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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: From the Ground Up V (Basic Editing)
Collection: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Brackenridge Park, San Antonio
Date: Jun 19, 2009
Aperture: F4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2009

Sorry about using such similar subjects for 2 challenges in a row -- but I took so many cool pictures of these birds all week trying to get the perfect Zen photo. It was hard to decide which one I should enter in the challenge. Then when "The Ground Up" challenge came up right behind it, I couldn't resist using another one of my favorites in this challenge too since my whole week was pretty much spent with my camera in an upwardly direction.
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woo - HOOOOOOO!!!!! I am in Heaven! I know it won because of the cool title. ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Jutilda gave it to me :) Thanks, Girlfriend!

I am heading off to bed now -- happy as a kid at Christmas :)





Statistics
Place: 1 out of 186
Avg (all users): 7.0838
Avg (commenters): 8.7000
Avg (participants): 7.2361
Avg (non-participants): 6.9813
Views since voting: 7309
Views during voting: 336
Votes: 179
Comments: 122
Favorites: 37 (view)


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09/29/2009 12:56:47 AM
Sandy, Absolutely incredible, so well done! Don
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09/02/2009 11:27:14 AM
Congrats (again) on your blue. Sorry for not offering congratulations sooner. (I just realized that it got reinstated)
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07/18/2009 06:52:40 PM
Wow Sandy! This is an incredible photograph. Congratulations on your blue.
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07/18/2009 01:05:07 PM
Very cool. I was out for the last month or so and missed this challenge posting.
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07/16/2009 08:26:46 PM
this is amazing! I can spent so much time watching this pic..
well done.
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07/14/2009 10:49:26 AM
Congrats on a beautiful high key shot, and a well deserved blue!
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07/12/2009 06:19:35 PM
Yay Sandy!
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07/12/2009 05:14:56 PM
I have to reiterate what Germaine said. Everybody involved in this whole ordeal came out a winner. :~)
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07/12/2009 04:43:11 PM
Awesome to see this back! Congratulations, you deserved it.
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07/12/2009 03:35:11 PM
This now qualifies for the "Never Seen on DPC" challenge. I don't think I've ever heard of SC reversing itself. Congrats to SC for being flexible, and congrats to you on having the ribbon reinstated.
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07/12/2009 03:30:13 PM
Glad to see this reinstated. You deserved the Blue!
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07/12/2009 03:13:18 PM
Congrats Sandy. A great shot - and it is nice to see that little pink banner removed....
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07/12/2009 03:09:18 PM
:)
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07/10/2009 11:23:42 AM
What a shame, this is sooo well done! I really feel bad for you Sandy and understand just how you must feel. But, if anything has been learned here it would probably be that we should all be careful of what we put in our editing details because it just might DQ us. Don't let this stand in your way, you are a gifted photographer and I know you will continue to create amazing images!
07/07/2009 09:19:43 AM
Your the best in our books, my fav for sure!!!!!!!
07/07/2009 12:26:55 AM
I hate it when this happens to anyone...so sorry Sandy...hope you are OK
07/04/2009 06:42:02 PM
Silly- just plain silly-you got it fair & square...in everyone's book :)
07/04/2009 04:29:42 PM
ouch, DQ's suck. so sorry
07/04/2009 12:08:39 AM
So sorry about your DQ. That really hurts when it is just a silly mistake during validation. I wish it hadn't happened. But you have a lot of ribbons, and you have the knowledge that this deserved a ribbon, and you have a lot of FAVs, so it isn't all that bad. BTW, I wish I could capture that clarity in an overhead motion shot.
07/03/2009 08:36:36 PM
I'm totally baffled. Boo...Hiss...on this DQ!

{{{{Hugs for Sandy}}}
07/03/2009 06:38:22 PM
Originally posted by MAK:

Sandy, I have done the same thing with my editing and used the wrong terminology and got DQ'd, I did not bother to contact SC about it because I figured I would not of been believed but I think that you should as you are such an upstanding member of DPC and I am certain the mistake is genuine.


