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Yo_Spiff


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Challenge: Constructed By Nature (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
Date: Feb 13, 2010
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Feb 16, 2010

Shot during the Shreveport Mardi Gras GTG. The ray of light and bird were a fortuitous accident that I didn't even notice at the time I snapped the shutter. I think it was the element that took this over the top, however.

Acceptance speech Post-challenge notes:
Wow! I was hopeful for a 6+ on this, but never dreamed it could possibly ribbon until partway into the challenge when it hit a 7. Then it had me on the edge of my seat the rest of the week.

Thanks to all the folks that have helped me to learn what I needed to achieve a shot like this, and especially to 21.gif Kawesttex for knowing exactly where to take us Sunday morning.

A few people made mention that this was one of 3 very similar shots in this challenge. Yup. In fact they overlap. We didn't choose the overlapping scenes interntionally, but I think it's kind of fun how that worked out.
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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 119
Avg (all users): 7.2242
Avg (commenters): 8.4500
Avg (participants): 6.7170
Avg (non-participants): 7.3824
Views since voting: 7457
Views during voting: 436
Votes: 223
Comments: 119
Favorites: 29 (view)


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01/05/2013 07:28:07 PM
This has always been a favorite; beautiful image.
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07/22/2012 10:34:24 PM
WOW THIS IS ANOTHER FAVORITE LOVE THIS AND THE OTHER ONE THAT I ADDED TO FAVORITES WHICH BOTH HAVE A SIMILAR STYLE AND LOOK RE THE SOFTNESS AND THE REFLECTIONS... LOVE IT THANKS YOU FROM SHEZ
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08/18/2011 08:21:31 AM
Just coming across this now; its a great shot for the color blocking the faded pink to blue is great- the trees just add to it. great shot.
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06/02/2010 02:29:27 AM
if this had a tad more green tinge to it id want it in my living room! its gorgeous!
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03/02/2010 12:02:11 PM
What a hauntingly beautiful image, so glad to see you won the blue!
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03/02/2010 03:48:27 AM
Congrats!!! Beautiful shot.
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03/01/2010 10:48:08 PM
Amazing shot! Congrats!
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03/01/2010 08:37:24 PM
Beautiful Image!! Congratulations on this well deserved blue.
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03/01/2010 06:25:26 PM
Very nice!! And a big congrats.
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03/01/2010 10:32:57 AM
wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww .. a blue :) what a pleasent suprise .. congratulation buddy ..
I am sending you a virtual drink :) Cheers ..
A breath taking picture, the kind that makes me say ... sheeeesh .. I wish I took this one :)
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03/01/2010 08:39:21 AM
7+ Wow -- Very well done. You should shoot more landscapes as you seen to have a knack for it.
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03/01/2010 01:40:15 AM
It's like a dream. Congrats on the blue.
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02/28/2010 11:12:29 PM
gorgeous! congrats on the blue and the great score!
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02/28/2010 05:22:08 PM
Wow! Sorry to sound cliche but I'm lost for an appropriate superlative! Congratulations!
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02/27/2010 07:23:08 PM
Wow... 7.2 score, your first blue, and 104 comments. The number of comments is reflective of what you bring to the DPC community. Huge congrats on this :)
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02/27/2010 02:00:30 PM
Gorgeous scene, well done on your Blue!!!!!!!!!!!!
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02/26/2010 06:49:38 PM
Congrats. Great comp, lighting and DOF.
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02/26/2010 04:34:52 PM
Pretty amazing shot Steve. Congrats on your ribbon.
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02/26/2010 03:35:35 PM
Congrats Spiff on a well deserved Ribbon!
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02/26/2010 03:19:27 PM
dude this is awsome
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02/26/2010 03:18:27 PM
nice Job uncle steve
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02/26/2010 10:19:16 AM
Dude, sweet. Blue's a nice colour for ya! ;-)
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02/25/2010 10:43:09 PM
Beautiful stuff, Steve. Congrats on your blue.
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02/25/2010 11:42:31 AM
Congratulations on finding a mysterious scene, photographing it well and then transforming it, perhaps with a bit of magic, into this lovely image.

Well done and a well deserved high score.
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02/24/2010 11:19:16 PM
Hey 21.gif Yo_Spiff! I'm really happy to see that you got this blue! You'r a memorable and gentle person here in dpc so this is in good hands. It's a great shot! I love the contrast and the misterious mood of the bird sitting on the tree. I gave it a 10. Great work! Keep like that!

