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The Birds! The Birds!
The Birds! The Birds!
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Challenge: Phobia (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: London
Date: Dec 16, 2005
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1250
Date Uploaded: Dec 15, 2005

Ornithophobia, apparently.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 144
Avg (all users): 7.1214
Avg (commenters): 8.0370
Avg (participants): 6.6190
Avg (non-participants): 7.2480
Views since voting: 5635
Views during voting: 488
Votes: 313
Comments: 49
Favorites: 41 (view)


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08/02/2007 03:58:25 AM
by any chance... did you take this shot during this movie scene? :)
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04/04/2007 12:21:42 AM
Amazing photo. Adding to favorites.
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02/18/2007 04:51:19 PM
There's a steve McCurry image in Afghanistan that this really reminds me of. Could be that I've been going through his books recently though - very great again.

//www.stevemccurry.com/content/photos/AFGHN-10120.jpg
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02/16/2007 12:20:51 PM
this is simply one of the best shots i've ever seen. gushgushgush.
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01/04/2007 10:54:23 PM
WOW - just ran across this. Absolutely fabulous. The movement and contrast of tones. BRAVO No wonder it did so well~
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12/28/2006 03:07:35 AM
Instant favorite.. Couldn't love the tones and contrast more!
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10/31/2006 12:16:07 PM
This is an exceptionally good photograph.
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10/14/2006 12:03:33 AM
I have a wonderful book called "Understanding Exposure" which gave me a great overview of what can be achieved with different apertures and different shutter speeds. On the cover is a photo of flying pigeons. Their wings are a blur as they surround a little boy. They are pure motion, pure energy. Clearly, a slower shutter speed was used. This allowed for a smaller aperture and thus plenty of depth of field. Therefore, the birds standing in front of the boy are as perfectly focused as the bird standing on his shoulder.

You, on the other hand, have frozen the birds completely. You have stolen their energy and forced us to meditate upon them, to ponder the miracle of flight. In this way, the photograph is like a prayer. And despite your relatively large aperture, plenty of these birds are in tack-sharp focus, though the buildings are in a lovely state of fuzz. I chalk that up to your skill as a photographer. It's all part of your role as Mr. Freeze. It's all part of your role as prophet.

Two great photographs. One is a photograph of a boy. Yours is a photograph of birds.

And btw, it doesn't scare me. Not at all. But I see very well that some would be afraid. People are often afraid of prophets.
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09/12/2006 11:03:26 PM
This is one of my fave pics on DPC. Period.
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12/30/2005 05:18:58 PM
Congratulations on the top five finish.
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12/29/2005 09:50:05 AM
amazing shot..perfect match for the challenge!
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12/29/2005 09:21:40 AM
Terrific photo and another 5th placing to your collection. This really deserves a ribbon.
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12/28/2005 01:59:23 PM
holy cow! what drama! i'd love to have a print of this. you've got the touch, ed...no doubt about it. should have ribboned.
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12/28/2005 01:48:34 PM
Into my favorites.
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12/28/2005 01:07:20 PM
Great shot. Congratulations on 5th place.
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12/28/2005 12:25:52 PM
Seriously if I send you my camera can you just take all of my photos for me? I think I have loved everything you've ever taken.

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12/28/2005 11:18:51 AM
Fantastic capture, excellent post processing, and a well deserved finish.
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12/28/2005 10:21:43 AM
Excellent capture! A classic!
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12/28/2005 09:15:34 AM
A very strong image with great movement. Spectacular! Congratulations on your top 5 finish.
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12/28/2005 07:58:33 AM
Definitely a phobia and a beautiful shot in b/w with all the birds fluttering about. Congrats on 5th. It was the only 10 I gave out.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2005 09:10:20 PM
beautiful, evokes a certain emotion, the way it captures the birds in time
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12/27/2005 05:51:25 PM
This was my only 10, I thought the focus and use of BW was great and the detail of the birds and building is phenomenal! Great work.
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12/27/2005 04:09:53 PM
This is a classic one and very nicely done!
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12/27/2005 04:04:46 PM
Good interpretation of challenge topic
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12/26/2005 07:33:17 PM
WELL DONE
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12/26/2005 01:51:19 PM
o, that is a really pretty picture
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12/25/2005 11:24:16 PM
beautiful
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12/25/2005 07:29:41 AM
Very nice photo but i do not get a sense of phobia here. Gotta stick to the challenge.
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12/24/2005 11:57:04 PM
Freakin amazing...although it's not of a specific phobia and does not show fear I still like it a lot. Very nice
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12/24/2005 07:53:53 PM
Amazing photo, wow, I mean really!! (You didn't get pooped on did you? LOL!) 10
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12/24/2005 04:02:27 PM
Fantastic!
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12/24/2005 11:28:05 AM
Merry Christmas
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12/23/2005 10:43:29 AM
beutiful.
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12/23/2005 02:04:14 AM
Oh! I love this one. the different shades of black and the birds in midair. Very beautiful!
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12/22/2005 11:46:06 PM
8 - Very good. Criticism; not much, depending what you had to work with, perhaps not cropped so tightly at the top. Toning/b&w is good, but perhaps a little more detail in/on the birds may have given this an extra element, not sure. Maybe, especially for this Challenge, 640 height too, for added 'phobia effect', may have given this even more impact in my opinion, but again, not sure.
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12/22/2005 11:24:28 PM
Hitchcock...9
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12/22/2005 04:04:37 PM
Great capture! The stop action is outstanding! Fits the challenge well too.
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12/22/2005 10:10:43 AM
I have either seen this image before or one just like it...
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12/22/2005 12:28:29 AM
They either need to be attacking the camera (or something else that's visible) or grouped menacingly on a clothesline to be effective. Otherwise, what's to fear?
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12/21/2005 10:19:24 PM
nice capture of the moment
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12/21/2005 09:17:00 PM
amazing capture
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12/21/2005 08:07:46 PM
Instant favorite here. Great capture. 10
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12/21/2005 05:53:16 PM
I love the contrast, the framing of the building, the sharpness of all the birds in motion, ect. Good editing job to take acount for the quick shutter. I bet somewill not vote as high because you simply didn't show a person reacting to the birds, but it is one of my favorite for the challenge. Nice job.
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12/21/2005 03:10:57 PM
Great!!
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12/21/2005 02:07:10 PM
I wish there was a person in the midst of the birds with his/her hands over their head or on their ears. Would have conveyed the phobia a bit better. However, I still like the frenetic nature of the shot and gave it an 8. That's one of the top 4 shots in this challenge as far as my voting goes. Well done.
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12/21/2005 04:25:47 AM
Yep, works for me:)
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12/21/2005 04:19:58 AM
Ah, Trafalgar Square and the pigeons ! Nice shot, BW works very well. (8)
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12/21/2005 03:56:12 AM
with that title I LMAO
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12/21/2005 12:44:58 AM
We have 5 birds
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