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Spreading my wings. Learning to fly
3rd PlaceSpreading my wings. Learning to fly
SandyP


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Self Portrait Without People II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Date: Jun 23, 2010
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2010

"I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly.
I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky.
I'll make a wish. Take a chance. . . Make a Change. . .
and BREAK AWAY" (Kelly Clarkson)

That's kinda been my theme song since I finally decided to break out of the bondage I was in -- since forever -- at the miserable job I had for so (tooooo) LONG! I was so unhappy, then one day... I spread my wings and learned how to fly, and I'm takin' a chance and reachin' for the sky. So far, it's good: steady business, an art gallery. And HAPPY! It's awesome :)


Statistics
Place: 3 out of 107
Avg (all users): 7.1071
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 7.0426
Avg (non-participants): 7.1538
Views since voting: 5410
Views during voting: 257
Votes: 112
Comments: 74
Favorites: 6 (view)


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03/17/2011 04:15:30 PM
Oh my gosh... I love this picture and absolutely LOVE the story that goes with it! I want to follow in your footsteps. =)
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07/14/2010 11:48:17 AM
Such a lovely and delicate capture. I'm so glad you're happy and doing well. Congrats on the ribbon and on the courage you had to give those wings a chance :)
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07/08/2010 05:20:55 PM
Beautiful sharp details
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07/07/2010 11:28:19 PM
So Clear and cute!! Congrats!
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07/07/2010 09:09:22 PM
Adorable! Congrats on the ribbon.
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07/07/2010 12:20:12 PM
Yay Sandy! What a return entrance, to win the yellow, congratulations.
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07/07/2010 09:09:12 AM
What an AWESOME picture! Looks like he's smiling too!
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07/06/2010 11:04:10 PM
Congrats on the ribbon! Great exposure, perfectly sharp where it needs to be and processed just right. Well done!
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07/06/2010 09:20:15 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon. That is a beautiful image and sentiment. I'm glad things are going well for you.
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07/06/2010 06:12:26 PM
Beautiful shot Sandy . .
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07/06/2010 04:01:12 PM
Beautiful shot!! That guy/gal is too cute.
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07/06/2010 10:17:25 AM
How could this one fail ? Superb Congrats !
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07/06/2010 09:41:54 AM
Very cute Sandy. Havent seen you in a while and it's nice to see you back with a bang. Nice to hear the gallery is making good.
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07/06/2010 08:44:34 AM
It does kind of look like you and u are spreading your wings and Congratulations!!
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07/06/2010 07:55:18 AM
Incredibly beautiful light and detail, and just as cute as you are. I like the smile too. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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07/06/2010 04:34:45 AM
Wonderful philosophy Sandy and an absolutely gorgeous image! Congrats on learning to fly .... and the ribbon (((hugs)))
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07/05/2010 09:55:25 PM
I came back to tell you how every time I visit my homepage... this little fellow on the upper right makes me smile.

Every time.

Thanks, Sandy.
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07/05/2010 07:26:26 PM
Having shared so much about your journey, your comments with with wonderful ribbon winning photo reminds me that you won't be flying as a cute duck, but like a beautiful eagle full of grace. Congratulations Sandy in so many ways. I'm so incredibly happy for you.

Message edited by author 2010-07-05 19:27:54.
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07/05/2010 07:13:05 PM
Congratulations. I'm happy things are going good for you!

Message edited by author 2010-07-05 19:13:14.
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07/05/2010 05:23:49 PM
Big congrats on your Yellow Ribbon winner. Great image!!
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07/05/2010 04:13:08 PM
Yes, I believe you have really taken off and flying high.
Contratulations! I loved the shot.
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07/05/2010 03:31:32 PM
Hi Sandy . . . I just wanted to say congratulations on the beautiful picture. It holds special meaning for this Oregon Duck! You know I'm a fan of all your work and this one is no exception.
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07/05/2010 03:27:28 PM
hey sandy .. !!
CONGRATULATIONS on the yellow .. and what an amazingly cute and adorable and apt pic for the challenge .. you're photos, no matter your subject, are all imbued with a wonderful and endearing quality .. this is special .. :)
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07/05/2010 03:05:09 PM
Outstanding image. So delicate and fragile, wonderfully photographed. So glad you're happy, Sandy and many congrats on the ribbon ((hugs)).
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07/05/2010 01:43:56 PM
Yeah Sandy!!!! Congrats on your yellow....I love this image.
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07/05/2010 01:00:31 PM
Very cool, the bird and the breaking out!!
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07/05/2010 12:38:56 PM
KUDOS Sandy ! On this wonderful image & your new career !!!!
XXXOOOO
P
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07/05/2010 12:14:16 PM
Wonderful shot Sandy - congratulations!
07/05/2010 12:11:02 PM
Cute!
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07/05/2010 11:43:09 AM
Congratulations Sandy, great detail and lighting. And as sweet as you are. :)
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07/05/2010 11:27:17 AM
wonderful shot, and a true metaphor on your state of affairs, it seems. Congrats on both, and on your ribbon, Sandy! Happy for you!
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07/05/2010 09:19:06 AM
Cute Sandy - congrats :o)
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07/05/2010 09:11:52 AM
Congrats Sandy! This is adorable, as are you!
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07/05/2010 09:02:11 AM
quack quack!! and not a 1, 2 or 3 among the votes! CONGRATS Sandy..on your life change. oh, and the YR too! :)
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07/05/2010 08:56:25 AM
Sandy! Congratulations on the Ribbon and a special self portrait!!
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07/05/2010 08:43:43 AM
AWWW!! So cute. I had no idea this was yours. Congrats. Nice to see you come back in after a hiatus and win a ribbon!!!
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07/05/2010 08:22:47 AM
Congrats Sandy...great picture and I absolutely love the sentiment behind it! Really happy for you!
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07/05/2010 08:05:05 AM
Outstanding shot, congrats on the yellow!
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07/05/2010 07:04:15 AM
Nice to see you in the "winner's circle" again, Sandy. Nice work.
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07/05/2010 06:24:25 AM
It kind of looks like you Sandy....and I mean that by the smile and the kind eyes....Congrats on the ribbon.
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07/05/2010 04:04:00 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Sandy !! Brilliant
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07/05/2010 04:02:06 AM
Im so happy for you!
Doing the things you enjoy from them is the best a person can wish for.
and you'r doing it so well!