Message edited by author 2010-02-24 23:36:57.
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02/24/2010 07:58:13 PM
Hey Yo!!
Congratulations!!!
This is a great shot!!! Looks like a dream!!! Very well done!!
Very well deserved ribbon!!
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02/24/2010 07:28:12 PM
Beautiful Image.It has a great mood to it.The bird adds some life in the shot too.Great lighting also.Congratulations on the Blue Ribbon and Congratulations to the Saints and Saints Fans.Have a good one Yo,Alan
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02/24/2010 06:56:11 PM
Love this composition and colors is perfect. Congrats on your Blue!!
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02/24/2010 06:02:18 PM
I knew I had good taste (on this side of the lens). ; ) Didn't grade anyone higher. Well deserved. Congratulations.
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02/24/2010 05:25:40 PM
Great take Steve, well done on your blue. Lets hope it the start of many more to come!
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02/24/2010 04:48:01 PM
Congratulations Steve on the blue. Lovely shot, and couldn't have gone to a nicer guy :)
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02/24/2010 03:53:57 PM
Hey Steve....congrats on the ribbon. Well deserved.
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02/24/2010 03:52:13 PM
Awesome shot Steve! Huge congrats on the very well deserved blue!
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02/24/2010 03:16:57 PM
OMG Spiffy! Congrats on the blue, great work, a fantastic shot! WOOT! :-)
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02/24/2010 02:55:24 PM
Congrats on the blue, now go finish the set and get the yellow. :)
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02/24/2010 01:44:39 PM
Congratulations!! Very well deserved!!
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02/24/2010 01:34:25 PM
Didn't get a chance to vote or comment (things have been busy lately) but look at this wonderful gem!

Love the reflections and haze that make this a surreal dreamscape. The muted early morning colors give a 'watercolor' look to this capture. As my eyes travel within the mists a single ray of light draws my eye upward. There. In the tree, sits a single lone bird. The forest lays quiet as it listens to the trill of this solitary bird. This very much captures one of those 'hold your breath and just observe the beauty' moments. Beautiful...and a very lucky capture from your description.

Congrats on your first Blue Steve!
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02/24/2010 01:22:05 PM
Steve - congrats on the Blue with a beautiful scene and yes - the shaft of light and the bird do give the perfect finishing touch to this shot.
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02/24/2010 12:47:35 PM
WOW!!! Congratulations on a beautiful entry.
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02/24/2010 11:50:35 AM
Congrats on your new PB!
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02/24/2010 11:18:35 AM
Nice job Steve. Congrats!
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02/24/2010 10:32:00 AM
Huge congrats on your Blue.

Raj
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02/24/2010 09:40:12 AM
CONGRATULATIONS SPIFF!!!!
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02/24/2010 09:35:41 AM
Congrats! This was my favorite.
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02/24/2010 08:53:39 AM
Excellent. So glad to see this won. Congrats.
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02/24/2010 08:47:18 AM
it's beautiful....congratulations!
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02/24/2010 08:02:02 AM
Congratulations on your Blue. It is well deserved.
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02/24/2010 07:54:33 AM
Woohooo congrats Steve!! Great shot & well deserved ribbon
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02/24/2010 07:27:49 AM
Congrats Steve. Beautiful image.
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02/24/2010 07:13:31 AM
A BLUE!!!! I'm so excited for you! Wow, I've been out of the loop. I can't believe I missed this. Soooo amazing.
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02/24/2010 07:09:20 AM
Nice job on getting the Blue.
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02/24/2010 06:53:21 AM
Congratulations on an awesome shot. The ray of light on the bird is just incredible. Great job!
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02/24/2010 06:30:43 AM
Congrats to you! Your name, YO, is in the word BaYOu, how fitting!
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02/24/2010 06:24:48 AM
Very nice. Congrats on your first Blue. Woohoo!!!
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02/24/2010 06:08:02 AM
Great job, that was a good weekend. Congrats on the BLUE!! The lake has now produced 4 PBs including your Blue.
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02/24/2010 05:57:12 AM
'Bout d@mn time, Steve! Magnificent image! It just pisses me off that you have a higher score than I do for a PB! LOL!!! I am REALLY happy for you! You'll be walkin' on air for a while! My heartiest congrats!
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02/24/2010 05:55:12 AM
Congratulations! Well deserved.
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02/24/2010 05:35:46 AM
Way to go, Steve. Beautiful shot. Major CONGRATS!
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02/24/2010 05:35:04 AM
congrats man
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02/24/2010 04:21:16 AM
wheeee!!!!!!!!!!! You did it!! A blue and a 7.2!

