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Land of the Buck
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AlexSaberi


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Challenge: Wildlife II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Richmond Park, London
Date: Jan 21, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 150
Shutter: 200
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2006

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Thanks for all the comments. I had been stalking these deer every day for several months. I kind of knew there morning habits and places they frequented.

On this particular morning there were approx 8 bucks on the horizon making their way to the lakes. It was then that I envisioned the shots.

So I kind of herded them into the place I wanted them. No clutter from background trees etc.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 261
Avg (all users): 7.9545
Avg (commenters): 8.9730
Avg (participants): 7.6609
Avg (non-participants): 8.0849
Views since voting: 17314
Views during voting: 732
Votes: 374
Comments: 136
Favorites: 88 (view)


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01/15/2013 11:32:04 AM
awesome, sometimes less is more!
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11/08/2010 03:50:18 PM
oh my! This is spectacular!!
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04/17/2008 11:02:10 AM
I just noticed your comment about "herding them into the place you wanted." That's pretty funny! I've been there before and those beasts are HUGE and how you said that just made me laugh
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03/12/2008 03:09:03 PM
i think the big guy in the front could have had a photo all to himself. great picture
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01/24/2008 01:18:51 PM
Alex, I'm pretty sure these are elk and the males are called Bulls. I hunt them here in Montana. This is a great shot and very deserving of a blue....great job.
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02/13/2007 12:20:14 PM
You always have such awesome photographs of deer! This one... might possibly be my favorite. I love them all though. This is just an absolutely STUNNING shot.
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12/13/2006 12:19:44 PM
beautiful!
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07/09/2006 01:01:49 PM
Beautiful! Worth all the stalking and herding to bring this shot to life.
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04/18/2006 03:41:03 PM
This is a fantastic photo and a well deserved blue ribbon. Congratulations!
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03/05/2006 10:55:22 AM
We built my parents their first computer. My dad is an outdoorsman; so I used this image for his desktop. I tried to explain how to change it if he chose, but he would have none of it. His response was "I'm NEVER going to change it!"

Just wanted you to know that your patience and skill has served to make an old man in Colorado very happy.
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02/16/2006 10:02:42 AM
Never give up shooting...
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02/16/2006 09:56:45 AM
Shame, would love to see more of your study of the deer in Richmond Park. I am sure we'll see more good shots from you in future though.
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02/16/2006 09:49:45 AM
thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments. I may give deer shooting a rest for now
02/07/2006 11:50:41 AM
Congratulations for this photo, it's simply beautiful.
The patience made it's fruits... :)
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02/06/2006 05:56:53 PM
great silhouette and composition and the light is perfect
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02/05/2006 10:14:29 PM
Are they deer? Gorgious shot!
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02/05/2006 01:54:18 AM
Too bad you didn't have a rifle on hand!!!
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02/01/2006 11:24:24 PM
definitely deserved to win...well done
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02/01/2006 06:00:57 PM
Great picture. Congratulations on your consecutive blue.
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02/01/2006 05:18:18 PM
Wow congratulations great picture.
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02/01/2006 11:55:25 AM
Great picture! Congratulations!
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02/01/2006 11:29:09 AM
Absolutely stunning picture - and in Richmond Park too: had a real lowland feel to it.

Great job and well deserved blue.
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02/01/2006 11:14:56 AM
Nice work mate.. Well done.
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02/01/2006 10:30:37 AM
What a great shot! Congratulations on the blue ribbons. Absolutely well deserved wins.
Probably your favourite music is the blues :))
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02/01/2006 10:07:21 AM
Congratulations!!! Love this so much.
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02/01/2006 10:07:19 AM
What a wonderful capture! One amazing silhouette would have been enough for me. I can't believe you captured three in such an amazing composition. Excellent!
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02/01/2006 09:43:00 AM
Awesome shot! Good Work!!!!!! A+++++
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02/01/2006 09:27:15 AM
You really should make this as a PRINT! I think it would do really well. I may even have to buy one for my ex-husband as he loves this kind of stuff!

