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Challenge: Stopped Motion VI (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Date: Aug 30, 2011
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8000
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2011

[Sep. 6th, 2011 11:17:49 AM]

Ummm...

well....

This is actually an outtake...

I really wanted to get a seagull shot for the lens flare challenge. I went out over a 2 day period, and took about 850 shots. Got flare? NO!

The overexposed area in this shot is actually the sun. I hope I didn't hurt the sensor (or my eyes :) because I shot into the sun for almost all of the 850 shots.

I had a shot with flare:

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but didn't like it.

Had a cool overblown funky shot -- but no flair:

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and a nice one with a sun star -- but no flare:

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While I was out on one of the days, I also shot for some stopped motion entries:

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However, my favorite was this entry -- with the sun in the shot, I had to adjust the exposure up quite a bit, but I was so incredibly pleased with the result.

Thanks so much for the votes and all the wonderful comments! There's some incredible photos in this challenge, so I'm guessing this might be my first "7 without a ribbon" entries. I'm excited to see what takes it in the end. :)



[Sep. 6th, 2011 11:18:25 AM]

oh -- btw, I'm typing all of this, simply because I didn't go with a bird shot for the lens flare. So I figured it was safe giving the background on this. :)

Find background on the shot here:

how it was done and why shoot RAW

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 83
Avg (all users): 7.3424
Avg (commenters): 8.8125
Avg (participants): 7.0222
Avg (non-participants): 7.4460
Views since voting: 3188
Views during voting: 383
Votes: 184
Comments: 40
Favorites: 8 (view)


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09/14/2011 03:30:24 AM
The birds seem to have overtaken the squirrels! Beautiful image! 'Grats on the ribbon! :)
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09/10/2011 05:54:33 PM
Beautiful picture, congrats on your ribbon!
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09/08/2011 05:55:57 PM
Congrats Wendy!!
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09/08/2011 12:16:21 AM
10-22??? they were so friendly to you!
Awesome shot! congratulations!
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09/07/2011 07:56:11 PM
You did use the 10-22 lens for this as listed???

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09/07/2011 03:44:08 PM
Another Terrific seagull shot Wendy - congrats on the ribbon!
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09/07/2011 12:19:53 PM
I see you have a stamp now! Cool! But what I want to know is how you got such exceptional detail in the bird AND the sky without all sorts of artifacting? I am in awe.
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09/07/2011 11:13:20 AM
That's two seagull ribbons on your front page now! Nice!
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09/07/2011 10:51:26 AM
Wonderful shot Wendy, congrats!!
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09/07/2011 10:18:19 AM
I'm gonna ask Ken if I can borrow his stamp. This is getting too regular to keep typing "Congrats" so often... But, I love it that you're winning.

THIS is wonderful, Wendy!
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09/07/2011 07:21:16 AM

WOW WOW WOW one of my favorites in the challenge and love the diagonal angle you set the composition re teh bird... LOVE IT...from shez
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09/07/2011 06:15:41 AM
Love your seagulls. This one is no exception.
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09/07/2011 04:36:34 AM
Super stuff,Congratulations on another for your collection.
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09/07/2011 02:23:03 AM
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09/07/2011 12:54:56 AM
lovely shot! so glad to see it get a ribbon. Congrats!
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09/07/2011 12:40:33 AM
Hey, you already got your goal of ribboning with a seagull. You aren't allowed to do it again! ;-P
Awesome shot wendy!
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09/07/2011 12:34:30 AM
Beautiful! Congratluations! (And nothing is blown on my monitor, by the way.)
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09/07/2011 12:12:30 AM
Nice one Wendy, you are up there again.
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09/07/2011 12:05:19 AM
I really liked this one-
The gull looks so haggard and the positioning of the wings really make it have a totally different feel from many bird photos, not only of your own but just in general. Very nice.
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09/07/2011 12:05:18 AM
What a ragged gull. Night and day to the perfect hummer :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/06/2011 11:33:53 PM
amazing capture
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09/06/2011 01:09:06 PM
Beautiful clarity!
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09/06/2011 12:02:51 AM
Wonderful detail! White on white and nothing blown out! Beautiful! Just perfect!
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09/05/2011 05:20:42 PM
Very, very nice. Great position showing the wing structure. Nice crop too.
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09/05/2011 11:39:20 AM
absolute beauty! must be blue..
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09/04/2011 09:22:28 PM
This photo is a clear ribbon!.. a 10 from me :)
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09/04/2011 08:15:44 PM
right place right time or you do this for a living great photo can see this on a wall in a hotel.
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09/04/2011 11:44:35 AM
Beautiful! White on white that really works.
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09/03/2011 10:00:33 PM
There I finally got around to it. I don't get to score it but I get to add it to my favorites. I hope this is doing well for you.
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09/03/2011 06:09:49 AM
Front page in my view,great shot.
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09/02/2011 04:14:39 PM
Beautiful lighting. I'm so impressed that you got so much detail on the underside, with it being backlit light that.
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09/02/2011 02:45:37 PM
WOW. What a great photo! I love the way that the bird is almost symmetrical (except its head is tilted). The feathers looks just great, brown feathers gives nice little contrast to this image. Meets very nicely the challenge also. Brilliant, 9
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09/02/2011 07:32:25 AM
Oh wow! What an awesome image!
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09/01/2011 06:17:25 PM
heavenly...like the rule of thirds use... 7
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08/31/2011 09:02:08 AM
I love this. His angle in the shot is terrific.
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08/31/2011 03:13:29 AM
wow! this is great
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08/31/2011 01:43:31 AM
So soft yet so focused, and detailed just a beautiful job of shooting a perfect pix!
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08/31/2011 01:26:58 AM
Well done.
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08/31/2011 12:50:10 AM
A very Epic Seagull :-) nice work!
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08/31/2011 12:09:06 AM
Wendy? If not... consider it a great compliment. This is wonderful!
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