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June 17, 2011
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Canon
Model
Canon EOS 5D
Shutter Speed
1/197 second
Aperture
F/5.0
Focal Length
200 mm
ISO Speed
3200
Date Taken
May 13, 2011, 7:18:13 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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Aplomado Falcon by mydigitalmind Aplomado Falcon by mydigitalmind
This beautiful falcon is part of the Raptor Project. She is injured and can no longer live in the wild. The lighting was very bad (indoor, artificial) so I relied on high ISO settings to get a decent shutter speed (no more than 1/200 on each photo). Noise was reduced with Define 2.0

Third Place in #Birds-Club Endangered Species contest!
The Aplomado Falcon is classified as endangered in the United States (not worldwide). It was considered extinct in the US in 1951. Reintroduction efforts are currently underway in Texas.

Aplomado Falcon
Raptor Project
Waterman Conservation Education Center
Apalachin, New York
Canon 5D / EF 70-200 F4 L IS USM

Melissa Mancuso Penta // All Rights Reserved
Do not duplicate or distribute this photo without permission

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Very nice portrait of a beautiful animal. The color of the background is very similar to the tones of the bird and creates a soft, warm palette. I like the composition, and one alternative would have been ding this in a vertical framing. But this presentation is totally acceptable.
Define did a great job of the noise, but if you also have Color Efex 3, you can use Tonal Contrast, used as a brush as not to upset the background. It will put back the zest that the noise removal took off the feathers.
The head position is perfect to allow for good focus in the eye and the tip of the bill at the same time. And although the body is slightly turned to the right, the space is left in front of the face. Good choice.
In general, a very pleasing image with impact. The eye speaks for itself.
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
:w00t: This lovely piece has been featured here in The Eyes Have It at :iconanimal-portraits:
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harlia Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow awesome
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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harlia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome :)
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I just adore this shot! The lighting is perfect! :D Great job!!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much!
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome!
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Parabuteo78 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous photo and beautiful bird!
Love the warm colors of these falcons, that you really managed to capture very well.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much!
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LyokoStar Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student General Artist
aplomado falcons are absolutely beautiful. they're my favorite animal- end of story.
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