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Challenge: Take Two II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2011 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Date: Jun 22, 2011
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2011


[Jun. 30th, 2011 09:20:11 PM]

For the last couple of years, I've been hoping to get a shot of an osprey bring a fish to a nest. I've gotten a couple of shots that I've loved in that time, but there was always something that wasn't quite right with it.

Here's my take 1 shot:

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This is a different nest. I found this nest while I was out a a local park volunteering -- checking bluebird boxes. There's a bluff across from the nest, so I parked on the bluff and waited.

This is cropped quite a bit. I used my 100-400 lens fully extended, and still had to significantly crop. I'd love to try a teleconverter some day!

It's been an incredibly happy score for the whole week. Terribly exciting, and I'm so glad that people are enjoying it.

I got about 40 chigger bites and 3 deer ticks while stalking the osprey nest, but it was worth it! (well... as soon as the bites stop itching, I'll think it's worth it... :)

Thanks for the votes and the kind comments!!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 74
Avg (all users): 7.3934
Avg (commenters): 8.8125
Avg (participants): 7.4444
Avg (non-participants): 7.3721
Views since voting: 5177
Views during voting: 310
Votes: 122
Comments: 55
Favorites: 9 (view)


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07/06/2011 03:56:29 PM
Finally have the computer back...this is great Wendy...such a great POV!!!
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07/06/2011 09:57:07 AM
Huge congrats-stupendous shot !!!
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07/06/2011 06:04:05 AM
amazing shot! I have also had chiggers, ticks, spider bites, etc. it comes with being a nature photographer. excellent.
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07/05/2011 10:44:09 AM
Teleconvertors suck. I bought two and each time was disappointed. They are unreliable, especially when using burst mode and you loose so much light that it's not worth the money. I have 2 and I never use them.
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07/04/2011 08:50:18 PM
Wow!
Fantastic!
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07/04/2011 09:22:58 AM
This is an outstanding capture. Well done, M'am.
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07/02/2011 12:02:29 PM
fabulous capture - congrats on the ribbon!!!
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07/02/2011 10:33:15 AM
What a great shot! Love all the action and the interaction in the eyes of the parents. Well deserved red!
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07/01/2011 10:08:19 PM
Hey - That's way cool! :-) Hadn't voted or even looked at this challenge earlier, so this is a pleasant surprise.

Congrats!!!
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07/01/2011 08:09:51 PM
Great job Wendy! Wonderful action and baby to boot!
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07/01/2011 05:07:42 PM
Congrats on the red, Wendy. Wonderful shot!
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07/01/2011 01:30:11 PM
Wow. where? I can't imagine how you decided which capture (literally) to submit! completely amazing. congratulations and I think the bites were worth it ;)
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07/01/2011 01:26:29 PM
What a beautiful and dynamic capture. Congrats on the red. :)
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07/01/2011 12:33:32 PM
I guess the chiggers were worth it!!! Congrats again, Wendy.
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07/01/2011 12:24:40 PM
Fabulous shot Wendy! You and a few others are showing the rest of us how to win ribbons lately!
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07/01/2011 11:30:02 AM
Verrrrry awesome!
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07/01/2011 10:07:09 AM
Great capture Wendy , I'm picturing you in full camo crawling on your belly to get the shot, lol
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07/01/2011 09:39:28 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, you are the queen of osprey shots!!!
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07/01/2011 09:37:15 AM
Both are splendid captures.
Gotta be worth the insect bites!
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07/01/2011 07:25:00 AM
Great shot! Looks like he had a snack before he brought it home.
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07/01/2011 03:25:13 AM
No 1s, No 2s, No 3s?? You're trollproof! :) Congrats, Wendo!
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07/01/2011 02:37:18 AM
Great capture, Wendy. Congrats on your ribbon.
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07/01/2011 01:54:10 AM
Man. What a scene. Love the intensity.
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07/01/2011 01:53:22 AM
Great shot Wendy! Congrats on the red!
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07/01/2011 01:25:26 AM
Great moment! What a capture! Congrats!
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07/01/2011 01:24:58 AM
Excellent Wendy, your patience paid off.
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07/01/2011 01:17:11 AM
Perfect.
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07/01/2011 12:39:51 AM
Superb - nothing more to say!
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07/01/2011 12:10:18 AM
Wow such detail Congrats
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07/01/2011 12:10:17 AM
Nice job, Wendy. This was the image I scored the highest in the challenge.
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07/01/2011 12:09:36 AM
I think I just need to write a standard congratulations form and just start filling in the blank for the ribbon. Something like this:

Wendy, Way to go on your _________ ribbon!

