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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: krapina - croatia
Date: Mar 8, 2009
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/350 s
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2009

an outtake :-)

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the story >

this was taken on saturday afternoon while i was treating my wine yard, while i was walking trough i saw something moving behind the leaves and i saw this nest with 4 blackbirds, i immediately stopped with treatment because i'm sure the spray would probably kill the little birds very quickly.

then i moved the nest to the nearest tree, it was small plum 10 meters away, i took the shot in between the "migration" :-)

next 2 days while i was in my wine yard i checked them and they were fine, i even saw an grown up blackbirds flying away from the plum tree where i left the nest.

5 days later they were dead. i thought i saved them but apparently ... not.

after all this is my best scoring photo for now but since the story is not very happy i don't like the photo at all, it might be photographically good and shoot in right moment and stuff ... but ... you know.

peace,

goran

Statistics
Place: 56 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.5976
Avg (commenters): 7.6750
Avg (participants): 6.5855
Avg (non-participants): 6.6623
Views since voting: 1184
Views during voting: 734
Votes: 492
Comments: 91
Favorites: 17 (view)


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07/05/2009 12:03:28 PM
Such a sad tale to go with such a beautiful photograph. :-(
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03/19/2009 10:49:05 PM
very cute little guys. sad story though, seems to happen oh so often
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03/18/2009 02:58:55 PM
Awwwwww... I really feel for your heavy heart on this story.

As a human being who was out doing your work and spraying, you did what you thought was best in moving the little ones to a place where you believed they would have a better chance at survival.

There is also the very real possibility that if they were alive two days later and then not a few days after that, that something might have happened to the mother herself, in which case nothing could have saved them.

Please don't be so hard on yourself and love this picture again. If not, their lives and the enjoyment they have brought others will not be in vain, but you will be depriving yourself of the joy of having been there to witness the miracle that they were.

Message edited by author 2009-03-18 15:15:25.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:35:40 PM
Amazing capture. National Geographic material for sure --- and begging for a great caption. Send this one to DPC Prints!!
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03/17/2009 10:19:29 PM
Excellent focus and POV. I like the title, it's perfectly fitting the pohto.
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03/17/2009 09:45:49 PM
Favorite here! This is just too cute and wonderful..
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03/17/2009 09:27:47 PM
The detail you have achieved with your photograph and the the colors are great. I like the DOF used. Great capture.
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03/17/2009 09:07:38 PM
OMG, how cute are they! Love the expression and downy little head feathers; you got great detail.
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03/17/2009 08:49:16 PM
Where was Mom? They don't like you to interfere. Nice Composition..
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03/17/2009 07:51:46 PM
Wow what a shot. Great timing.
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03/17/2009 07:50:52 PM
What an amazing find! This is not something I've ever seen in person, though I would love to. Love the composition.
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03/17/2009 06:20:38 PM
Wow, they're sooo young, how did you get this close without getting attacked by mom? Great DOF.
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03/17/2009 05:51:39 PM
An amazing photograph. What more can I say?
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03/17/2009 04:06:29 PM
Wow... incredible shot, and probably really difficult to get. One of the best I have seen so far (Im about 500 photos in)

OK... I have seen, and commented on all the photos, and can say that I think your shot should ribbon. 10
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03/17/2009 12:32:06 AM
Great DOF and tones.
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03/16/2009 10:55:25 PM
Oh! How adorably ugly! *grin* I would have cropped a bit off the top, but this is well captured.

