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Challenge: Birds In Flight (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Moss Landing graveyard
Date: Mar 21, 2011
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 21, 2011

The heron was so close I clipped the tip of his wing but I like it so much that I decided to use it anyway. I have other shots with his wing intact but the mouse wasn't as sharp. Not much done in post processing as it was basic editing but thankfully I was so close that the bird was in good focus and it was late afternoon so the colors were saturated.
I stopped up 1/3 F-stop, crossed my fingers and hoped my panning worked. For my taste, I like some motion blur in a bird as I feel it adds to the feeling of flight.
I was going to enter a red-tail but the sky was so boring and he wasn't doing anything interesting ... hope I didn't make a mistake.

This was the one I was going to enter
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Thank you all for your votes and comments - so appreciated.

I love my little Bluebird of Happiness!

Place: 5 out of 114
Avg (all users): 6.7168
Avg (commenters): 7.6429
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Views since voting: 2212
Views during voting: 440
Votes: 226
Comments: 25
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04/01/2011 12:10:30 PM
Well look at you!! 5th place!! :D
Looks like you didn't even need my vote after all. ;)
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04/01/2011 07:14:35 AM
Poor mousie.. Excellent capture. Congrats on your HM!
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03/30/2011 01:34:38 PM
Incredible capture! Congrats on 5th place!
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03/30/2011 12:05:50 PM
Great story shot, Maggie!
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03/30/2011 01:07:02 AM
For the record, I loved the colorful background - and how appropriate to carry the poor hopefully (or at least soon to be) dead mouse through a graveyard.
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03/30/2011 12:19:40 AM
This is such an amazing nature shot... even tho I feel sad for the poor little mouse. Congratulations on 5th place!
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03/30/2011 12:16:49 AM
congrats Mac!
sure glad I missed that falcon shot :)
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03/30/2011 12:09:00 AM
This is still just incredible! What a capture! Congrats on the hm. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/29/2011 11:21:25 PM
oh my!! dinner!! Truly a wonderful shot - I love the colorful background.

Message edited by author 2011-03-30 13:00:29.
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03/29/2011 09:33:42 PM
Great capture interesting background too (sort of appropriate for the unfortunate critter)
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03/28/2011 09:47:27 AM
Ok, since I'm not voting in this challenge, and it's driving me up the wall, I'm awarding bluebirds to my 10 favorite shots. I'll post them in the posthumous awards thread after the challenge is over, but I just couldn't wait until then!

Ok. This one has to have a bluebird simply because of how bizarre it is!! Is that a rat?! And flying over a graveyard? What a find! Here's a bluebird:

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03/27/2011 07:43:40 AM
An incredible composition.
The contrast of the bright background and the grey bird is great.
The vole (?) must be an unusual prey item.
Shame to lose a wing tip.
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03/26/2011 02:25:54 PM
quite remarkable - appropriate setting as well! I'm sure this will soar for you
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03/25/2011 10:00:14 PM
I'm a bird photographer and I'm in this challenge. All I can say is WTF????!?!?!!!! I love it! I want to buy it!!! You can't make up stuff like this.
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03/24/2011 11:13:11 PM
nice catch (the mouse) LOL 9
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03/24/2011 02:47:42 PM
Great capture and title!
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03/24/2011 11:27:14 AM
Ideal timing and lighting...10
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03/24/2011 09:42:00 AM
The title really helps elevate this one. Fantastic story in a great shot!
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03/23/2011 06:23:48 PM
bad day for the mouse, nice photo
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03/23/2011 03:50:49 PM
The background is too intrusive and a wing is cut
03/23/2011 01:48:32 PM
Wow, awesome capture. I didn't even know that herons ate anything other than fish.
The graveyard is pretty distracting, but its not like you could decide where he was going to fly with his prize. Hope this does well for you. 8
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03/23/2011 11:28:41 AM
Ick, but wonderfully well captured, and the setting just takes this to a whole 'nother level of storytelling!
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03/23/2011 09:23:53 AM
Great capture, but the cut off wing tip is bugging me, as is the distraction of the brightly colour flowers. I reckon you could have cropped the flowers. My son reckons you should have converted to B&W so that the flowers wouldn't be so much of a distraction. I think he's right. Good job all the same.
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03/23/2011 01:00:35 AM
wow, right place at the right time, nice
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03/23/2011 12:34:10 AM
oh my god, i'm leaving for mexico in two days and have no time to vote or comment or do ANYTHING other than look through photos superfast this week, but i HAD to comment on this - oh my god, WHAT a catch! And the background! Wow. Great capture. Well done.
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