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Taking flight
Taking flight

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Challenge: Silhouettes III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Sullivan's Island, SC
Date: Aug 27, 2006
Aperture: f/9.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Aug 27, 2006

I live at the beach and try to get in as many sunrises and sunsets as my schedule will allow and this morning was no exception. I watched these four ducks and got several shots of them - on the ground and in various stages of flight. I didn't take this with the intention of submitting it, but once I got home and downloaded the image, I decided it would be a great fit to this challenge. I did almost no editing - only straightened the horizon.

Place: 107 out of 352
Avg (all users): 5.7092
Avg (commenters): 6.1667
Avg (participants): 5.4421
Avg (non-participants): 5.8718
Views since voting: 803
Views during voting: 325
Votes: 251
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/12/2006 04:26:15 PM
Critique Club Review:

Definetly meets the challenge.

Focus and depth of field are done well. I think I have to agree with some of the other comments, that a different crop would have helped some. There is so much dark beach, and dark sky, that the impact of of the great capture of the birds in flight, is muted. With the sun so hight above the horizon, you wound up having to make everything else dark to keep the sun and it's reflection in check. With this crop, the result is a picture that appears somewhat dim. Had you cropped out the featurless dark areas of the sky, and and perhaps almost all or all of the beach, the birds would have been more of a stand out feature. Another tactic could have been to wait until sunset or just after when the sky is still well lit. Unfortuately, birds don't fly on cue.

Overall I enjoyed this pciture, and congratualtions on capturing a really interesting flight image.
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09/10/2006 08:39:52 PM
Thanks to all that took the time to vote and to comment. I appreciate all of the nice compliments and welcome any constructive advice that you would be willing to express!
09/08/2006 01:55:53 PM
Congrats on the shot and the great comments you received!
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09/06/2006 09:35:11 AM
Originally posted by baco99:

is this multiple exposure or 4 birds?

This was a shot of 4 different birds - they just happened to be in 4 different stages of flight when I took this shot. Good timing and no editing at all.
09/06/2006 09:31:39 AM
Originally posted by xXxscarletxXx:

Quite like this.. can't find anything wrong with

Thank you very much!
09/06/2006 09:30:57 AM
Originally posted by hokie:


I'd like some suggestions as to how you would improve on this photo. Please email me and we'll discuss.

09/06/2006 09:25:33 AM
Originally posted by tano_gooch:

Beautiful ...

Thank you!
09/06/2006 09:24:34 AM
This was a shot of 4 different birds - they just happened to be in 4 different stages of flight when I took this shot.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/05/2006 09:58:31 AM
is this multiple exposure or 4 birds?
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09/03/2006 08:37:57 AM
This photo feels flat to me in terms of colour.
Also, I think it may have benefitted from a tighter crop focusing solely on the two middle birds, with less sand and less sky.
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09/02/2006 10:10:53 AM
more vertical cropping would make it look even better.. 8
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08/31/2006 09:06:02 AM
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08/30/2006 11:45:51 PM
Beautiful ...
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08/30/2006 09:11:44 PM
You must have had to sit for a while to get this shot! Nice job! I think it might have made your shot more interesting to put the horizon off center.
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08/30/2006 01:00:00 AM
Quite like this.. can't find anything wrong with
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