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Challenge: Bokeh II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Canon
Date: Jun 17, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2500
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2006

This wasn't easy.

I was in a hot air balloon, flying over the Drakensberg when this fella flew past.

He made a couple of swoops and sweeps but I just couldn't seem to get his attention.

After fifty or so shots, it turned out it was a loud wolf whistle that eventually made him turn and look straight at me. As my eye locked with his through the viewfinder there was a defining bonding moment between man and beast... and then, as the shutter clicked, it was recorded as I had witnessed it....

:)

Okay i'm lying. He was in a rehabilitation centre, sitting very placidly on the ground with some kangaroos and other animals minding his own business. I could've shot this with my 50mm because he was so tame.

:P

Almost straight from camera, slight sharpen, crop and resize.

Had 6 other options so this is one of those worrisome "did I make the right choice" submissions.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 432
Avg (all users): 6.6516
Avg (commenters): 8.5294
Avg (participants): 6.5441
Avg (non-participants): 6.7483
Views since voting: 3342
Views during voting: 459
Votes: 287
Comments: 32
Favorites: 5 (view)


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11/23/2008 01:00:01 PM
Good story and great shot!
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11/16/2008 07:23:25 AM
LOL!! That's one heck of a tall tale... :-) Very fun shot, though!
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11/23/2006 04:48:24 AM
Beautiful.
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08/06/2006 01:05:40 PM
Great comments from you for an eye catching shot! Well done! You made me snort!
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08/05/2006 08:04:35 PM
i don't know which i appreciate more, this photo or your sense of humor. they both made me smile!

great shot! glad it did so well.
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08/03/2006 03:32:30 AM
oh man. when I started reading your comments, I thought: WOW! And after that: OH. Funny guy ;-)

Congrats on you top 10 finish!
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06/28/2006 05:45:30 PM
Congratulations on your 9th place! Excellent shot!
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06/28/2006 10:19:25 AM
Congrats on your top 10 finish! Love the eyes in this shot - great capture.
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06/28/2006 10:02:15 AM
Hahaha.. I got a kick out of your comment! Great shot!
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06/28/2006 05:51:54 AM
nice finish. and if you had shot it with your 50mm, you would have had nothing but a blurred background. at least the lens you used helped create something close to the true definition of bokeh (circles of light).
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06/28/2006 12:53:06 AM
Way to go!
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06/28/2006 12:23:57 AM
Congrats on your top 10!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2006 11:19:21 PM
Wow! Smack in your face sharpness! Amazing shot!
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06/27/2006 01:12:01 PM
Oh wow, that's freaky. Neat! :)
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06/27/2006 12:04:03 PM
Awesome Capture! I love how the eyes really grap your attention.
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06/26/2006 10:08:51 PM
Wow... look at those eyes. Great subject & perfect background.
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06/26/2006 09:42:12 AM
Great comp and clarity. An interesting subject too. 10
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06/25/2006 10:44:13 PM
He has that crazed look in his eye! Great example of bokeh. 9
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06/24/2006 03:39:59 PM
love it
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06/24/2006 11:13:27 AM
Nice shot
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06/24/2006 09:31:34 AM
I like this one, and how you have composed him in the bottom right habd corner, works well...
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06/24/2006 05:48:34 AM
Great concept and composition.
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06/23/2006 01:58:39 PM
I like the crop you chose and the texture you captured. Excellent. 9
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06/22/2006 09:17:46 AM
I already voted, now back for comments. I gave you a 10 on this shot. Lovely colors, crisp detail, excellent subject and bokeh. Love the placement as well.
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06/21/2006 09:52:23 PM
this is an incredible image. the corner crop is great!
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06/21/2006 08:03:10 PM
whoa, awesome eyes. I wish I could see a little more of his body.
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06/21/2006 05:40:31 PM
That is a very subtle bokeh, impressionistic of a bokeh. The bird's eyes make it. Reminds me of the famaous British book by Barry Hines, A Kestrel for a Knave about a poor boy who raises a kestrel. 8.
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06/21/2006 04:57:07 PM
Wow! Those eyes are amazing! Nice capture, and nicely blurred background. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the bird.
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06/21/2006 02:56:11 PM
Nice composition, Great image. But, in my opinion, the bokeh is not very interesting and does not add much to it.
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06/21/2006 10:40:50 AM
wow
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06/21/2006 09:21:42 AM
Great comp! Love those piercing golden eyes.
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06/21/2006 12:23:31 AM
Owls are so cool looking. Nice capture.
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