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Challenge: Silhouettes VII (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Stuff
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 150mm f/2.0 Zuiko Digital
Location: Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Date: Jan 23, 2016
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/5000
Galleries: Landscape, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jan 23, 2016

Taken at Brazos Bend State Park and edited in LR.


[Jan. 25th, 2016 07:48:45 AM]

I had set out to the same spot where I took this shot in hopes of recreating this shot for the challenge.
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Ended up with a morning of the most amazing light I have seen in a long time. There were also hundreds of Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers hunting along the edges of the swamp in the early morning light. I realized this was my silhouette opportunity and spent the hour of early morning light chasing these little birds. Every time I saw one in a bush I would attempt to get a shot, they never sit still for more then a few seconds. I shot about 500 photos of them (shooting 10fps burst each time) and this was my favorite from all of them.

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 58
Avg (all users): 6.4219
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.3462
Avg (non-participants): 6.4737
Views since voting: 483
Views during voting: 140
Votes: 64
Comments: 6
Favorites: 1 (view)


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02/01/2016 03:01:24 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Congrats on the well-earned top ten finish, and also kudos for shooting so much to get that one shot in 500 or so in 1 hr to get it. Small flitty birds like this are a pain to shoot, but it was well worth it! Love the golden tones in the bg and great detail on the gnatcatcher. Nice simple comp and proof that you don't always need a BIF to do well here.

My only gnitpick is the left side where the sky must've been starting to lighten with sunrise, it's starting to edge towards glariness. Didn't hurt your score though :-)

Keep on keepin' on, my friend!

Susan
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2016 11:08:10 PM
Lovely shades of silhouette.
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01/31/2016 09:22:01 PM
Overall, a pleasing photograph. I score on a sliding scale and this a one of my higher picks. Bumped8
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01/31/2016 08:11:16 PM
Love this sweet image.
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01/31/2016 10:46:09 AM
Beautiful against the light.
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01/25/2016 12:44:36 AM
So very pretty. Top two.
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