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Chasing Bread
Chasing Bread

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Challenge: Wildlife (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Date: Oct 3, 2004
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Oct 3, 2004

While I was taking pictures of the local duck population for this challenge in our stretch of beach of Lake Michigan in Chicago, a chase ensued among members of the colony of seagulls that reside on the beach. Apparently, the lady who feeds them scraps arrived and started throwing bread to the air. The smaller seagull got a big piece of bread and the larger one started to chase it. It then dropped the bread while on air which I was able to capture. It's not a great capture but I just had to enter it.

NeatImage, crop, autocolor, gaussian blur of the background, contrast masking, hue/saturation, contrast, resize and unsharp mask.

Place: 120 out of 160
Avg (all users): 5.1354
Avg (commenters): 5.2000
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Views since voting: 561
Views during voting: 285
Votes: 192
Comments: 6
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/10/2004 01:21:25 PM
Nice sense of action in this. Focus unfortunately on the piece of bread, not the main subject (i.e. birds = juv. blackheaded seagulls?)
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10/07/2004 03:22:03 PM
Needed a tad more shutter speed.
10/05/2004 07:17:53 PM
Cool! Tells the story and is done well... I would have like to see it a bit tighter of a crop, but nice.
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10/04/2004 10:48:03 PM
A really interesting photograph. I like shots like this. Decent focus on the front gull. Something about the background distracts me. Maybe blur it even more? Crop more of it out? A good shot in what can be very diffilcult conditions to photgoraph with strange lighting, and fast flying birds.
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10/04/2004 10:21:11 AM
Cool stopped motion shot. The focus seems to be on the belly of the left bird. IMO a little bit deeper DOF and faster shutter speed would have helped.

Good luck on the challenge.
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10/04/2004 09:08:01 AM
Seagulls can be very tough to shoot. You've captured the action of the moment very well and show the erratic, desperation that usually comes when these birds are looking for food. You've established their environment with the beach and the rocks. The exposure looks a little off as they're normally very bright white birds and here they look a little grey, but being slightly underexposed is better than being overexposed. In an ideal world, unless you were going for artistic impression, both birds being in focus and sharp would have better, but I still believe you have captured the mood of the moment.
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