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Challenge: Still Life With Motion (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: 6s
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC for Canon
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Date: Sep 20, 2007
Aperture: 14
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/13s
Galleries: Still Life, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 20, 2007

Set this up in the back garden, draped the black cloth over a bird feeder and a ladder.......saw my neighbour's guest watching me through the window, he probably thinks I am nuts! I shot it through a window.

Not much work on this, crop, resize, sharpen, clarify, curves, clone out a spot or two.

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Post challenge:

Thanks everyone for all the comments! I am really pleased to make top 10.

Here is the set-up for the shot:
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It was shot through my computer room window. I dragged my patio table off the deck and put it on the lawn. The black cloth was draped over a bird feeder and a ladder. Thinking back on it, I should have moved the ladder further away from the bird feeder to give a bigger background area. It was windy and I couldn't keep the cloth straight and wrinkle free. It was cloudy and I was expecting a delivery guy at any time, I had to rush to get the shot before he came and before the sun came out and made the light too harsh. The neighbours had company and I saw him watching me through the window.....I am sure he thought I was nutso.

I get blue jays in my garden almost every morning. I throw peanuts on the deck for them and before I get the door closed they are on the deck to get the nuts. If I don't throw out peanuts they land on the deck railing and squawk really loudly. I knew if I set this up and put peanuts all around it they would come. I went outside a few times to rearrange the peanuts so I could get the jays to stand in front of the baskets, not behind it like they were doing at first. I had 3 jays that morning.

Outtake:
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Statistics
Place: 10 out of 99
Avg (all users): 6.4693
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.3200
Avg (non-participants): 6.5271
Views since voting: 2520
Views during voting: 382
Votes: 179
Comments: 28
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10/07/2007 08:46:56 AM
Beautiful photo, Karen. Congratulations on a well deserved top 10.
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10/01/2007 09:13:45 PM
Brilliant!
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10/01/2007 05:14:35 PM
Congratulations, Karen! This is a fantastic series of shots ... I love your description with the outtakes!! I didn't vote on the challenge at all (haven't been too active here), so I'm very glad that I at least got to see this entry. What patience and good design skills you have. Really nice work!
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10/01/2007 10:21:55 AM
I can't believe only 3 other people besides me gave this a 10! This photo is incredible! I'm happy it got Top 10 recognition -- but I think it should have been in the top 5 minimum. Congratulations on an amazing photo.

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10/01/2007 10:09:47 AM
Congrats on top 10! Very cool image and story!
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10/01/2007 03:46:54 AM
Well done on the top 10 finish. ANother stunning shot and I am grateful that you explained exactly how you had managed to set this up

Your neighbour may think you are nuts but I think you are a fantastically creative photographer whose execution matches their imagination

Great image
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10/01/2007 01:12:12 AM
Great shot; congrats on top 10! So this guy coming along was just something you hoped for?
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10/01/2007 12:50:06 AM
Congrats on 10th, Karen. I really liked this photo (and still do).
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10/01/2007 12:39:47 AM
Nice top ten finish. This was my pick for Blue. Jay. Get it?
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10/01/2007 12:32:41 AM
Well deserving of a top ten. Great shot.
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10/01/2007 12:27:37 AM
Congrats on the top 10! Definitely deserved :D
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10/01/2007 12:03:08 AM
Congrats on your top ten. I thought this would be higher.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/30/2007 10:15:37 PM
Good job on the jay... I like the blur...they can't resist peanuts... nice job lighing this shot.. the black (on my monitor) works very well.
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09/29/2007 10:27:45 AM
the composition is weak and the image feels tilted to the left due to the vertical line in the background. But, the lighting is excellent as is the timing. Great being able to capture a curious bird passing through... Colors also excellent.
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09/28/2007 05:32:48 PM
how cool is that bird ;-)
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09/28/2007 07:30:28 AM
nice colours.
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09/27/2007 03:40:15 PM
This image looks like a still life was been set up and then a bird came along, I love the colour on the red apples and the baskets look really well. I am not sure about the final image.
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09/26/2007 07:24:39 PM
Good lighting. I have to ask is that a real bird? It looks real but the motion blur seems weird to me.
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09/26/2007 05:20:50 PM
That's either taxidermy and photoshop or one hell of a shot. I have to assume the latter. Bumping up.
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09/25/2007 02:50:00 PM
Great!
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09/25/2007 10:40:11 AM
Oh, I LOVE this! What a great photo! 10
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09/25/2007 05:21:30 AM
nice still life, though the angles in the background are distracting. The bird is a bit too blurred; IMO the motion blur wasn't necessary to convey the motion.
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09/24/2007 10:56:52 PM
nice shot and very creative.
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09/24/2007 07:44:06 PM
Excellent! The still life is simple, but the bird really makes it work.
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09/24/2007 07:36:28 PM
cute - 8
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09/24/2007 07:10:55 PM
Terrific! The lighting is very nice and soft. The composition is pretty good, that corner in the background is pretty distracting. I also would have liked to see a little more motion with the bird.
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09/24/2007 12:38:11 AM
good work to get the bird there...I would have liked a little more space on the right for composition, but well done in any case
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09/24/2007 12:18:39 AM
Nice image don't know how you got bluejay in it. Well done. psart 7
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