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The Day Heavy Shot Kicked The Sky
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Challenge: Best of 2013 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Spencerville
Date: Jul 27, 2013
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Sports, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2014

Ahhh...Heavy Shot....I love you!!! This wonderful little bareback bronc gives me spectacular shots each time out and this one was no exception. Forget the cowboy's name, but I'll never forget my tough little *Grit* :-)

I enter this image not just for its dynamic quality, but for the pairing of lens and camera that allowed me to capture so many great images: the D90 and the 18-200mm.

The D90 is now gone, and my warhorse lens with which I have sho everything - the 18-200mm, which shot this after having been crippled in the polo ball incident (and forever had its AF compromised), is now a pensioner. Seeing that I could count on every 4th-5th image shot at high-speed being oof due to the damage, I could only cross my fingers and pray that I got the shot. Thank you, Warhorse.

pp: straighten, crop, brightness/contrast, vibrance/saturation, cloning, dodge and burn, desat, resize, sharpen, save for web

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WOW!!!! So thrilled, it's been ages since I've ribboned, and there is no other shot that I would want to ribbon with. All night long I've been singing 'Go Heavy Shot Go!' and it seems to have worked!

Thank you all for the votes and great comments!!

As an aside for those into birthdates at all (I'm not really, but...) I am a Sagittarian, born November 27 in 1966 which in the Chinese calendar is the Year of the Horse. Now it is once again the Year of the Horse.

So maybe it's fitting that I've a)FINALLY cracked the 7.000 curse and of course b) have a new PB, and c) a shiny new red ribbon and d) a place in the 21.gif posthumous Fantasy Art Gallery...all without sacrificing my principles. What might happen next?

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 237
Avg (all users): 7.4590
Avg (commenters): 8.8500
Avg (participants): 7.4949
Avg (non-participants): 7.3043
Views since voting: 2432
Views during voting: 240
Votes: 122
Comments: 58
Favorites: 5 (view)


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02/12/2014 10:59:48 PM
Way to rock the world, eh? Congrats! For the second time, duh :-)

Message edited by author 2014-02-12 23:00:59.
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02/09/2014 08:37:00 PM
CONGRATULATIONS on the second place 21_F.gif Snaffles. Well deserved! This is a truly amazing shot. Looks great in B&W too. You didn't get any votes below 5. That's so cool!
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02/08/2014 07:55:07 PM
I've tried shooting a Rodeo and it ain't easy.....you go girl!
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02/08/2014 07:43:21 PM
Congrats!
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02/08/2014 05:21:44 AM
Great action in this sue glad it did well for you
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02/07/2014 11:53:23 PM
Woohoo! Congrats big time! :)
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02/07/2014 11:37:02 PM
I'm so glad this did well. It's a spectacular shot with incredible framing especially under the circumstances.
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02/07/2014 09:45:06 PM
Congratulations Susan. Fantastic capture of the action!
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02/07/2014 09:26:50 PM
Congrats. Love the shot. The timing was perfect with the hat.

