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Great Egrets Circling
Great Egrets Circling

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Challenge: Wildlife II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
Location: Malinao, Aklan, Philippines
Date: Jan 21, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2006

Flock of Great Egrets circling a rice field, Philippines. (Actually, they were avoiding a Brahminy Kite which was also circling the field nearby.)

Place: 130 out of 261
Avg (all users): 5.5244
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.4771
Avg (non-participants): 5.5479
Views since voting: 678
Views during voting: 409
Votes: 328
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 08:40:38 PM
Striking photo, well done.
01/29/2006 02:23:34 AM
that's just cool with the person under them.. the white is so stark against the lush greens...
01/28/2006 08:54:09 AM
I like the lines and contrasts in this picture.
01/28/2006 06:36:18 AM
Amazing how they are all flying in the one direction.....
01/27/2006 11:26:36 PM
love the contrast of the birds againt the dark background
01/27/2006 05:27:48 PM
Nice colors. Great originality. As a bird photographer, I really love it.
01/27/2006 02:57:44 PM
nicely captured, wish the birds looked closer to the lens is the only complaint I can find
01/26/2006 07:25:20 PM
Shallower DOF would help. Maybe crop out the person.
01/25/2006 10:55:20 AM
I don't think the human element is needed here. Or if he is to add to the visual interest he should be placed in a less central position in the frame. My eye keeps being drawn to him yet he isn't really that interesting. What's worse is that there is an area around his middle that makes it look to me as if his pants are falling down (the second thing I noticed about this photo after the birds). It is probably just some kind of belt or something but once an idea has formed it hard to shake it when you can't make out enough detail to make sense of something). The problem is the person is just too small to really make a strong visual impact on the image but his white clothes against the green background make him stand out and grab the viewer's attention away from the birds. I think the intent was to show the birds circling around the person and add some human interest to a wildlife shot. Ultimately, it looks like the photographer was too far away from the subject. The birds just aren't quite sharp enough and there isn't quite the sense of drama to really evoke an emotional response in me. Nice effort though.
01/25/2006 03:01:12 AM
I really like this photo. It is intresting to look at with the birds flying away like this. Instead of stait across. Great job.
01/25/2006 01:20:27 AM
amazing photo... focus on the birds is too good
01/25/2006 12:58:03 AM
You'll probably hear this a lot... Crop out the man.

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