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Down by the River
Down by the River

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: London, Ontario - The Thames River
Date: Jul 4, 2009
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 720
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2009

I was down at the river very early in the morning. I first saw the blue heron standing in the shallows. I waded down the river, praying I wouldn't slip and drop my camera, I couldn't believe how close he let me get. Next thing I know, this baby racoon comes into the river and walks right in front of the heron. Two minutes later two deer come out of the woods and into the river. Unfortunately I couldn't capture them all together. Technically I'm sure there is plenty wrong with my photo, but it makes me happy, as it was such a fun morning.

Place: 268 out of 419
Avg (all users): 5.4823
Avg (commenters): 5.8000
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Views since voting: 649
Views during voting: 215
Votes: 141
Comments: 7
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08/13/2009 01:19:38 AM
Please put your other shot up here too, cos it looks AMAZING!!!
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08/09/2009 09:04:34 PM
Hi from the CC Club,

What an Amazing capture, this is once in a life time shot! WOW

Now I have got over my wowness, lets get down to some PP work.

A crop to on the right hand side quite tightly to the Heron and a little more off the top would have drawn more attention to your bird and raccoon.

the back ground is very bright, so with this cropping it would eliminate some of this

Some sharpness in PP would have helped, a little dodge and burn on the coon would have highlighted him some more and made him stand out just a little more.

Play with the saturation sponge a little on the bird, see what happens

I am so impressed with this shot, it is a keeper. well done!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2009 08:28:16 PM
What an odd pair!
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08/06/2009 02:55:33 PM
My goodness, that is some capture!
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08/02/2009 05:03:11 PM
One in a million shot. Think you'll ever see that again??
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08/01/2009 05:29:41 PM
6 - Nice little scene. 720 would have helped you if the quality was there. It is also too centered for me, likely more room (of course if you had it) to the left and slightly tighter on the right would have given this a compositional edge. Be nice to see more detail on the 'coon, but difficult, especially when he/she is scurrying along rocks over water. I like that the heron doesn't seem too phased and that they both have their own agendas.
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08/01/2009 12:37:33 AM
what an odd duo.
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