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Love comes in pairs!
1st PlaceLove comes in pairs!
gaeali


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Challenge: Even (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Washington DC
Date: Nov 20, 2005
Aperture: F/5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 21, 2005

Thanks everyone for your comments, critique and words of encouragement.

These two mandarin (male) ducks are at the Washington DC zoo. I'm not a fan of shooting wildlife in a zoo (contradiction in terms!) but since I left New Orleans a couple of months ago and have been stuck with labwork most of the time, I decided to visit the DC zoo and see what it's like. If it weren't for the 70-200 VR, I could never shoot these ducks hand-held at 4.00 p.m. shutter speed 1/80 @ 300 mm! So for those who still wonder if the VR works, here's an example.

Cheers.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 152
Avg (all users): 7.4416
Avg (commenters): 8.2979
Avg (participants): 7.1781
Avg (non-participants): 7.5205
Views since voting: 22538
Views during voting: 504
Votes: 317
Comments: 84
Favorites: 52 (view)


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04/20/2008 04:17:11 PM
Simply incredible !! Congratulation.
12/13/2005 03:50:13 PM
BEAUTIFUL!!!! I LOVE IT!
12/06/2005 09:13:37 AM
Great colors , clarity & of course very nice moment you've captured. This made me sure that its worth to save to invest on the VR lens.
12/06/2005 08:09:24 AM
It's just stunning. Everybody's said it already! The interaction between the two birds makes it super special!
12/05/2005 01:32:56 AM
Holy crap I've been tired lately. This has been on the home page for what 5 days now and I didn't even 'see' it there... Awesome tones and colors! Great composition. Instant favorite and you got my wallpaper of the moment award, which lately means everyone in this household will see it for a couple of weeks...
TC
12/01/2005 10:46:21 AM
Beautiful capture and well deserved ribbon! Congrats!
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11/30/2005 10:39:38 PM
Congratulations..!! Awesome shot.!
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11/30/2005 08:34:52 PM
Exceptional clarity and colour. What striking ducks ! Congratulations !
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11/30/2005 04:14:36 PM
Congratulations on achieving the perfect image... almost want to toss my camera... well done!
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11/30/2005 03:01:46 PM
Great Job!!!
love the photo, wish i had had a chance ot vote on this challenge... or enter it :( lol, nice job!
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11/30/2005 02:17:05 PM
Originally posted by Bosborne:

WAY TO GO!!
Knew it would win!
Just one question tho...what are the bands on the legs for?


Zoos mark all their animals. It's especially important with birds, who are relatively free to come and go if they occupy the zoo grounds but not a cage. The bands have numbers on them to allow access to a database. So say one of the brids gets sick, they just run the database and see the bird's history. And of course if the bird "escapes" and is foudn elsewhere, the band can be used to track it.

You'll even see bands on a lot of wild creatures; scientists are always capturoing, tagging/banding, and releasing wild creatures. Sometimes the tags will have transmitters so the creature can be tracked, for study of feeding behavior, migratory patterns, and the like.
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11/30/2005 10:50:04 AM
Congrats on your win with this great image!!
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11/30/2005 10:03:48 AM
Absolutely stunning - congrats on your well-deserved blue! Talk about a runaway (or flyaway) contest!!!
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11/30/2005 09:36:13 AM
WAY TO GO!!
Knew it would win!
Just one question tho...what are the bands on the legs for?
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11/30/2005 09:17:30 AM
congratulations..colorful and interesting image..well done
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11/30/2005 09:12:31 AM
What an absolutely perfect picture!!!!! Congratulations on this well-deserved blue ribbon!!

