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And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings
2nd PlaceAnd danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings
vawendy


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Animals In Motion (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
Date: Apr 26, 2009
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Action, Birds
Date Uploaded: Apr 24, 2009

Tried to recreate the magic -- hung a white sheet in the backyard, focused a little behind the deck railing where they land, and took lots and lots (and lots) of photos.

I'm hoping it does as well as the one that was dq'd. I haven't entered another bluebird since that challenge and have been waiting for this opportunity. I've got my fingers crossed! (and it's really hard to take pictures that way.)
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OMG!! How exciting and what a stressful week! I'm sitting here staring at the keyboard & I'm speechless! thanks everyone!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 143
Avg (all users): 7.4144
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 7.2500
Avg (non-participants): 7.5133
Views since voting: 9897
Views during voting: 489
Votes: 181
Comments: 71
Favorites: 13 (view)


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03/19/2011 03:39:28 PM
I like your photo! Nice work. I put out a bird feeder last year, but I have not gotten many birds just squirrels. I don't know how to keep the squirrels away.
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03/05/2010 04:06:37 PM
too bad there is no blue sky, too much white for me
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11/02/2009 09:31:51 PM
Great shot vavavawendy. Please excuse my shutter...err stutter.

Off to see that disqualified image you mentioned.
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06/05/2009 05:34:42 PM
SUPER capture.
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05/10/2009 02:43:59 PM
Congrats - beautiful capture! I'm a big fan of nature images - wish it were mine.
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05/07/2009 01:00:05 PM
Great job capturing these birds. Congrats on the well deserved ribbon! My new goal is to capture something half as good as this one.
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05/06/2009 09:32:23 AM
Lovely shot! Knew this one would do well! Congrats on the Red!
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05/06/2009 03:24:46 AM
This is the shot I thought would get the blue, having 3 bird photos in the top 3, this is the only non captive shot, both birds are very well processed and natural looking. I guess they dont give points for degree of difficulty here! Very well done..
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05/05/2009 08:14:01 AM
Beautiful image. Congratulations!!!
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05/05/2009 04:27:12 AM
Congrats on your first Ribbon Wendy. Very much deserved. It's a brilliant shot.
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05/04/2009 10:38:56 PM
Congratulations! Glad you made it after that heart-breaking DQ. Excellent capture.
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05/04/2009 10:34:53 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon! This just jumps off the screen.
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05/04/2009 10:32:47 PM
Determination pays off, congratulations!
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05/04/2009 09:16:41 PM
Beautiful image.
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05/04/2009 08:19:55 PM
Congrats on the great image and the ribbon. Excellent!
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05/04/2009 08:13:56 PM
This was very well thought out, and executed, Congratulations.
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05/04/2009 04:33:27 PM
Wendy, I know you were sitting on pins and needles all week, and I'm so very thrilled for you with this well-deserved ribbon!
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05/04/2009 02:16:43 PM
Wendy, as you might have guessed by my comment, this was my favorite in this challenge. It is flawless perfection, having not one single thing about it that could have made it better, including just overall eye appeal. Congratulations on your most-deserved ribbon!

