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18 Seconds Before Sunset
18 Seconds Before Sunset
Joey Lawrence


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Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2006

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Comments: 33
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I was walking along the highway again at sunset and I saw this bird here in almost the same spot as my dead butterfly. You can tell even from the landscape behind it.

I don't have anything else to say about this picture. Some make it, some don't. There's something more I'm telling you

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07/14/2010 07:16:26 AM
Wow, I just found this site and started looking through the galleries.

This is a fantastic shot
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04/08/2007 02:24:20 PM
So Good (H)
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10/20/2006 04:30:32 PM
The composition of this picture is perfect. Amazing. The color, light, focus, subject, etc… all come together in this picture. Great work.
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10/18/2006 10:56:15 PM
Great photograph!.
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10/16/2006 01:19:44 AM
I am speechless at your work Joey
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10/14/2006 11:30:29 PM
You are a God
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09/13/2006 07:58:36 PM
crazy how something as simple as a bird can be so powerful, niice joey
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08/16/2006 07:41:49 AM
What makes it a killer photo is the out-of-focus birds in the background.. As if they have abandoned there friend!!
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08/16/2006 07:06:19 AM
Wonderful observation. This is the kind of thing we should see more of.
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07/13/2006 11:29:21 AM
Beautifully maudlin. The image tells so much. Great job.
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07/07/2006 02:08:29 PM
One of my favourites, because of the emotive quality of the subject, the stunning light, and gorgeous colour
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06/29/2006 09:49:18 PM
exceptional!
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06/22/2006 10:06:44 AM
10/10 no comments...
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06/16/2006 07:21:17 PM
hey, this is beautiful.
you take amazing photographs
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06/12/2006 05:26:48 PM
What makes this so poignant is the fact that you can see the other birds in the background, flying free, and this poor guy didn't make it. Sad, but a nice piece of photojournalism.
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06/12/2006 05:23:39 PM
This is a great picture, that tells a story, and tells it well. Great job. You're really good with the D&B. I'd like to be that good. :o)
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06/08/2006 12:16:35 AM
saddens me, joey, but at the same time delights me from an artistic perspective.

from what i can tell its a barn swallow.

when i look at this i first think of human impact. not just because of the gravel in the foreground and the other various roadside elements, but because i know the behaviour of these birds..

at this time of year they aren't migrating (in Ontario), they're actually 'courting', nest-building, even feeding and raising they're young. but one thing is certain regardless - they're searching for food. swallows are notorious for their amazing aerial acrobatics, consuming air-born insects on-the-fly. one bird can catch and then hold as many as 30 mosquitoes in it's mouth at once; they have relatively enormous beaks and mouths for their size. in fact the "V" of their mouth line/jaw line reaches nearly right to their eye (as you can see), so their mouth really can OPEN WIDE.

barn swallows in particular have a habit of flying/swooping dangerously close to roadways and cars, and given the time of year and setting (roadside) i would have to guess that the bird died from collision with a car.

birds that die of hart attack.. or lung failure.. whatever.. don't lay themselves to rest at the side of a busy highway. at the very least, they would glide/descend or simply fall to the grasses or trees in desperation.

the bird isn't mangled and bloody, so it was probably only a small hit causing internal wing or body cavity damage.

after the fleming side of me quickly conjures all the literal interpretations.. the more artistic side of me sees and appreciates the connections you've made between the foreground and background. its a connection that sets a good image from a great one, and provides that extra UMPH to reach the top shelf. here, i think the dead bird infront and the flying birds behind combined share a great story and message. the circle of life.

composition makes sense and lighting, details and time of day are exceptional.

beautiful.

cheers my friend.

ps. i've seen a really sweet swallow shot with a similar feel to this. when i find it.. i'll share a link.
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06/07/2006 06:29:52 AM
feel a pain in my heart "A innocent bird "

nice work Joey ,,,
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06/06/2006 03:42:53 AM
oh wow joey, my kind of emotion for sure.... i think the birds flying in the background tops of this shot to a 20/10 ...!!!! P E R F E C T I O N as usual.....
ps the title sounds like a good movie....
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06/06/2006 01:30:19 AM
Quite brilliant Joey! Superb colours and lighting.

To me it captures the feeling that death is just another part of life.....when we die the spirit is set free, leaving just the mortal remains.

Ya see, that's why this is such a great shot.....it makes us think, makes us feel...it moves us.
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06/05/2006 08:26:22 AM
Wow Joey, a powerful shot! The entire scene really works to pull it together.
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06/05/2006 02:05:50 AM
this is sad. they usually fly in a group during their yearly migrations and this one probably didn't make it. Nice capture. I really love the DOF and the colours in this.
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06/05/2006 01:12:26 AM
beautiful!
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06/05/2006 12:51:35 AM
Originally posted by Joey Lawrence:

A have a normal white piece of paper on my camera bag that I used to bounce the light. And then lot's of dodging and burning. :-)


Wow!!! Amazing!!! You just taught me something big today, man!! Thanks a lot!!
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06/05/2006 12:47:08 AM
Life!!!!!!
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06/05/2006 12:43:55 AM
Originally posted by Rgarcia:

Great use of light!! Difficult to have so great detail at that time being against the light. How did you do it?

A have a normal white piece of paper on my camera bag that I used to bounce the light. And then lot's of dodging and burning. :-)

Message edited by author 2006-06-05 00:44:03.
06/05/2006 12:39:02 AM
Great use of light!! Difficult to have so great detail at that time being against the light. How did you do it?
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06/05/2006 12:12:02 AM
Aw, geez, that's flawless. Fill flash? The birds in flight in BG make the image, of course...
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06/04/2006 11:06:17 PM
I am so glad you didn't grunge this- it is beautiful. those birds flying off in the background make even more of an impact. I don't know what more to say because I feel naked leaving emotinal comments. (I even feel a little silly writing that) but it truly does make one think.
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06/04/2006 11:05:22 PM
Your eye is just amazing. I cant wait to see where you are in 1O years. I know you will be a more than you can possibly imagine...
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06/04/2006 10:53:42 PM
Wow, what a powerful shot. Excellent composition.
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06/04/2006 10:32:01 PM
I'd be investigating the toxic waste dump buried beneath. ;-)
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06/04/2006 10:17:24 PM
It's almost as if he fell out of formation that is behind him. Telling a great story, with super lighting too.
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