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Rainy Day Raptor
2nd PlaceRainy Day Raptor
trevytrev


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: St Louis MO
Date: Mar 28, 2009
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2010

Another shot from my series of photos of this awesome bird. Other than photos of my two children this series of shots is near the top of my all time shots, just for the experience alone.

[Jan. 28th, 2010 11:25:55 PM]

About an hour from rollover and I stand to have a PB and the long sought 7.0. I doubt the 7.13 that I'm at will be enough for a ribbon but hope to land in the top ten. The series of shots of this bird has been very good to me here at DPC with four entries and the lowest score being a 6.6 and another giving me a yellow. As I stated before in my other entries this bird was amazing and let me get so close to her(assuming it was a her since she was rather big). These shots are not only my best of the year, they are some of the best I've ever taken. Thanks all for the great comments and votes and thanks to this beautiful bird for being a great model.

Wow, a ribbon, a 7 and a PB! Thanks so much and I'm amazed at all the great shots in this challenge.

Here are links to the other three challenge entriesCopyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_778583.jpg Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_777863.jpgCopyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_777595.jpg

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 445
Avg (all users): 7.1560
Avg (commenters): 8.1000
Avg (participants): 7.0969
Avg (non-participants): 7.3704
Views since voting: 6902
Views during voting: 463
Votes: 250
Comments: 75
Favorites: 17 (view)


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02/02/2010 05:16:38 PM
Such a beastly animal... He doesn't look to beastly in this shot..I want to cuddle him..haha
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02/01/2010 08:47:33 PM
This is just perfect, congratulations on the ribbon, and on the fact you had the opportunity to photograph this beautiful raptor. Well done!!
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02/01/2010 01:47:52 PM
quality, congrats
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01/31/2010 08:57:21 PM
Wow!!
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01/31/2010 03:05:00 AM
Congratulations!!! What a beautiful shot.
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01/30/2010 08:35:43 PM
Hey, you owe this bird big time! Congrats on both the ribbon and the chance to photography this great hawk!
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01/30/2010 11:12:42 AM
congratulations on a splendid entry.
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01/30/2010 06:44:27 AM
Awesome Trevor! Congrats on your ribbon!
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01/29/2010 07:44:07 PM
Great shot. Can you tell me how far you were from the subject?
Thanks.
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01/29/2010 03:14:20 PM
gratz on your placing! i too, am just short of that 7.0. second place on the best of 2009 is quite a feat don't you think? good for you!
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01/29/2010 02:01:01 PM
Great challenge to get you first RED in. Well deserved too. It's a brilliant shot.
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01/29/2010 12:56:40 PM
Congratulations and yes, this was one of my favorite images in the challenge!!
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01/29/2010 12:39:00 PM
congratulations on the most amazing shot and ribbon AND PB .. !!!!! .. you got excellent mileage out'v that bird and its heart warming to see that you received such a great score when ppl might'v seen the subject before .. love the rain and the amazing sharpness of the bird .. the wet feathers and how they look blown is fantastic .. definitely very deserving of such a great place in the 'best of' .. :)
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01/29/2010 11:07:03 AM
Beautiful photo! I'm glad that it won a ribbon!
Just two questions that I "have" to know now LOL Was it rain or snow (my guess is rain given the background) and secondly, was this taken through a window? :) Just curiosity now. :)
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01/29/2010 10:27:24 AM
WOW! Congrats! Spectacular capture.
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01/29/2010 09:53:33 AM
PURE AWESOMENESS! Congrats!!!
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01/29/2010 09:49:36 AM
I've never seen a raptor this fluffed up lol. The rain is an added textural bonus. Congrats on the ribbon and a new PB!
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01/29/2010 09:45:55 AM
I'm thrilled that this one did so well. It's such a beautiful image.
Congrats on your ribbon!!!
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01/29/2010 09:44:32 AM
I love this image - could look at it for hours (and probably will ;-)
So glad it did well, it's so deserving of a ribbon. Congratulations.
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01/29/2010 09:40:43 AM
WOW WOW WOW Trevor !!!! You deserve this one , my friend :)
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01/29/2010 09:04:28 AM
Congratulations, Trevor. Beautiful photo and a new personal best (and in this of all challenges). Well done!
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01/29/2010 08:48:01 AM
Oh how I loved LOVED this photo the minute I saw it in voting. Everything EVERYTHING came together perfectly to make this a stunning work of art. Congratulations -- So many levels of reward here -- and so deserving!

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01/29/2010 08:38:11 AM
Wow, fantastic capture..congrats on the Red!
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01/29/2010 07:32:15 AM
Congrats on your Red ribbon, great capture and timing.
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01/29/2010 03:57:13 AM
Originally posted by GiorgioBaruffi:

wow!! such beautiful photograph! stunning details, wonderful background... ok, i have no words... for me a Blue Ribbon here...


