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Starting a Squabble on a Rainy Day
Starting a Squabble on a Rainy Day

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Challenge: Black and White in Color II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Herons and Other Water Birds
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Burke, VA
Date: Feb 26, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 26, 2008

Gray sky, gray water, gray and white gulls ... just that little bit of yellow, which may or may not get DNMC hits. For some reason the gull on the post kept getting challenged by one gull after another. He finally got knocked off his perch, or maybe got tired and gave up. I just kept focussing on the incoming gulls and hoping for a good capture of the action. Happy with this one.

I have prettier shots (and some of a pair of American Coots swimming and diving) but this is the most entertaining to me, and tells a bit of a story.

Oh, and I spotted a Bald Eagle as I got out of the car, camera in backpack ::sigh:: He was flying away, naturally. The gulls were better subjects for this challenge anyway.

PP - converted from RAW (sharpened only), rotated, cropped, levels, increased contrast, dodged/burnt eye, dodged/burnt mouths, added border, resized, sharpened with noise reduction, dodged/burnt birds some more, slight desat on orange/yellow and shift toward green.

Place: 88 out of 249
Avg (all users): 5.7217
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6790
Avg (non-participants): 5.7481
Views since voting: 715
Views during voting: 346
Votes: 212
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/05/2008 12:24:01 AM
I thought this was a great capture
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/04/2008 07:11:05 AM
great capture. Definitely tells a little story left up to the viewer: "Hy, come quick, there's a big batch of ramen noodles over here and no one's there yet" ... or" I told you before!, this is MY post -- see, my poop is right there behind you!"
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03/03/2008 03:07:28 PM
This is a terrific shot. I just wish it were a little lighter.
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03/01/2008 08:25:20 PM
The birds need to "pop" out off the background, the shot is so grey that they are not standing out enough. However that is a great capture of the motion,
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03/01/2008 10:22:41 AM
Wonderful capture, I love the soft misty feel to it. 10
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03/01/2008 09:18:58 AM
great action capture! Maybe bump the brightness just a tad but still nicely done.
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02/29/2008 08:33:25 PM
Great capture!
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02/29/2008 05:47:45 AM
Terrific range of grays. Nice grab. Nice title. Almost looks like casual conversation: Hi, Bob. Yo, Phil, what's up? Seen fish?
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02/29/2008 03:01:38 AM
One of my favorites. Needs a bit more contrast in my opinion, but seems that would be a tall order given the colors in this image. 7
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02/29/2008 01:37:31 AM
Very nice. Love the depth created by the grey background.
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02/28/2008 01:55:08 PM
Lovely capture.
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02/27/2008 11:43:24 AM
a little dark....
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