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  #123 Best of the Challenge Period
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Phantom of the Opera       ©2013 wrosenthal
Panasonic DMC-FZ150       3rd place, 175 points
1/800s, f5.6, ISO 100, ?, Shutter Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Developed from RAW in Silkypix. Cropped, exposure adjustment and background color adjustment. All in PS3.       Extra Info: Heerman's Gull at Alsilomar, California
 
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pap
Feb 12, 2013
    Really liked this! Thought perhaps it would have placed higher. Beautiful BIF!
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Adirondack Gal
Feb 12, 2013
    Congratulations on your finish.

mrsawyer
Feb 12, 2013
    A bronze medal for you! Congrats!

Lo
Feb 11, 2013
    Well done! I'm sure not surprised you placed so well!

wrosenthal
Feb 11, 2013
    Thanks to all for the constructive and positive comments. I liked this one myself, but I am still surprised that it did this well.

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mrsawyer
Feb 11, 2013
    Almost all is great here! Love the colors and sharp focus. Something tells me that more negative space on the left instead of the right would have worked better here. Try it and let me know how it looks!

Mepo
Feb 10, 2013
    I love the moment. One wing stretched out and catching the light, the other showing texture and flexibility. Excellent title choice. I'm getting a slight glint from one eye that makes a lot of difference too. Great capture!

PhillipW
Feb 9, 2013
    Very dramatic and a great title. Detail and sharpness are spot on, well done.

Lo
Feb 9, 2013
    I'm always impressed by pictures of birds in flight. It's a real art to track them and capture them in a photo.

doto
Feb 9, 2013
    Great catch, and if done with a FZ a rel achievement, maybe a little over processed but still remarkable!

LaRee
Feb 9, 2013
    Phantom of the Opera is a perfect title. We call these guys "Sea Rats" around my neck of the woods. They were a terror on the lunch court when I was growing up. :-)

sammybeckham
Feb 8, 2013
    Well caught in flight

Jade O.
Feb 8, 2013
    No question the phantom appellation fits. Now about the blown highlight... Nice capture.

forkcandles
Feb 8, 2013
    Most pictures of this type of bird shows them on the ground tucking to whats left
this is a image showing not only the beak but the powerful wings

wrosenthal
Feb 8, 2013
    Thanks for the comment Elliott. I think you misunderstand. I did not do anything extreme with the background color. It is just a bit darkened to help set the mood of what is an interpretive photograph. I have done many shots of birds in their natural environments. In this case my intent was to use the bird metaphorically.

elliott
Feb 7, 2013
    don't mess with background color. it never does justice to a great capture like this and the bird almost looks pasted on to the background. a great in flight capture and i'd like to see the unedited version.
(sunday night.... in my favorites)
Edited on Feb 10, 2013
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