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Challenge: Free Study 2011-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7
Location: Bosque Del Apache
Date: Jan 21, 2011
Aperture: f/5.3
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/40sec
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2011

This is a near 100% crop of a photo taken with my Lumix FH20 (there is no listing for the FH20, so I selected my LZ7 to hold the prestigious position). The only editing I did was crop, very slightly sharpen it to blacken birds a touch and add border, that's it! The subjects are a bald eagle and a ton of little black birds that flew over and landed in the same tree. The 800 iso and overzealous in-camera sharpening left the photo looking like a painting, something I found quite intriguing, and so I thought I would enter it. Of course I fully expect that it will crash and burn, as the average DPC'r throws lit matches at it ;)

Place: 258 out of 307
Avg (all users): 5.0327
Avg (commenters): 7.8571
Avg (participants): 5.1313
Avg (non-participants): 4.8519
Views since voting: 619
Views during voting: 237
Votes: 153
Comments: 10
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/08/2011 10:58:16 AM
Thanks for all the positive comments. I entered this because I thought it was interesting and was curious if anyone would see that it was in fact sharpened noise that gives it this look. I did not expect it to do well, but just felt it was something that would be appreciated by a few, and it seems that it was.
02/08/2011 01:35:46 AM
I am so in love with this image. The little birds all facing left. The eagle facing right. The blur and poetry, all set against the Belt of Venus.
02/08/2011 01:14:44 AM
Sometimes the camera knows better and is completely happy with its apparent limitations! Love the happening here.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2011 07:26:56 PM
Is the Eagle telling the rest of them to buzz off? If those are crows they may tell him "no!" Or maybe they did, and he's preparing to take off and let them have the stupid tree ;-)
02/06/2011 11:47:01 PM
so beautiful, so unphotographic. I could imagine someone painting this and saying, "see why I don't use a camera?"

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02/06/2011 11:51:07 AM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: This has the quality of watercolour on parchment (I think that is interesting). Looking at the quality of the rendition, it is easy to overlook the subject matter which is, of course, compelling. I particularly like the way the small birds seem to bleed into the background. I also like your composition / framing which I think is bang-on.

Critical stuff: Nothing really.

Overall: Very nice picture.
02/06/2011 10:04:05 AM
Very painterly looking. Nice image.
02/05/2011 12:00:33 AM
Beautiful treatment. Like an oil pastel.
02/04/2011 06:09:51 PM
The thing I find most interesting about this capture is that the lone eagle by itself could bring so much balance to the composition. Nice job.
02/01/2011 01:37:01 AM
The texture of the paper is palpable here. What a lovely watercolor!

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