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Elysium
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SandyP


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Challenge: Wildlife VI (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Wildlife
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Date: Apr 13, 2014
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Apr 14, 2014

Elysium: "Any place or state of perfect happiness; paradise". Whenever I make eye contact with a beautiful animal, that split second connection takes me there: to Elysium :) (It's also one of my favorite oldie songs by Mary Chapin Carpenter).

Thank you guys so much for all the great votes and comments. I'm so proud: not only a blue ribbon, but a new personal best score :) Wooo hoooo!


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 96
Avg (all users): 7.8626
Avg (commenters): 8.9524
Avg (participants): 7.6731
Avg (non-participants): 7.9873
Views since voting: 1871
Views during voting: 314
Votes: 131
Comments: 58
Favorites: 13 (view)


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07/30/2014 10:25:47 PM
Sandy, this is soooo beautiful. I haven't been on here in awhile, but yours was the first profile I checked. Congrats on the ribbon and score!
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04/29/2014 09:59:51 AM
BEAUTIFUL image Sandy! Congratulations on the well deserved Blue and a personal best with this magical shot! Awesome!!
04/24/2014 03:41:35 PM
Yes, I really love this shot. Absolutely beautiful - well done! :D
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04/24/2014 12:43:15 AM
I knew this was going to be the winner, it was my favorite as well. Congrats on the blue and a new personal best well deserved!
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04/23/2014 10:15:08 PM
Congrats, Sandy! What a rich image. No kidding it won and is now your personal best. :)
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04/23/2014 08:46:10 PM
Congratulations Sandy on taking the Blue and having this as your personal best! I love everything about the photo. There is nothing to critique about it, as it's just perfection!
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04/23/2014 05:45:26 PM
So well deserved! Congrats on the Blue.
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04/23/2014 05:34:11 PM
Congrats on the blue Sandy! Beautiful image.
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04/23/2014 04:21:46 PM
I guess I didn't out "fox" you ;-) Congrats on the Blue!
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04/23/2014 03:11:36 PM
Very nice, it has such an ethereal feel to it.
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04/23/2014 02:15:25 PM
Way to go, Sandy! Congratulations on the double accomplishment!
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04/23/2014 01:31:41 PM
Was the winner of this challenge ever in question?
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04/23/2014 01:23:34 PM
Congrats on the blue this is a wonderful shot.
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04/23/2014 01:00:24 PM
When I first saw this one, I thought 21.gif Yanko must be back in the game. Shame on me! I should have known it was yours...perfection as always, Sandy! Congrats.
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04/23/2014 10:50:59 AM
Absolutely perfect capture! What a shot! Huge congrats on the blue. And it's soooo wonderful to have you around again! I enjoy your work so incredibly much!

Message edited by author 2014-04-23 16:41:45.
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04/23/2014 10:34:41 AM
Wow, that is a great shot Sandy.
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04/23/2014 10:29:43 AM
Whoa, a PB! WTG Sandy!
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04/23/2014 09:35:11 AM
It had to be. Congratulations, it is a beautiful image!
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04/23/2014 05:59:32 AM
gorgeous, congrats on the well deserved blue
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04/23/2014 05:10:44 AM
So nice to see you on the front, this is a brilliant photo.
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04/23/2014 04:00:26 AM
Congratulations Sandy, a fine image.
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04/23/2014 03:56:18 AM
We get to see both ends!!! Fantastic image, Sandy. You are just SO gifted. Congrats on the blue and the new PB :)
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04/23/2014 03:14:06 AM
Oh Harvey was just jealous, grin!
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04/23/2014 03:11:59 AM
Sandy ... this is one of THE most beautiful things i've seen in a long time ..
many congrats on your incredible capture .. just amazing ..
and congrats on the blue ribbon and a PB too .. wonderful .. :)
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04/23/2014 03:11:35 AM
Congrats on the blue and PB Sandy. Absolutely beautiful shot. Think the deer was as mesmerized by you!!
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04/23/2014 03:04:27 AM
perfect moment. congrats Sandy!
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04/23/2014 01:40:30 AM
Gorgeous shot Sandy. One of my top picks of the challenge. Congrats on the well deserved blue and the fantastic score!
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04/23/2014 12:59:02 AM
25 x 10s,wow! Not surprised though - mine was one of those. A very well deserved blue. A simply beautiful, unique capture.
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04/23/2014 12:43:04 AM
As Harvey stated, a common antelope in Kruger Park and I didnt get to photograph one as beautiful as this. Congratulations, this is so unique and deserves blue
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04/23/2014 12:36:40 AM
Yay! Yay! YAY!!!

