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Challenge: Science IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Melbourne Airport
Date: Dec 16, 2011
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Black and White, Birds
Date Uploaded: Dec 16, 2011

As an airworthiness compliance auditor the only science I can really relate to is that of aeronautics. I was on location in Melbourne at an aircraft maintenance facility wondering what shot I could get to portray this. Sitting in my hotel room I noticed a murder of crows gathering on the roof and saw a plane taking off in the background through them. The light was fading but I new another plane should take off again soon so I grabbed my camera. It suddenly occurred to me that showing an aircraft designed by humans against that from nature that inspired its creation would be wonderful. Unfortunately, all but one bird left when the next plane arrived and it wasnít really well positioned to get a reasonable composition.

I figured I lost that opportunity and decided to shoot (some Iím quite happy with) shots of the crows flying about. I then noticed some of the crows had again gathered on the roof and waited another 15 mins poised at the window and got this shot.

Now, Iím really happy with this and feel it should score well, even in the sixes, but I know itís that the sort of shot that will not appeal to the masses and will also not compare well to the expected clean and detailed produced shots that will be entered. I will be disappointed if it is treated as a shoe horn as aeronautics is a legitimate science and I took this shot purely with the challenge in mind. However, if it fails like my last few entries have it just maybe the fact that I just suck at photography.

Post voting
Thanks for all of the great comments. A 10 from Don! I was so close to crossing ďGraduate from Donís Fantasy Art Gallery to a Posthumous RibbonĒ off from my biography.

Place: 37 out of 70
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12/28/2011 12:05:35 AM
sorry, no ribbons for this challenge, but this was my only 10.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2011 06:44:37 PM
cute, a believable ground crew ;)
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12/27/2011 05:59:22 AM
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12/27/2011 04:22:32 AM
I like the birds juxtaposed against the plane 7
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12/23/2011 09:22:49 AM
The birds are a nice touch.
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12/22/2011 01:01:23 PM
Really love this image.
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12/22/2011 09:49:13 AM
I love this one--conveys a lot--hope it does well!
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