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Challenge: Branch II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Date: Mar 14, 2010
Aperture: 1/1000
ISO: 500
Shutter: f6
Date Uploaded: Mar 14, 2010

[Mar. 20th, 2010 09:47:36 AM]

Some people were thinking that sticking something on a branch makes the picture more about that something than the branch. This shot was about the combination of the two.

About two years ago, I got a shot of a house finch on a flowering tree, and they matched perfectly. I'd wanted to recreate that shot for quite awhile. Luckily, the branch had just started blooming when the challenge started. There is no color correction in this shot -- the flowers and the bird really do match perfectly!

There were a number of shots that I considered for the challenge.

I love this one, but I thought it wouldn't be as universal as the house finch.
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I was pretty sure that people would think this one was about the bird. What fascinated me about it, was how big branches are and how little their feet are!
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A couple of other options:
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Thanks everyone!! How wonderfully exciting! I never thought I'd have a chance at a ribbon--there were a lot of fun shots in this challenge.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 139
Avg (all users): 6.5862
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.2923
Avg (non-participants): 6.8250
Views since voting: 22674
Views during voting: 270
Votes: 145
Comments: 52
Favorites: 13 (view)


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02/03/2013 03:52:22 PM
Stunning. I love how the peachy/pink birdie matches the background. Clever camouflage. Great comp and details.
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03/11/2012 07:08:32 AM
This is a much better shot though! Still, lots and lots and lots of views alright.
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03/26/2010 03:43:40 PM
Very nice, congrats on your ribbon!
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03/25/2010 02:23:23 PM
Very beautiful image, Wendy. Many congrats on your ribbon.
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03/25/2010 02:32:13 AM
Congratulations Wendy! Two Team Suckers win ribbons in one contest, I wonder if that'll ever happen again! The matching reds are beautiful, this was my highest rated image (I have to admit I only got through about 25% but still).
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03/24/2010 01:50:24 AM
A really beautiful image Congratulations on a very deserving Ribbon
Such a lovely colour and detail is great
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03/24/2010 12:30:24 AM
OMG, Wendy...I love this! Beautiful! Congrats!
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03/23/2010 10:42:11 PM
Very Pretty! Congrats Wendy!
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03/23/2010 06:55:24 PM
Beautiful :)
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03/23/2010 09:42:45 AM
Congratulations , Wendy - love this !
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03/23/2010 09:00:56 AM
Great shot Wendy
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03/22/2010 07:59:11 PM
Congrats Wendy! outstanding shot!
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03/22/2010 06:56:00 PM
Commenting as part of my Team Suck duties...

Absolutely beautiful image. Well worthy of a ribbon. Congratulations. Colours and details here are EXCELLENT... as is the use of shallow DOF. Well done.
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03/22/2010 02:57:10 PM
Lovely image. Complimentary colours of bird and buds.
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03/22/2010 02:15:22 PM
The colors bring a smile to my face. I love the shot!
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03/22/2010 02:00:22 PM
Wendy strikes again. Yayy! Your bird pictures give us all something to aspire to. Mega congratulations on winning a ribbon for this masterpiece!
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03/22/2010 01:28:38 PM
Great Image. Small birds are one the hardest things to photograph. Well done. :)
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03/22/2010 01:04:08 PM
WOOT! Way to go Wendy! Now all you have to do is use the cyan filter and you have a bluebird ;-) Congrats!

PS glad you id'd this bird, I thought I had a rose-breasted grosbeak at my feeder. I now know it's a house finch, thanks to your lovely shot :-)

Message edited by author 2010-03-22 13:06:39.
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03/22/2010 12:09:12 PM
Yay, Wendy! Lovely! Congrats on the ribbon!
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03/22/2010 11:52:32 AM
Outstanding image. The details and composition are right on the money
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03/22/2010 09:27:53 AM
way to go woman !!!!!!!!!
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03/22/2010 07:16:40 AM
Great capture of this beautiful Finch. Congrats on your Yellow.
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03/22/2010 07:08:10 AM
Congrats on the Yellow.
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03/22/2010 06:36:28 AM
What an amazing shot! CONGRATS!
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03/22/2010 05:50:30 AM
Wendy congrats on the ribbon and a great image!
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03/22/2010 04:17:41 AM
Congrats Wendy. Well done!
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03/22/2010 03:37:45 AM
Yay Wendy! Congratulations and WELL DONE.
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03/22/2010 03:27:01 AM
I disagree completely with anyone who suggests the bird detracts from the branch as a subject in this photo. They really do match perfectly, and so this becomes a story about the bird being at home in and a natural extension of the branch. Beautiful photo!
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03/22/2010 02:20:20 AM
Congratulations, Wendy. A very charming image and the colours are wonderful.
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03/22/2010 02:10:51 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, Wendy, well deserved for a beautiful shot!
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03/22/2010 01:26:54 AM
Way to go, Wendy! Very cool. --Rick
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03/22/2010 01:06:09 AM
You picked the right one this time! Congrats on another ribbon!
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03/22/2010 01:01:35 AM
Congrats Wendy !!!! Wonderful capture
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03/22/2010 12:20:03 AM
Beautiful and beautifully taken - congrats on your yellow!
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03/22/2010 12:17:55 AM
Congrats on the Yellow!

Raj
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03/22/2010 12:14:50 AM
Nice job and congrats on another ribbon!
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03/22/2010 12:07:15 AM
good for you Wendy...excellent job...congrats
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03/22/2010 12:03:27 AM
Congrats on another of your fine bird shots making the front page!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/21/2010 11:13:04 PM
Nice! Ordinarily I don't like to keep so much branch in a bird shot, but really this is a bird in a branch shot so it's all good ;-) Actually makes for a fun composition that I like more the longer I look at it.
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03/21/2010 10:52:39 PM
These colors do go so well together. Great capture.
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03/21/2010 07:51:18 PM
Heh! Just saw your title as I was about to type "awesome color coordination!" This is very well seen, very nicely photographed!
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03/19/2010 04:43:26 PM
love the red match of the bird and the flowers
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03/18/2010 12:08:59 AM
Brilliant colors and bokeh. I would have framed with lesser space on the left side.

Raj
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03/17/2010 07:38:06 PM
Very nice and the DOF is perfect.
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03/17/2010 02:16:29 AM
Nice shot!!! Very difficult
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03/16/2010 12:19:57 PM
Good capture. Great title, also the shot works well for the challenge, 7
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03/16/2010 09:47:31 AM
Very Nice!
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03/16/2010 06:56:05 AM
Yes, spring has arrived! Pleasing composition!
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03/15/2010 12:07:10 PM
Beautiful...love the pose! 10
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03/15/2010 12:53:16 AM
So pretty
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03/15/2010 12:23:53 AM
Love this picture :-) The branch in itself is very colorful and visually pleasing on its own. Then the bird seals the deal!
One of my top 5 for sure (although granted I haven't quite looked through all entire yet :-P)
Unfortunately, I am not voting. Hope this does well!
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03/15/2010 12:17:29 AM
Wow - that bird matches the tree perfectly. Gorgeous DOF, bokeh and focus.
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