It was Sunday night, and I didn't have anything for this challenge. It had been overcast and raining all week.
We finally had a break in the clouds, so jcar and I went out to the ferry to see if I could find anything. And, of course, the sun went down behind a huge bank of clouds!! There was some color in the sky opposite the sunset, but with the sun going behind the clouds, you didn't get the gorgeous, warm light. So I decided not to enter anything.
At 11:55 PM, I changed my mind. I shot for the challenge, so I might as well enter and get absolutely crushed. So I edited the shot in 3 minutes, entered it with 1 minute to spare, and then felt incredibly stupid afterwards. After all, there's some color in the sky, but I didn't think the light was nearly as warm as it should be for this challenge.
I'm absolutely floored that I'm over 6.
However, there's still 8 hours to go, and I've dropped .1 so far today, so I might not keep the 6. But considered I expected this to be a 4.3, and felt incredibly stupid for entering it last minute, I'm so pleased with the score.
If you bother to shoot for a challenge, you might as well enter, regardless of how it turned out. You may get some wonderful feedback, and you may be pleasantly surprised. Why go through the work unless you follow it through?
(btw, GBH stands for great blue heron. We always call them GBHs in our family.)
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An excellent capture of a Great Blue Heron (I had to look that acronym up as all I could think of was Grievous Bodily Harm :-) ). There is nothing here for me to say un-categorically that this meets the challenge but I will take your work for it. The focus and exposure is perfect and I really like the pose. Well done.