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02/01/2006 09:20:31 AM
Outrageous shot - really magnificent! Sheer beauty.
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02/01/2006 08:41:39 AM
Congrats, two wins on the front page at one time. Seldom achieved!
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02/01/2006 08:39:35 AM
Fantastic photo, congratulations on your ribbon!
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02/01/2006 07:12:27 AM
Well patience definitely pays off ! Such a striking silhouette. Well Done AGAIN and things come in 3's, maybe another ribbon next week !
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02/01/2006 06:32:41 AM
Congrats on your blue! I gave you a 10. I think out of all the entries this was my favorite. Looks like it belongs in a wildlife magazine or something. Well done!
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02/01/2006 04:47:13 AM
Wow! Great shot! Amazing capture. Congrats on Blue... again!
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02/01/2006 04:42:55 AM
Jeeez!!! Way to go but did you really have to get a score this high! :P I´ll never be able to get my 5D highscore back with the way you are progressing :) Congrats!
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02/01/2006 04:26:15 AM
Congratulations on youir ribbon ! Great, great shot ! Well done.
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02/01/2006 04:20:50 AM
Two ribbons in a few days...amazing! your obsession is our obsession and I am glad you got into photography after your initial reluctance. Well done

Message edited by author 2006-08-09 09:51:30.
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02/01/2006 04:18:38 AM
well done great silhouette
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02/01/2006 03:47:04 AM
I knew this would win - great picture.
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02/01/2006 03:39:45 AM
congrats on the blue!!!
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02/01/2006 02:19:51 AM
Oh this isn't any good.

It's fricking amazing.
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02/01/2006 02:09:50 AM
Of course it's BLUE! There's no way this could lose! Congratulations. You are starting to dominate here! I see lots of ribbons coming your way!

Edit: Cleaned up message for clarity!