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05/04/2009 02:04:42 PM
great shot Wendy, congrats! Persistence and patience paid off! :)
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05/04/2009 01:07:09 PM
Congrats great capture.
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05/04/2009 11:30:08 AM
Congratulations!! Very well done and deserving...
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05/04/2009 10:55:52 AM
Terrific focus. Love that catch light in the blue one's eye.
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05/04/2009 10:54:49 AM
Congrats!
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05/04/2009 10:11:34 AM
Awesome shot Wendy! Congrats!!!
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05/04/2009 09:50:10 AM
Beautiful capture
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05/04/2009 09:29:21 AM
Congrats, Wendy! Lovely!
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05/04/2009 08:54:01 AM
Congrats on the ribbon for this beautiful shot. :)
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05/04/2009 08:39:37 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon!
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05/04/2009 07:44:25 AM
congrats! remarkable photo!
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05/04/2009 06:51:52 AM
Wonderful image! Congratulations.
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05/04/2009 06:35:42 AM
Wendy, this is a wonderful image and your hard work thankfully paid off. Huge congratulations on your well deserved ribbon.
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05/04/2009 06:26:35 AM
A big congrats on the well deserved red ribbon. These shots are very difficult to do and you have demonstrated a great skill in getting these well.
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05/04/2009 06:22:32 AM
Beautiful capture Wendy congratulations on your ribbon.
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05/04/2009 04:11:29 AM
Congratulations Wendy on a fantastic shot.
Welcome to the Ribbon Club lol
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05/04/2009 04:11:27 AM
Wendy, many congrtulations on your ribbon - a fantastic image that certainly deserves it's score.
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05/04/2009 03:19:35 AM
congratulations wendy, on such an amazing photograph, a pb and a ribbon ..
you've pb'd with a bang .. !! ..:)
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05/04/2009 02:38:06 AM
Stunning and perfect! Congratulations!
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05/04/2009 01:49:26 AM
Brilliant shot Wendy, hearty congratulations on your first ribbon. Much deservered & what a score!
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05/04/2009 01:13:46 AM
Beautiful! I knew you could recreate something as exciting as your DQ. I've been waiting and wonderfully rewarded!
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05/04/2009 12:39:55 AM
Excellent capture...the idea of the white sheet is an interesting one...congrats
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05/04/2009 12:36:11 AM
Awesome! I am proud of you, good work!
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05/04/2009 12:30:41 AM
Congrats on a hard earned, and well deserved ribbon!
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05/04/2009 12:22:01 AM
Great job vawendy! I'm jealous but excited that you earned your first ribbon! Well deserved.
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05/04/2009 12:20:09 AM
See. I told you you would ribbon early on.
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05/04/2009 12:12:19 AM
WOW, Wendy. Congrats for the first ribbon. You have improved challenge after challenge. Great shot, well deserved ribbon shot.
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05/04/2009 12:11:51 AM
A hearty congratulations Wendy, your first ribbon and a brilliant shot - and you were feeling a little depressed last week! Well done, you deserve it!
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05/04/2009 12:08:45 AM
HEY!! Congrats on your first ribbon! Couldn't be happier for you. Well deserved!
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05/04/2009 12:05:23 AM
knew this would do very very well. One of my 6 top scores given for this challenge. HUGE CONGRATS !!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/02/2009 04:36:21 PM
good capture.
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05/01/2009 05:09:56 PM
That back round is disturbingly perfectly white, I sure hope you got this in the camera because id like to see it in the ribbons, just a lovely shot, perfectly framed, the wings are just the least bit blurry, but a lovely shot.
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05/01/2009 09:08:06 AM
can be the winner.... great work on this one, wish i can get a shot like that some time in my life!
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04/30/2009 11:44:52 PM
Lovely capture with that full wind span.
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04/30/2009 05:07:17 PM
Charming detailed capture and interaction between two birds. A bit odd to have no background, just the pure white. Reduces it's impact a little, for me. But lovely detail in both birds and stunning crescent of extended wings.
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04/29/2009 05:01:40 PM
Beautiful detail on the birds; love the pose on the landing bird and the composition. Quite a poetic title, too ;-) Personally I would prefer some context to the background, but all in all a really great shot.
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04/29/2009 03:44:30 PM
Perfect timing. Great subjects. Love the catchlight. 10 for sure!
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04/29/2009 02:33:32 PM
Ok. . .this is my new favorite bird photo -- my old favorite being MINE :) WOW! I can't see anything that takes points away from this being total perfection -- even the degree of difficulty factor is a 10. So, after voting 86%, I gladly (ok, maybe not soooo gladly, but certainly deservingly) I surrender my one and only 10 to this fabulous wildlife photography! Gotta be a ribbon winner here. Congratulations!
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04/29/2009 08:36:20 AM
Excellente`.. Love it.
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04/29/2009 03:42:53 AM
Great stopped motion, wonderful pose of both birds!
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04/29/2009 01:21:52 AM
Wow great shot!
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04/28/2009 11:48:45 PM
Very good, looks like a drawing with that pose.
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04/28/2009 06:25:53 PM
Amazing capture! 10
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04/28/2009 06:08:33 PM
Great capture. (if "Limerick" hadn't been banned, I would have assumed this was one of hers)
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04/28/2009 02:01:19 PM
Great detail and colour and it works well on the light background. Very well done
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04/28/2009 04:06:51 AM
brilliant !!! wonderful stop motion. 9
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04/28/2009 12:23:39 AM
I thought I had seen yours already, but now I'm sure this is it. This is amazing!! My choice for blue so far.... and very inspiring.

Cindy
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04/27/2009 07:48:12 PM
Visually stunning, there are little minor details that negatively affect this image - such as the red around the rock and the excess "leftovers" on the left side of the right. This reviewer thinks that the overly blank background, while not a poor choice, is over done and detracts somewhat from the image's overall artistic impact. Still, it is an excellant capture and even with the minor technical and artistic issues, it's well worth it's rating. Well done.
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04/27/2009 05:31:11 PM
Awesome capture. I hope the background is a legal white and not a (good) cloning work. 10.
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04/27/2009 01:16:02 PM
Great content, but the background is so flat and harsh it really detracts. Some sort of gradient, or bokeh, or blur would have improved this otherwise great capture. Not voting at the moment.
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04/27/2009 01:12:57 PM
delightful shot - perfect timing.
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04/27/2009 07:19:21 AM
Great shot.... Wendy?
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04/27/2009 04:18:02 AM
Beautiful bird in flight image. Lovely work!
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