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    This sleeping Red-crowned Crane was photographed on a slow afternoon at the Akan Crane Center, Hokkaido Japan in sweet late afternoon light. I am now in a Tokyo hotel waiting to fly home tomorrow at noon. Funny thing is I land in Dallas same day 2 1/2 hours before I left!

    Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with the 1.4X III TC and the EOS-1D MIV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop off the snow: 1/800 sec. at f/11. Cropping was a challenge; see the full frame original in the next pane.

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    I like this. The lovely eye contact and awesome light, together with the PERFECT exposure control, sharpness and detail make this for me. How amazing is the Canon 800 f5.6?!!! Every time I use it I thank you! Composition is a bit tricky IMHO. Not sure about this pano but couldn't come up with a nicer crop.
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    Wow, great composition and excellent expsoure control and sharpness.

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    Artie:

    Great techs, sharp, exposure.

    I think you did well with the crop based on the original.

    I find the feathers over the head like a hood really adds the extra wow to this image.

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    Beautiful colors, texture, composition. THe feather over the bird's head sets this one apart. Safe travels.

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    Definitely a keeper Artie! Excellent sharpness and exposure. I think you chose the perfect crop for this image.
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    I love the textures in both the blacks and whites Artie. The glint in the eye and the red forehead really draw you in. I tried to think of alternate crops and then just realized that the one you presented works perfectly for me. Beautiful.

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    Hi Artie, excellent exposure and sharpness, and just love that pose. Looking at your original, and if this were mine, I would have cropped top and bottom as you have, but would have left the RHS as is. Have a safe trip.

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    Astonishing whites, fantastic as always, safe travels

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    This is so very beautiful Artie. Perfect techs and just an amazing pose. I love it.

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    Very inspirational. Exposure on whites and blacks together does'nt get better than this. Excellent detail, the crop is just fine. I really like the BG color.

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    Just very well done and a unique pose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Bowie View Post
    Hi Artie, excellent exposure and sharpness, and just love that pose. Looking at your original, and if this were mine, I would have cropped top and bottom as you have, but would have left the RHS as is. Have a safe trip.
    Thanks Stuart. I tried it that way.... With more BLACK on our right it left me feeling that the image was unbalanced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jack williamson View Post
    Very inspirational. Exposure on whites and blacks together does'nt get better than this. Excellent detail, the crop is just fine. I really like the BG color. Jack
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    Exemplary image for exposure control. Perfect techs Artie.

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    Very nice shot! I also like the full frame image because the ruffled feathers of the tail gives it a different character.

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    Looks like a wall hanger to me. The whites look lovely and the image well balanced for my eyes.

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    very well done Artie, you cropped perfectly . sharp and nice details. exp spot on for whites and blacks
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    Artie, this has your name written all over it. loved the pose, comp. and whites. Flawless shot IMO. how cool is that canopy!

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    Thanks all for your kind words. I am almost home now. Bushed. For the whole story behind the image and to see the image that I really wanted to make, click here and learn also why I could not make the image I wanted.....
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    I love the balance of the crop - with the blacks balanced well and I like the detail in the whites. But for me what makes this image is the slight hood of feathers covering the head. sheltering the head in the feathers like that shows how cold it must be as well as the trust shown in your fellow Cranes to keep a look out as you have reduced you field of view by one eye.

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