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Wet Tufted Titmouse
Wet Tufted Titmouse
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Challenge: Portrait Of A Wild Bird (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Mullica Hill, NJ
Date: Dec 26, 2009
Aperture: f/ 8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60 sec.
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Dec 27, 2009

Well...around here is pigeons, an occasional robin and tons of sparrows. But we went to my brother and sister-in-law's place for an open house yesterday. They have 3.5 acres of woods surrounding there augmented cape cod cottage. It is very serene. But it was pouring all day. They are avid bird watchers and have 3/4 feeders on their deck in the back of the house and about a two foot roof eve off the back of the house of the deck so I was able to stay relatively dry while shooting. I saw a red headed woodpecker, chicadees, a wren or two, couple of turtle doves and a squirrel on or around the feeders. Hmmm. Well I caught a chicadee and this on the branches around away from the feeders so I hope it is OK. If not....well Merry Christmas to you.

Post: Camera raw adjustments in PSElements 6.0.
2 crops
Spot healed/cloned dust, couple of blurry distracting dots, probably water drops (did I mention it was pouring all day) and a small distracting discernible twig left over from one of the many crops at bottom left.
Layer adjustments for levels, brightness/contrast and hue/saturation.
Duplicate layer and did a color curves adjustment using the increase contrast default and merged, normal blend mode 80% opacity.
3 more crops.
Selected the background, leaving the front most branches and the bird and applied NI.
Selected inverse and adjust sharpness.
Resise.
USM.
Selective blur bottom of long diagonal branch and one small brance below it left of center.

Statistics
Place: 99 out of 138
Avg (all users): 5.4368
Avg (commenters): 6.5833
Avg (participants): 5.2647
Avg (non-participants): 5.5328
Views since voting: 599
Views during voting: 339
Votes: 190
Comments: 12
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/02/2010 11:16:06 AM
I really like the composition and the feeling of this. Just too dark.
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01/01/2010 07:03:48 PM
Like the water droplets.
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12/30/2009 04:13:20 PM
one of my favorites - 10
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12/30/2009 02:54:29 PM
Nice comp, image is a bit dark, 6
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12/30/2009 12:21:27 PM
Beautiful light and clarity for a very dark image. I like the atmosphere.
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12/29/2009 09:09:12 PM
It's very dark on my screen. Looks interesting though...
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12/29/2009 06:28:48 PM
Nice capture. Good composition but looks a little dark overall. Maybe just my monitor.
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12/29/2009 02:08:49 PM
I love these little guys with their big eyes. And they're quick, so nice job capturing this one. Torn between liking the water drops on the branches and wanting a tighter crop on the bird to make it more portrait-y ... think for this challenge I'd prefer a tighter crop. Maybe only keep a couple of drops and crop tighter bottom and left.
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12/29/2009 01:41:13 PM
I quite like the way the feet stand out, and the few wee drops of water the way they catch the light.
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12/29/2009 10:40:57 AM
Interesting shot despite the low light.
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12/28/2009 04:19:59 PM
Nice low key shot... I like the water drops too as they add real feel to this image.
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12/28/2009 12:08:52 AM
I like the darkness in this...nice composition 8
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