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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Cape May, NJ
Date: Jul 13, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Black and White, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 12, 2009

Thank you all for your positive comments and generous voting. This was taken on a very foggy day in July. I was disappointed that day, to wake up to less than perfect lighting on my one day in the summer that I get to go shooting. But it all worked out O.K. Thanks.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 531
Avg (all users): 7.0323
Avg (commenters): 8.5385
Avg (participants): 7.0053
Avg (non-participants): 7.1186
Views since voting: 3973
Views during voting: 469
Votes: 248
Comments: 48
Favorites: 29 (view)


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03/22/2011 03:12:51 AM
wonderful
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01/28/2009 07:45:57 PM
This shot is just CLASS, best of the bunch IMO
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01/26/2009 10:16:46 AM
Amazing shot, wonderful and moody well deserving of top 10. Congratulations!
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01/25/2009 08:28:34 AM
This shot has so much spirit and mood. You just want to stare at it. Job well done.
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01/24/2009 11:47:58 PM
Wow. I love this. Timeless and beautiful.
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01/24/2009 12:28:55 PM
You say - It worked out okay???
I say - This is a stunning and dramatic image. I love your contrast in b/w -
Congratulations!!
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01/24/2009 12:09:51 PM
What a beautiful image. The fog makes the entire scene more intriguing, and somehow more dramatic too. The high contrast black and white is perfect, and helps make the shot feel timeless. I love the bird stretching it's neck upward is in silhouette but the other birds have some details in the light. It works so well.
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01/24/2009 12:27:14 AM
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This image moves--it literally seems to move upon viewing--soft layered composition, so well done that I can feel the motion, the air, hear the water and the bird.

This image transports me to a place that I want to be...
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01/23/2009 02:46:15 PM
Magic shot. Moody, dreamy, sort of draws you in... Congrats on 6th place, Jim.
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01/23/2009 10:58:48 AM
Congrats! I thought you would even ribbon. This is my favorite... anyway!
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01/23/2009 10:49:45 AM
This is so fabulous! Congrats on the great finish.
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01/23/2009 08:55:06 AM
WOW!! this is very nice, surprised you didn't place even higher, Great job, and Congrats on a great finish!
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01/23/2009 06:55:31 AM
should have ribboned
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01/23/2009 06:46:39 AM
fantastic work...
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01/23/2009 12:24:52 AM
this is a brilliant shot, a huge congrats on the top 10
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01/23/2009 12:05:22 AM
Ohmygosh, Jim! This fine art masterpiece was yours?? This one literally 'bout knocked me out of my chair when I saw it! Proud to be one of your 19 10's. And whoEVER had the disgraceful nerve to give this one a 2 or a 3 should hang their head in SHAME!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2009 11:14:44 PM
what a scene
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01/22/2009 11:13:01 PM
I had this one marked as a fave in my mind from the moment I saw it. That one bird being the odd bird out really adds that extra magic to the shot. (no vote)
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01/22/2009 06:30:56 PM
Dreamlike with excellent color processing and terrific composition. A very high vote from me.
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01/21/2009 05:02:27 AM
Very nice B&W conversion and tones.
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01/20/2009 03:38:45 PM
I like this one a lot. Very nice b/w and great composition.
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01/20/2009 09:46:41 AM
My personal favorite, the one I hope will be a winner. Congrats!
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01/19/2009 05:29:35 PM
Beautiful shapes, dreamy, ethereal. Great exposure.
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01/19/2009 03:52:44 PM
He stood there, and held his head high. All around him he could hear the calls. Words that hurt, jibes that cut. He could hear their disapproval he could feel their despise. Yet for all of that he stood there. He was different, he knew, but he was still a bird, and he still had a heart, and he still had his pride and his dignity.

Let them cat-call and tease and try and injure. He stood there with his head held high and was always pleasant and kind, and humble and strong.

In the end, they learned to accept him, and the insults stopped, and teasing became nothing more than a whisper, and friendships were eventually formed. In the end, they could all hold their heads up high.
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01/19/2009 10:26:19 AM
really lovely, fav so far
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01/19/2009 07:59:18 AM
Totally fabulous, you just have to love it when Mother Nature provides you with an Egret amongst all the seagulls. Totally fab leading lines and excellent processing, well done indeed
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01/18/2009 09:21:19 PM
Love the lighting and title. 9
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01/18/2009 09:18:54 PM
My fav so far after 50% rated. Beautiful. 10
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01/18/2009 08:25:37 PM
I LOVE this. The lighting is stunning, and whatever you've done with the focus adds the most perfect touch here.
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01/18/2009 09:42:24 AM
It is true image; if it is, it is just fantastic! The black one in center makes it even more wonderful!
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01/17/2009 08:31:28 PM
This photo is AMAZING! So masterfully artful. One of my very few 10's so far.
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01/17/2009 06:26:35 PM
Absolutely beautiful, I especially like the conversion, as well as the one bird lifting up with his wings flapping, and the light on him. Beautiful capture.
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01/17/2009 05:18:02 PM
Very good 10
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01/17/2009 04:29:46 PM
really like this... how one bird is a silhouette and the mood
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01/17/2009 04:00:54 PM
This is quite simply gorgeous.
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01/17/2009 03:27:17 PM
Great b/w!! One of my favs! Top ten in my books.
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01/17/2009 01:03:08 PM
Absolutly one of the finest shots I've seen in a long time. The dark tones and shallow DOF such a dreamy look. A new fav and a 10 from me.
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01/17/2009 12:26:51 PM
really good edit (and shot)...
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01/17/2009 11:09:20 AM
quite possibly my favorite so far. there is something so strong about this shot.. just beautiful!!
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01/16/2009 08:05:30 PM
Great comp and great PP. Top 5 in the challenge for me.
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01/16/2009 06:12:59 PM
Great shot.
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01/16/2009 03:45:21 PM
Beautiful. Can't decide if I like the front guy in silhouette or wish he was lit.
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01/16/2009 12:31:00 PM
creepy fun. I love the title too ... I've used it myself before.
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01/16/2009 11:56:52 AM
WOW! The fog gives so much mystery and the contrast between the lit birds and the silhouetted bird is so cool.
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01/16/2009 10:35:30 AM
the mist off the water, the high contrast created by the light on the birds, the leading lines created by the poles in the water - it works together to create a rich scene so that i can almost hear the water
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01/16/2009 10:22:00 AM
Oh this is fabulous and the clever title doesn't hurt either. I love all of the various positions of the birds with the center subject being in complete silhouette. This is really good and different.
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01/16/2009 12:12:15 AM
A beautifully dark but dreamy image, works great in B&W. Very nice! :o)
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01/16/2009 12:10:04 AM
This almost looks like a painting, very simple, but beautiful. Very nice, best of luck!
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