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Challenge: Birds IV (Standard Editing)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Date: May 2, 2019
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: May 5, 2019


[May. 13th, 2019 08:40:27 PM]

I am really floored by all the wonderful comments, but Sandy thank you so much to say that this is the best bird image youíve seen on DPC. I really donít think so.. I mean what about all those amazing images from Wendy and from Jake, and so many others on this site that I canít think of at the moment. Actually humbles me.

I struggled choosing an image for this challenge. I shot over 400 photos - mostly of these Pied stilts, they are the cutest things to watch. We have a wonderful lake, that I had discovered only recently. I mean, I knew it was always there but I only ventured to take photos at this lake, which is only a couple of minutes drive from where we live, late last year. Iíve been going back there ever since. They have an amazing array of birdlife, but these Pied stilts are the best, I could stand and watch them all day long, but man have you tried to hold a camera with a zoom lens for too long, your back aches and arms tingle after a while.


[May. 13th, 2019 08:46:03 PM]

Actually I just re-read Sandyís comment and she didnít say it was the best photo she had seen on this site but that sheís ever seen. What???

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 51
Avg (all users): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 7.1481
Avg (non-participants): 7.2609
Views since voting: 297
Views during voting: 142
Votes: 50
Comments: 20
Favorites: 1 (view)


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05/26/2019 02:43:50 PM
Sooo pretty...colors and the reflection - light is spot on...weíll done
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05/23/2019 08:59:22 PM
Originally posted by Paul:

Iím frequently amazed by both your level of engagement here but also the quality of the images you produce- the way you can flip it from the conventional aesthetic to the avant garde and succeed with both is really impressive. Credit to you and for all of the other work you do.


I'm really also impressed by your level of encouragement on this site, you're one of the best.

Thanks always.
05/23/2019 02:40:38 PM
Iím frequently amazed by both your level of engagement here but also the quality of the images you produce- the way you can flip it from the conventional aesthetic to the avant garde and succeed with both is really impressive. Credit to you and for all of the other work you do.
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05/21/2019 12:17:25 PM
This composition is really really beautiful. The gold colors in background is so nice that keep our eyes are hypnotized to the main subject. Pleasant feeling !!! Congratulation for the top 5 position

Message edited by author 2019-05-21 12:23:49.
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05/21/2019 08:33:36 AM
Really stunning image, Anita. The movement of the water give the most fabulous backdrop.
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05/21/2019 07:35:54 AM
Awesomeness! Congrats
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05/20/2019 11:40:38 PM
I sure wish we lived closer. Your photography is awesome. Congrats!
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05/20/2019 01:32:24 PM
What an awesome bird! Lovely photo -- congrats on the HM!
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05/20/2019 11:33:37 AM
Congratulations on your HM, Anita!

I do love the image, but the line around the bird bothers me a bit. That's probably stolen a ribbon away from you.

Still a winner!
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05/20/2019 09:59:56 AM
Congrats on your beautiful image. This was one of my favorites!
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05/20/2019 04:35:53 AM
Superb photography and you would have got the blue I am sure if it hadn't have been for the other totally amazing entries:)
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05/20/2019 12:13:36 AM
I really REALLY can not believe that this did not win side-by-side with Judi's! How can that be! It deserves to be! And I meant it about being one of the best bird images I've seen. I was so blown away by both yours and Judi's images. They are so similar. I showed them both to my hubby when we were looking at the entries, and he said, "Ummm... no offense but... they should win." I agree!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/19/2019 10:30:28 PM
In my top 3.
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05/19/2019 10:17:42 PM
Elegance enhanced by the golden tones. Glad you captured the full reflection.
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05/19/2019 03:26:37 PM
Beautiful image.
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05/13/2019 08:05:06 PM
This is absolutely one of the most beautiful bird photos I've ever seen! There is another one similar to this in this challenge, and I love them both so much! Both of these images should win Red and Blue ribbons! I'm not voting in this challenge (because I have an entry in it, and I never vote on challenges I'm competing in), but I love both of these similar images so much, if they don't win 1st and 2nd, I will be shocked. Congratulations in advance!
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05/13/2019 04:11:17 PM
Love the mood and the compo. Actually I love everything in this picture.
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05/13/2019 05:27:35 AM
How fabulous !!!
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05/13/2019 01:19:02 AM
MAGIC MAGIC MAGIC ..!!..
this is absolutely awesome .. breathtaking ..
what a perfect reflection .. perfect tones .. perfect in every way .
wonder which ribbon you'll get .. i havent seen all the entries yet .. but its looking a bit blue to me ..
i'm not voting yet .. :)
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05/13/2019 12:42:08 AM
Breathtaking. The ripples are like a portal between dimensions. And the colors. Well done.
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