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The Sum Of All Fears
The Sum Of All Fears
hahn23


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Challenge: Wildlife VI (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Location: Lake Estes, Estes Park, CO
Date: Apr 13, 2014
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Apr 13, 2014

"The Sum Of All Fears". The April 13th snowstorm was an adverse experience for the Western Bluebirds. The males and females huddled together on a southwest facing rock wall. They are all puffed up and getting close to each other to prevent hypothermia. The forecast is better in 24 hours, so I think they'll be okay, but I am worried. Canon 5Dmk3, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 04/13/14 2:57pm. f/5.6, 1/2000s, ISO 800, lens focal length 400mm.

[Apr. 16th, 2014 04:48:12 PM]

Amazingly low score on this early on. I'm guessing people don't understand what they are looking at. This is a migrating flock of Western Bluebirds trapped by severe cold and snow. They are huddled on the rocks because the rocks hold warmth from the previous days warmth. It's the first time I've ever seen this phenomenon. I know no other DPC member has ever seen this happen. The image is being treated as way below average. It's a very rare sighting.

[Apr. 22nd, 2014 02:49:51 PM]

All adult Western Bluebirds. No chicks in the area until late June. The flock in the severe cold and snow is the story. I have plenty of closeups of individuals , but the flock is a much more interesting (to me) story.

I guess I am stubborn enough that I refuse to enter a dumbed down image, but that's the kind of image which would score better at DPC.

[Apr. 22nd, 2014 02:51:41 PM]

.at the 800 pixel constraint, which is not something I am going to do.

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Place: 64 out of 96
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04/24/2014 10:49:47 AM
I love the story. It's a remarkable find and an affecting image. Not enough "subject" for DPC: the single-bluebird shot would have done way better. But you've showed us something none of us have seen and few have heard of, so kudos to you :-)

Unrelated subject: I'm sure you've heard of Utah's "Pando", the massive organism of Aspen shoots? I just read about it and I was stunned...
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04/23/2014 12:09:11 AM
Richard, this is a really great shot that suffers from the small file size, I'll bet this looks great at full size and it is a capture of a really unique sight. Great capture!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/22/2014 10:33:41 PM
that title really seizes me. the camouflage becomes a metaphor for dread.

I'm hanging this in my fantasy art gallery.

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04/22/2014 02:38:35 PM
Bluebird chicks? We don't have any birds as delightfully coloured as this in the UK. I assume these are fledglings that have just left the nest and are at their most vulnerable, hence your title. Clarity is lacking a bit.
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04/22/2014 04:44:22 AM
Beautifully coloured birds, I only think you should have concentrated on just one of the two groups, providing less background.
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04/18/2014 08:15:27 PM
7 from me.
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