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Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2010-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
Date: Apr 2, 2010
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/332
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2010

Photo modifications:
color balance
curves
duplicate layers, curves to darken one, then used that darkened one as I applied a luminance filter to the more original layer so that it brightened the darker lower image
merge
clarify
usm
resize to sharpen.
resized again for DPC (it's on other galleries)

Yeah, I did a lot to this image...

Statistics
Place: 192 out of 394
Avg (all users): 5.6414
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6635
Avg (non-participants): 5.5854
Views since voting: 899
Views during voting: 220
Votes: 145
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0


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05/08/2010 08:45:17 PM
Originally posted by alfresco:

My opinion on why it scored "low" - no good separation between the subject and the background. That was my first impression when I opened the image, and that impression stuck with me for about five seconds. As voting goes that's about as much time as you get (unfortunately).

In a different environment where the viewer is not constrained by time the "score" (read: overall impression) may be higher.

I still feel the photo's background detracts from the subject instead of enhancing the subject.

Anyway - my two cents! :)


Totally agree ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' alfresco and I'd even go one step further. Isolate and darken the background as much as possible. Leave just a hint of what the background might be so the viewer almost has to guess. The longer someone looks at you photo the higher the score. (Most of the time LOL)
05/08/2010 11:23:54 AM
My opinion on why it scored "low" - no good separation between the subject and the background. That was my first impression when I opened the image, and that impression stuck with me for about five seconds. As voting goes that's about as much time as you get (unfortunately).

In a different environment where the viewer is not constrained by time the "score" (read: overall impression) may be higher.

I still feel the photo's background detracts from the subject instead of enhancing the subject.

Anyway - my two cents! :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2010 10:47:18 AM
I haven't read the thread, but I remember this image - gave it a 7.

Why did it score low? It has edgy processing (not classic, straight photo look), and the whole photo is very artistic - in my view. Here on DPC, the majority of people love stock-like photos. If you look at the eagle shots that do well, they have nothing artistic about them, usually.

5.6 is not shabby for a Free Study - the bar is set very high for this challenge. I think it should have scored better, but I could have told you it wasn't going to - because of what I said above.

However, don't let this influence your style. At some point you have to make the decision if you're going to shoot for the score or shoot for your artistic integrity.
05/08/2010 10:36:37 AM
Beautiful details. But maybe because it's a little dark people didn't look close enough?
Though subtle, the streaming light is pretty awesome.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/04/2010 04:43:11 AM
Nice detail in the feathers.
05/03/2010 04:48:52 PM
Awesome shot. Well done
05/03/2010 04:36:06 AM
wow,,,, "he got killers look",,,, great shot,,,,,,,,,,


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