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An Essence of Speed

An Essence of Speed
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Copyright: David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 6 N: 315] (1219)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04
Categories: Nature
Camera: Sony DSC F707, Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds, 60 points or more !, 70 points or more !, 100 points or more !, btokaz favorites, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, *****All time Favorits !! *****, INTERESTING WORKS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-05-01 17:34
Viewed: 9492
Favorites: 28 [view]
Points: 176
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This a Harris' hawk. I don't know how fast they fly, but they go fast! I got lucky with this one. They are bit unusual in that they hunt in groups. They are indigenous to parts of the southwest, including Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. This was taken in the San Francisco Zoo.

I first duplicated the layer, selected her, then elimated the background on that layer. On the original layer, I cloned the backgrond to include the entire photo and applied a motion blur to it to further enhance the blur that was already present. I then selected the bird layer and smudged just the edges so it would look more natural. I cropped and sharpened, and added a border.

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Excellent pp work and a great shot.
A fine capture of this magnificent bird,very well done.

Waouh! really nice shot and nice PP. well done.

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  • bfly Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 37 N: 169] (1546)
  • [2004-05-01 18:05]

hi David..very beautiful result from fine work and fine material...details on the hawk are amazing and your post is a lesson for me...(I am still nill in layering)

Excellent work! The image itself looks like it was a good one to start with, but your post-pro has added an extra edge to it! I can't actually think of any useful criticism here... Ummm... It's too good? Brilliant :-D

Hola David: this is also an essence of your great professionalism. The image is surprising, original, the bottom that you selected contrasts beautifully with the plumage of this hawk, I like the detail of the shine of the eyes of the hawk, this great picture is Inspiring, impressive, relaxation, motivation, is magnificent. Happy weekend. Cordial greetings

This really looks like the bird was in full flight. Your post processing skills are remarkable. The bird is very sharp, and the green background is a great contrast.

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  • kajenn Silver Star Critiquer [C: 15 W: 2 N: 25] (89)
  • [2004-05-01 21:02]
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Wow, it's like he's had the camera on his wingtip and is sweeping over his territory. You did an advanced and excellent post-processing on an originally very good and sharp picture. And you saw the possibilities of what could be done with it in an exceptional way. The color contrasts and the details in head and plumes are outstanding. Your the master...

My heart immediatly races on viewing this image. Great effect and skillfull processing.

what a great job from you again, i reckon I can call you as the master of PS in this site? :D Great movement you've captured and nice DOF. Very nice job.

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  • Jep Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 16 N: 97] (585)
  • [2004-05-02 2:10]

Wow - great work David, you created an excellent image of speed, a true TL photo. Also thanks for your instructive note - Layers one of the things I never realy used in PSP and now I got a fine example how they can be used.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 252 W: 0 N: 99] (535)
  • [2004-05-02 2:43]

Excellent work David. The bird is very sharp, and the green background is a great contrast. I like of this.

Super cool shot. The motion is showed nicely and given the green background the bird stands out even more. Wonderful work!

wow..so much work. excellent.

Stunning picture also stunning post work I particularly like the way the you have made the stop motion shot you can almost feel the rush of wind , well framed and presented, also a pleasure to view

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  • manny Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 525 W: 24 N: 1485] (11941)
  • [2004-05-02 10:47]

GREAT David! I can't explain it in words. Superb picture and your PP is something I can learn from. Thanks for sharing that in your note and for sharing this photo to us.

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  • ilouy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 63 W: 18 N: 57] (760)
  • [2004-05-02 12:10]

Marvelous effect! Great success with this work! Well done!

superb post processing work;-) the base was there and you did wonders;-) bravo! i like the sharpness on the eagle's head very much...

Wow! Great photo David. You have make a good job with the PP. I like the photo. The result is very good. Well done.

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  • Judy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 159 W: 95 N: 154] (531)
  • [2004-05-02 16:17]

Absolutely superb shot David. I love this post processing - you have done incredibly well with it. It also makes the bird look really fast. Colours are very real too. Great work, I must say. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Riz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 192 W: 31 N: 101] (523)
  • [2004-05-03 11:24]

this is a wonderful picture it goes right into my favorites and the PS work is great well cropped and captured, the work you put into this great well thoughtout and the you have great skills in PS.

Wow, thats a great shot, the extra motion blur has really drawn the eye to the hawk. I'm not so sure about making the wing extra blurred though. great work.

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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2004-05-03 14:50]

Such a sharp experiment !
Fantastic job, David !

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  • mimi (62)
  • [2004-05-04 0:39]

Unbelievable!! What a great shot. In addition to all the other stuff, I love the look of concentration on its face.

