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Challenge: Sunrise/Sunset: Look the Other Way (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Date: May 15, 2011
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2011

[May. 22nd, 2011 04:24:13 PM]

It was Sunday night, and I didn't have anything for this challenge. It had been overcast and raining all week.

We finally had a break in the clouds, so jcar and I went out to the ferry to see if I could find anything. And, of course, the sun went down behind a huge bank of clouds!! There was some color in the sky opposite the sunset, but with the sun going behind the clouds, you didn't get the gorgeous, warm light. So I decided not to enter anything.

At 11:55 PM, I changed my mind. I shot for the challenge, so I might as well enter and get absolutely crushed. So I edited the shot in 3 minutes, entered it with 1 minute to spare, and then felt incredibly stupid afterwards. After all, there's some color in the sky, but I didn't think the light was nearly as warm as it should be for this challenge.

I'm absolutely floored that I'm over 6.

However, there's still 8 hours to go, and I've dropped .1 so far today, so I might not keep the 6. But considered I expected this to be a 4.3, and felt incredibly stupid for entering it last minute, I'm so pleased with the score.

If you bother to shoot for a challenge, you might as well enter, regardless of how it turned out. You may get some wonderful feedback, and you may be pleasantly surprised. Why go through the work unless you follow it through?

Thanks all!

(btw, GBH stands for great blue heron. We always call them GBHs in our family.)

Place: 22 out of 72
Avg (all users): 6.1053
Avg (commenters): 6.8000
Avg (participants): 5.4000
Avg (non-participants): 6.3107
Views since voting: 785
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 133
Comments: 10
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05/24/2011 03:24:40 AM
I wonder if you gave up an FS ribbon by entering this....?

I think this is a truly wonderful bird shot.
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05/23/2011 01:26:32 AM
yes, great picture, but with all the respect this can be taken at 2pm in the afternoon. what's the matter of this photo with the subject?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2011 11:58:14 PM
What a marvellous comp, I really like this processing.
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05/22/2011 04:02:44 PM
I really like the way this is composed. It really make the bird pop out of the scene.
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05/22/2011 01:39:54 PM
A good shot but for me the blown out sky does not fit the challenge, had the Crane had some sunset/sunrise lighting caught on its feathers it would have been a great shot.
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05/22/2011 08:27:37 AM
Wonderful shot! 8
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05/16/2011 07:46:22 PM
An excellent capture of a Great Blue Heron (I had to look that acronym up as all I could think of was Grievous Bodily Harm :-) ). There is nothing here for me to say un-categorically that this meets the challenge but I will take your work for it. The focus and exposure is perfect and I really like the pose. Well done.
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05/16/2011 09:55:04 AM
Beautiful shot. It took a moment for me to decode GBH. I like the blue gray tones set off against the touch of yellow in the eye/beak.
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05/16/2011 01:10:26 AM
Wow Beautiful!!! Wendy????
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05/16/2011 12:32:33 AM
Great shot...it's more suitable with other theme, imho. not vote.
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