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Challenge: Horizontal vs Vertical (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Date: Aug 10, 2011
Date Uploaded: Aug 11, 2011

[Aug. 18th, 2011 10:54:05 PM]

My family and I went on an 8 day trip up the east coast. I didn't think I'd be able to enter any challenges. However, when this challenge first came out, I knew I wanted to do a great blue heron. They're so tall and interesting looking. Either have them standing in a landscape shot, or flying in a vertical shot.

But we had to leave on vacation before I could go search for a gbh.

We stopped at a wildlife refuge outside of Atlantic City, and that's where I got this shot.


Here's another shot from the refuge:

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[Aug. 18th, 2011 10:55:27 PM]

I'm so incredibly excited that this held a 7! It almost lost it 48 hours ago, and has climbed incredibly on the last two days.

Thanks, everyone for such kind votes and wonderful comments! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I thought the bodiless reflection was so cool. :)

In regards to the question regarding how I got the effect:

As far as the look goes, it's completely natural. The shot was taken at sunset, and the lighting, reflections, everything is almost straight out of the camera. I did a little bit of curves on it, but that's about it. I was just incredibly lucky on the shot. It was nature, not me. :)

regarding the relevance to the challenge question. I had originally thought of doing a vertical shorebird in a horizontal crop -- like this shot:

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But I liked the flying shot better. I figured if standing was vertical, then since he's rotated 90 degrees flying, he was horizontal. :)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 93
Avg (all users): 7.2407
Avg (commenters): 7.9286
Avg (participants): 7.2000
Avg (non-participants): 7.2647
Views since voting: 3788
Views during voting: 268
Votes: 108
Comments: 57
Favorites: 10 (view)


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AuthorThread
09/02/2011 06:05:59 AM
And we think we are aerodynamics experts!!
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08/25/2011 09:51:58 PM
Heh! Love reading the comments. It really is perfect in this orientation. Would have been fine in horizontal, too. So doesn't matter whether it met the challenge or not - it is simply a fine photograph!
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08/25/2011 05:35:10 PM
Incredible image. Absolutely magical. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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08/25/2011 11:39:21 AM
congratulations on the ribbon, this is such a great shot, and I know from experience, not easy to capture, reflection is just beautiful
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08/24/2011 12:44:34 PM
Very opulent

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08/23/2011 12:32:34 AM
Absolutely beautiful. No one else will ever have that same shot!
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08/21/2011 08:24:00 PM
This is beautiful Wendy. Awsome shot! Congrats!
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08/20/2011 08:58:18 AM
Very nice
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08/19/2011 10:42:55 PM
This is beautiful. Perhaps I'm thinking too much here...so the..legs are horizontal? It's a vertical shot of horizontal legs? I'm really not trying to be a "DMNC nazi," I'm just trying to pick out the part that fits. Is it the reflection? Vertical reflection? Again, beautiful shot.

ETA: Vertical crop of horizontal flight? Hence the title?