Really nice shot David, a great capture of the hawk. Your photoshop work is very well done too, although I have to admit, I was a little dissappointed to read that this capture was not exactly what it appeared on screen. This is probably just a shortcoming on my part, but I just was hoping this was a "pure" capture. No matter though, the hawk looks great and the photo is super appealing.

Another example of what i wrote you on my previous critique! Amazing motion you created here...really love it and would love more if i know how to make things like this one ;)) Thanks for the informative note David. Keep the GREAT work :)

I like very much the effect of movement. Colours are magnificent and the neatness also.

J'aime beaucoup l'effet de mouvement. Les couleurs sont superbes et la netteté aussi.

Stunning! If you didn't explained how you made it I would have asked myself how fast you can fly... :o)
Well, the result is very nice, the sharp details of the gray bird are perfect on the fresh green background, and the effect of mouvement is very well achieved!

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  • zto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 911 W: 122 N: 48] (246)
  • [2004-05-08 8:56]

Amazing work David. Very Very well done. Both the picture and the Post process. Thanks for sharing both photo and note with pp details. Just amazing!

Bravo! You captured this speedy predator just right. I had a "Roadside" hawk of my own once, which resembled this one. At the time I didn't own a camera. But, even if I had, I doubt that I could have shot a better photo than this. Lovely!

Wow !!! It´s amazing and perfect shot David !
My favorite here !
Very, very well done !

Nothing to say, David.
sssscccccchhhttttttt........don't disturbing the flight !

I have near me a person feeling his a genious and criticizing my english. But what stupid persons putting words before sensitive feelings

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  • asbi (14)
  • [2004-07-06 17:51]

The eye of the photographer is the must.
The Image Editor is a complement of a great shot.

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  • ornis Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 20 N: 139] (842)
  • [2004-07-07 5:40]

I missed that one, David! Your smart work, starting from an already very good shot, I guess, is still outstanding, as it adds the essence of what this beautiful hawk means. It's a superlative image, where the subject is much more than what it would look on a photo. In that sense, it reminds me those avertising images where we are astonished by the power of a subject. It's a powerful shot, indeed. Beautiful colors and details. Congratulations!

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  • Yod Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 102 W: 10 N: 73] (987)
  • [2004-08-15 16:18]

I´m sure you know that your work is perfect.So all I have to say is:Thanks for sharing such beatiful thing.I can imagine the great pleasure you get when you look at it.Cause you´re the creator of it.I, as an abserver, get extremely fascinated by it. Yod

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  • Nina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 132 W: 69 N: 14] (1249)
  • [2004-08-25 13:21]

Excellent work David. Full marks for your post-processing skills and for detailing them here for us all to learn.

Nothing to add !
The Zub

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  • hojper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 680 W: 110 N: 849] (4090)
  • [2004-09-06 11:08]

Wow, David, I have never noticed this before. This is one of the best and most meaningful PP works I have seen around here. Thanks a lot for doing and sharing.

This is the best picture I've seen in a long time. I've been looking at it for a while and just realised I hadn't given you any points all that time. So there, I rectify the situation. Excellent shot.

This somehow reminds me of the post office symbol. Anyway, you have given a great and artistic sense of motion with your extended blur.

This a wonderful study in movement and contrasting color. The DOF is excellent. Beautifully done.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 134 W: 0 N: 43] (516)
  • [2004-10-10 23:06]

Let me tell you... Perfect!!! What a shot, what a work you did whit it. My 2 tumbs up for that!

I was just so mesmerized looking at this photo, and in my mind wanting how did you get this photo. And then I read your note. So graphically dynamic David.

Excellent travail David. Le résultat saisissant. Nice work.

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  • yttt Gold Star Critiquer [C: 263 W: 9 N: 3] (2127)
  • [2004-11-04 11:21]

i must have You in my favorites, great moment

Amazing rendition of motion. The fact that only the head is entirely sharp, adds more impact to the image and takes the viewer with it. Outstanding!

Just fantastic!

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  • Maru Gold Star Critiquer [C: 471 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-12-05 17:01]

The pp process in amazing. Your work is really admirable, a piece of art. Very well done.

heureusement que je suis assise! j'en reviens pas!! fantasmagorique!!! exceptionnelle photo!!!!

David, really great work here. I like your post-process. It's not only a beautiful picture, it's a chance for me to learn about dealing with PhotoShop.

Beautiful colors, nice BG and excellent sharpness.



Very very very good indeed should be published in a mag


I some how missed this one David, its a remarkable shot and worthy of 100 points so here are two more. Well done.


one hundred and two

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  • gren4 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 60 W: 13 N: 24] (279)
  • [2005-04-03 10:54]

great clean image here and your tecnique has worked very well to represent the title of this image.

Excellent Work ! The speed impression is really there, and at the same time, the details on the hawk's face are so clear !

Very good shot !

I saw this for the first time today David. Congratulations, and I'd like to echo the positive comments that you've already received.

