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Challenge: Lens Flare III (Standard Editing)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS R5
Lens: Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM
Date: Jan 14, 2023
Aperture: 20
ISO: 350
Shutter: 1/400s
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2023

Totally fluked into this challenge.

I was out back in the farmer's field behind my house on a perfectly crisp, clear winter Saturday morning. Had my 2 dogs with me. It had just snowed the previous day, so everything was pristine in the field. The sky was free of clouds and the sun was on its way up. I took a few pictures trying to get a nice sun star between various trees, but then I took this exact same shot, sans doggos, and created an exceptional sun star. Called the dogs over, got them to sit and then waited to see what pose they might be willing to offer up. I got them looking at me, looking opposite directions and then finally this one. Got home, did my edits and showed my wife this pic. She loved...loved it and has already shown me where the print should hang. Got me kind of excited.

I have not been on DPC since my last challenge in 2012. I sort of lost my mojo and sold all my gear in 2017-18. But this past June a life altering moment happened, and I realized how much I was missing my 'real' camera and the art & memories it helped me create. So with this photo in hand, I wondered over to DPC to check if there might be a challenge to submit it to. And wouldn't you know there is Lens Flare III. Talk about perfect timing :) Got my membership renewed and submitted.

It's an interesting picture, in that with the pp I've turned a morning shot into more of an evening shot with the sun looking like a star. Which is fitting, because both dogs have 'star' names. Nova (Supernova) and Stark (Star-k). They are both performance dogs, so my wife gave them flashy names.

Hope you enjoy the pic.

Wow!! My first Blue Ribbon. Iím so excited and happy to be back 🙂

Here were my outtakes
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Place: 1 out of 19
Avg (all users): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 6.8571
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Views since voting: 271
Views during voting: 89
Votes: 40
Comments: 16
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01/30/2023 09:19:20 PM
WOW, 11 year gap, and youre on the front page, congrats Nick :)
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01/30/2023 04:36:46 PM
Congratulations on the blue. It's a stunning shot! (I love your outtake even more, but this one does trump it as far as the flare goes.)
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01/30/2023 02:12:58 PM
Congratulations on your first blue! Beautiful image!
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01/30/2023 12:59:24 PM
Welcome back and congrats on your first blue ribbon.
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01/30/2023 12:08:26 PM
Congrats on the comeback ribbon and welcome back! Great shot and a great choice for the challenge.
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01/30/2023 08:06:34 AM
Breathtaking! Congrats and welcome back.
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01/30/2023 07:31:33 AM
Congratulations! Your image is amazing on so many levels. I am so glad to hear you will be printing it, a wow image.
Welcome back!
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01/30/2023 05:34:39 AM
Great stars you've got here.
glad you came back. and perfect image for the challenge.
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01/30/2023 12:41:42 AM
Awesome story. Congrats on the blue.
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01/30/2023 12:23:40 AM
and i loved reading all about this photo and what led up to it .
and the absolutely amazing timing .. a challenge just for this photo .. before you even knew it ...

i actually thought it was sand the dogs were sitting on .. but now i know its snow it makes a lot more sense .. i mean grey sand .. they dont have that where i live . ;)

love that your wife has chosen where to hang the print and of course your dog's names ..

everything about this shot is synchronicity at its finest ... even to the colour scheme and the ribbon .. !! ..
you got a 9 from me btw .. magic in every way .. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/29/2023 11:47:52 PM
very serious!
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01/29/2023 07:08:14 PM
Brilliant starburst
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01/29/2023 05:21:23 PM
WONDERFUL .. !! .. everything is better with a dog .
two makes it absolutely brilliant .. :)
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01/27/2023 03:01:18 PM
My pick for yellow in this challenge.
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01/23/2023 11:52:15 AM
I am blown away by your image. Absolutely wonderful. I'm betting on the blue for you.
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01/23/2023 02:18:30 AM
Lovely contre joure
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