Then I can just fill in the blank for each challenge.
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07/01/2011 12:08:46 AM
Looks like Dad snacked a bit before bringing home dinner. Congrats on the ribbon, the great score, a great shot.
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07/01/2011 12:06:38 AM
Did I remember to congratulate you before the challenge started?
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07/01/2011 12:06:37 AM
Congrats.
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07/01/2011 12:04:43 AM
As predicted! WTG, Wendy.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/30/2011 10:56:03 PM
Great capture and processing. The dof does the job to let the birds shine. (voted earlier)
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06/30/2011 08:18:42 PM
Wow! this should be blue ribbon for "National Geographic II" challenge. 10
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06/29/2011 11:07:38 PM
"Fish again?!"

I'll bet the kids would be happier if dad would go get some squirrel takeout.
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06/29/2011 07:16:30 PM
<y vote for best in challenge. Great shot.
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06/28/2011 11:56:06 PM
Great capture. Love the clarity.
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06/28/2011 08:22:59 PM
Golly... a bit oversharpened but really wonderful!


I may or may not be voting, so please do not equate my comment with any score.
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06/28/2011 06:22:11 PM
LOVED Loved this in sepia, and maybe even better in color
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06/28/2011 02:52:19 PM
fantastic..10/10
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06/28/2011 11:49:44 AM
Simply Stunning.
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06/28/2011 12:18:15 AM
A great catch but in one way I hate to say that .. it's as if you had no work in finding out where they nest, hunt and so on and to get such a good shot, you have no doubt done your home work .. so I revise that statement to - Fantastic capture!

Already voted.
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06/27/2011 07:41:47 PM
Now that's an impressive improvement on the original as the original was such a great capture in the first place! But he is so much better composed this time and the green bokeh contrasts beautifully. Well done Wendy, this should do well.

Back to bump and to let you know this is my pich of the challenge.
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06/26/2011 07:17:47 PM
Great Capture, I would have loved to see a hair more saturation/darkness in the background so the birds stood out a bit... great job!
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06/26/2011 06:18:14 PM
The focus is so excellent in this, it's breathtaking. Great capture!
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06/26/2011 04:51:18 PM
I like the entire photo, but especially the stare of the standing bird. That is intense.
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06/26/2011 01:42:51 PM
Wow, how do you get a camera high enough to be level with an osprey nest? Great detail, bokeh and action.
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06/26/2011 11:31:34 AM
Heh. This got a 9 from me. I think I understand your point more now. Hmm.
What a capture, though. Spectacular. Got a 9 from me.
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06/26/2011 10:11:02 AM
Back to comment... I remember the orginal because it was so out of the ordinary, but not who took it. Congrats on a second chance at getting something so fabulous again! Well done!
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06/24/2011 10:44:13 AM
Nice job Wendy. I voted this a 10, one of my top 3 shots then I decided to see if I could find the original. Your original was great but I really like how you changed the orientation and the subjects are close together. You take excellent wildlife shots, good luck.
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06/24/2011 09:36:14 AM
Lovely capture
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06/24/2011 03:03:38 AM
Already voted, back to comment...WOW, I want to live where you live!!!!! I've already voted and not changing my votes, but now am trying to find the original to compare to. If I found the correct one (which is spectacular), then a couple of things I like in this photo. I love the green background. but mostly I like that the full wings are in frame. I also really like the wings in this position instead of out to the sides (don't know why, I just do). I really like this capture. If I am comparing to the wrong pic, then everything I said is still true :-) One of the favs.
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