Wow this is amazing. Talk about a 'birds eye view'. A stunning image. Excellent quality.
Well done!!

This is also an essence of your great professionalism. The image is surprising, original, the bottom that you selected contrasts beautifully with the plumage of this hawk. You got a nice background and the hawk is very sharp. Excellent shot.

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  • igjoe Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 1 N: 3] (102)
  • [2005-10-12 19:52]

....wow...that is all i can say. amazing.

  • amm Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 219 W: 30 N: 85] (634)
  • [2005-11-19 16:35]

Bonjour David,
Je trouve cette photo remarquable! J'ai l'impression d'être en communion avec ce rapace et donc de voler à sa vitesse tellement le contraste entre la netteté de sa tête et le "flou contrôlé" du reste de l'image est parfait!

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  • shahx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 86 W: 34 N: 58] (662)
  • [2005-12-24 15:47]

Yeah....You cant get soo lucky....
when I saw it for the first time I thought "very lucky to get this one."
This looks natural. Congrats,
Good PP.

Hi David,

Fantastic photo!
A wonderful bird presented with a unique way in the act... :)
Excellent and sharp detail, nicely presented movement!
Very well done!

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  • lewiz Silver Star Critiquer [C: 11 W: 1 N: 3] (78)
  • [2006-01-22 23:46]

Truly oustanding shot -- brilliant capture and great blur on the wings.

Well done!

Hi David,

You scored big time with this one.
Not much more to say, Super work!!!


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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2006-02-23 21:53]

Nice and sharp picture! Great action shot! We can feel all the movement and the speed of that beautiful hawk! Absolutely well done! Congratulations! Michel

Great PP work and excellent composition. Very sharp image.
Well done David.

Hi David,

What else can be said about this work? Truly excellent!


Way cool image David. Strong sense of fast motion. Great contrast of the bird against the background. You must be proud of this one.


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  • herbi (159)
  • [2006-03-20 17:31]

I have no questions - this photo is outstading!
Awesome blur and processing.

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2006-04-17 16:12]

Great capture. I thought the bird is flying.
Great effect and skillfull processing.The bird is very sharp and the green background is a great contrast. Well done.

It's incredible the sense of speed and the detail, superb shot. I like it a lot.

Magnificent shot !!!
Realy beautiful shot.

i just can say congratulation,i wish i was the one who shot it.

thanks for sharing

hi david!
it's an awesome shot!Great!the sharpness, composition and colors are superb!
great photo!


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  • Alita Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 157 W: 29 N: 0] (917)
  • [2006-10-13 11:49]

Hi Davd,
great sharpness and DOF!

salut tres belle photo vraiment hot tu es aussi rapide que lui hihi bonne journée salut

Wow, what an exellent shot, it is incredible to see.
I wonder what camera you have, it should so special or maybe you are an exellent photographer, yes im sure.
Well i like colours and the eagle in movement.What a shot God, What a shot.
Im gonna be happy if you maybe want to visit my gallery, nothing special .It is very common.
Well see you and regards.

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  • adamo (839)
  • [2006-11-13 14:04]

to co tygrysy lubi± najbardziej

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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2006-11-13 21:51]

Hi David,

A tremendous job you've done--you've managed a holographic appearance with your background and the slight blurring of the feathers.

Superb.....nuf said :)

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  • owrwe Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 26] (242)
  • [2007-01-17 3:40]

Hi David,
An excellent shot and PP! Well done!

I really like the details contrasting with the motion blur.

Any details on how you took the pic?


Beyond incredible shot David! Excellent pp work on this for sure! The greens are a nice contrast to the bird and make him stand out! A shot that is worth a million!

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  • Ivan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 365 W: 110 N: 268] (3865)
  • [2007-01-30 17:23]

Hi David,
So well done, just what it need to be put in action ! Excellent pp work.

Beautiful colors
Excellent work
Well done.

Que rajouter aux commentaires ? Je ne trouve pas les mots !!!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 178 W: 7 N: 28] (1328)
  • [2007-06-12 1:20]

great shot! full of emotion and action! great job. tfs

What a marvellous shot!
Exceptional POV, colors and sharpness.

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  • Palmi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 5 N: 25] (397)
  • [2007-06-26 9:48]

wow well captured you can clearly see the speed of the bird.

Nice one

Well done David, you were very lucky to get this flying hawk. good postproduction, the result is credible. This kind of picture is amazing and unusual, so we can't see the postprocess esealy ;)


Hello David, without comments...it's great...

This is absolutely beautiful. Well done. Thank you for sharing!

Great capture. Movement is here. Live feeling.

This really looks like the bird was in full flight.

wow! amazing!!

Hello David,
Amazing picture with very useful note,so that beginners like me can learn something.

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