Message edited by author 2006-02-01 02:10:37.
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02/01/2006 01:45:35 AM
Killer silhoutte. Congratulations on your BLUE!
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02/01/2006 01:45:31 AM
Congrats on an Excellant photo! You were the only one that I gave a 10 to! I would love to see this photo enlarged and hanging on a wall. Great shot!
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02/01/2006 01:33:38 AM
what a capture...shooting wild animals is like gambling...u hit the jackpot here..well done!
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02/01/2006 12:57:28 AM
Congratulations on another Blue Ribbon Alex. Two blues on the front page at the same time - that's quite an accomplishment!
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02/01/2006 12:51:11 AM
Congrats! I didn't vote wildlife, but I picked this out in about 15 seconds of thumbnail scouting as the blue. Great shot!
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02/01/2006 12:22:27 AM
Didn't doubt it for a second. :) Congratulations!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 11:21:11 PM
Top of the line in my eyes. Wonderful the sense of rotation from left to right.
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01/31/2006 11:07:43 PM
This will ribbon.
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01/31/2006 10:46:32 PM
my favorite ... excellent! 10 ! this has to ribbon!!
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01/31/2006 10:35:16 PM
great shot !
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01/31/2006 10:30:50 PM
Nice lighting. Composition is great. Well done.
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01/31/2006 09:17:36 PM
Super nice shot. Post Card quality. Good Job.
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01/31/2006 06:13:08 PM
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Wow! Great capture! This is guaranteed to ribbon. Excellent job. I would have cloned out those tall plants to the right of the largest stag.
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01/31/2006 05:53:38 PM
Great Image, I love the line up of the Deer
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01/31/2006 05:21:25 PM
7 - Very nice composition, lighting and silhouette(s). Criticism; 'if only' a fraction sharper/more definition, make this even better in my opinion. Minor, but for advanced editing, perhaps cloning out that 'spot' by the right buck's knee. Difficult I imagine to tweak the colors more in this, but the light visible on the side of the middle buck's face 'emphasized' somehow, also may have given this just a little extra. Even though the horizon/land/slope is likely 'natural'/'as is', maybe rotating to get it level may have added a bit more 'drama' to this shot as well, not sure.
01/31/2006 04:29:36 PM
Beautiful use of light.
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01/31/2006 03:43:12 PM
this is one of the best siloughets
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01/31/2006 08:39:29 AM
Pure Narnia! Beautiful
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01/30/2006 05:35:43 PM
Stunning.. nuff said :)
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01/30/2006 11:39:01 AM
Stunning.. what more can I say!! Love the composition and especially love how the deer increase in size from left to right. Beautiful golden glow. Perfectly executed!!
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01/30/2006 08:54:30 AM
Wow, Excellent! Almost like motion as he transitions from small and dark to the larger, lighter on the right. Wonderful picture. Details of the grass really strengthen this one!
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01/30/2006 04:58:43 AM
wow ... thats all ..10
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01/29/2006 11:59:09 PM
Ill bet you a buck this ribbons. nice job witht the colors, it must have been tempting to really push the color to sell this, but I think you understated it just enough, The profile of the elk is just wonderfull with a dramatic sense of a leader and his followers.
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01/29/2006 11:26:36 PM
Wow, this one is going to win a ribbon for sure. Nice going. This belongs on 20x30 and on your wall.
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01/29/2006 11:15:14 PM
Nice capture. The yellow light of the sunset (sunrise?) adds to the silhouette.
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01/29/2006 10:21:50 PM
Excellent work.
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01/29/2006 06:04:54 PM
Beautiful! The simplicity and color are superb.
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01/29/2006 05:34:57 PM
NICE! like it that u only see the profile of the animals! well done
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01/29/2006 03:30:20 PM
Awesome
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01/29/2006 03:20:20 PM
The silhouettes of the bucks look great against the golden sky tones. Very nice photo!
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01/29/2006 12:58:07 PM
Majestic! Congrats.
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01/29/2006 12:38:02 PM
This is just amazing! thumb.gif
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01/29/2006 11:37:55 AM
Brilliant.9
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01/29/2006 04:58:01 AM
Great Shot.
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01/29/2006 03:49:31 AM
wow! Great Shot! This would look great enlarged and hanging on the wall in someone's den. Good job. (10)
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01/29/2006 01:06:41 AM
Beautiful silhouette!
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01/28/2006 07:48:58 PM
Jaw droppingly good shot. I love the touches of light on the sides of the bucks. Really beautiful shot, great light, wonderfull composition. If this don't ribbon I'll eat my hat.
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01/28/2006 05:13:00 PM
Oh man! This is STUNNING! My hat is off to you for this perfect shot! 10
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01/28/2006 08:17:00 AM
I like this silhouette of these deer,good image, well done.....
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01/28/2006 03:16:16 AM
One of my top two votes...beautiful 10+
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01/28/2006 02:36:57 AM
WoW....unbelievable shot.....
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01/28/2006 12:44:46 AM
Wonderful silhouette!
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01/27/2006 11:13:23 PM
