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Challenge: National Geographic II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II
Location: Grand Teton National Park, WY
Date: Jun 24, 2011
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2011

One challenge that I really wanted to do well in was this one! I don't think I had been more excited about a challenge so much before, so I wanted to capture something unique.

I sat in my car for half an hour in Grand Teton and started watching the bisons. Occasionally I would see a flock of birds land on or near a bison and every time the bison would move, the flock of birds would all simultaneously take off. I figured it would be cool to capture this at the perfect moment where the birds had just taken off so they are in my frame in bunches. I also wanted to show a tiny bit of movement and blur in birds' motions. In this instance, the calf was running in front and the mother had just started to take off. The reason they were running was because they wanted to cross the road (I think). The birds all flew in the same direction as the bison and the calf were moving which gave the impression of a stampede to me.

I decided to do very little to no processing to this image because this is how National Geographic would want to see it.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 117
Avg (all users): 7.2929
Avg (commenters): 8.1818
Avg (participants): 7.2034
Avg (non-participants): 7.3580
Views since voting: 4555
Views during voting: 330
Votes: 140
Comments: 47
Favorites: 10 (view)


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07/28/2011 11:58:33 AM
Originally posted by CNovack:

Holy cow Allen you get to so many scenic places!! - I'm getting a bit jealous for my personal transporter is on order but will arrive 2265 / stardate 1312.4 grrr;-)

Absolutely LOVE this capture with both scenic and nature in action rolled into one. The movement of the calf and the flight of birds brings a feel of motion and 'sound' to a normally peaceful scene of the bison foraging (I can almost hear the chatter of the birds and the flapping wings). The calf in his/her playfulness seems to be playing/racing with the birds. Love how the bison in the forefront has turned their head to seemingly look the observer in the eye. Fabulous work and I can very well see this in the NG magazine talking about the bison of the plains.


Thank you, CNovack! Always enjoy reading your comments very much!
07/28/2011 11:50:55 AM
Holy cow Allen you get to so many scenic places!! - I'm getting a bit jealous for my personal transporter is on order but will arrive 2265 / stardate 1312.4 grrr;-)

Absolutely LOVE this capture with both scenic and nature in action rolled into one. The movement of the calf and the flight of birds brings a feel of motion and 'sound' to a normally peaceful scene of the bison foraging (I can almost hear the chatter of the birds and the flapping wings). The calf in his/her playfulness seems to be playing/racing with the birds. Love how the bison in the forefront has turned their head to seemingly look the observer in the eye. Fabulous work and I can very well see this in the NG magazine talking about the bison of the plains.
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07/14/2011 11:37:24 AM
Congratulations! I'm sorry I didn't vote on this challenge. A 10 would have pushed it even higher.
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07/13/2011 10:47:44 PM
Very nice and really pop`s off the page and this is art

Harvey Sherman Mrhsherman@yahoo.com
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07/11/2011 12:25:50 PM
Amazing capture, congratulations!
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07/10/2011 01:58:12 PM
Very nice photo
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07/10/2011 02:14:35 AM
Awesome, awesome shot!!!Congratulations!
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07/09/2011 11:10:20 AM
wonderful shot! well deserved, congratulations!
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07/08/2011 10:08:41 PM
Yep. This is IT!

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07/08/2011 02:38:10 PM
It has it all! Action, a youngster and great highlights. Great job.
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07/08/2011 02:11:48 PM
I could see this being a awesome print...Congrats!
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07/08/2011 02:11:19 PM
So rarely do I hand out 10's. This is just unbelievable. Congrats, although I think the blue should be yours.
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07/08/2011 10:58:12 AM
I had a feeling this one was going to win the minute I saw it in the challenge. What an amazing moment captured. Just like a National Geographic photo!
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07/08/2011 10:56:51 AM
Tremendous shot - really does feel out there in the wilds . .
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07/08/2011 09:39:27 AM
Your efforts have paid you with great results!!! Your versatility blows me away! The best part is, I never get a clue of your entry while it is in voting. You come up with surprises every time and also succeed in your attempts. You are talented and hardworking. 7+ scores and ribbons are becoming your habit nowadays, huh? Great going! God bless your talents!