Message edited by author 2011-08-19 22:43:39.
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08/19/2011 08:26:31 PM
A truly lovely & sublime image, Wendy. It's amazing how graced we are with the beauty of the natural world. Terrific capture!
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08/19/2011 08:15:13 PM
Look, the new girl got a ribbon! Congrats. :P
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08/19/2011 07:19:08 PM
Congrats on another ribbon and a beautiful image, Wendy!
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08/19/2011 05:30:46 PM
AMAZING! What else is there to say?
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08/19/2011 05:02:56 PM
Oooooh.... Lovely, Wendy! Congrats on a fun time and a wonderful image.
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08/19/2011 01:22:03 PM
Wonderful shot, congrats!
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08/19/2011 12:05:06 PM
Great capture,Congratulations.
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08/19/2011 12:03:22 PM
So serene and beautiful! Congrats, Wendy!
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08/19/2011 11:42:16 AM
Damn girl! I would have driven to Atlantic City to meet you! Congrats on a gorgeous shot and another ribbon!
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08/19/2011 11:23:06 AM
Freak!!!... kidding I loved this the softness and reflection were purrr-fect! I just about commented Love it Wendy! but I made a doof of me-self on (what I thougt was a Spiffy photo) and was not! LOL Congratulations !!!
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08/19/2011 11:12:35 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, love that reflection!!
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08/19/2011 10:35:47 AM
Absolutely amazing! It has a real painting feel about it - care to share how you got that look?
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08/19/2011 10:15:19 AM
This is so elegant! Beautiful capture, Wendy.
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08/19/2011 10:02:51 AM
Stellar. I loved this in voting. Congrats.
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08/19/2011 09:59:28 AM
Congrats Wendy, great shot!
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08/19/2011 08:09:12 AM
Congratulations Wendy. I love the high key and the bodiless reflection!
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08/19/2011 07:18:19 AM
OMG .. wendy this is amazing .!!. almost unreal .. congrats on your ribbon and such a beautiful image .. talk about being in the right place at the right time ..
oh.. and being quite the excellent photographer .. !!!..:)
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08/19/2011 04:56:08 AM
Super work Wendy.
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08/19/2011 04:03:08 AM
its amazing !!
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08/19/2011 02:54:04 AM
wonderful reflection. and the pastel colors are amazingly clean and pure. Would've won that challenge, I think
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08/19/2011 02:43:53 AM
Beautiful reflections reaching up to touch. Good work.
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08/19/2011 02:30:34 AM
congratulations!
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08/19/2011 02:18:46 AM
congrats!

LOL @ (what a nut)

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

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...although I liked your outtake better. :P
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08/19/2011 01:13:54 AM
I've already told you I loved this shot! I'm glad that I was wrong about the DNMC votes. Truely lovely image deserving of a ribbon. Congrats.
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08/19/2011 01:11:26 AM
This is truly unbelievable. Absolutely Beautiful...

I want to smack the person who gave this a "1"

Message edited by author 2011-08-19 01:12:01.
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08/19/2011 12:57:26 AM
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...although I liked your outtake better. :P

Message edited by author 2011-08-19 01:17:21.
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08/19/2011 12:43:32 AM
Well, there she goes again :-)
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08/19/2011 12:41:42 AM
Beautiful! Congratulations!
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08/19/2011 12:38:15 AM
Great Wendy, even going on holiday doesn't stop you pulling in the ribbons.
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08/19/2011 12:34:53 AM
Unstoppable. Yup. The Molly Brown of DPC.
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08/19/2011 12:23:05 AM
Again???!!!!
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08/19/2011 12:16:54 AM
Congratulations, Wendy. It's an honour to be next to you on the front page. You have grown immensely as a photographer and as an artist. It's a joy to see your pictures.
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08/19/2011 12:02:43 AM
Such an inviting image and interesting reflection. Congrats on the ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/18/2011 11:40:12 PM
Great example of how I interpret the challenge. It makes me WANT to see it the other way !
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08/18/2011 11:22:28 PM
remarkable reflection
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08/18/2011 10:33:15 PM
Beautiful reflection and wonderful capture
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08/17/2011 11:00:53 PM
soft and such a mind boggling reflection. excellent.
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08/17/2011 05:13:25 PM
Very nice, especially the colors on the wings and reflection.
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08/17/2011 08:18:41 AM
awesome
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08/14/2011 12:26:28 PM
beautiful reflection.
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08/13/2011 12:21:44 PM
Lovely shot,hope it goes well.
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08/12/2011 02:28:52 PM
Lovely shot, beautifully processed. I like the only evidence of the water is the great rippled reflection.
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08/12/2011 11:34:42 AM
Nice, but man do I ever wish the bird were flying the other way (plus if it weren't for the challenge, that it would be landscape with space to fly into).
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08/12/2011 11:14:46 AM
A perfect application of the challenge requirements i.m.h.o. I very much hope this ends up high. Handing out a *10* to push it in the right direction.
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08/12/2011 10:41:07 AM
gorgeous
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08/12/2011 10:36:47 AM
Oh this is lovely. I am a sucker for high key. These guys are so graceful. This is almost like a dream sequence. It'd make a beautiful book cover.
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08/12/2011 08:37:25 AM
Wonderful! I think you'll win this one so far (Wendy?).
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08/12/2011 01:16:45 AM
Oh, so beautiful, so elegant. I love the minimalism.
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