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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
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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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DutchOrca 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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Micromosaico Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very beautiful photo
can i make a painting with this picture?
thanks Luigina
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the comment and for asking. You can make a painting, however, if posted online, please link to the original. I see you are new to deviantart - I really hope you decide to submit it here so that I can see it! Even if you do not submit it here, if you put it online, please send a link - would LOVE to see it!
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StrictlyAshleyDee Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous. Excellent capture.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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StrictlyAshleyDee Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Flarimar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Writer
Wonderful picture!!!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!!
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Flarimar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Writer
Welcome!!!
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Abigtreehugger Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a beautiful photograph of a very beautiful Falcon, you have captuered the plumage extremly well and the plumage is in incredible condition. The out off focus background colours work well with the plumage of the falcon.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much!
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Abigtreehugger Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
your most welcome. :iconthumbplz:
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Love this, it got my vote :)
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww thanks!!
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
My pleasure :)
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satishverma Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Looking so great.
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mansaards Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
You have done a great job under difficult conditions. A great shot of this stunning falcon. Val
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Val! Still wish I could photograph her in bright conditions!
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fashioneyes Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
beautiful
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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RichardConstantinoff Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunnig capture !
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Sparrowhawk389 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic photo, such a gorgeous bird
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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ChipDurham Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
She is soo beautiful, Magnificent photo!!!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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CatWolfWarrior Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, when I saw this, I knew I had to comment! What a beautiful creature and quality!!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! This was a very striking bird!
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CatWolfWarrior Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very much so! :D
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Wytch1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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garion Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow she's a beauty! :heart: And yes I know how crappy indoor lighting is so its tough to get a good shot. But you managed to do it here! Lovely closeup!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! She is an extremely striking bird, I do wish I could have had shots of her in better light though to capture the colors better :(
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Sushi-666 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
The background colours match in perfectly with the bird, it looks great
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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terceleto Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm going to have to try to make it to this Raptor Project... Aplomados are absolutely gorgeous birds, which I have the pleasure of caring for 6 of the dears at the present :)
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
IT really is a great presentation all around!
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Wytch1 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous image, the background complements him perfectly :clap:
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Wytch1 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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Pritoj Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
just perfect focus!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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Camera Data

Make
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
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
Sensor Size
7mm
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