Agree with MAK here, if its only down to an incorrect explanation then maybe you should ask for them to reconsider.
07/03/2009 05:59:53 PM
Sandy, I have done the same thing with my editing and used the wrong terminology and got DQ'd, I did not bother to contact SC about it because I figured I would not of been believed but I think that you should as you are such an upstanding member of DPC and I am certain the mistake is genuine.
07/03/2009 01:34:52 PM
Sandy, contact the SC again and tell them you got the editing steps mixed up. Maybe they'll reconsider, it's worth a try. So sorry about the dg. No matter what happens, it's still a wonderful image. ((Hugs))
07/03/2009 11:54:19 AM
Oh No! So sorry to hear about the DQ, especially since you didn't actually break any rules. Still a FANTASTIC image, one of my favs!
07/03/2009 11:29:43 AM
Am so sorry to see this get dq'd, still don't understand does not seem fair. At least you still know it was everyones favorite and still a winning image. :)
07/03/2009 11:17:16 AM
Bummer, Sandy. I just got over validating an entry that wasn't even close to a winner. I can understand the psychic mess in your head. It's still a great shot.
07/03/2009 11:07:23 AM
Seems crazy but I guess they only have your word to go on. Maybe since you made a mistake, they'll re-think it. :~) Nonetheless, you know it won, so that's really all that matters.
07/03/2009 11:05:10 AM
Oh, Sandy! I'm so sorry about the DQ. I'm sure you're feeling hurt and disheartened.

The same thing happened to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' bspurgeon lately. I'm so sorry...
07/03/2009 12:55:39 AM
You know - if this is DQ'd based on a mistake in your explanation, SC should maybe revisit this decision.

Say if you HAD done something illegal and had typed it up as if you didn't, they'd take your word for it? Hardly. Therefore, if you SAID you did something illegal, but didn't, I would hope they will take another look and ascertain what editing steps actually went into the image.

So sorry for the stress around this DQ, Sandy.
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07/02/2009 11:43:36 PM
So sorry about the DQ.
Hang in there, kid! :-)
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07/02/2009 11:21:22 PM
Wow, surprised and sorry to hear about the DQ, they can not take the fact it is a great image away! Adding to favs.
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07/02/2009 10:15:45 PM
Look at those favs and comments. They mean more than the little graphic that was taken away.
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07/02/2009 10:14:41 PM
So sorry Sandy for the DQ! It was added to my favorites prior and will stay that way regardless of what SC says. Excellent photograph in all respects! You really have a gift for 'seeing' the right moment in your work, this is no exception.

Message edited by author 2009-07-02 22:15:18.
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07/02/2009 10:08:24 PM
Darn! :(
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07/02/2009 10:02:06 PM
Well. . .I've had to write this and re-write this. At first I was so angry and hurt and felt so righteously indignant because I know I edited this legally, and I couln't believe that a person could really lose a ribbon won fair and square when they hadn't violated any of the editing rules.

But after knowing why they thought I used illegal editing steps, I realized the whole thing was in fact my fault. Not that I did anything illegal in my editing. I didn't. But in my explanation of the steps I used, I said I did something I didn't actually do. I had already had to validate my zen photo just 2 days earlier, and I was so exhausted -- and excited and anxious -- so I hurried thru my explanation, and absent mindedly got the 2 photos mixed up and said I did a step that I had done in my zen photo that I really didn't do in this one. I think part of the reason I was so careless in my explanation was because this one was so easy. I wasn't worried in the LEAST about this one being validated and I was so tired. So I lost a ribbon that was won fair and square because I hurried thru my explanation and typed it wrong. :( But its not site council's fault. They were just going by what I said I did.

This is my untouched original. It hardly needed any editing except a little cropping, lightening and contrasting.
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Message edited by author 2009-07-03 00:31:22.
07/02/2009 09:43:28 PM
too bad, although it doesn't take away from the greatness of the photo.
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07/02/2009 09:40:23 PM
:(
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07/02/2009 09:29:23 PM
Noooooooo! :(
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07/02/2009 09:10:07 PM
Oh, Sandy! I am so sorry about the DQ but no matter how you look at it, this is one amazing photo with or without a ribbon.
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07/02/2009 08:56:38 PM
wottha !!??
i was admiring your beautiful bird and refreshed the page .. when it had refreshed you beautiful bird had gone ..
sandy that really sucks ..
its so easy to forget when doing a basic edit that you cant do blending modes .. we do them without thinking a lot of the time .. a couple of times i've done a process and actually submitted it .. got it back up in photoshop later & see that i've done a blending mode other than normal without realising it ..
anyway .. like andrew says .. a fabulous shot is a fabulous shot no matter wot ..
sending a great big hug .. :)

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07/02/2009 08:52:35 PM
Stink :( Sorry about the dq. A rule that's very easy to slip up on too, particularly if you're use to entering member challenges. Don't sweat it, as it still remains best in challenge regardless!

eta: Ack! Just read your notes. Double stink. Here's hoping you get it sorted out Sandy!

