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1st Place- FLIGHT of the HUNTER -
andrewt


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Animals In Motion (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Jurong Bird Park Singapore
Date: Apr 25, 2009
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/640s
Galleries: Action, Birds
Date Uploaded: Apr 23, 2009

Shot of a Malayan Fish Owl in flight. This is a really cool bird with a very loud vocal shriek. The bird was actually making a short flight towards his trainer. Captured at Singapore's Jurong Bird Park.

My first really successful (sharp) capture. Still not perfect, partly because of the obstructions in the foreground of the bird's flight path. As I pan these foregeound obstructions get in the way and screws up my autofocus. Oh! and this bird is really SILENT and fast!! I used a shutter speed of 1/640s and still can't freeze his wings. You need at least 1/1600s.

Hope you all like this !! , and yes the bird's eye is very yellow.


Andrew....23rd April 2009
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Yowza !!! Thanks I am elated and deflated at the same time. Elated because the scoring really surprised me. I just did NOT expect this to do so well. It WAS above 8 all the way till the last 4 hours of voting.

Still , thanks a bunch. Now I can rest my update button.

Andrew....03rd May 2009

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 143
Avg (all users): 7.9503
Avg (commenters): 9.1600
Avg (participants): 7.7761
Avg (non-participants): 8.0526
Views since voting: 9819
Views during voting: 506
Votes: 181
Comments: 86
Favorites: 39 (view)


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11/02/2009 09:28:48 PM
Holy cow! What a shot. Would love to see a 16x20 of this just so I could see his/her eyes in more detail.

Fantastic image.
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06/12/2009 07:45:22 PM
Wow, I can't stop looking at this shot. What an intense look on his face (very surprising that someone gave it a 2!).
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05/10/2009 05:16:10 PM
No Comment ( amazing )
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05/08/2009 06:26:24 PM
I VERY rarely comment on the photos, but WOW this is an excellent shot and a very deserved winner.
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05/07/2009 08:14:56 PM
this is awsome
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05/07/2009 01:01:01 PM
Great image. Focus on the owl and DOF is outstanding. Congrats.
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05/07/2009 12:21:11 AM
awesome timing...
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05/06/2009 11:26:34 AM
He look intense. This is an awsome shot. The eyes are beautiful. Did you use a tripod?
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05/06/2009 09:30:39 AM
Congrats on the blue! Great Shot! I had it ranked in my top group and was happy to see it get top honors. Way to go!
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05/06/2009 07:18:12 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon. Awesome photo. Jumps right out at you.
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05/06/2009 03:19:27 AM
Great capture! Congrats on the ribbon. I liked this shot when I saw it, I actually didnt think it would ribbon, only for the fact that it is a captive bird and being a long time bird in flight photographer it does take away from the degree of difficulty, That and the fact that head is oversharpened, which would lead me to believe that you were compensating for softness elswhere? Overall a very stunning capture here on DPChallenge, In the bird photography world above average...
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05/06/2009 01:33:01 AM
Hello Andrew, I love the eyes :)
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05/05/2009 11:03:38 AM
This is my first vote and I gave this pic my highest score. I feel proud...lol. What an awesome photo. Thanks for sharing.
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05/05/2009 04:24:38 AM
Perfect focus and composition. Very pleasant background too. Awesome shot Andrew.
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05/05/2009 03:22:56 AM
WTG Andrew !
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05/04/2009 09:34:19 PM
Wow... what a monster score. April has been a really good month for you... your going to give 21_F.gif IreneM a run for her money in the points race. Great shot, scored 9 from me.
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05/04/2009 08:18:52 PM
Andrew, congrats on yet another fine accomplishment. Wonderful!!!!
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05/04/2009 08:10:52 PM
Very nice work, congratulations on this well deserved blue.
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05/04/2009 06:13:43 PM
Send it in a pm, but had to go on record.

