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Water Fowl at Sunset
Water Fowl at Sunset
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Date: Oct 18, 2008
Aperture: 4
ISO: 50
Shutter: 160
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Oct 18, 2008

This image was taken at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn more here:

www.seaandsageaudubon.org

POST: Thanks for all the comments. Never would have imagined a top 10 in this challenge. One aspect of this image I absolutely love is the timing of the birds. They are each performing the same behavior, just a second or two off pace.


Here is the spot from which I took the shot. I went back the next day, but this guy was well entrenched. So he became my Affluence entry. 21.gif glad2badad saw the connection!
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Statistics
Place: 4 out of 159
Avg (all users): 6.9078
Avg (commenters): 8.3913
Avg (participants): 6.8611
Avg (non-participants): 6.9328
Views since voting: 3557
Views during voting: 431
Votes: 206
Comments: 46
Favorites: 10 (view)


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10/31/2008 07:25:19 PM
Very pretty, lovely colours and reflections.
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10/30/2008 07:20:20 PM
Wow, that's a really good shot. I agree with Alex...should have ribboned.
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10/30/2008 08:01:03 AM
amazing shot
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10/29/2008 09:58:09 AM
Beautiful capture love the colors, congrats on your great finish.
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10/28/2008 05:53:10 PM
Great job Ben! Congrat's!

GO LOVE SHACK!
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10/28/2008 05:45:38 PM
This was one of my 10's in this challenge. I am very happy to see that it did well. I thought this was a wonderful image with the colour, the reeds sort of framing the birds, and the birds being placed in a great spot.

You did a great job with the composition of this and deserve to be at the top of this challenge. congrats. :)

Ernie
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10/28/2008 12:34:21 AM
Originally posted by cujee:

this should've won the blue.


Thanks, but that gull shot is something special.
10/27/2008 03:37:23 PM
this should've won the blue.
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10/27/2008 01:57:25 PM
Love this, the water's like liquid gold. Congrats on 4th place, Ben.
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10/27/2008 06:31:34 AM
Very beautiful! Great colors, nicely captured. Congrats on HM!
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10/27/2008 06:15:56 AM
damn this should have ribboned. Great shot
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10/27/2008 04:47:32 AM
Great 4th place. Your shot got a 9 vote from me.
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10/27/2008 03:20:29 AM
Anyone that takes the time to teach three wildfowl to synchronise their movements just for the sake of a photo deserves to do well -

" ok - guy at the back start eating, number two wait for it . . wait for it . .ok go ! whadda think you are doing number 3 ?? I said WAIT !! "

Quite delightful.
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10/27/2008 02:46:21 AM
Congrats on an excellent score and placement! I do believe you chose the right one based on the placement of the birds - and I quite like the sequencing, too. Very serene, very peaceful.
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10/27/2008 01:18:27 AM
This is an excellent photograph, beautiful colors and great composition!!! Congratulations!!!
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10/27/2008 01:08:19 AM
i really like this especially the foreground. very, very nice.
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10/27/2008 01:06:56 AM
Congrats on your finish. Beautiful shot.
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10/27/2008 12:05:59 AM
Aww, I've been here before. Great shot. Gave it an 8. Wonderful colors.
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10/27/2008 12:05:52 AM
Oooh I gave this high marks. I loved how it looked like they were sitting on liquid gold. Congrats on the HM!
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10/27/2008 12:02:13 AM
Congrats, Ben! Great finish!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/26/2008 11:17:09 PM
The comp and colors are spectacular.
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10/26/2008 10:45:34 PM
This is one of my favorite ones in this challenge!
I just love the golden tone, and the "frame" of the water plants/reflections.
Hope to see this on the frontpage!
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10/26/2008 02:20:47 PM
Nicely composed and captured.
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10/26/2008 10:20:06 AM
Very pleasing photo - interesting and with aesthetic appeal, too.
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10/26/2008 01:47:08 AM
I came back to this a day later and adjusted your score. It went up in case your wondering. Maybe I'll check it again tomorrow and go up even further...
It's a very nice shot and I love the colors. I would have tried to make the green pop a bit more than it's current state. Beautiful composition. Actually after writing my critique I'm adding another point because a few things came to light after closer look. Congrats on your 8
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10/25/2008 04:10:12 AM
this is my favourite so far, well done!
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10/24/2008 12:10:27 PM
I expect this to ribbon. It exudes perfect DPCness. Well done.
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10/23/2008 11:05:49 PM
Beautiful color and composition. 10.
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10/23/2008 10:20:24 PM
Lovely!
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10/23/2008 09:42:30 PM
love the water color. very nice
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10/22/2008 08:34:45 PM
I love the colors, great catch.
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10/22/2008 02:46:38 PM
Gorgeous. Well-composed and that golden water really makes the shot.
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10/22/2008 01:24:19 PM
I love the pattern in the water. Great shot.
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10/22/2008 01:18:08 PM
Great colors and composition.I love the way you caught the golden ripples and reflections in the water.
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10/21/2008 08:34:56 PM
I love this shot, the colour and movement in the water is just gorgeous. And those birds - what crazy beaks they have! The reflections of the reeds frames it beautifully, all in all a wonderful photo!
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10/21/2008 03:11:56 PM
Delightful colours and composition - along with the magic 'Three' included :- )

Deserves to do well
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10/21/2008 02:53:40 PM
very painterly, lovelty colours, looks like you waited for the golden hour. Well done! 10
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10/21/2008 10:23:53 AM
I'm kind of torn on this one. I like the composition and DOF and the detail on the birds, and the patterns in the foreground ripples. The yellow ... kind of overwhelms the image. It's not a color that complements little brown birds. But you lose all the drama if you desaturate it and I'm not sure a hue shift would look natural. Gee, that was helpful, wasn't it? ;-p
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10/20/2008 08:57:44 PM
Gorgeous colors, lovely composition, very nicely done, 8
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10/20/2008 08:29:17 PM
Oh Boy there are some great shots in this challenge..
However, this one is a top pick for me.. Well done!!!
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10/20/2008 08:20:31 PM
I love the texture of the water in the foreground. The birds look good too :)
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10/20/2008 12:49:35 PM
i like the reflections, nice color too
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10/20/2008 12:40:43 PM
Absolutely gorgeous image in terms of the 3 birds themselves, the shapes of water surface, the reeds and their reflections and the way they frame the composition. But that colour seems too rich to be real! Is it??
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10/20/2008 08:43:44 AM
Oh that's beautiful. Loving the golden tones. Nicely composed.
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10/20/2008 06:04:26 AM
9 - Beautiful image.
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10/20/2008 01:11:37 AM
the water looks fantastic...nice image
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