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1st Place"Avoid centering your subject"
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Breaking the Rules (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Sony Alpha a7r
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Harwich Port, Cape Cod, MA
Date: May 30, 2017
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2017

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This is our "backyard hawk"; he/she/it (can anyone tell?) seems to have moved into the trees just outside our fence and is spending a lot of time hunting rabbits etc near our small garden. He's gotten used to us shooting him and we can get quite close.

This is a good example of breaking the rule successfully, because the inquisitive tilt of the head introduces a strong diagonal element into what could have been a static scene, and the base composition itself is fundamentally triangular.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 66
Avg (all users): 6.6667
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.4706
Avg (non-participants): 6.9231
Views since voting: 594
Views during voting: 108
Votes: 60
Comments: 27
Favorites: 0


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06/12/2017 07:36:51 AM
Wtg. Congrats.
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06/08/2017 11:52:57 AM
Great wildlife portrait, Bear. Many congrats on the Blue. "It" must be a she, she'S SO pretty ;-)
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06/08/2017 08:56:35 AM
Great catch!!!
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06/07/2017 11:38:12 PM
The challenge was to "Break a photography rule and make it work." This is an example of HOW to do that. As many have correctly pointed out, many aspects of the composition are strong and positive. Yes! That's correct! That's how to meet the challenge!
06/07/2017 09:41:15 PM
Da Bear! Some incredible detail in this.
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06/07/2017 08:04:47 PM
Perfection; congrats on the Blue!
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06/07/2017 07:54:55 PM
So you broke one rule but kept to a bunch of others, according to your commenters. I think it's a grand shot, no matter what the rule/rules has/have to say about it!
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06/07/2017 03:18:30 PM
What a shot. Congrats on the blue, Bear.
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06/07/2017 12:20:07 PM
It was 7 from me independently of these rules that are so delightful to break. I just felt that I needed either more or less background to be totally immersed in the charm of the owl.
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06/07/2017 11:50:26 AM
Yay! A Blue-Ribbon Bear!
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06/07/2017 10:53:36 AM
I didn't see any rules being broken here. It's one fantastic image for sure! We had a hawk on our deck last year. I was able to get LOTS of shots from just inside my house.
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06/07/2017 10:26:21 AM
Originally posted by Beetle:

Ugh. This is a beautiful shot full of adorable detail and beauty.

And yet, major shoehorn!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know full well that while you might have broken one rule re centering, you totally adhered to the fact that diagonal lines work way better than horizontals or verticals, and let's not forget the main one: "Fill the frame".

Good thing I didn't vote..... I would have started off very highly for the lovely photo, yet felt compelled to dock you for the shoehorn reasons (see above).


Hehe, Beetle hit it on the head! This isn't centering, this is filling the frame -- no broken rules here!

That being said, I am sooooooooo jealous!! OMG, what an incredible opportunity. I would love to have a hawk in my backyard! Truly fantastic catch. What a wonderful expression!

Even if it is a shoehorn. :P
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06/07/2017 07:32:32 AM
This is in your garden? Wow! I had assumed it was a captive bird on a perch. That lower eye is pretty much on the thirds, though... Super photo.
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06/07/2017 07:23:11 AM
Amazing shot Robert, congratulations.
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06/07/2017 07:00:48 AM
congratulations on the blue with this super nice picture
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06/07/2017 06:40:47 AM
Ugh. This is a beautiful shot full of adorable detail and beauty.

And yet, major shoehorn!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know full well that while you might have broken one rule re centering, you totally adhered to the fact that diagonal lines work way better than horizontals or verticals, and let's not forget the main one: "Fill the frame".

Good thing I didn't vote..... I would have started off very highly for the lovely photo, yet felt compelled to dock you for the shoehorn reasons (see above).
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06/07/2017 02:40:26 AM
Congratulations, Robert. Beautiful shot. Lucky you to have such a visitor.
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06/07/2017 02:08:34 AM
Congratulation on the Blue ribbon!
Great capture!
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06/07/2017 02:06:36 AM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon, Robert. This is a fine wildlife portrait. Well done!
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06/07/2017 12:42:06 AM
Congratulations, sweetie! It's been a treat having this red tailed hawk spend 20 - 30 minutes at a stretch within 15 feet of us, hasn't it! Ignoring us opening the sliding door and moving around outside. This is a fantastic capture and presentation. Love all the detail and such a serene look, at least that's what I like to think it is :-).
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06/07/2017 12:26:22 AM
Beautiful shot! Congratulations!
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06/07/2017 12:18:58 AM
It's an S-curve! He (she) is almost the Venus de Milo. :-)
Thank you for the great shot, Robert!
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06/07/2017 12:15:30 AM
Fantastic image, Robert. Thanks for the lesson on how to successfully break the rule.
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06/07/2017 12:04:16 AM
Congratulations, Bear! A great image!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2017 07:57:11 PM
9 from me. My top pick
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06/05/2017 01:45:37 AM
Gorgeous photo! The eyes pretty much obey the thirds rule, even if the whole subject doesn't.
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05/31/2017 01:49:27 PM
I love him centered. Sometimes it works just fine.
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