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Dennisheckman


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Challenge: Free Study 2015-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 IS II USM
Location: Red Rocks Park, Denver CO
Date: Apr 23, 2015
Aperture: f/6.7
ISO: 1250
Shutter: 1/2000
Date Uploaded: Apr 5, 2015

I was on a long lunch at Red Rocks Park, out looking for birds to photograph. I really did not find any, but on my way back to the office, I noticed some activity along side the road. A Magpie was harassing a snake. So I turned around as soon as I could and quickly set up about 80 feet away and started taking pics of the skirmish. The snake really stood its ground very well. In fact, when the Magpie wasn't paying attention, the snake would strike out at it making the Magpie jump in the air. Quite funny to watch. This image reminded me of the movie "Karate Kid" with the final move of the competition. Well, maybe that's just my strange imagination.

I took over 2000 bird photos the month of April. It was pretty hard to pic one for the FS. May will be even better for birds here in Colorado. They really don't migrate through till mid May. I guess expect another bird image for May FS!


Holy Moly! Thanks for all great comments! and votes of course. April was a very fun month for finding and shooting birds. I hope to continue my qwest during May and June. That's when Colorado really comes alive with bird activity. As soon as it quits snowing!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 146
Avg (all users): 7.6588
Avg (commenters): 8.5294
Avg (participants): 7.7143
Avg (non-participants): 7.5000
Views since voting: 1709
Views during voting: 175
Votes: 85
Comments: 49
Favorites: 15 (view)


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02/08/2016 05:11:41 PM
Absolutely breathtaking shot! Talk about being in the right place at the right time (not to mention having your camera ready and able to take such a sharp, well-composed pic)! Well done and well deserved.
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05/11/2015 05:10:55 PM
what a catch!
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05/10/2015 01:13:21 PM
Really nice capture of the interaction between these two. Congratulations on the Blue!
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05/10/2015 05:56:04 AM
Incredible!
This is something else than butterflies. Sublime shot Dennis
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05/09/2015 06:22:07 PM
Definitely Karate Kid.

Definitely.

Kudos to you!
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05/09/2015 08:50:52 AM
Congrats on the blue, as far as wildlife photography goes it doesn't get much better than this.
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05/09/2015 12:18:31 AM
Lovely! Congrats!!
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05/08/2015 11:26:41 PM
Outstanding work, Dennis. I gave it one of my top scores!
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05/08/2015 09:29:24 PM
I'm still wondering which animal won... Never had a doubt about which photo would win, though. Congrats on the blue, very well-deserved!!!
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05/08/2015 07:01:20 PM
Originally posted by twmax:

Dennis, I really learned to appreciate your art during the April bird side challenge. This is another incredible image! I wish I had half your talent.


Thanks Tom, most of this was being at the right place, right time and keeping my eyes open.
05/08/2015 06:59:36 PM
Originally posted by Neil:

Wow. Great!

Who won (besides you!)

And what kind of snake is this?

I see this winning a lot of nature/wildlife contests!


Well, I'd have to say the snake won this round!

And to the kind of snake.... I would have to say it's a damned lucky snake!

Thanks Neil.
05/08/2015 05:28:18 PM
Wow. Great!

Who won (besides you!)?

And what kind of snake is this?

I see this winning a lot of nature/wildlife contests!
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05/08/2015 05:02:21 PM
Dennis, I really learned to appreciate your art during the April bird side challenge. This is another incredible image! I wish I had half your talent.
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05/08/2015 03:41:54 PM
Wonderful shot. Sometimes the best are the ones we are not looking for. Congrats.
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05/08/2015 12:10:48 PM
I just KNEW this would be the winner. You need to enter it in some national contests. Congrats!
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05/08/2015 11:56:54 AM
beautiful shot! And I'm pretty sure your camera/lens combo on this shot costs more than my car....
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05/08/2015 11:00:03 AM
Great eye spotting the skirmish while driving! Congrats on the blue. And on bringing out all those commenters!!!
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05/08/2015 10:43:00 AM
Wow!!! what a capture! Cangrats.
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05/08/2015 09:58:35 AM
Congrats! Superb timing.
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05/08/2015 09:17:31 AM
Wow, Super capture of this pair!
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05/08/2015 08:46:42 AM
Absolutely incredible capture, well done.
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05/08/2015 07:47:48 AM
SWEEP THE LEG!!! Amazing capture.
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05/08/2015 04:44:40 AM
Congrats on the Blue, Dennis, this shot really deserves it!!
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05/08/2015 02:48:01 AM
WTG Dennis - what a great capture! Are you having fun with your 600mm? :)

Congrats on your shining blue ribbon!
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05/08/2015 01:57:59 AM
absolutely awesome shot :)
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05/08/2015 01:51:59 AM
This is really an awesome moment perfectly captured. I admire how you managed to have bird and snake in the very small part of sharpness
Congrats on the ribbon
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05/08/2015 01:40:36 AM
Congrats on a well deserved blue. So pleased to see this take the blue.
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05/08/2015 12:23:32 AM
Brilliant!

Looks sharper now than it did before!
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05/08/2015 12:09:25 AM
Khia... Take that. Well done Dennis. Excellent capture and deserved Blue.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2015 09:28:05 PM
The battle between evil and evil
Amazing
bump
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05/07/2015 09:22:41 PM
Incredible capture. Some artful processing could have improved the impact. 6
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05/07/2015 08:40:01 PM
What a moment!
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05/07/2015 03:37:24 PM
Great catch, exactly on the right moment.
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05/07/2015 03:02:26 PM
Wow now that is something else. 10
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05/07/2015 11:32:17 AM
Wonderful details
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05/06/2015 10:28:35 PM
Now that's a good find, top 5 I reckon.
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05/06/2015 07:22:45 PM
what a fabulous capture! Congratulations.
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05/05/2015 07:45:41 PM
Oh, wow!
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05/05/2015 06:20:24 PM
Astonishing capture great title.
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05/05/2015 03:45:06 PM
Amazing still.
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05/04/2015 10:39:39 PM
wow

awesome timing ! congrats!
10
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05/02/2015 10:36:18 PM
who won? nice capture (wax on wax off)
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05/02/2015 07:21:57 PM
What amazing timing. Wonderfully unique with spot on with your focus.
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05/02/2015 01:22:28 PM
Exciting image, top 4
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05/02/2015 06:43:34 AM
Nice capture!
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05/01/2015 08:32:11 PM
Oh crap! I HATE snakes.

But, you've captured this one well.
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05/01/2015 03:50:41 PM
Favotite for thechallenge, I really like this, its an awesome capture
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05/01/2015 06:45:00 AM
oh my oh my oh my!! What a find!
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05/01/2015 12:45:57 AM
Haaaa Love it!
Great timing and capture

Never vote this early, just pulling my favorites

Special mention
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