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Bird's Head South
Bird's Head South

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Travel (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: McKinney, TX.
Date: Dec 29, 2002
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: ISO-160
Shutter: 1/128 sec.
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 29, 2002

Formation of geese heading south. What I found interesting in this shot is that the outline of the bird formation looks like the outline of a bird.

Place: 32 out of 131
Avg (all users): 5.8032
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.8659
Avg (non-participants): 5.7547
Views since voting: 1342
Votes: 188
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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01/09/2003 04:57:02 PM
Originally posted by DougPaz:

I hadn't noticed the bird outline until I read your note.

Hey, didn't see it either. Very cool! (adds shot to favs)

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01/09/2003 03:39:41 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club };-)

Initial thoughts
Good composition, meets the challenge, color could be a bit more intense

Composition/ Content

I think that the folks that voted this shot low must have never tried photographing moving birds. It is incredibly tough and I think you did a great job. I really like the way you cropped and composed this. The birds seem to be pointing South as well as flying there. I hadn't noticed the bird outline until I read your note. I even like the border. It appears that you caught them in a late afternoon sun as well which warms the bodies of some of the birds.

Gee, couldn't you have moved a nice puffy white cloud in there or something? Just kidding, the background is great.

Camera Work - Technical
Focus seems good and contrast is excellent. It would be nice to be a bit closer but we are probably at the lense limitations.

Digital Processing - Technical
I noticed that you are only at about 100kb. I wonder if a bit closer to the allowed 150kb would have made this even crisper. The only other thing is I would like to see this with a touch more blue in the background. Did you try playing with the hue?

Fits The Challenge
Definitely fits the challenge well.

My Opinion On The Photo I originally scored this shot an aeight. I think it should have finished even higher than it did. Like I said, you've got to try shooting these things before you can really appreciat the shot. Good job, and keep up the good work.

I would be happy to talk further about this shot if you would like to contact me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/05/2003 10:26:04 PM
Wonderful capture of those birds migrating. Composition is great. Good luck!
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01/05/2003 12:54:57 AM
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01/04/2003 07:13:18 PM
Very clear shot, the birds seem to be very far away. Yet there is still detail under the wings and in the head area. Shot with a low sun? The frame enhances the image, not bad at all.
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01/04/2003 12:31:14 PM
A good comment to the theme and an image of the beauty of nature.
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01/03/2003 01:34:03 PM
Wish the blue was bluer, might'e done a bit of hue adjustment.
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01/02/2003 08:43:30 AM
Nice shot. Meets the challenge. Focus and lighting are good. 7 waltoml.
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12/31/2002 01:27:08 AM
Sort of reminds me of Escher, without the morph :P
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12/30/2002 01:17:18 AM
I can assure you this will be in my favorites. I keep missing this photo. By the time I get the camera out, they are gone. This is georgeous and a 10 in my book. PTL
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