Awesome, awesome shot. Congrats!!
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02/24/2010 04:06:53 AM
Congrats man! :)
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02/24/2010 03:36:33 AM
mighty congrats for this - a very popular result
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02/24/2010 03:29:42 AM
congrats on your blue, a fav!
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02/24/2010 03:17:14 AM
Go Yo! Congrats on the Blue - a wonderfully atmospheric photo.
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02/24/2010 02:44:05 AM
DUDE! You rocked the vote with this image! Congrats on blue and PB and a kickass score!
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02/24/2010 02:30:46 AM
Congrats on your first Blue. It is well deserved with a shot like this.
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02/24/2010 02:21:52 AM
HUGE congrats on the 7+... this image is different from the rest... it comports with the regular photography criteria but also has depth.. awesome
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02/24/2010 02:19:55 AM
Way to go Yo_Spiff!!!!!
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02/24/2010 02:11:36 AM
Congrats on the first blue!
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02/24/2010 01:57:52 AM
Excellent!
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02/24/2010 01:51:58 AM
Beautiful Yo!
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02/24/2010 01:11:49 AM
Stunning shot! Congrats on the blue and a PB!
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02/24/2010 01:10:39 AM
Wonderful image! Congratulations on the ribbon!
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02/24/2010 12:58:56 AM
Nice job Steve! had this as one of my top scorers!
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02/24/2010 12:32:21 AM
HUGE Congrats on winning the Blue !!!! This is such a beautiful shot
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02/24/2010 12:28:33 AM
Congrats on your Blue and first of many 7+ scores to come I'm sure!
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02/24/2010 12:20:27 AM
Congrats Steve. It's been a fun long week interacting and watching you online almost permanently. Well done mate!
Yes I picked it and the other 2, "ooooh", "ooooh x 2" and your 1st comment "ooooh x 3" placing this one as the blue. 10 for a magnificent shot.
Now go get some sleep.
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02/24/2010 12:16:08 AM
Bravo
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02/24/2010 12:15:48 AM
Dude! A blue and a new Personal Best! Why, I can still remember when that old rusty car was your top shot. And I still think the shoehorn fly is your best on that top row... :-) Congrats!
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02/24/2010 12:14:25 AM
Nicely done. Finally a blue! Love the bird!
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02/24/2010 12:13:29 AM
Woo Hoo! You Go Yo!!!
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02/24/2010 12:12:24 AM
Congrats on the blue, Steve. This got one of my highest votes. Lovely work!
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02/24/2010 12:12:18 AM
how wonderful. congratulations.
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02/24/2010 12:12:03 AM
Wonderful image...Congrats on Blue!
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02/24/2010 12:10:27 AM
Congrats!!
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02/24/2010 12:08:00 AM
what an excellent shot well wrth the blue
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02/24/2010 12:07:32 AM
Outstanding job Steve! Congrats on your first blue and second ribbon my friend. Also, a great new PB, and you will now have to start filling that profile page with 7's!

Couldn't be more happier for you and that new 50D. Way to make your mark on that camera page as well. :)

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02/24/2010 12:06:44 AM
WTG!! Very nice!!
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02/24/2010 12:06:16 AM
Wow!! CONGRATULATIONS!
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02/24/2010 12:06:03 AM
I loved that light shining on the bird - simply gorgeous! Congrats on your new PB and your first blue!!!
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02/24/2010 12:04:48 AM
yo dude, this is gorgeous. big congrats!
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02/24/2010 12:04:20 AM
Congratulations! This is just beautiful. Well done.
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02/24/2010 12:03:35 AM
Congrats!
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02/24/2010 12:03:24 AM
Congrats Steve, beautiful!
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02/24/2010 12:03:19 AM
Way to go Spiff! A personal best and #3 on the 50D list. :-)
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02/24/2010 12:03:13 AM
Damn, yet another beauty from the Barksdale lake, lol. That's three very high scoring shots from there!
Love this shot. Congrats on the blue ribbon.
(Maybe you guys will start going to the Shreveport GTGs every year!!) :P
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02/24/2010 12:03:08 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon, I missed this shot, but you sure deserve it.

Message edited by author 2010-02-24 00:05:51.
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02/24/2010 12:02:28 AM
well well well, good for you!
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02/24/2010 12:02:14 AM
OMG you got your ribbon!!! you must be over the moon...congrats to you!!!! YIPPY
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2010 09:20:19 PM
Beautiful scene and I just love the bird in the tree, maybe waiting for the fog to clear to start looking for food.
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02/22/2010 07:21:30 PM
Beautiful shot. Should do very well in the voting.
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02/22/2010 02:39:29 PM
Stunning bayou entry. I like the contrast between the brown water and blue sky. 2/22 Review & bump up to 8.
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02/22/2010 12:59:17 PM
hope this does well - love the tones and reflections and of course the bird.
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02/22/2010 08:40:54 AM
Love the tonal contrasts.
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02/19/2010 12:42:40 PM
Beautiful and dreamy. Love the little bird sat on the branch :)
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02/19/2010 12:42:15 PM
huntingly romantic
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02/19/2010 12:41:30 PM
beautiful picture
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02/19/2010 10:14:18 AM
beautiful picture - serenity personified
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02/18/2010 11:31:59 PM
love this photo
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02/18/2010 06:21:30 PM
Wow, Great photo. The column of light on the bird is fantastic.
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02/18/2010 06:15:57 PM
Ethereal. A lovely image.
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02/18/2010 07:31:14 AM
stunning piece of work!
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02/18/2010 12:48:23 AM
Weird, there are two other entries looking very very similar to this one.. Colour is a bit strange, I wonder if it worked better in bw
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02/17/2010 03:51:22 PM
congratulationes that is very nice pic. it is my dream.
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02/17/2010 09:44:50 AM
This is the kind of photograph I wish I had taken....
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02/17/2010 08:51:52 AM
The bird is the piece de resistance. Beautiful subtle rule of thirds. My pick of the challenge.
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02/17/2010 08:49:25 AM
This is beautiful
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02/17/2010 04:19:42 AM
love this shot! i like the different hues and silhouette created by the trees and the fog. great shot!
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02/17/2010 12:26:35 AM
Ooooooh x 3 and the bird caught in a ray of sunshine. Lovely!
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