This is stunning, Sandy... and... so quick to engage the viewer into the wonder of the capture.

Congratulations on your ribbon... and... I'm SO glad to see you entering again!!
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04/23/2014 12:11:39 AM
Congratulations. A majestic beauty.
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04/23/2014 12:05:56 AM
Just had to be the best in the challenge. This has you're stamp all over it Sandy. Congratulations on a well deserved blue ribbon. Looking forward to some tips when we get to TX. xo
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04/23/2014 12:04:53 AM
And one 1, DOH, what a spoiler!

Well done Sandy, much deserved image, well done on the new PB!!!!
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04/23/2014 12:04:19 AM
Wow, Sandy - fantastical! Congrats!!
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04/23/2014 12:02:12 AM
Congratulations on the blue, Sandy! Gorgeous shot.
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04/23/2014 12:02:02 AM
You got a shiny new ribbon!!! Good for you!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/22/2014 05:24:39 PM
Very Beautiful!
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04/22/2014 02:37:17 AM
Stunning, and you know it!

Bump!

Pretty sure this will be the blue!
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04/21/2014 08:35:56 PM
Exquisite! The composition is perfect, the posture of the deer, with its head turned to face you is perfect. The whole image is flavoured with enchantment. Stand alone top pick. 10. Fave.
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04/21/2014 05:43:23 PM
WOW that is just amazingly wonderful. 10
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04/21/2014 05:01:29 PM
Beautiful. I like the contrast in colours and also the contrast in sharpness of the animal and the blurry background.
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04/21/2014 03:24:47 PM
What a beautiful photo. I love the sharpness and the colour.
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04/21/2014 12:22:22 PM
I like this shot a lot. The oft ignored Impala. It's seldom photographed in Africa as it is so common here. It's clean and crisp and nicely composed. The "look" is wonderful and the exposure perfect.
However as a wildlife photographer and purist, all of this is sadly spoiled by what appears to be the hand of man in a wildlife shot; symmetrical light grey concrete rubble in front of what appears to be a partial visible tyre and a fence pole behind the animals rump in the background :( I'm sorry if you feel this is harsh however true WILD-life photography has none of these things (man made objects) in it. This is the difference between wildlife and nature categories, although it is extremely hard to police in photo competitions except by self regulation and honesty as with cropping or better composition these things can be avoided in reserves to make it appear as if it was taken in the animals natural and true but ever shrinking wild habitat.

DPC does not have a wildlife category so this challenge is rather amusing from that aspect.
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04/21/2014 07:11:52 AM
Wow, first image to vote on is beautiful!
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04/19/2014 06:52:15 PM
wow! what a fabulous shot!
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04/18/2014 08:27:50 PM
This is looking like a ribbonner... as I flip around...


My favorite of the challenge: 10
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04/17/2014 07:21:08 PM
Totally BEAUTIFUL so soft and serene a Ribbon winner for sure
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04/17/2014 06:04:24 PM
My favorite so far!
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04/17/2014 07:32:10 AM
What a superb capture. You are so lucky to get that close to this beautiful creature. I only ever see similar animals from a distance and my limited lens collection is not up for any of that action. My pick for the blue!!
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04/17/2014 06:36:56 AM
excellent shot. Looks like KNP is it? Truly beautiful
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04/16/2014 08:41:29 PM
Best in show award, congrats, excellent image
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04/16/2014 04:23:53 PM
My only 10. A sure winner.
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04/16/2014 12:46:06 PM
After reviewing every photo in the challenge, this is by far my favorite. I hope you take first place. 10
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04/16/2014 11:40:42 AM
This is stunning! It's a 10 from me.
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04/16/2014 11:14:16 AM
gorgeous
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04/16/2014 09:41:05 AM
Stunningly gorgeous - a perfect capture, and beautifully and sympathetically processed.
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04/16/2014 08:27:21 AM
Enjoy the colors, nice sharpness.
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04/16/2014 08:10:02 AM
Nice crisp shot. Well done.
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