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02/07/2014 09:25:37 PM
How about that, Susan! Wonderful shot, and wonderful achievement. Congratulations on this most awesome ribbon.
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02/07/2014 08:20:54 PM
Sweet, congrats on the red!
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02/07/2014 04:54:39 PM
I'm so genuinely glad to see you ribbon Susan. That has to restore your faith in the DPC once again.
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02/07/2014 04:43:29 PM
Congrats Susan; an awesome shot.
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02/07/2014 03:06:32 PM
It is such a kick(!) to see a photograph of this photographic caliber on the front page. Everything, fore and aft, performs its part. And I love your tribute to both Heavy Shot and your camera lens combo. Thank you.
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02/07/2014 02:36:21 PM
Congratulations on winning the red with this ultimate action shot. I love how that hat is sailing towards us.
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02/07/2014 02:17:21 PM
Awesome!
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02/07/2014 01:00:57 PM
Congratulations.
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02/07/2014 12:36:25 PM
That's a whopper of a score, Susan, and a splendid image.
Way to go with your "best of the year."
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02/07/2014 12:21:37 PM
And a new PB for you as well, you can't ask for much more than this! :-)
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02/07/2014 11:12:03 AM
Congratulations Susan, fab image.
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02/07/2014 10:37:46 AM
Susan, a well earned ribbon. Congratulations. I wish I had your talent for capturing action like this.
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02/07/2014 10:37:27 AM
SUPERB and congrats on a great shot !!!
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02/07/2014 09:05:37 AM
A ribbon and a posthumous! Congrats Susan!
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02/07/2014 08:36:37 AM
Congrats!! So much happening in this shot.
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02/07/2014 07:28:47 AM
What a superb action shot! Congrats!!
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02/07/2014 06:32:03 AM
Great indeed, congrats.
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02/07/2014 03:16:37 AM
Fantastic! Congrats, Susan!
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02/07/2014 01:48:28 AM
I am so pleased this made it to the front page. I gave it a ten & then had to vote on more entries just to make sure you did not loose my vote as I normally don't vote on challenges I haven't entered. Congratulations. So well deserved & it has been added to my favourites.
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02/07/2014 12:55:16 AM
Absolutely awesome Susan!!! Way to go!
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02/07/2014 12:39:26 AM
Congrats Susan thought this may be yours.
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02/07/2014 12:29:56 AM
OMG lookit u kid, a red in the best of the year. CONGRATULATIONS my friend!!!!!!!!!
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02/07/2014 12:17:57 AM
You couldn't paint a more perfect picture of this scene. The hat is special. Congrats on a fabulous image. I know you love these animals so this is close to your heart. WTG!
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02/07/2014 12:12:17 AM
Congrats! well deserved.
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02/07/2014 12:11:48 AM
WOW WOW WOW look what you did! Awesomeness! Congrats! And a Posthumous too!

Message edited by author 2014-02-07 00:12:24.
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02/07/2014 12:05:04 AM
Well what do you know, you pulled it off, well done!

And in best of - can't complain about that, super shot.
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02/07/2014 12:03:39 AM
Awesome shot, Susan. Congratulations.
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02/07/2014 12:02:30 AM
Congrats on the 2nd best image of 2013!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2014 10:50:11 PM
insane capture

I'm hanging this in my fantasy art gallery

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02/06/2014 10:08:27 PM
that is one filled frame!
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02/06/2014 09:04:08 PM
Love how the audience is framed, and not to mention the flying dirt, this is really quite good, front page stuff actually.
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02/06/2014 08:42:27 PM
7 from me.
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02/06/2014 06:53:45 PM
Composition could not be more perfect! Phenomenal capture.
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02/06/2014 11:13:08 AM
Wild. 9
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02/06/2014 01:42:28 AM
A marvellous capture. The stop motion is wonderful. However, the hat, the support rider, the guys on the gate and even the umbrellas ads so much to this image. Especially how they are overexposed.
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02/06/2014 12:16:55 AM
Top Ten for sure.
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02/05/2014 11:20:15 PM
That is a fantastic perspective. Rarely seen.
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02/05/2014 12:17:10 PM
dangerously close !

10!
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02/04/2014 06:55:59 PM
Very, very nice. The framing, angle and use of black and white are great.
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02/04/2014 01:53:30 PM
Fantastic action.
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02/04/2014 12:08:58 PM
Best in show award, congrats. Awesome action!
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02/02/2014 09:40:57 PM
Excellent timing, great B&W.
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02/02/2014 07:56:09 PM
Fabulous action shot.
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02/01/2014 09:37:08 PM
I am heavily biased when it comes to rodeo photography because I am so adicted to it but still I have to say WOW, what a shot!I hope to see this on the front page when the challenge is over
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02/01/2014 08:36:06 PM
10...voted earlier.
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01/31/2014 08:57:11 PM
The flinging hat is so perfect. Great stop action.
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01/31/2014 05:37:10 PM
GREAT action shot! Blue ribbon. Ten. 10 1/2 if you could have moved the hat into the empty space above his hoof...
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01/31/2014 09:36:01 AM
Brilliant shot! Love the angle
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01/31/2014 07:51:18 AM
WOW!!!! What a fabulous shot! Congratulations.
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