Message edited by author 2009-07-02 22:39:19.
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07/02/2009 08:48:23 PM
don't worry about it Sandy. Happens to all of us. A fabulous shot is a fabulous shot !!!!!!
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07/02/2009 08:41:55 PM
Ahhh, Sandy...I'm so sorry...this is such a stunning picture..
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07/02/2009 08:08:28 PM
This is so gorgeous. Congratulations on a very well deserved blue!
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07/02/2009 04:15:16 PM
Beautiful
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07/02/2009 02:32:57 PM
so beautiful!
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07/02/2009 12:31:10 PM
Beautiful shot Sandy--love the translucence of the wings. Congrats!
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07/02/2009 10:31:49 AM
I don't remember if I commented or not -- what an incredible shot! I'm jealous! Very well done--a well deserved blue! (should have been higher than a 7.0, as well!) Can you tell I really like it?
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07/02/2009 08:28:46 AM
Beautiful photo Sandy and congrats on the Blue.
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07/02/2009 06:48:04 AM
Way to go Sandy. Congrats on your Blue. The clarity and seeing through all the feathers looks great.
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07/01/2009 11:38:21 PM
Congratulations Sandy!!!!! Absolutely magnificent capture!!!!!
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07/01/2009 11:37:03 PM
Fantastic shot! Such great detail. Congrats on the blue.
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07/01/2009 09:38:34 PM
Congratulations on the Blue, Sandy. Stunning image, and I love the colors in this one! You've done a gorgeous job capturing their splendor. And yes, wonderful title!
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07/01/2009 08:39:00 PM
This is such an AWESOME photo Sandy!!! Congratulations on your first place ribbon!!
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07/01/2009 08:34:33 PM
Freakin' AWESOME!!! You go, girl! WOOT!!!
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07/01/2009 07:56:22 PM
You're on fire!
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07/01/2009 07:34:45 PM
congrats on this great image and the blue.
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07/01/2009 06:37:28 PM
Breathtakingly beautiful...makes me imagine that I am the one in flight... Congrats on the ribbon, Sandy!
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07/01/2009 04:41:28 PM
Congrats! Beautiful shot, I gave you a 10. =)
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07/01/2009 02:39:59 PM
Congratulations! What a wonderful shot.
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07/01/2009 01:05:51 PM
Wow, Sandy excellent placement...wonderful picture...I love how you can see the light through his/her feathers...very well done...
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07/01/2009 01:04:35 PM
Beautiful shot Sandy!! Congrats on your well deserved blue ribbon!!!
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07/01/2009 11:31:37 AM
Stunning image!!! Congrats SandyP on your BLUE!!
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07/01/2009 11:09:24 AM
Sooooo beautiful. Congratulations.
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07/01/2009 10:56:49 AM
What a lovely shot and huge congrats on the blue!
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07/01/2009 10:38:05 AM
Congrats Sandy! This is so beautiful!
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07/01/2009 10:35:29 AM
Oh Sandy! You've outdone yourself this week!! Warmest congrats on your ribbon!!
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07/01/2009 10:34:59 AM
Huge congrats to you , Sandy !!!!
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07/01/2009 10:26:00 AM
Congrats! This is gorgeous.
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07/01/2009 09:45:58 AM
Sandy, congratulations on the blue! This is so beautiful and exquisite.
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07/01/2009 09:28:09 AM
Just beautiful Sandy, big congrats on your blue ribbon winner. :)
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07/01/2009 09:09:41 AM
What an awesome shot. Congrats Sandy.
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07/01/2009 09:08:45 AM
Congratulations Sandy!! When I saw your Zen entry I was thinking this might be yours. So happy you won the blue ribbon!
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07/01/2009 08:57:05 AM
And it won with ONLY 19 10 votes. I'm so proud to be with the cool group in grading this shot, Sandy.
Congrats, many congrats. It is a beautiful shot.
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07/01/2009 08:50:30 AM
Knew this was yours Sandy. Great shot!
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07/01/2009 08:41:54 AM
Congratulations Sandy!!!!!
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07/01/2009 08:40:45 AM
Sandy! You go, girl! Lovely job here. The light on the wings is fascinating! Congtrats!
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07/01/2009 07:58:20 AM
Sandy! Congrats! It's absolutely beautiful. Woo hoo!!!!
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07/01/2009 07:29:21 AM
Yep, did it again. Congrats. It's laughable that you got 2's and 3's. Good Lord!!
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07/01/2009 06:22:32 AM
Wonderful image Sandy! Congrats on the blue!
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07/01/2009 05:50:20 AM
5 2s ??? we need to weed out theses 'eyefetch' voters
excellent Sandy many congrats
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07/01/2009 04:45:35 AM
Congrats on your blue ribbon. This is one of the exquisite pictures seen on DPC!
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07/01/2009 02:48:15 AM
Congrats, Sandy! Your last three entries have gotten better and better! :)
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07/01/2009 02:34:27 AM
Congrats on the blue! Absolutely exquisite image!
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07/01/2009 02:30:34 AM
YES! A solid 9 from me, Sandy! CONGRATS!
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07/01/2009 01:57:47 AM
wonderfully peaceful tones. Congrats on the blue!
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07/01/2009 01:54:44 AM
A stunning shot, Another piece of Sandy magic brought to life, you really are an amazing photographer.Congratulations for the Blue..
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07/01/2009 01:48:12 AM
the bird whisperer strikes again .. !!!
CONGRATS SANDY .. its the most beautiful image .. very deserving of the blue .. :)
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07/01/2009 01:29:04 AM
Congrats on you ribbon!! This is a really nice image!!
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07/01/2009 01:04:57 AM
Originally posted by andrewt:

