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Predator and prey
2nd PlacePredator and prey
Cory


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Life IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Date: Dec 5, 2010
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1600
Date Uploaded: Dec 5, 2010

Well, what a week!

My new Personal Best, my first ribbon(yay!), and my first 7+ score!

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments and all of the kind votes!

And a big thank you to 21.gif Schlake for the loan of his 300 f/2.8 lens.. :)

So, yeah, this is 100% natural, the coyote had just caught this duck when I spotted it from several hundred yards away, running through the brush, so I managed to position myself in front of a clearing, and it passed directly in front of me with the prize in it's mouth.. I knew immediately that I had an excellent shot!

I'd like to share a couple of other really nice images that I captured on this trip to the refuge..

Advanced editing version (full size)
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_925244.jpg

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_924368.jpg <-Harrier
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_924370.jpg <-Same coyote, enjoying his meal while sandhill cranes watch.

Also, this image was from the same day, but in the morning - the entry was an afternoon shot...
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_923754.jpg


Statistics
Place: 2 out of 65
Avg (all users): 7.2849
Avg (commenters): 9.0526
Avg (participants): 7.0938
Avg (non-participants): 7.3265
Views since voting: 6794
Views during voting: 327
Votes: 179
Comments: 64
Favorites: 14 (view)


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04/27/2013 10:22:28 AM
Awesome picture, great bokeh.
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04/08/2013 02:47:36 AM
Stunning picture! One of my favourites on DPC.
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12/20/2010 08:24:45 PM
It took me way too long to get a chance to comment on this shot. It is truly incredible -- one of the best shots on DPC. Period!

I like this far better than the advanced editing shot because of the weeds. They add to much to have them blurred that much.

You really should submit this to national geographic's -- your shot. I think it stands an excellent chance of making it into the magazine.

Absolutely stunning! It must have been so incredibly exciting. I'm terribly jealous. :)
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12/18/2010 06:50:49 PM
What an incredible take on the challenge - IMHO one of the best shots this year. Brilliant work.
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12/17/2010 04:28:52 PM
Excellent image Cory, congrats on the ribbon.
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12/17/2010 08:24:47 AM
Absolutely a stunning image, worthy of the cover of Nat Geographic! I think this image celebrates life and is one of the best images on the DPC. Congratulations on your ribbon, and beautiful shot.
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12/16/2010 06:11:41 PM
Congrats on your new PB! Great shot Cory.
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12/16/2010 04:43:18 PM
Cory, warm congrats on the ribbon and your new personal best.

The full-sized advanced-editing version you link to is amazing. Everyone take a look! :-)
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12/16/2010 01:46:52 PM
Fantastic capture...congrats on your first ribbon!!
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12/16/2010 10:32:50 AM
Super image,Congratulations.
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12/16/2010 07:14:24 AM
I keep coming back to this. I'm in awe of the focus and detail in what should be focused and detailed, while the surrounding reeds and brush are just blurry, tone-filled ambiance. It's really an amazing shot. I'd wager the vast majority of photographers would have gotten their AF hung up the foreground brush. Sniper. And the detail in the fur is also incredible. Hell of a lens you've got there.
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12/15/2010 08:29:26 PM
Cory!!! Huge congrats on your first ribbon! (and in Canada, red is first place, blue second...so technically, up here, you won ;-) Great capture, talk about timing eh?
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12/15/2010 05:50:20 PM
just awesome, Cory! Congrats on all counts.
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12/15/2010 04:58:11 PM
Cory- you did it! PB score! Congratulations on that and the red ribbon. Top shot all the way.
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12/15/2010 02:17:04 PM
whoa! Well done!
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12/15/2010 01:29:21 PM
Wooooooo your first ribbon! a very very well deserved one at that! well done!
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12/15/2010 01:02:03 PM
You don't even own a 300mm f/2.8 IS lens!
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12/15/2010 11:01:19 AM
Way to go, Cory, congrats on the first of many ribbons!
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12/15/2010 09:09:03 AM
Way to go! Great image for your first ribbon.
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12/15/2010 08:53:22 AM
Well done sweetheart!!!
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12/15/2010 08:53:09 AM
The voters got it right~~~ Hurray.
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12/15/2010 08:31:49 AM
Well Good For YOU!!! Congrats on the ribbon!!! One hell of a score to boot....
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12/15/2010 08:24:24 AM
Well done, congrats!
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12/15/2010 08:12:15 AM
Congrats on your new PB. Awesome shot. You had quite a good day in the field that day.
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12/15/2010 06:49:59 AM
Congrats on your ribbon man. What a great shot.
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12/15/2010 06:13:56 AM
Well done, Cory! Excellent score, shot and title. Good luck beating it :)
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12/15/2010 05:21:16 AM
Great capture! Congrats on the ribby and the new PB
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12/15/2010 04:59:51 AM
Marvellous nature shot, with great light and drama along with excellent technicals. In this challenge though, it was just begging for the title "Circle of Life". ;-) Congrats on the ribbon ... well deserved.
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12/15/2010 04:23:05 AM
Well done Cory, great shot!

