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Two Turtle Doves
1st PlaceTwo Turtle Doves
SaraR


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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: 12 Days Of Christmas (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challenge entries
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Canon
Location: Rowntree Park, York
Date: Dec 31, 2006
Aperture: F8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200th
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 31, 2006

OK, I concede these aren't actually Turtle Doves, rather the more standard white variety... I spent some time at the park where the dove cote is. Initially I hoped to get some photos of two doves in flight, but wasn't really happy with the results. Once I spotted this entrance to the cote, with it's pock marked wood it was just a matter of positioning tripod and my feet in a large puddle of rainwater and mud and witing, and waiting, and waiting for the birds to cooperate with a balanced pose.
Post-processing:
crop, dodging and burning, USM, border and resize.
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Wow, Gosh..... I was pleased with this photo, but never expected it to do this well. Thank you all for your congratulations and words of encouragement - I shall have to go and re-adjust my goals for 2007 now!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 58
Avg (all users): 7.0787
Avg (commenters): 8.2174
Avg (participants): 6.7436
Avg (non-participants): 7.1525
Views since voting: 12705
Views during voting: 341
Votes: 216
Comments: 50
Favorites: 17 (view)


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06/30/2014 03:46:34 PM
Love the doves... GREAT shot!
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02/01/2013 07:28:49 AM
Wonderful details.
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01/13/2007 07:22:31 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your first ribbon!
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01/12/2007 09:22:38 AM
Congratulations on your blue with this great capture.
Wonderful composition!
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01/09/2007 11:11:33 PM
Well done, Sara. Great shot.
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01/09/2007 04:31:54 PM
stunning shot ... great contrasts, excellent design certainly deserves a ribbon ...
coincidence ... i was actually looking at your turtle doves when you left comment on my triptych .. like within minutes or possibly seconds ..
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01/09/2007 01:44:07 PM
Well done - an apt and pleasant image. I'd be proud to have this in my portfolio.
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01/09/2007 08:06:55 AM
Congratulations on your Blue with this wonderfully captured composition!
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01/08/2007 12:44:52 PM
Fantastic. great shot. congrats.
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01/08/2007 10:01:52 AM
Many Congrats! My top choice won - yeaaa!
This is an awesome shot - went right into my favs! Congrats on your BLUE!!!!!
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01/08/2007 09:25:33 AM
congrats on the blue - looks like your waiting paid off :)
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01/08/2007 09:18:29 AM
Very nice, congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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01/08/2007 07:25:25 AM
sweet shot, congrats.
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01/08/2007 07:19:53 AM
This is AWESOME! Congratulations on a very deserving top spot in this challenge!
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01/08/2007 05:27:16 AM
I'm so glad this took the blue - my absolute favorite of the challenge. Congratulations on a great PB and the blue!!
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01/08/2007 04:25:11 AM
Congrat´s Sara, you destroyed the competition in this challenge :)
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01/08/2007 04:17:32 AM
Lovely capture. Worth the wait. Congratulations on your No. 1.
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01/08/2007 02:58:41 AM
Great, well balanced shot, well deserved ribbon. Congrats
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01/08/2007 01:39:33 AM
I wondered about the species! Nice job and well deserved.
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01/08/2007 01:37:41 AM
Sara, many congratulations on your first ribbon here!
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01/08/2007 01:00:53 AM
Congrats on the blue.
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01/08/2007 12:48:36 AM
Beautiful shot Sara, big congratulations on your blue ribbon.
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01/08/2007 12:14:27 AM
Sweet!! Congrats on the blue ribbon!!!
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01/08/2007 12:09:37 AM
Wonderful image here, and so pleased you got a "blue" ribbon, and this is you first "blue", so that nmake it all more special.....
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01/08/2007 12:09:15 AM
Congrats on ribbon
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2007 04:53:50 PM
charming.
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01/06/2007 11:25:08 PM
my favorite in the challenge by far. 10
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01/06/2007 05:40:56 PM
Not bad. I think it leans a bit to the left. Would skip the frame.
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01/06/2007 01:15:46 PM
best of the lot
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01/04/2007 10:04:41 PM
I can only imagine what it took to get this shot. It's a wonderful capture. Great composition, exposure dead on, and it meets the challenge dead-on. On top of which, it's very enjoyable. 10
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01/04/2007 06:21:10 PM
Great perspective, but wait a minute...the last photo had grey turtle doves...so DNMC. Just kidding. I think you may have a winner here. Very sharp, good job of not blowing the whites. 8.
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01/04/2007 02:14:34 PM
Very nice photograph, wonderful detail in that wood grain!
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01/04/2007 02:33:32 AM
I wouldn't know if these were turtle doves but it's a lovely image.
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01/04/2007 01:15:44 AM
Best turtle dove shot out of the lot! 9
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01/03/2007 10:26:55 PM
My favorite of the challenge....fabulous composition & clarity <my only 10 given!>
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01/03/2007 06:10:30 PM
Nice lighting and detail. And exactly 2 birds :-)
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01/03/2007 01:22:02 PM
good pose, captured well. seven
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01/02/2007 12:53:04 PM
Not sure if those are turtle doves, but close enough. I really like the composition.
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01/02/2007 05:54:18 AM
This is lovely - 10 - Pity the bird at the top didn't cooperate a bit more and turn his head forward just a bit more.
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01/01/2007 07:50:59 PM
I love the simplicity of this image, nice capture.
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01/01/2007 03:04:41 PM
I really like this one alot!! Very nice!!!
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01/01/2007 09:58:47 AM
Very nice shot. One of my top picks. Back to bump you up to 8.
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01/01/2007 08:36:17 AM
Nice !! You´r in my top 3
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01/01/2007 06:54:43 AM
Excellent composition.
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01/01/2007 04:29:57 AM
EXCELLENT 10
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01/01/2007 01:39:17 AM
Love everything about it! 10
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01/01/2007 01:30:36 AM
Beautiful shot. Love the composition. They almost look as if they are posing for you.
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01/01/2007 01:14:54 AM
Gorgeous shot!
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01/01/2007 12:29:02 AM
Happy New Year - 10
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01/01/2007 12:10:08 AM
excellent...should do well in a small challenge...great shot
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