ok, i've made a mistake, only a red!!! ;-) well done!!!
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01/29/2010 02:59:15 AM
congratulations on all three (or four?) birds hit with one shot - 7+, PB, ribbon, and yes, a bird. terrific capture as I already stated during challenge.
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01/29/2010 02:01:20 AM
Definitely the best of your shots of this bird! Congratulations on the ribbon, score, and photo!
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01/29/2010 01:41:17 AM
Excellent shot.. Congratulations
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01/29/2010 01:40:23 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon and PB!!
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01/29/2010 12:58:06 AM
Huge congrats on the Red !!! Absolutely well deserved.
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01/29/2010 12:43:21 AM
Stunning image and one I would have loved to have taken. Congrats on a well deserved ribbon!
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01/29/2010 12:13:50 AM
excellent shot...congrats on the ribbon!!!
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01/29/2010 12:05:17 AM
Congratulations! I was expecting it!
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01/29/2010 12:04:03 AM
Congrats on a ribbon and an awesome bird shot! This is the good stuff. Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 09:38:50 PM
what a capture!
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01/28/2010 09:25:36 PM
I like that this is different from most raptor shots. The rain is a plus.
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01/28/2010 09:17:40 PM
That bird looks like he's saying - WTF! Why did I leave the house! Awesome capture.
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01/28/2010 07:33:48 PM
Great, just great :0
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01/28/2010 06:40:11 PM
great capture
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01/28/2010 03:48:48 PM
I LOVE the detail in this photos - the feathers, his eye (nice subtle catchlight) and the colors in his beak - just phenomal!!
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01/28/2010 12:03:44 PM
This is not the sort of picture you see every day. Quite wonderful.
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01/28/2010 03:32:37 AM
Simply outstanding! Beautiful capture with excellent DOF,colors & contrast. Nothing less than ..10
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01/27/2010 11:13:14 PM
Very cool capture! Love this!
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01/27/2010 09:30:13 PM
Your timing was impeccable! Certainly not an ordinary capture, and well treated in post.
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01/27/2010 07:28:17 PM
great stop action
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01/27/2010 04:54:13 PM
A nine... lovely job at it all! (10 if the white feathers weren't a smideon without detail)

FABULOUS!!
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01/27/2010 02:01:44 PM
I think i've seen this before--can't remember who! It's a great shot and worthy of the best of.
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01/27/2010 08:57:55 AM
love the bokeh background and the detail in the feathers...excellent focus and colors...very well done
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01/27/2010 08:17:27 AM
excellent capture - the focus really draws us to the hawks eye
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01/26/2010 10:38:40 PM
This is such a fun image! The bird and his perch look just perfect and I absolutely love the blurred background colors. Terrific shot.
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01/26/2010 10:26:54 PM
I remember a similar shot , wonderful details and spot on focus !! 9
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01/25/2010 09:28:38 PM
GREAT detail!
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01/25/2010 07:13:19 PM
I seem to remember seeing this before, but that doesn't take away any magic from this hilarious and rare scene.....7
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01/25/2010 06:42:38 PM
This is an excellent capture. This is my pick for top 3. 10
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01/25/2010 05:59:13 PM
Not his most flattering pose, but a great shot all the same. Nice stop action.
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01/25/2010 02:20:12 PM
beautiful image, love the vignetting.
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01/25/2010 01:37:35 PM
Haha, he looks like he has completely lost his mind! the eyes are like: "Aha! I see you now, cone! I... will... kill...." But his claws/legs are still sane, realy holding on the that rock there, going: "wtf have you been smoking lately? Your own feathers?" Feathers going: "No! We abandoned bird long time ago! I suggest you do the same!"

I don't know where I'm going with this. Was at a Eddie Izzard gig recently. Anyway, 10 and a fav from me. This is an AWESOME bird photo!
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01/25/2010 02:30:14 AM
wow...an excellent bird image...could see this on a book cover...8
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01/24/2010 09:11:38 PM
This cracks me up...not the photo itself...when I saw the thumbnail, I thought I was in for a real train wreck. But when I opened this I was blown away. Now I wonder what I thought I saw on the thumbnail the first time. Very well done!
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01/24/2010 12:05:31 PM
Wow, what a great action shot that is quite different from the typical flying raptors! Look at all those ruffled and wet feathers! You captured such great detail in this nature shot. I have nothing to critique so I am simply going to take another moment to sit back and just enjoy looking at this wild bird trying to get dry. High marks!
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01/23/2010 11:14:16 PM
Lovely. The snow really adds to this image.
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01/23/2010 10:45:54 PM
amazing.
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01/23/2010 09:07:06 PM
Great image, and it seems to capture perfectly how the bird feels (miserable!) 8
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01/23/2010 05:52:29 PM
Scruffy beast, but a magnificent capture. Superb.
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01/23/2010 02:54:26 PM
Wow, just amazing!!! I remember your similar shot from last year. Impressive.
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01/23/2010 11:40:40 AM
I'm normally quite tired of seeing wildlife photos, mainly because they are usually zoo shots of pretty, perfectly groomed animals. I think that's why this one is an exception for me. The wet, ruffled bird just somehow really grabs me. :)
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01/23/2010 10:21:24 AM
Stunning wildlife shot and the snow falling just creates that extra bit of atmosphere and reflects a bit of the harshness of enviroment but also the tenacity of these birds..Wild animals in general as well. Light on eye good. 7 Looking at us would have aded just that much more for me at leats
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01/23/2010 09:08:31 AM
Excellent capture!
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01/23/2010 02:32:22 AM
fantastic color and clarity.
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01/22/2010 10:22:27 PM
A real birdbath! Excellent shooting.
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01/22/2010 07:05:25 PM
Wonderful image. Love the way you captured the bird at the moment he is shaking his feathers with all the water drops flying around. Great detail and lovely dof too.
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01/22/2010 04:25:26 PM
Great shot - so different from the usual beautifully coiffed birds!!!
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01/22/2010 02:47:51 PM
wow!! such beautiful photograph! stunning details, wonderful background... ok, i have no words... for me a Blue Ribbon here...
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01/22/2010 11:49:49 AM
This is one of the jaw dropping amazing picture I was talking about in the score thread! I wish I could vote this a 20!
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01/22/2010 12:15:38 AM
perfect image
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