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Vulture Attack   Featured in Digital Darkroom #060
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Vulture Attack
Vulture Attack
aperture f8, shutter 1/250, lens 300mm, location - San Diego Wild Life Park, Southern California

Filters and Lighting effects done in PhotoShop CS2
© Gunther Allen
Nikon D100 Digital...

 
 
 
Isabel C. Rodriguez
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    Amazing capture, great timing, well framed! Lighting and color are striking!

1/6/2008 7:20:23 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you Isabel - It was an amazing bird with such vivid colors!

1/6/2008 7:22:26 PM

 
Linda Proctor
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Wow, Gunther, Incredible color and light!!

1/6/2008 7:32:27 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you - I actually rendered the lighting effect in Photoshop to accent the vulture and darken the background.

1/6/2008 7:35:12 PM

 
Tarun Bose
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Excellent capture with beautiful lighting. Lovely colours. Well done Gunther.

1/6/2008 7:56:40 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you Tarun and Happy New Year to you!

1/6/2008 8:00:33 PM

 
BILLY R. PARKER
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BEAUTIFULLY CAPTURED GUNTHER !! I LIKE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS IMAGE !! BILLY

1/6/2008 8:08:16 PM

 
Brian Smyer
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Well done. Beautiful image. Great colors and clarity.

1/6/2008 8:44:43 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you so much Brian and Billy!

1/6/2008 9:55:49 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Great light, colors, pose & clarity!

1/7/2008 2:23:43 AM

 
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Wow for a vulture this looks like elegance. I like what you have done with your filters and lighting effects. Nice work.

1/7/2008 3:06:38 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you, judges! This is the first time I've received such a nice comment from you and I have to say that it made my day! The original photo, although good in composition, lacked the background dynamics that I wanted. I spent hours messing around with the filters, which taught me a lot about what I will do the next time. I've taken years of Photoshop classes, but rarely do I apply the things that I've learned. It seems that you get into a comfort zone with your work and then get caught doing the things that are most familiar. I thing that I've learned a lesson on getting out of that comfort zone a little to at least experiment more. Again, thank you so much for your comment!
Gunther

1/7/2008 6:35:32 PM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Gunther this is a beauty!!! I do wish you posted your work at PSD just so we could see it! Congratulations on this beauty!!!!!

2/22/2008 3:24:45 PM

 
Carla Metzler
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Congratulations, Gunther! Great capture!

2/22/2008 3:48:14 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thanks so much Carla and Linda -- Once I get the time to place an album of my work at PSD I will also include a short bio like I do in the featured artist area. I would like to enter photos just for comments and feedback!

2/22/2008 6:01:59 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations!

2/23/2008 5:09:35 AM

 
Marcel J. Fernandez
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Splendid capture Gunther! A big congratulations to you and continued success.

2/23/2008 8:07:56 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on this incredible finalist, Gunther!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2/23/2008 8:09:10 AM

 
Gunther Allen
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An honor to be chosen and thank you so much Tiia and Marcel!

2/23/2008 8:09:32 AM

 
Gunther Allen
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I must have been tying at the same time... Thank you Patrick! LOL

2/23/2008 8:10:34 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Congratulations Gunther! Who would ever thought that a vulture would be beautiful!
Now, I need a lesson on backgrounds! :)

jo ann c.

2/24/2008 4:34:05 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Beautiful work, Gunther! Congratulations!

2/24/2008 3:04:18 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you Christopher and Jo Ann!

2/24/2008 3:27:46 PM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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WOW! Gorgeous Gunther!!! Congrats on your Finalist!

3/12/2008 6:01:39 AM

 
Mary Timman
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Fantastic capture! Such beautiful colors and wonderful detail. Very well made!

3/12/2008 6:29:24 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Hi Gunther, I saw this in the Digital Darkroom newsletter and stopped by to congratulate you!! A really great image, super colors and details. Excellent work and a great finalist. I've been to the Wild Animal Park several times and never saw this vulture, thanks for sharing!

Donna

3/12/2008 8:44:34 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Me too--I saw it in the DD newsletter. This is spectacular! Fabulous work!

3/12/2008 8:58:14 AM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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Gunther, congrats on your DD feature and finalist. This is a super image!

3/12/2008 12:56:50 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thanks so much for you comments Sherry, Colleen, Donna, Mary, and Judy! Your input means a lot to me!!!

3/12/2008 6:15:13 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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SPECTACULAR!!!
Never saw one of these look so beautiful!

3/14/2008 4:50:17 AM

 
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