Hope National Geographic sees this great image! :)

Message edited by author 2011-07-08 10:55:15.
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07/08/2011 09:36:38 AM
Absolutely spectacular!!! 10 from me, and I wished it could have been more!
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07/08/2011 09:27:40 AM
wow amazing. love this shot.
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07/08/2011 09:19:08 AM
Congrats! Loved this!
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07/08/2011 08:14:27 AM
Looks a lot like an exhibit at a science/natural history museum. Excellent work, Congrats!
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07/08/2011 08:04:08 AM
Wow, this is impressive stuff.
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07/08/2011 05:49:16 AM
Congrats once more,great shot.
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07/08/2011 05:22:45 AM
This is such a good photo I almost feel like I'm in there, when I look at it!
I gave it 9.

Message edited by author 2011-07-08 05:24:40.
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07/08/2011 03:48:34 AM
Congrats Allen, well deserved.
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07/08/2011 02:44:45 AM
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

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What an honor!
07/08/2011 02:26:40 AM
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07/08/2011 02:14:29 AM
Congratulations. Great capture, and very believable as a NG shot.
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07/08/2011 01:58:26 AM
It`s like an window in the past of your country. Great !
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07/08/2011 01:56:24 AM
Looks like art is going to have to make an Allen stamp, well done
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07/08/2011 01:22:38 AM
Congratulations on your latest ribbon - and what a fantastic photo to get it with.
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07/08/2011 01:04:57 AM
Congrats on an incredible image!! I really like that 3D feeling!
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07/08/2011 12:59:13 AM
Astonishing image. Congrats on the ribbon.
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07/08/2011 12:21:28 AM
Well done Allen, another well deserved ribbon with great shot.
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07/08/2011 12:05:33 AM
Such a surreal shot Allen. Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2011 02:15:28 PM
Love this! Excellent comp., light and detail... wonderful capture and for sure Nat. Geo. 7
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07/07/2011 01:35:57 PM
Natures stampede.
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07/06/2011 11:07:29 AM
Very, very, very cool shot.
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07/05/2011 09:33:16 PM
Great Nat Geo scene!



I may or may not be voting, so please do not equate my comment with any score.
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07/03/2011 03:20:39 PM
It's exactly the type of wildlife shot which feels alive and puts the viewer right there. Therefore quite worthy of the National Geographic! The birds' motion blur does it for me. The lighting is also great. Just the composition feels a bit wrong, I guess not enough space in front of the calf.
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07/03/2011 07:31:01 AM
Oh wow, superb! One of those rare photographs that truly drew my breath.
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07/02/2011 12:40:19 PM
I do like this,super light and content.
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07/02/2011 12:26:45 AM
Holy Bison!! This looks like a diorama at the Natural History Museum!! Glorious light. Perfectly pp'd. A contender for sure.
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07/01/2011 08:57:53 PM
Phenomenal capture!! If it weren't for the birds it would look like a museum diorama.
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07/01/2011 07:38:14 PM
Superb shot. The sudden activity of the foal and perhaps also the parent behind it has startled the birds. You have captured this moment well. The triangle formed between all three bison, plus the motion of the birds give life to a still image. I think it would be published in NG.
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07/01/2011 04:39:01 PM
Oh wow! Love the little one that is running, nice flock of birds too.
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07/01/2011 04:28:13 PM
WOAH!!!! This is terrific. VERY Nat Geo. Love that calf in mid-run. Looks like the bison in the foreground is looking right at you - catch light too. Way to go. 10
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07/01/2011 11:37:31 AM
Ohmy! THIS has National Geograhic alllll over it! Congratulations!
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07/01/2011 07:28:09 AM
This image has almost 3D feel to it, I wonder how this was achieved
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