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Challenge: Best of 2011 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges 2012
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Redondo Beach.
Date: Sep 6, 2011
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/160
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2012

This is not, of course, going to win any exclusive camera straps, and may not even finish in the top half of the challenge. It's been that kind of year.

I don't know that this is the "best" picture I took last year, but I liked it well enough to have it printed on canvas and it is on my wall. And it rocks.

Did better than expected - thank you for all the wonderful comments! And thanks for the hand, Don. Very much appreciated.

Statistics
Place: 157 out of 410
Avg (all users): 6.0304
Avg (commenters): 7.5417
Avg (participants): 6.0995
Avg (non-participants): 5.6923
Views since voting: 475
Views during voting: 435
Votes: 230
Comments: 39
Favorites: 7 (view)


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02/24/2013 02:29:28 PM
I can see this looking good on canvas!! It's wonderful! There's something so prehistoric about pelicans. I hope he got some leftovers. :)
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11/18/2012 02:45:35 PM
How did I miss this? (I do miss a lot). This is, well, sort of darling.
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02/25/2012 02:01:12 PM
I didn't get to comment as much as I'd have liked to in this challenge. I loved this Deb! The brilliant spotlight on the pelican is just so awesome! I can't believe a score over 6 ended up in the triple digits. Congrats on the bling too!
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02/24/2012 03:45:40 PM
Deb! Where are the pigeons?! Ooh - maybe you can get one to take a Woody for a ride for Art's challenge, Better start training one now :-p. Or you can just expand your repertoire to include flying fisherman. That would work for me, too.

Congrats on pulling a 6 score in a Best of challenge. Not too shabby.
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02/24/2012 12:27:02 PM
Congrats on the Red Hand!!! You see... you DID add a picture to your front page!!!!
And look at those comments!!
"Critical stuff: I can't think of a thing."
Great stuff.
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02/24/2012 12:23:40 PM
Wow, Deb!!! BLING! Congrats for that and a 6+ score. You did MUCH better than you expected, and what wonderful comments. To me it looks like he's saying "outta my way!"
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02/24/2012 05:51:46 AM
This is a fantastic shot -- it was in my top ten. I should have known it was yours. Congrats on the PH red.
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02/24/2012 05:26:16 AM
10 from me - such a Gary Larson image - stayed with me the whole week.
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02/24/2012 05:20:12 AM
I underestimated this (but absolutely nicht drei!). My only excuse is that I just didn't see at it. I looked at it, yes, but didn't see. I am sorry for my failure, but pleased to have this second chance. And congrats on the well deserved Hand of the Dead Guy. He often gives me a second chance.

Melethias meus, ex toto corde paenitet me omnium meorum peccatorum.
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02/24/2012 03:59:20 AM
I bet the pelican will win! Love this image :)
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02/24/2012 01:27:47 AM
Don't know why I didn't comment before considering this is one of my 10s. And I don't give out 10s this easy but there was no choice of not giving it to this pic. It's so surreal.
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02/24/2012 12:12:18 AM
So glad this came good in the end. And you got bling.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2012 11:11:20 PM
LOL....funny title. I like the 'stalking' nature of the pelican.
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02/23/2012 07:51:31 PM
Looks like the star of the show to me. Love how the bird is obviously enjoying the sunlight. Beautiful glow too. Could use some of that right now :)
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02/23/2012 04:22:37 PM
beautiful 9
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02/23/2012 06:36:49 AM
He's probably thinking "Amateurs!" : )
Love this light!
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02/23/2012 03:46:22 AM
Love it. Stalking, waiting to pick a pocket. Well done Deb. 9
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02/22/2012 11:39:48 PM
Interesting LONG shadows. Nice PP & B&W.
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02/20/2012 02:47:56 PM
imagination machine

Posthumous Red Ribbon

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02/19/2012 05:56:11 PM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: I know this is yours Deb, but that isn't going to stop me giving this a comment and a score. Loads of lovely elements here - the pristinely sharp pelican, the long shadows, the gradient in the contrast as it washes out with the sun as the eye tracks up the frame, the degree t which the pelican remains aloof from the crowd and the way the fishermen pay it no heed. Then there's the toning - how absolutely perfectly judged.

Critical stuff: I can't think of a thing.

Overall: WOnderful scene, beautifully captured.
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02/19/2012 01:50:43 PM
Perfect timing to get the bird in the spotlight.
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02/19/2012 12:42:48 PM
I'm rooting for the pelican!
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02/18/2012 08:04:36 PM
Wonderful. Great detail and lovely shadows.
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02/18/2012 01:50:50 AM
Love it
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02/18/2012 12:00:37 AM
Great light. Nice processing. Cool shot.
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02/17/2012 02:17:10 PM
Drawn to the alluring sound of the surf
Chugger squawked, "Strange birds invaded my turf!"
He uttered with displeasure,
Look et'em, flapping about in leisure.
Who needs sticks and line,
when you have a beak like mine.
I can catch two or more at a time
which is way more then your hook and twine.

Nice juxtaposition of nature and man competing for resources. The pelican looks on at the people flapping about catching fish. I feel like he is annoyed and also scoffing at the silly way we catch our prey. I picture him here as a grumpy old bird...but then he has a right to complain because humans have invaded his turf and now it is a competition.
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02/17/2012 02:04:24 PM
Ha! What a shot. Well spotted, and perfectly executed.
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02/16/2012 06:49:35 PM
Haha, nice title. I wouldn't have gotten that impression of this shot without the title so I think it's very fitting. Also nice processing and use of focus. The attention is definitely on the bird.
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02/16/2012 01:26:27 PM
Good title and nice image, the focus on the pelican is nice and clear, looks like he is waiting for the fishermen to start disturbing the water and sending up the fish!
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02/14/2012 02:43:07 PM
and he seems to be pouting at them... as a little kid who is not accepted by a gang of older kids to play (or fish) with them... "I can catch fish too!"

lovely composition with this long diagonal shadows
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02/14/2012 12:05:35 PM
great capture of the bird, i like how it falls between the shadows almost like it its making its entrance
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02/14/2012 09:20:19 AM
One for sport the other for survival.
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02/13/2012 10:12:36 PM
this HAS to be Deb 21_N.gif melethia, if not feel honored ... I love the stance... the shadows and light ... terrific focus. Great image.
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02/12/2012 08:23:27 AM
If not Wendy consider it as a compliment. This is great
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02/10/2012 11:53:07 PM
Ah, Deb, a beauty indeed. Love the spotlight sun, and the feathered one basking in its warmth.
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02/10/2012 07:16:18 PM
wonderful how the light is falling on him
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02/10/2012 06:49:27 AM
The pelican seems a little sad to me
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02/10/2012 06:15:16 AM
Great light, i just love the top portion of this shot.
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02/10/2012 04:02:41 AM
Love the way he's in the "line of light" and completely oblivious to all the humans, including you!
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