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Challenge: Fences III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Date: May 8, 2011
Date Uploaded: May 8, 2011

[May. 12th, 2011 07:46:49 PM]

A candid shot. Not posed -- not setup.

My husband and son went with me to Colonial Williamsburg on Mother's Day to shoot for the fences challenge. (Thanks, boys!!)

I had hoped for a bird on one of the interesting fences.

I didn't have much luck with that.

I did find a squirrel, though:

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I found a bird in front of a fence.
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I even found a rabbit!
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But as we were walking around, I saw a family about a block away. Two little girls in sundresses. One in an orange dress with a big straw hat, the other in a sundress of cool colors. The girl in the hat was standing on the fence, looking at the horses. It was the perfect shot!! I was too far away!!

I started running. My 7D with the 100-400L lens around my neck.

I stumbled, I started to fall. I almost caught my balance. But twisted my ankle and went down. Saved the camera though! Got up and hobbled towards the shot.

Hat girl had gotten down and was running along the fence.

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But cool color girl was still there, and I was able to get the shot.

I was disappointed that I had missed hat girl, so I asked the family for permission to photograph her. The problem is, I'm still so incredibly uncomfortable doing this, that even though the family said yes, I was nervous and trying to hurry. So once she climbed on the fence, I didn't pay attention to setup, background, anything.

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The candid shot was so much better. I love how she's on the sides of her feet.

It was a wonderful Mother's Day!

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btw, yes, it is a real fence with real horses inside. :D

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 121
Avg (all users): 6.6500
Avg (commenters): 7.3077
Avg (participants): 6.3929
Avg (non-participants): 6.8214
Views since voting: 1735
Views during voting: 284
Votes: 140
Comments: 29
Favorites: 1 (view)


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05/17/2011 04:39:14 PM
nice shot Wendy! ...But with both of them on the fence it would've been priceless!
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05/17/2011 01:46:42 PM
Congrats on your high finish! Wonderful photo!
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05/17/2011 02:15:20 AM
Just left a comment on an outtake of the other girl. Now looking back at this one, I'm not sure. :) they both are so beautiful! I gave you a 9 :).
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05/16/2011 07:51:50 PM
Wow, what an incredible story! Truely enjoyed the experience of your entire photo story. Class act here, can't wait for the next installment :D
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05/16/2011 02:04:05 PM
I hope her dream comes true! :-)
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05/16/2011 10:08:14 AM
I love the story... and the shot!

Hope your ankle's all better.
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05/16/2011 04:16:47 AM
I did think this would be a ribboner - one of my favourite in the challenge.
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05/16/2011 12:35:39 AM
Ohhh Wendy this was beautiful, and one of the shots I thought would knock me outta top 10!! Congratulations for yet another top 10... some day I want to grow up and be as consistent in the top 10's as you!!!!!
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05/16/2011 12:29:30 AM
I gave one 10 and two 9's. This was one of my 9's and the only one of my top three not to ribbon. A truely beautiful image. Congrat's on a top 10 finish.
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05/16/2011 12:27:21 AM
I like this very much. Had it picked to be the blue ribbon. Congrats on your top 10 finish.
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05/16/2011 12:23:24 AM
Congrats on another top ten. And doing what I do best even better than I do it!
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05/16/2011 12:20:42 AM
Very sweet image - congrats on top ten!
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05/16/2011 12:19:44 AM
well done Wendy! Congrats on top 10.
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05/16/2011 12:17:45 AM
Yaaay Wendy!!! Top 10!! Again!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/15/2011 11:46:30 PM
Great shot. Should do well in the placings.
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05/15/2011 01:41:17 AM
Wrong kind of fence for a horse. Nice photo though. Good luck.
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05/13/2011 02:50:09 PM
One of the better photos.
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05/13/2011 09:52:39 AM
Really nice shot!
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05/12/2011 07:26:21 PM
What a great shot from the girl's expression to the colors of ger dress that just pops out. 10 in my book!!!
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05/12/2011 12:19:11 PM
Delightful!
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05/12/2011 11:12:41 AM
Neat,good choice of dress I guess.
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05/10/2011 05:30:17 AM
Sweet as.
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05/10/2011 12:48:16 AM
Nice color and focus on the fence. Pretty good use of the secondary subject.
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05/09/2011 01:02:44 PM
beautiful colors and details, the white line around the arm of the little girl maybe caused by thi high contrast could be removed easily.
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05/09/2011 12:25:12 PM
Very sweet. I like how the colors of her dress seem to go so well with her surroundings.
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05/09/2011 08:39:42 AM
I like that this is mostly done with the cool color palette. Love her hair!
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05/09/2011 08:33:37 AM
So sweet.
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05/09/2011 05:00:51 AM
Lovely dreamlike image indeed.
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05/09/2011 01:23:42 AM
Hope this ribbons...9
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