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11/30/2005 09:00:07 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon and a Blue with this outstanding image! Wonderful color and clarity, great use of a very nice lens too :)!
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11/30/2005 07:58:32 AM
Congradulations on your well deserved Blue. The Mandrins couldn't be more beautiful. Van
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11/30/2005 07:15:47 AM
COngrats on your blue! Well deserved. This was one of my favorites. I want to know what the people were thinking who voted under a 6? lol
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11/30/2005 07:07:25 AM
Glad to see this win the big one. Congratulations on your first ribbon and a beautiful shot.
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11/30/2005 05:04:14 AM
congratulation with a fabulous pic... you deserved this ribbon!
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11/30/2005 04:28:15 AM
Congratulations on getting the ribbon. Male or female does not matter, the photograph is great.

Message edited by author 2005-11-30 04:31:57.
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11/30/2005 03:51:29 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon, the colours are amazing. A stunning shot, well done.
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11/30/2005 02:00:44 AM
Absolutely stunning! The colours and composition are perfect. Congratulations!
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11/30/2005 01:57:00 AM
Congratulations on your well-deserved blue ribbon - this was a tremendous shot, lovely colour.
11/30/2005 01:52:38 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon Ali and a rib1.gif one no less!
The clarity and detail in this image is nothing short of superb.
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11/30/2005 01:46:01 AM
Dang, that's colorful! Congrats on blue!

This may be a record in terms of % of votes under 6; less than 40 were 5 or less. Amazingly even split on 6,7,8 votes too... NOBODY had anything bad to say about this one, basically. Good job!

Message edited by author 2005-11-30 01:47:47.
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11/30/2005 01:15:18 AM
brilliant! are those Manadarin Ducks? they are just such beautiful creatures.
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11/30/2005 01:03:16 AM
This was such the obvious winner to me - absolutely striking picture. Congrats on the Blue!
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11/30/2005 01:02:14 AM
wow, 4th challenge and a blue! Sweet! Wood ducks are so cool.
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11/30/2005 12:57:55 AM

Grats on the ribbon. The colors are so awsome on this.
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11/30/2005 12:53:55 AM
The color and clarity are just amazing! Congrats on your blue - just love this image and I didn't notice they are both males til I read your comments :)
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11/30/2005 12:42:43 AM
Wow the color just jumps out at you here. And what a perfect scene as well. So beautiful! Congratulations!
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11/30/2005 12:31:14 AM
There is nothing more beautiful in the archives of DPC. The colors are vibrant and the model's are so into it. My! Congratulations on your BLUE.
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11/30/2005 12:24:47 AM
Wee, I got my wish on this one!
Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/29/2005 11:53:25 PM
This should ribbon.... 9
11/29/2005 11:22:28 PM
I absolutley love the color of this shot. And the sharpness... wow!

I'm sure there was some post processing done here, but whatever you did, remember it and keep doing it. Great job.

