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Challenge: Graveyard (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Stuff
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 150mm f/2.0 Zuiko Digital
Location: Galveston, Texas
Date: Jun 12, 2015
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Landscape, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jun 14, 2015

An immature Common Grackle (Quiscalus Quiscula) lands on a cross after catching some insects at Oleander Cemetery aka Old Potter's Field in Galveston, Texas, USA.

[Jun. 22nd, 2015 03:34:30 PM]

21_F.gif Zita It is not as lucky as you probably believe. The cemetery is overrun with wildflowers which attracts a lot of insects. The birds know this and come here hunting, especially as the winds pickup coming off the gulf in the evening. A large majority of the tombstones are buried in wildflowers but this cross sticks up above them and is the only one in a fairly large area. I knew that the chances of bird stopping to rest on the cross were pretty good and set up knowing I would get one. This bird (I believe it was the same bird each time) landed on the cross three different times in the 2 1/2 hours I sat watching. I am a wildlife photographer and understand bird behavior pretty good and was pretty confident that a bird would land here for a photo. What I did not know was which direction it would face or what part of the cross. Thankfully I got lots of different views and positions.

[Jun. 22nd, 2015 03:35:53 PM]

You are hidden during voting and I will change this to your name afterwards 21_F.gif quiche - I uploaded the wrong crop and did not realize until after it was to late. I have a crop that has those parts on the sides cropped out, was hoping nobody would notice.

[Jun. 23rd, 2015 04:58:20 PM]

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Thank you everyone for the votes. There were a lot of really great photographs in this challenge. To be on the front page is a huge honor, thank you.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 181
Avg (all users): 6.3208
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3816
Avg (non-participants): 6.1667
Views since voting: 959
Views during voting: 195
Votes: 106
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)


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06/24/2015 07:59:53 AM
This is one of my favs of this challenge; well done.
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06/24/2015 05:25:22 AM
Probably my favorite. Great framing and perfect processing, congrats.
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06/24/2015 01:21:13 AM
Nice finish! Congrats!
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06/24/2015 12:27:10 AM
Yep you chose the right one! Congrats on HM
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06/24/2015 12:13:37 AM
Nice result. Congratulations.
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06/24/2015 12:06:02 AM
Originally posted by bvy:

What a composition! Playful title. Sickly ominous colors. And I won't comment on the connection between G and J.

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Thank you
06/24/2015 12:05:48 AM
Originally posted by posthumous:

this is beautiful. a perfect arrangement of a chaotic world.

I'm hanging this in my fantasy art gallery

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06/23/2015 10:21:00 PM
What a composition! Playful title. Sickly ominous colors. And I won't comment on the connection between G and J.

Team Spleen welcomes this image to the Queen's Court.
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06/23/2015 12:28:12 PM
this is beautiful. a perfect arrangement of a chaotic world.

I'm hanging this in my fantasy art gallery

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06/23/2015 12:09:26 AM
Your model did an awesome job!
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06/21/2015 09:04:35 PM
Coooool. Just a slightly tighter crop on both the left and right to eliminate the lighter/darker areas there. I like the good use of blurred foreground, interesting mid ground, and out of focus background. The bird is great. 8.
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06/20/2015 11:02:36 PM
Very cool perspective.
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06/19/2015 09:56:42 AM
Hundreds of meanings and a wonderful hue
bump
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06/17/2015 10:16:33 AM
I like the boxes/rectangles/angles of the composition punctuated by the bird and softened by the flowers. Creative, and lucky, shot.
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