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Nesting Snow Goose
Nesting Snow Goose

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC for Canon
Location: Near the Delaware River
Date: May 8, 2008
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Macro, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2009

This image was captured along the banks of the Delaware River near Lambertville, NJ in May '08 when many of the local waterfowl were nesting. This group of Snow Geese included a gray-brown mother-to-be and two white companions. All three were hissing at me loudly whenever I tried to move in closer. The brown goose was sitting on eggs, I'm not sure about the other two.

Full image of the three "nesters" below.

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This was a last minute entry, the original happened to be stored on a disk along with a bunch of real estate photos. I rarely, if ever, keep my original DPC images and most of my better photos have already been entered in challenges and would not be eligible. I wasn't aware of the Best of 2008 nor the Best of 2007 and therefore wasn't prepared like many of my colleagues obviously were. Ok, so I got hammered. You win some you lose some.

Place: 445 out of 531
Avg (all users): 4.9640
Avg (commenters): 5.7273
Avg (participants): 4.9226
Avg (non-participants): 5.0926
Views since voting: 658
Views during voting: 347
Votes: 222
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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01/23/2009 11:08:45 PM
Perhaps the full frame would have scored better for you... since there would be much less noise than is showing here.

You've got it right... you win some, you lose some....

But, as long as we've had some comments that help us grow... then we're ahead of the game, huh?
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01/23/2009 03:39:47 PM
Thank you for the positive comments and a special thanks to Jamie who continues to support me in spite of my lousy scores. ;-)
01/23/2009 12:35:31 PM
Wow, either my eyes need a "tune up" or some people's monitors need one! ;)

I don't see "the grain" that commenters are talking about and more than anything, they've bypassed a TREMENDOUS photo in lieu of this alleged "grain"????

I love the color, composition, crop and the abstractness of this shot, Jo! Really wonderfully done! Don't let the voters in here take you down. This is a tremendous shot and one that you should be very, very proud of!


DPC is going crazy! ;)

ETA: BTW...I find it ironic that out of that entire shot, the only criticism given was this "grain" or "pixelization"??? Since I can't see it....I'm wondering just how "distracting" (hate that term as it's used constantly) it really was??? Therefore, the big question...were they actually seeing the photograph and looking at it....or, were they bypassing it and looking only for flaws???

Seems to me it was the latter! Such a shame to miss an entire wonderful photograph!

Ok...got that out...I can BREATHE now! ;)

Message edited by author 2009-01-23 12:40:16.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/21/2009 10:14:19 PM
I like the tight crop and all the different textures.
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01/21/2009 01:58:56 PM
Superb detail
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01/20/2009 03:43:16 PM
interesting perspective and terrific detailing.
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01/20/2009 10:02:26 AM
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01/20/2009 08:13:30 AM
Took me a while to unravel him/her;) I love the fill the frame effect :)
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01/17/2009 07:50:04 PM
A lovely moment captured. I wish it were a bit more sharpened and maybe with less noise?
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01/17/2009 03:15:27 PM
a little grainy? Wonder why..
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01/17/2009 10:53:39 AM
vibrancy jumps off teh page, nice warm soft colours with teh sharpness that is outstanding well done
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01/16/2009 05:21:18 PM
good detail...image is a little noisy
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01/16/2009 04:09:03 PM
An abstract in feathers.
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01/16/2009 03:29:55 PM
an interesting 'pose' for the bird - unfortunately i see some significant pixelation issues throughout the image
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01/16/2009 12:05:00 AM
too much noise
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