in all, good job.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/28/2009 05:29:50 PM
nice angle!
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07/28/2009 10:52:51 AM
Looks more like "Pigeon Pilates" class. Pretty cool.
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07/27/2009 11:03:41 PM
I like the fact that all pigeons seem to head the same way.
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07/25/2009 04:06:21 PM
Nice picture - but I wish you hadn't done the selective sat...
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07/25/2009 01:55:33 AM
Pigeon hobos
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07/23/2009 08:37:59 PM
Ok, simply put, freaking awesome shot!!! I only had 2 10's and this was one of them. I love the composition, and I think the graffiti really sets it off. This better Ribbon!!!
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07/23/2009 11:40:36 AM
This is great, pigeons in a rugged city life, low contrast looks great. Title matches the image too! 8
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07/22/2009 01:19:45 PM
I like the short dof.
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07/22/2009 09:32:17 AM
Like the selective desat!
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07/22/2009 05:13:17 AM
nice depth of field
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07/22/2009 04:57:00 AM
lots of attitude, good viewpoint
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07/22/2009 04:41:05 AM
Heh!! Definitely fun. I like that you left that wee bit of graffiti with some color (and I normally don't like selective desat) - works well with your gang theme here. That, and your lead pigeons definitely has a "don't mess with me" stance thing going on.
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