It doesn't have the strongest link to the challenge, but it's such a technically great shot that I'll forgive that. :)
11/29/2005 11:16:30 PM
Very good shot, Love the colors and the playfulness of this picture. Nice details.
11/29/2005 09:02:59 PM
Great pic, love the colors.
11/29/2005 07:25:56 PM
Love the warm and vibrant colors along with the detail you captured. A fantastic job!
11/29/2005 06:55:42 PM
Wow... Perfect!
11/28/2005 09:16:35 PM
nice colors, it really helps to show the detail of the birds, nice pic
11/28/2005 11:31:01 AM
beautiful nature shot, everything is right except the colors look as if they have been boosted to the point of being unnatural
11/28/2005 03:55:17 AM
Cute. :) Nice shot. I really love the colors here, and the sharpness. Nice. :)
11/27/2005 07:56:16 PM
Beautifully done! Wonderful collors, and crispness!
11/27/2005 02:43:40 PM
Top 10 favorite on my list. Stunning colors!
11/27/2005 09:36:56 AM
Beautiful birds
11/27/2005 07:25:06 AM
No heavy light glare. Nice color capture, very little blur, and the perfect time to click. Heavier blurred background may have helped. Overall, its a nice capture.
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11/27/2005 02:45:33 AM
a winner for sure! Great color!
11/26/2005 11:18:36 AM
Great capture, perfect dof. I am sure I will see this one winning a ribbon. 9
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11/26/2005 11:16:25 AM
The colors are beautiful and excellent capture!
11/26/2005 06:45:05 AM
Love the vibrant colors on these two birds. Composition is excellent and the lighting and focus is perfect. She probably is nagging him about the food on his chest. Good shot.
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11/26/2005 03:26:26 AM
Nice color, cute
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11/26/2005 03:01:30 AM
Wow. The colors, the composition, the subject, the timing - Excellent photo. Hope this one wins!
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11/25/2005 09:10:45 PM
Amazing shot, the colors and subjects are prefect.
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11/25/2005 07:58:16 PM
Beautiful colors, and nice action capture.
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11/25/2005 05:50:40 PM
nicely captured image of beautiful ducks, one on left looks almost as if he had been shot, highly illegal if true, but great color, nice dof, one of my favorites for sure
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11/25/2005 04:17:04 PM
colorful birds!
11/25/2005 02:51:57 PM
this has been so well captured and captures the challenge exactly 10
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11/25/2005 09:08:01 AM
Holy sharpness, batman! This has incredible sharpness and amazingly vibrant colors, without looking overprocessed. Very nice photo. Good luck.
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11/25/2005 08:42:35 AM
Fantastic colors, love the concept and the composition.
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11/24/2005 11:25:27 PM
8 - Good shot. Excellent colors and contrast control. Nice fairly simple background. Criticism; not much, maybe a little more space on the right, not sure. Up to 8 from 7.
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11/24/2005 11:02:51 PM
Wow amazing colors. Usually I don't find bird pictures too interesting, but this one really draws me in.
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11/24/2005 09:19:21 PM
very nice colors
11/24/2005 12:38:17 PM
Very pretty photo. Love those brilliant colors!
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11/24/2005 12:27:06 PM
Very nice colors.
11/24/2005 08:19:00 AM
beautiful
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11/24/2005 05:45:03 AM
Fantastic colours and perfect DOF. 9.
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11/23/2005 11:57:48 PM
Extraordinary color and focus!
11/23/2005 04:33:20 PM
Vibrant image with good control of DOF and background.
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11/23/2005 04:23:01 PM
Wow, great colors and sharpness! Nicely done!
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11/23/2005 02:29:07 PM
What marvelous colors! This is even better than a rainbow! You composed this photo beautifully. The focus is done well.
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11/23/2005 01:26:37 PM
Super shot! (ooops Maybe I shouldn't phrase it that way with ducks!!!!) 10 here . Can I ask what kind of ducks they are?
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11/23/2005 01:17:00 PM
Amazing colours and clarity, an exceptional photo.
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11/23/2005 12:56:51 PM
Beautiful composition, colors, mood, sharpness, bokeh. What else can I say...10
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11/23/2005 10:41:02 AM
Beautiful photo! 10+
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11/23/2005 09:42:56 AM
I only comment on my lowest and highest rated photos. This is a 10 for me. I like the focus and the colors, and the action of the birds. There are similar photos to this, but they can't hold a candle to this one. Good shot.
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11/23/2005 09:35:36 AM
Wonderful colors...great capture
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11/23/2005 09:34:26 AM
The colors in this are breath taking. Beautiful birds and shot.
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11/23/2005 08:02:57 AM
Beautiful Mandrid drakes (both males)
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11/23/2005 06:15:24 AM
BEAUTIFUL!!!
11/23/2005 06:03:15 AM
This is an absolutely beautiful image. Great colour, perfect clarity and so much story. I envy those who have the skills to capture such opportunities when they arise. Wow - from me at least.
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11/23/2005 04:40:10 AM
I love the colours.
Good luck!
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11/23/2005 01:01:25 AM
Love the colours here ... but perhaps it would have been better to crop with only their heads showing ... would provide more impact in the photo.
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