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Flight Of The Heron
Flight Of The Heron

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6G ED
Location: Montezuma Wildlife Refuge
Date: Mar 28, 2010
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 29, 2010

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I would like to thank JBSmithana for his forum on bird/nature photography which was my impetus to go out and try shooting birds.

I was thrilled to be sitting in my car photographing two Great Blue Herons, waiting for them to do something besides stand there - when out of the corner of my eye I see this third beauty coming in at full throttle to take claim to the area. I was so excited I wasn't sure my shots would be anything but blur. I couldn't believe my eyes when I got home and actually had something worth bragging about. I hope others love this as much as I do - but if not that's ok too - I was there and can still enjoy the thrill of it all. I don't consider myself knowledgeable or even that talented - just lucky to be in the right place at the right time and it makes me want to go out and take more!!!

Place: 185 out of 350
Avg (all users): 5.5352
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4545
Avg (non-participants): 5.7209
Views since voting: 556
Views during voting: 222
Votes: 142
Comments: 5
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/13/2010 10:23:16 PM
greetings from the Critique Club

Did you get any of the 'underappreciated' awards for this one, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Patches? If you didn't, you should have. I have no idea why you didn't score higher for this image in the hotly contested Free Study category.

This is VERY hard to do and I congratulate you on first seeing what was about to happen and then capturing it so well. Did you go to the Montezuma Swamps for this one? They have a nice auto trail there. In any event, you have this one fair and square. Sharp and nicely presented in the frame.

More, More!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2010 07:52:43 PM
Nice composition. I like the shape formed by the wings.
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04/07/2010 09:42:14 AM
Nice stop action shot. These herons are spooked easily!
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04/04/2010 12:18:47 PM
A very good one!
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04/01/2010 09:59:26 AM
Beautiful colors
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