Man , this is cool !! I hope you really do well with this. 8


My earlier judgment is correct !! THis is a WONDERFUL shot. Huge congrats on the Blue!!
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07/01/2009 01:03:34 AM
Congrats Sandy! Detail is great. I love the black to white gradient of the wings.
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07/01/2009 01:00:35 AM
Allright! MANY CONGRATULATIONS SANDY! from a fan :)
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07/01/2009 12:47:23 AM
Absolutely fantastic! What a stunning shot! Congrats on your well deserved blue, Sandy. ((Hugs))
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07/01/2009 12:42:47 AM
This is a fantastic image Sandy. Huge congrats on the blue!!!
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07/01/2009 12:36:22 AM
SWEET! Sandy I have to laugh, b/c everytime we talk and you are doubting your talent, you nail a BR on DPC

Strong work Woman
congrats and HUGS!
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07/01/2009 12:26:57 AM
Hooray, the right photo won!
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07/01/2009 12:25:48 AM
WOW,fantastic shot..congrats on the blue!
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07/01/2009 12:25:38 AM
Congratulations on your blue!! Great capture!!
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07/01/2009 12:14:01 AM
Congratulations SANDY!!! This is a stunning photo! Well deserved blue! :)
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07/01/2009 12:12:34 AM
Congratulations on the well-deserved blue Sandy! Truly beautiful shot!!
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07/01/2009 12:11:52 AM
Beautiful! Worth a fave...
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07/01/2009 12:07:39 AM
Congrats my friend. Haven't been here for a time but it is so nice to see your talent on the front page. God bless you and your family and hope all is well in Tejas :-)
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07/01/2009 12:05:52 AM
This is way cool, it's now a favorite for me, too! Congrats.
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07/01/2009 12:05:03 AM
I'm glad this won the Blue. It was my favorite of the challenge.
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07/01/2009 12:03:41 AM
Wow! Amazing definition, clarity, light! Congrats on your ribbon!
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07/01/2009 12:03:31 AM
Wonderful tones. Congrats on the blue!
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07/01/2009 12:03:03 AM
Go Sandy! Beautiful detail in the feathers. Congrats on the blue!
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07/01/2009 12:02:36 AM
Superb, Sandy! Big congrats on your new Blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/30/2009 07:30:24 PM
cool.
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06/30/2009 04:41:35 PM
Awesome - 10
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06/29/2009 08:36:59 PM
Fantastic feathers. Looks almost like a flying skeleton in a way. Love it. I even like the comp even though free space is the opposite direction the bird is facing.. Sort of like it is springing forth from the free space into whatever lies beyond.
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06/28/2009 08:03:00 PM
The detail in the wings is amazing.
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06/28/2009 06:36:43 PM
wow. beautiful.
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06/28/2009 12:31:32 AM
This is a picture I would have loved to have taken. So very good!
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06/25/2009 02:02:17 PM
Excellent catch. The translucency is amazing!
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06/25/2009 12:41:01 AM
Gorgeous. I keep returning to this one just to lose myself in it all over again.
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06/24/2009 10:47:09 PM
Very similar to another entry in this challenge, did you enter twice? Awesome shot, high scores!
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06/24/2009 04:05:07 PM
Love the detail and subtle tones. Not too sure about the position/crop, but regardless, a very cool shot.
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06/24/2009 11:33:03 AM
Magnificent detail.
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06/24/2009 08:16:42 AM
What a stand out amidst so many snapshots. Good luck.
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06/24/2009 07:08:19 AM
Stunning shot. On gossamer wings. Sheer beauty and a joy to behold. So delicate. Perfect composition, pov and processing. My favorite in this challenge...well except for my own entry of course :) 10
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06/24/2009 04:29:41 AM
Man , this is cool !! I hope you really do well with this. 8
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