Not voting yet.
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03/16/2009 10:01:09 PM
Or the one who squeaks the loudest gets the worm? Very nice picture, great lighting and colors.
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03/16/2009 07:01:08 PM
Nice composition with lovely colors.
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03/16/2009 06:47:37 PM
This is a wonderful "momment in time" photo you should be proud of. The focus is extraordinary at directing your eye right where you wanted it. That's reinforced by the color. Subject's terrific. Among best in show.
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03/16/2009 05:36:41 PM
Nice sharp detail, good DOF
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03/16/2009 09:21:57 AM
Wow - pretty cool. Not something you see everyday.
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03/16/2009 05:28:29 AM
Very well taken. I like the way you have avoided the busy look of the image by might be nice processing.
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03/16/2009 12:02:59 AM
Little Jimmy was the eldest of his siblings, and as such found himself in the position of caring for them now and then. He would help feed them if his mother was too busy fighting a flock of crows. He would admonish them if they got into too much mischief. He would teach them all that he knew, and he would do everything that a bigger brother could, for he took his responsibility seriously.

Indeed, so it was that on cold dark nights when their mother was late coming home from hunting, he would even tuck them in, kiss them goodnight, and then begin a heartfelt singing of their favorite lullabye.
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03/15/2009 10:08:00 PM
so sweet- imo yellows could be a bit less
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03/15/2009 07:18:54 PM
The miracle of life - how sweet and well done. I might have wanted to clone out the little weed over the chick if it's allowed, but a nice shot none the less.
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03/15/2009 01:16:25 PM
Back to comment and bump: One of a kind and a now one of my favorites. 10
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03/15/2009 12:10:16 PM
a face only a mother could love! and you really caught it spot on
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03/15/2009 11:49:52 AM
OMG! This is too cute!
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03/15/2009 09:15:54 AM
This is a great shot. I love what you have captured here. One of my favorites in the challenge.
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03/15/2009 07:30:50 AM
Wonderful colored young birds.
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03/15/2009 05:19:57 AM
great moment
7
brano
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03/15/2009 02:47:58 AM
I can almost hear their screams, wonderful, 8
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03/15/2009 01:04:06 AM
So precious!! What a great find. Beautiful capture.
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03/14/2009 11:06:07 PM
Wow, pretty cool, not something you see everyday.
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03/14/2009 10:45:54 PM
cute:)
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03/14/2009 08:56:30 PM
Precious moment captured. This is a special photograph and I hope it brings you deserved recognition even outside of dpc. Well done.
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03/14/2009 07:41:02 PM
Sharpness is great and DOF adds to a lovely capture.
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03/14/2009 05:20:26 PM
Coming back to comment...

Oh goodness! They are soooo sweet!
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03/14/2009 05:05:46 PM
Well shot and titled....
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03/14/2009 04:57:16 PM
This is such a neat shot--Enough of the majestic birds of prey, eh? :)
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03/14/2009 01:24:03 PM
Very nice capture
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03/14/2009 08:47:01 AM
Delightful, wonderful image. Beautifully captured. 8
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03/14/2009 06:00:17 AM
That is awesome, great perspective
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03/14/2009 04:33:24 AM
love it! fantastic capture and composition, very nice
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03/14/2009 01:18:15 AM
Ohhhh! I love this! What a great wildlife photo! Magazine material.
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03/13/2009 11:06:05 PM
aww,this is awesome! What am amazing opportunity to capture something like this.
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03/13/2009 09:39:19 PM
Brilliant capture, 2nd fav so far 8
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03/13/2009 08:35:44 PM
What a perfect title to complement a great shot.
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03/13/2009 08:03:43 PM
whoa... thats somehow gross and cute at the same time.

