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The Boxing Match
SaraR


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Challenge: Free Study 2008-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge entries
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: North Yorkshire
Date: Feb 17, 2008
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/800th
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 29, 2008

Hares boxing on a hoar frost covered meadow. I spent quite a few hours over several weekends watching these hares. This shot followed nearly 2 hours laid, balaclavad and gloved in the frost covered field - it was bloody cold, but worth it!

For those that thought these were rabbits, they are actually hares, quite different. Hares do not live in burrows, but out in the open. In Spring, as the female approaches fertility, they gather together. The males chance their arm, so to speak, but unless she is at peak fertility the female will resist their advances quite aggressively, and these wonderful boxing matches ensue.

Statistics
Place: 67 out of 458
Avg (all users): 6.3354
Avg (commenters): 7.9167
Avg (participants): 6.3519
Avg (non-participants): 6.3000
Views since voting: 1366
Views during voting: 288
Votes: 158
Comments: 29
Favorites: 11 (view)


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11/05/2012 11:40:19 AM
whoa... cool shot!!
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11/18/2010 06:53:06 PM
This is fantastic!
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04/08/2008 12:31:54 AM
This is one of my favorites! The position of the warriors against the wide tree in the background just balances the shot perfectly.
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03/09/2008 08:48:47 PM
What a fun catch, Sara. Great timing. The lighting on them is wonderful too.
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03/09/2008 05:23:07 PM
I love the sharp brown clarity of the hares in the pale blue surrounding of the frosty day. The DOF and focus seem to be perfect, and the action is fascinating. Congratulations on the very high placement in this crowded challenge.

BTW, Deb said it was one of her top ten for the challenge. I have a special "Deb's Top Ten" sucker on my profile page. Grab it if you'd like.
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03/08/2008 04:16:08 PM
Like magic. (Great story).
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03/08/2008 12:42:59 PM
Sara, this is an amazing shot! First off I love the frost, gives a nice sense of morning to add a timeline to the production. I love the way you positioned them in the frame, it balances out the big tree in the background. I salute you for spending the time it took to capture this wonderful ritual of nature. This one is a fav. :)
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03/08/2008 12:42:45 PM
Such dedication! It really was worth the effort!
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03/08/2008 11:41:59 AM
incredible capture. I gave you a 10.
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03/08/2008 11:05:18 AM
Terrific find and captured at the perfect moment! Also good framing of the outside elements which makes it more amazing.
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03/08/2008 08:31:13 AM
You should enter this in some natural photo competitions...
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03/08/2008 02:14:43 AM
wow love this shot, the waiting and watching is just as fun as getting the shot eh?
glad you waited it out.
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03/08/2008 01:46:17 AM
This was in my top ten, Sara. There's something magical, surreal about the whole scene. Excellent work.
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03/08/2008 12:38:28 AM
the best animal shot in this challenge...beautiful!
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03/08/2008 12:14:03 AM
Nice action shot, Sara!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2008 10:50:57 PM
OMG! That's an amazing thing to capture. I can't imagine too many people have seen bunnies boxing each other. Bet they weren't playing, either.
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03/07/2008 01:55:04 PM
9 - Nice capture. Beautiful lighting and 'feel'. Up to 9 from 8.
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03/07/2008 01:44:43 PM
Amazing capture! I didn't realize bunnies boxed :-)
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03/07/2008 11:04:34 AM
Wow. That must have been neat to witness.
Cool shot
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03/07/2008 09:43:09 AM
I like how the tree behind initially looks like an explosion, offseting the boxing match in the foreground. Lovely light, great action shot. Back to bump. Somehow it's almost surrealistic and I like it better each time I visit it.
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03/06/2008 11:39:15 PM
amazing capture. love the background OOF.
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03/03/2008 08:39:35 PM
very clever
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03/03/2008 02:39:01 PM
What an interesting shot. I like the amount of negative space and the position and size of your subject.
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03/02/2008 07:53:53 AM
Wow! That's an amazing capture, were you waiting for hours? That takes dedication! I particularly love the lighting and the way that the frost mutes the backdrop to really focus all attention on the animals. Wonderful.
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03/01/2008 08:08:17 PM
Mad as March hares. Magnificent shot. 9.
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03/01/2008 01:20:35 PM
woah
talk about getting lucky, and you were probably freezing your butt off trying to get this photo
9
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03/01/2008 10:01:17 AM
I would not have thought that two psycho rabbits going at each other in a field could make for a good photo, well done, you proved me wrong.
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03/01/2008 09:58:32 AM
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03/01/2008 12:24:46 AM
Great capture!
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