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12/15/2010 03:43:43 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, the new PB and a 7. Awesome shot. Well deserved trifecta.
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12/15/2010 01:57:51 AM
Congrats on a killer (no pun intended) image, Cory. And on your first (I'm sure of many more) ribbon.
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12/15/2010 01:57:07 AM
Congrats! Great catch! Or are they fed? Colors are marvelous.
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12/15/2010 01:36:26 AM
Congrats Cory !
I love the lines ... and the life in this photo.
You made wonderful images in your trip, great work ;)
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12/15/2010 01:20:27 AM
congrats on your first ribbon!
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12/15/2010 01:11:51 AM
Congrats, certainly well captured, both of you.
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12/15/2010 12:35:05 AM
Congratulations on your PB and first ribbon. Lovely light on the coyote, and the oof grasses provide a great backdrop.
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12/15/2010 12:27:32 AM
Yee haw! Cory got a ribbon! WTG, dude!
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12/15/2010 12:23:17 AM
Great work. Well done on your first ribbon!
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12/15/2010 12:16:39 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon and your personal best.
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12/15/2010 12:16:16 AM
Congrats on your new personal best! Well done! While I scored your entry with a "9", I would have given the "Marsh Hawk" a "10". I truly admire your wildlife photography.
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12/15/2010 12:15:46 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. It's such a pretty color. I love RED.
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12/15/2010 12:15:25 AM
See, dude, I told you a ribbon wasn't far away for you! Nice going!
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12/15/2010 12:14:14 AM
Congratulations Cory, fabulous image.
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12/15/2010 12:12:16 AM
Very nice shot!! Man you were at the right place at the right time. That is perfect! Grats on the ribbon
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/14/2010 05:00:27 PM
Stunning shot.
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12/14/2010 04:34:31 PM
1st place in my eyes - 10
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12/13/2010 08:12:33 PM
I'm in love with this shot. One life has to end in order for a one or a few, maybe, to go on. composition is great. One of my favorites. 10
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12/13/2010 07:39:50 PM
This could ribbon, and deserves to.
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12/13/2010 09:57:04 AM
Oh this is fabulous. I love the dry grasses as vertical lines. Terrific focus.
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12/12/2010 11:37:30 AM
A real portrait of life - 9
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12/11/2010 11:57:09 AM
Nice capture.
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12/10/2010 12:58:53 PM
Superb image with excellent composition.
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12/10/2010 08:02:26 AM
Now THAT is life!
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12/10/2010 01:44:50 AM
Great contrast!
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12/09/2010 11:22:05 PM
Nice capture; the soft dof of field really brings out the coyote. Good job.
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12/09/2010 04:57:11 PM
The clarity in the main subject adds to the sense of the dramas, and cycles of life. The background bokeh creates a stunning effect topping off a well captured and ribbon winning entry IMO.
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12/09/2010 02:25:55 AM
My equal top pick of the challenge. The composition and the bokeh from the tall grass is what makes this shot for me. 10.
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12/08/2010 05:24:19 PM
Nice capture
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12/08/2010 04:23:22 PM
A winner for me. Love it.
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12/08/2010 01:57:51 PM
Not the best way to celebrate life, but what the heck that's how life is. Excellent focus on the subjects despite the branches and very crisp details. Very well executed, 10
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12/08/2010 06:42:26 AM
One of my favorite images in this challenge. It's my kind of wildlife shot. You nailed the focus on subject in a tough focusing environment. Well done.
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12/08/2010 02:00:46 AM
Incredible capture. Great job with focusing. The reeds on in front of and behind him are perfectly blurred.
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12/08/2010 01:28:07 AM
WOW this belongs in a Free Study totaly awesome!!!
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12/08/2010 12:30:18 AM
wow, dramatic...great bokeh 8
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