great depth of field though- while keeping it nice and sharp.
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03/13/2009 06:45:35 PM
Great capture.
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03/13/2009 05:15:58 PM
This is great!
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03/13/2009 02:57:08 PM
These wildlife photos are killing me! Im a sucker for them
10
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03/13/2009 02:55:38 PM
Nice shot. Good color and action.
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03/13/2009 01:58:39 PM
Great capture! Perfect DOF.
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03/13/2009 01:22:07 PM
this is such a special image ... it's not often that a human can get so close to a nest with such tiny babies ...
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03/13/2009 12:50:05 PM
Amazing.. nice color
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03/13/2009 10:45:22 AM
Great chick shot but i would have preferred less blur and the twig removed on the bottom one
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03/13/2009 10:08:23 AM
Love the color and the light
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03/13/2009 04:36:27 AM
life .. the start can often be very touch and go .. looking at these very new chicks i wonder if they survived .. its a great shot .. love that hungry little mouth, the eyes that have never opened, the nearly featherless bodies .. some would think ugly, but to me they are very very cute .. the nest surrounding them is perfect .. its like enclosed and protective ..:)
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03/13/2009 03:00:35 AM
fantastic details
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03/12/2009 11:22:02 PM
Holy smokes!!! How!!?? This is so amazing. Great detail on the "singing" fella, love the texture of the twigs, and the amazing color of the beaks and closed eyes. Could be a little sharper, but a fave.
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03/12/2009 09:09:49 PM
Hello National Geographic! Nice!
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03/12/2009 08:45:46 PM
This is just great! It's amusing, it's awe-inspiring, it's poignant, it's what a nature photograph ought to be :-) Bumping...
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03/12/2009 07:19:43 PM
Spot on! Great job.

Every time I look through, I rate this photo higher - I like it more each time.

10
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03/12/2009 07:05:47 PM
Baby birds just aren't the cutest things are they? But what a shot! The detail is wonderful, exposure spot on.
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03/12/2009 05:11:16 PM
awesome capture, we don't often get to see this
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03/12/2009 04:21:21 PM
Oh my, what a WONDERFUL shot!
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03/12/2009 03:03:10 PM
great capture
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03/12/2009 02:34:50 PM
You snooze, you lose!
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03/12/2009 02:30:37 PM
Excellent capture. 10
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03/12/2009 01:40:24 PM
What an extraordinary capture! 9.
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03/12/2009 01:12:18 PM
Excellent capture.
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03/12/2009 11:20:18 AM
great use of colors. Love the blue and green on the eyes
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03/12/2009 10:34:18 AM
This has a lot of awww factor. Too cute for words..
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03/12/2009 09:59:42 AM
Beautiful and amazing.
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03/12/2009 09:51:11 AM
Very very sweet. Good title and nice natural lighting.
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03/12/2009 02:39:23 AM
UhhhhhhMazing!
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03/12/2009 12:39:23 AM
Awesome shot. Great dof and a good mixture of textures and colors.
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03/11/2009 03:27:34 PM
Very nice. Hope mama bird didn't see you near.
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03/11/2009 03:06:40 PM
Great shot! Great job focusing on the hungry little bugger!
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03/11/2009 02:38:46 PM
ohhhh, they are so tiny and soooo ugly...hard to imagine that they will be beautiful birds someday soon, do you know what kind of bird this is?
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03/11/2009 02:19:37 PM
great detail and i like the fact that the nest is out of focus. great shot
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03/11/2009 12:44:50 PM
This is my first image to vote on of the challenge and it happens to be a favorite of mine and well worth a 10. This is simply delightful and the PP is extraordinary. I wish you luck!!!
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03/11/2009 11:05:27 AM
They're so ugly, their cute! Great focus on the chick on top!
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03/11/2009 10:26:10 AM
Congratulations on being part of this 1000th challenge on DPC. Keep up the good work!!
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03/11/2009 08:58:46 AM
Feed me! Great selective focus.
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03/11/2009 08:34:57 AM
Nice job. I like the centered composition.
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03/11/2009 07:43:35 AM
this is fantastic captured. Especially like these little feathers on his head, Title works also good. - Well done!
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03/11/2009 07:19:07 AM
Stunning wildlife portrait! The sharpness on the beak and fluffy feathers on that clamouring chick is wonderful and the framing provided by the nest is perfect.
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03/11/2009 06:55:52 AM
Oh wow. What an awsome shot.
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03/11/2009 05:17:46 AM
Hey I almost entered one like this. What kind of babies?
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