Congrats on the blue ribbon! As soon as I saw this shot, I thought "drat!!!", because I knew it would beat the bluebirds. Wonderful shot, great owl, incredible eyes! well done!
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05/04/2009 05:37:55 PM
7.9 ! At least I now know what it takes !!!
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05/04/2009 04:09:52 PM
awesome capture, congrats with the ribbon !
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05/04/2009 02:08:07 PM
I had a feeling when I saw this in the challenge that it might be a ribbon contender. And I think the ever-so-slight blur of the wings adds to the feel of motion making it even more effective than if they had been perfectly tack sharp. And wow! What a score! Alot of people get lucky and get personal bests -- but to get a personal best when your highest rated photo is a 7.9+ WOW! You are becoming legendary :) And deservingly so, I might add! Congratulations!!

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05/04/2009 12:59:33 PM
What eyes! fantastic capture! One of the best of this kind I've ever seen! and you cannot wish a better background for this bird
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05/04/2009 11:31:49 AM
Congratualtions.. Superb and well deserved!!
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05/04/2009 09:50:15 AM
Cool! WTG Andrew! Congrats.
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05/04/2009 09:49:30 AM
A beautiful capture/congratulations
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05/04/2009 09:28:47 AM
Congratulations! That isolation is wonderful. Sorry about the score. I had one drop from 8 in the last twenty minutes of voting. *sigh*
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05/04/2009 09:27:56 AM
Awesome focus. Congrats Andrew!
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05/04/2009 08:53:13 AM
Andrew, what an amazing shot! Nicely done. :) congrats on yet another well deserved ribbon.
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05/04/2009 08:40:28 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon!
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05/04/2009 08:32:16 AM
Great image! Congrats on the blue!
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05/04/2009 08:27:18 AM
Favorited - congrats!
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05/04/2009 08:24:48 AM
Congrats again Andrew. Amazing shot.
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05/04/2009 07:45:32 AM
holy moly what a score. congratulations!
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05/04/2009 07:03:38 AM
Seriously, someone in here rated this photo a 2?????!!??!
I see it on just about every winning photo.
A bit of competition really brings out the nasty streak doesn't it.
But all that aside, a wonderful photo and well worthy of the blue ribbon. Congrats!
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05/04/2009 06:33:59 AM
You're on the first page. Congratulations.
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05/04/2009 06:21:44 AM
Great capture Andrew, congratulations on your win. :)
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05/04/2009 05:18:33 AM
Wow Andrew... congratulations on yet another ribbon... great shot, indeed..
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05/04/2009 04:50:26 AM
Hehe, I went through the voting thinking: "Damn, this owl is way better than mine!". Congratulations on an absolutely stunning shot.
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05/04/2009 04:23:08 AM
Best of show - Congrats on a great image. Well deserved.
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05/04/2009 03:02:09 AM
Congratulations on you collection of BLUES...
Excellent finish.
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05/04/2009 02:41:43 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon and PB. Excellent shot!!
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05/04/2009 01:40:24 AM
I love owls...congratulations, thx for details.
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05/04/2009 01:33:24 AM
Well, Andrew, no one could have hit the nail on the head as well as you did with this spectacular entry. BRAVO!!!!!!!
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05/04/2009 01:09:41 AM
Brilliant image, Andrew! Great clarity, really excellent. Congrats on winning.
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05/04/2009 12:37:50 AM
Oh God Andrew, you almost got the magic 8! You're D3 is paying off...I must go to this place next time I am in Singapore later this year. You are doing an amazing job, congratulations

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05/04/2009 12:22:25 AM
Great capture and congrats on the Blue.
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05/04/2009 12:09:39 AM
This deserved the Blue hands down. Simply stunning image.
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05/04/2009 12:01:51 AM
Congrats.....Ribbon Hogger....!
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05/04/2009 12:01:37 AM
Andrew - you always do such an excellent job with your animal shots. Congrats on the blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2009 11:07:03 PM
Beautiful capture. I love those vibrant eyes.
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05/03/2009 09:06:43 AM
8 - Good clarity and I like the unusual angle.
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05/02/2009 11:03:10 AM
Awesome!! The detail, positioning, colors. You've captured "that" particular moment in flight...and I happen to love owls :)
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05/02/2009 01:30:45 AM
I'll see this one near the top. Those killer (literally) eyes make the shot even better.
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05/01/2009 09:11:12 PM
If this doesn't take the blue I'll be very surprised. Perfect capture. My only criticism would be something not in the original photo - I think this image would have been stronger without the top/bottom border. You already have a perfect background that separates the image from the background very well.
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05/01/2009 03:58:32 PM
I voted earlier in the week and this stunning image deserves a 10! (not a fan of the border, but the photo is just superb!)