I wish I'll have the courage to do the same thing.

your works are total awe for me :)!

Message edited by author 2010-07-05 04:03:13.
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07/05/2010 03:38:57 AM
So, so happy that you've found your niche Sandy - this is brilliant 'AS USUAL'....Sincere congratulations on a well deserved third.
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07/05/2010 02:03:17 AM
Yeah, who can compete with this>> ;-) Congrats, Sandy! Super duper!
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07/05/2010 01:53:01 AM
YOWZA!!!!! FANTASTIC FANTASTIC capture & treatment !!! Congrats on the ribbon Sandy so well deserved.
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07/05/2010 01:35:55 AM
Very nice, congrats.
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07/05/2010 01:09:22 AM
nice
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07/05/2010 01:03:17 AM
Oh WELL DONE! You were a 10 from me!
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07/05/2010 12:51:04 AM
Congrats Sandy!! Beautiful image and well deserved!!
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07/05/2010 12:46:50 AM
The image says it all.... perfectly as usual. LOL! Congrats on the yellow! ....and keep following the happy trails! :)
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07/05/2010 12:37:04 AM
Wonderful shot! Congrats on the ribbon. It's so inspiring that you took the risk and are doing well! Fly high! :)
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07/05/2010 12:34:06 AM
Great shot Sandy. I really like the lighting on this. Congrats on the yellow and the career change!
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07/05/2010 12:29:39 AM
Adorable. Lovely light and quality. Congrats!
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07/05/2010 12:29:37 AM
Woohoo! Even more for your breaking free than for the image, although the image is adorable. :)
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07/05/2010 12:29:25 AM
Congrats Sandy! Nice to see you on the home page again!
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07/05/2010 12:27:19 AM
Hurray Sandy! You're photos look like the most adorable paintings. Congrats on 3rd place!
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07/05/2010 12:12:51 AM
Perfect! And look at that score!!
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07/05/2010 12:12:07 AM
I was one of the 10s.
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07/05/2010 12:09:09 AM
Congratulations Sandy! You deserve the ribbon and I love what you wrote.
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07/05/2010 12:09:01 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Sandy!

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07/05/2010 12:08:13 AM
This is amazing, Sandy! You even got him to smile for you! Congrats on your ribbon!
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07/05/2010 12:02:56 AM
Wow if this doesn't summarize you then nothing does. I love the contented smile on it's face too. What a wonderful shot. Congrats on the yellow!
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07/05/2010 12:01:39 AM
We did it!!! Congrats on the yellow! (and staying above 7!)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/04/2010 06:43:27 PM
He is so adorable! Beautifully done! (not voting)
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07/04/2010 11:58:20 AM
Superb lighting.
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07/04/2010 06:28:12 AM
"prparing" is enough for me as a head line.
great shot and PP.
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07/02/2010 12:30:23 PM
I like it but the vignette killed it for me. :(
07/01/2010 05:08:05 PM
deserves a ribbon- great shot
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07/01/2010 04:10:25 PM
Great entry... love the soft focus effect and the tender feel that brings to the image..
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06/30/2010 11:17:54 PM
I hope this ribbons I gave a 10.
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06/28/2010 04:21:51 PM
adorable. and fitting for the challenge. well shot, too. good all 'round. (not voting)
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06/28/2010 11:41:13 AM
You seem to know a great deal already, photographically speaking! A well deserved 10.
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06/28/2010 11:14:03 AM
Nice duckling shot... sharp, good exposure, expressive body language. Since animals are so easily anthropomorphized, I think an animal-less photo would meet the challenge better for me.
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06/28/2010 02:42:22 AM
great great shot!!! i like the light and the lovely little duck... compliments...
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