Beautiful!!!
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01/27/2006 11:06:48 PM
lovely silhouette
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01/27/2006 08:11:24 PM
Top shot. My only 10 thus far.
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01/27/2006 06:52:17 PM
I love this. Great composition and colors. Added to my favorites
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01/27/2006 05:25:10 PM
Surely a ribbon here. Just great. -9
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01/27/2006 04:15:28 PM
Great use of backlight. 10
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01/27/2006 10:24:47 AM
This is AWESOME!!!!! Almost a natural rule of thirds. Love the silhouettes and the diff. design of each set of antlers!!! 10
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01/27/2006 10:05:33 AM
Beautiful shot, 9 from me.
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01/27/2006 05:23:10 AM
fabulous
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01/27/2006 05:04:04 AM
Nice lighting, and good composition
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01/26/2006 10:14:52 PM
This is wonderful! I especially like the central buck's positioning - facing the camera with subtle lighting on the face...nice capture!
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01/26/2006 07:53:26 PM
I think maybe a ribbon
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01/26/2006 06:30:28 PM
Stunning
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01/26/2006 05:04:27 PM
I like the silhouettes. Nice work. Welldone :)
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01/26/2006 04:21:36 PM
Great picture,love the antlers.
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01/26/2006 03:26:34 PM
Great shot - color, composition - all good. Things always look better in groups of 3.
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01/26/2006 03:05:49 PM
Beautiful photo........9
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01/26/2006 12:50:00 PM
Great shot...wow, this is excellent. Not much to comment on aside from that. Beautiful.
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01/26/2006 03:42:49 AM
Fabulous silhoettes meet the challenge perfectly. Good luck, this deserves high marks.
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01/26/2006 03:38:04 AM
Wonderful photograph: I love shadow photographs. This one is great because of the colours: they don't distract too much from the subjects, well done!
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01/26/2006 12:25:28 AM
Absolutely beautiful. I wish I had been there.
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01/26/2006 12:03:26 AM
Top Ten for sure.
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01/25/2006 11:00:47 PM
Beautiful picture! I love the sillouette effect against the colored sky.
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01/25/2006 10:42:18 PM
Poster shot :)
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01/25/2006 10:11:58 PM
Works well, very nice photo
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01/25/2006 08:02:22 PM
Very majestic! Beautiful light and I love the progression of the stance from left to right. 8
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01/25/2006 07:38:32 PM
very nice
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01/25/2006 06:35:47 PM
I love the lighting. Great pic!
01/25/2006 05:42:35 PM
Simply magnificent... Unbelievable... 10
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01/25/2006 05:06:52 PM
10
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01/25/2006 03:06:56 PM
Great photo (8)
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01/25/2006 03:03:06 PM
Gorgeous!! I love how you can see the faintest detail and the light is wonderful! Congrats on such a great capture!
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01/25/2006 02:43:56 PM
Very Nice... Interesting... Layers of the same subject or are they all different individuals? Regardless... I give it a 10
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01/25/2006 12:17:45 PM
Very nice. Gorgeous color and strong silhouettes. I like that they are staggered in size. The best I've seen thus far. This should be a winner.
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01/25/2006 11:24:11 AM
very beautiful
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01/25/2006 11:10:46 AM
wow! 9 from me. i like it.
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01/25/2006 08:25:18 AM
Wonderful. If this doesn't win, I'll be shocked! Congratulations in advance!
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01/25/2006 07:52:49 AM
this is beautifull, def 1 of my favourite!!
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01/25/2006 07:42:52 AM
awsome shot 9!!
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01/25/2006 07:22:42 AM
Lovely shot. I really like the effect here.
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01/25/2006 07:22:10 AM
Beautiful silhouette - I like the way you've included a trio with the nearest one also being sideways on. Works well.
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01/25/2006 06:51:55 AM
excellent silhouettes..stunning comp..really hard to get THE shot when animals are your subject...well done...good luck..8
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01/25/2006 06:40:46 AM
Stunning! I hope you do well!
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01/25/2006 02:30:13 AM
Beautiful composition!
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01/25/2006 02:08:08 AM
Great picture. Too bad there isn't more detail on the bucks.
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01/25/2006 02:05:54 AM
Incredible image. :)
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01/25/2006 01:40:29 AM
Awesome shot!!! Congratulations on a ribbon.
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01/25/2006 01:32:37 AM
beautiful
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01/25/2006 01:13:09 AM
nice silhouttes of elk, I am not fond of this type of photo, know others are, good luck with it
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01/25/2006 12:38:03 AM
love the siloettes here! my what big racks they have....
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01/25/2006 12:25:00 AM
wow. great silhouettes. I wish the land wasn't slanted. but this is a very nice image. well done.
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01/25/2006 12:16:53 AM
whoa... majestic looking!
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