Edit: I never learned to spell...;-/

Message edited by author 2009-05-04 01:32:36.
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05/01/2009 08:44:40 AM
Simply gorgeous. Best luck!
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05/01/2009 07:56:07 AM
Outstanding capture. 9
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04/30/2009 11:55:06 PM
Beautiful capture.
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04/30/2009 05:18:20 PM
Wow what an awesome capture. Nice job.
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04/30/2009 04:53:09 PM
impressive capture
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04/30/2009 04:17:59 PM
Hypnotic eyes, lovely clarity of colours in eyes and feathers, with nice contrast against background.
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04/30/2009 03:51:12 PM
I like that the wings are down not up
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04/30/2009 12:48:53 PM
I like the composition , the focus being so sharp on the eyes and the blur of the wings show speed and motion. The bokeh is great. Nice bright color in the eyes makes this even more attractive. This one gets my vote.
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04/29/2009 09:05:48 PM
Dead Ringer! I wouldn't doubt that this one will take the cake! Great Capture.
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04/29/2009 09:00:56 PM
it might just pop out of my comp screen. brilliantly captured. this should place high.
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04/29/2009 05:01:45 PM
Love those intense, HUGE, very yellow eyes! Motion in the wings is a perfect complement to the sharp expression.
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04/29/2009 02:03:49 PM
Crystal clear eyes and wonderful deep green background really set this apart.
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04/29/2009 08:43:12 AM
Fabulous shot!! Ribbon contender i bet..
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04/29/2009 08:06:02 AM
I like everything on this photograph: the sharpness of the eyes, motion of the wings, nicely blurred background of good color, and the composition, too. Very well done!
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04/29/2009 07:23:55 AM
Amazing, clear eyes, and flight.. excellent use of theory of thirds.
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04/28/2009 11:52:23 PM
Wow, such focus in those eyes, great comp.
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04/28/2009 07:24:06 PM
Great shot.
Makes me wonder what he is focusing on with that stare/glare.
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04/28/2009 06:28:26 PM
Wow, great capture! 10
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04/28/2009 04:56:11 PM
Awesome capture, I expect this will be on the front page
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04/28/2009 10:20:58 AM
My pick for the blue. Facinatng photo. 10
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04/28/2009 07:58:53 AM
Perfect.
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04/28/2009 04:05:03 AM
Excellent work!
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04/27/2009 11:56:23 PM
the best of the challenge by far! 10!
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04/27/2009 09:08:21 PM
Gorgeous - especially those eyes! 10
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04/27/2009 08:07:27 PM
At first glance, this image came across as over sharpened, but on review, this was a mistaken impression. The intensity of the bird's eyes, the rich and in depth detail, the perfectly composed background demonstrates how to capture motion perfectly. While the image could use a little better crop on the left, it works perfectly as is. Originally rated a 9, it has been rerated a 10. Well done - a top ten contender and a potential ribbon winner.
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04/27/2009 02:57:33 PM
Focused! Not your best picture but still very very good.
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04/27/2009 01:19:18 PM
Very cool - love his wing position and absolute focus.
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04/27/2009 07:40:46 AM
wow. cool shot. not a fan of the eyes being so saturated, but on this site it can only help :)
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04/27/2009 04:13:14 AM
Amazing!
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04/27/2009 12:16:41 AM
wow -- what a brilliant shot! how do you get those eyes so sharp and in focus when they're moving like that??
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