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Lighter than Air-Soaring with the birds
Lighter than Air-Soaring with the birds
hopnjohn


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Challenge: Minimalism (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus C-60 Zoom
Location: Front yard
Date: Apr 24, 2005
Date Uploaded: Apr 24, 2005

ISO 64; Exposure 1/500; f2.8; Natural sunlight.

This was an interesting challenge. I had several ideas, but decided to try this one after seeing how clear the sky was on Sunday morning. So I got a helium balloon and headed outside. Lessons learned - don't try outside balloon shots on days with wind gusts to 25mph and expect the unexpected.

I must have taken 50 shots at various shutter speeds and aperature settings, half of which missed the ballon entirely due to the strong winds. The wind moderated for a second and I knew I was going to get the shot I wanted and this hawk flew into the picture.

After going through all my other shots, I decided to keep the bird. It seemed to add another element to the shot.

Statistics
Place: 247 out of 492
Avg (all users): 5.1818
Avg (commenters): 5.5333
Avg (participants): 5.0874
Avg (non-participants): 5.2840
Views since voting: 799
Views during voting: 465
Votes: 352
Comments: 17
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05/03/2005 08:47:22 AM
Something about the composition just seems out of place. Maybe it is because the ballon and bird look like they have been accidently placed where they are. 5
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05/02/2005 11:28:11 PM
great colors and interesting framing
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04/30/2005 03:46:16 PM
Being that clear, the bird would have been enough imo, baloon adds extra attention I guess..nice shot
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04/29/2005 08:29:53 PM
great contrast
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04/29/2005 10:50:54 AM
Could have been nice...but for me there's minimalism, and then there's not being in the frame!

Law of thirds would have worked for me.
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04/28/2005 07:35:08 PM
like the yellow/blue combination... not sure what the dark thing is (bird??) but it weakens the image a bit (a bit too small and not as interesting as the bold blue and yellow (IMHO)
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04/28/2005 04:37:12 PM
A little too much negative space perhaps. Good idea!
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04/28/2005 02:02:12 PM
the bird kind of ruined it for me, i dont know whuich is meant to be the subject?
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04/28/2005 11:31:30 AM
One subject would have worked betterfor me.
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04/28/2005 11:11:34 AM
Nicely captured
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04/28/2005 01:41:26 AM
sure this took timing...i find the white border distracting and crop to right side little close...gl
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04/27/2005 06:59:24 PM
Fresh.
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04/27/2005 12:47:56 PM
Still trying to figure out if I think two subjects make the photo twice as good or half as good. I love the yellow balloon on the blue background. And I like the soaring bird on the empty sky. But I think I find that corner of the photo a little crowded with both of them.
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04/27/2005 11:54:28 AM
Certainly meets the challenge guide lines, but on the artistic side, even if the colors and the quality are good, I wouln't hang it on my wall .....
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04/27/2005 09:05:31 AM
The subject isn't clear, the bird or the balloon.
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04/27/2005 05:54:29 AM
This has been well cropped for this challenge
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04/27/2005 12:14:20 AM
The bird alone: good. The ballon alone: good. The bird and the balloon: not as good. 2 competing subjects. I see how you tie them together in the title, but it just doesn't work for me. Definitely meets the challenge though. Good luck.
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