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Fight Night At The Flamingo

Fight Night At The Flamingo
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-08-25 16:40
Viewed: 4269
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another archive find. This is the Caribbean Flamingo, from Whipsnade Wild Animal Park. Whipsnade is only 20 minutes from my home, so I like to get up there on a good day (not during the school holidays when it's a bit to busy).
The BG desaturation is a bit of an experiment, I know it's not perfect, and I might even have another go at it sometime. What do you think.....honestly?

I have posted the original as a WS.

Here and Here are links to previous post of this Flamingo, with full notes.

Thanks for looking. Just one more day, then Hooray for a long weekend!

marhowie, Luc, Janice, thistle, TAZ, dew77, Comandante, ddg, red45, Eko, coasties, carper, Paulosousa, law, twin has marked this note useful
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To manyee: Thanks Manyeeliquidsunshine 1 08-26 19:51
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  • zakiwi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 20 N: 274] (1309)
  • [2005-08-25 16:50]

Hey Alan,

This is stunning. I really like the composition. The desaturation of the background really does make this a magnificent shot. Well done

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  • momos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 55 N: 171] (705)
  • [2005-08-25 16:51]

Μου αρέσει Alan το παιχνίδι του αποχρωματισμού που έκανες!!!
Η φωτογραφία σου είναι πολύ ωραία.
Μπράβο!!! (gr)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-25 16:52]
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Hey Alan,

This is great! How did you do this? Did you use the lassotool or did you use layers? Tell me please, I love this kinda of art and I am trying to do this myself for ages. The picture itself is also stunning; sharp details, great colors and very well composed. Good POV and DOF also. Well done my friend! Well done & TFS!


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-08-25 17:13]

Hi Alan,
Beautiful composition!
Very good colour and very nice poses.
Excellent work!

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-08-25 17:14]

Splendidly I find this photograph sharp , also very beautiful of colour top photograph!! Groetjes Lia

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-25 18:49]

Alan, the idea is very nice. Besides, it does work well here.

Great sharpness, colors and pov.

These birds (I've never seen one of them) are very beautiful, and you did a great job.

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-08-25 20:34]

very artistic shot Alan, L like the black and white BG and the effect that made with the pink of the bird. Very sharp to, Well done

Amazing PP work, Alan! How do you desaturate the background, do you use the loop tool around the middle flamingos? I think your PP work made the shot much more interesting. Good crop too. TFS!

Your friend from the land of blues and barbecue,


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-25 21:44]

Very clever Alan. Your experiment has worked out well. I love it and it is 100% better than mine as I can't do anything like this at all. Good composition and the colours perfect (for the orange ones!) The original is good too. Well done, and TFS.

Hi Alan,
I really like the technique you used in this composition. I am very impressed at your selecting abilities... it looks perfect to me. The colorful flamingos look even more stunning. Very well done! Thanks for the inspiration :-)

Very nice picture, Alan.
Well composed and good details.
You did a goof PP for this.
Well done.

Hi Alan. What a stunning photo. I really like the effect of the desaturated BG. All I can think of is... how long did it take you to select the two colored flamingoes? The two colorful flamingoes are very well captured, with sharp details and beautiful light. I absolutely love the pose of the two flamingoes in front, especially the one on the left. Congratulations for a flawless masterpiece. TFS. : )

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-26 2:52]

Belle composition et post traitement original. I Like it. Thank...

I love this idea!
You've changed very busy photo in something very clear, but also arty and beautiful. The cropping also helps a lot to get this.
The photo has great visual impact and it was, no doubt, worth these 20 min ;)
I like it very much.

Have a great weekend!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-26 3:48]

Hello Alan!
Very nice capture.Colors,POV,lighting,sharpness,DOF,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hello Alan!
Wonderful capture.Colors,lighting,DOF,POV and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-26 4:09]

Woow ! What a stunning picture ! Good idea this desaturation of the background. The poses of the 2 colored birds are very well. Congratulations Alan !!!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-26 4:23]

Bonjour Alan, it's a very nice composition (BW for the BG and pink color). I like this effect. The attitude of two flamingo is amazing!! Very well done. Didier.

Hi Alan, Gotta go..I honestly think it's great, Dramatic and unusual effect here..

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-26 4:59]

Excellent work Alan. Your picture shows us how to turn common picture into exceptional picture. Ashen BG and two perfectly composed red birds on FG - it works superb! I like it very, very much!

ps. take a look here - http://www.treklens.com/gallery/Europe/Poland/photo49022.htm
I tried similiar effect with flower some time ago.

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-08-26 5:00]

Hi Alan!
Wonderful post.I liked vivid colors,sharpness and composition very much.Thanks for posting.

I really like this one. The pink (or whatever you want to call it) goes very well with the monochrome. I prefer this to the original, because, like you say, it was a bit busy. Very sharp and contrasty. Still think the off-centre frame looks like a mistake, though!

Hi Alan

Perfect shot. Love the colours. I like the desaturation on=f the BG. Nice effect. Well done. Sorry for the quick critique. At the airport awaiting our flight home :-(

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-26 14:11]

yes I like it Alan,
the idea have I done self one time, but not so good as you did here, very good composition, fantastic colours and black and white, very good frame, good job,
gr. jaap

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  • law Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 2 N: 7] (87)
  • [2005-08-27 10:17]

Beautiful shot. I like the PP work. Great colours and lighting. The composition is good as well. well done!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-28 2:42]

"What do you think.....honestly?"
Alan, I think that TrekLens is a better place to post this experiment. I know the time it takes in PP to achieve it but... it is not very 'natural'. I know my long exposition shots are not very 'natural' too but I did not spent my time in PP. The result are from the camera, not from Photoshop.
I apreciate your skills of photographer. I do not want to hurt you but I think what I think and I wrote it. I give you the 2 points to compensate for the photos which deserve more than 2 small ones.
Have a wonderfull week!

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-08-29 11:25]

very nice work Alan... nice idea as well... :))
by this work the two in front became more attractive...
I like it much..
thanks a lot for sharing ...

It's called color masking and I like it a lot. This really works well with the cluttered birds and brings out the two birds nicely. Nicely done, alan.

Hi Alan,
Great shot, your choice of desaturation was correct. So you give us here a great moment of flamigo's live.
Thanks for your visit

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-19 20:36]

Hi Alan,
Very nice photo i like the desaturation a lot ! the composition, colours & sharpness are great, very well done!

Greetings from Canada,

Hi Alan,
what a nice capture at flamingos "Fight Club" :)
vertical shot is perfect for the scene and good idea to isolate the two fighting birds. Nicely captured and presented!

Wooow, A very romantic moment.Your background change make this romantic moment a fantastic shot.Very welldone and TFS.Points tomorrow again;)

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