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Challenge: Wind II (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Harwich Port, MA, USA
Date: Oct 28, 2006
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: High Dynamic Range (HDR), Birds
Date Uploaded: Oct 28, 2006

From RAW, run through Photomatix Pro for a little tone mapping, dropped into PS7

Levels, hue/sat, gradients top, bottom, sides to contain, a little cloning where a beak met a tail, resize, USM, border, save for web

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What a day, Weather prediction was for 50 mph+ winds and gusting rainstorms. Got up an hour before dawn and drove down-cape all the way to Provincetown to photograph the "raging Atlantic"; Wind was not that strong, waves not very interesting, rain pelting down. Poked my way back south, stops at Truro and Wellfleet and Eastham (all the usual haunts), gloomy dawn, slathering rain, nothing looked worth shooting.

Got home, went back to bed. Watched football after waking up, later in the afternoon the wind was HOWLING and the rain had stopped, though the skies were solid gray, so I trundled down to my local beach where I knew the gulls would be gathered sitting out the storm. Started raining again, hard. Backed my car in at an angle to various spots along the beach bulkhead so the wind wasn't coming directly in the window and shot a TON of pictures at 70 to 200mm handheld, ISO 400, wide open, 1/200 shutter.I have a bunch of pictures of whole flocks of gulls wuth dirty surf behind them, but while pretty nice they look chaotic. THIS one, on the other hand, is the only one quite like it. It's perhaps a little less "windy" looking, but to my eyes at least it still looks stormy as hell. Hope you agree. Took me half an hour to dry off the gear, but the deep lens hood on the 70-200 kept the front element from collecting any water drops.

Statistics
Place: 11 out of 159
Avg (all users): 6.4772
Avg (commenters): 7.7143
Avg (participants): 6.3444
Avg (non-participants): 6.5563
Views since voting: 1844
Views during voting: 453
Votes: 241
Comments: 29
Favorites: 4 (view)


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08/05/2008 11:32:00 AM
You are so brave to weather the elements on that blustery day! I'm a true Californian...on wintry days, I always post a sign outside my door, "Wake me when it's Spring!" I love seagull photos and yours is quite exceptional!
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11/09/2006 03:09:39 PM
Lovely picture. Congrats on your top 20 finish!
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11/06/2006 10:36:43 AM
Isn't this COOL! I'm glad there was such an awe inspiring payoff for all your efforts. This is amazing!

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11/06/2006 02:14:06 AM
this is one of my few tens - thought it will make the front page. anyway, congratulations. i really liked the photo.
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11/06/2006 01:16:44 AM
Loved this one when I encountered it voting. A beauty, Robert. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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11/06/2006 12:46:33 AM
I was hoping to see something from that storm up there. nice work. i like the colors.
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11/06/2006 12:10:45 AM
Top 15 ain't too shabby, dude. Congrats!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/05/2006 02:35:57 PM
I like the birds flying, but its a little too busy hard to keep my eye in one spot.
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11/04/2006 04:52:38 AM
Good title, has a stormy/windy feeling with the breakers, interesting and fitting for the challenge.
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11/03/2006 12:08:30 AM
Nice job!! 9
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11/02/2006 10:53:44 PM
looks like a great sea bird convention nice 8
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11/01/2006 10:50:21 AM
It certainly looks like you had some nasty wind that day. I like the overall dreariness brought out by the colors.
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10/31/2006 11:15:50 PM
Quite a nice capture. Though it seems a little oversaturated, I like the way it turned out. The colors of the waves are quite nice, and the birds all facing the same direction, even in flight, depict "wind" to me.
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10/31/2006 10:51:38 PM
Quite a lovely capture. Bump.
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10/31/2006 07:11:31 PM
wonderful gritty feel to this. there's dust in the wind!
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10/31/2006 10:28:45 AM
Lovely stereotypical windy day at the beach perfectly captured. I like the colours and 'dirty' feel of the image. 8.
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10/31/2006 09:06:42 AM
Gorgeous!!!
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10/31/2006 08:52:45 AM
Nice job!
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10/31/2006 02:30:14 AM
I like the grain in the image. The colors are wonderful.
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10/31/2006 12:38:21 AM
Bloody marvellous. I like this. Has a great feel about it, excellent work.
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10/30/2006 10:13:24 PM
Nice picture. I would like to be able to see a little more detail on the foreground birds.
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10/30/2006 09:14:19 PM
I love all the birds and the tones.. 9
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10/30/2006 12:55:25 PM
wonderful tones and sense of movement -- one of my ribbon picks
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10/30/2006 09:47:52 AM
very very good image.
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10/30/2006 09:06:53 AM
OOoo bootiful! Amazing how they fly zigzag in those strong winds
without colliding then sit drenched in those winds without suffering from hypothermia. Love the colors, it looks so .... windy.
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10/30/2006 07:57:50 AM
I've come back to this several times. It might not denote wind as much as some say it should, but I really like the composition of some on the shore and some on the wing. The muted brown and gray tones are very soothing.
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10/30/2006 06:51:48 AM
This definately says wind.....
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10/30/2006 02:02:12 AM
great image...love the cold, windy mood conveyed here
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10/30/2006 01:45:35 AM
Really a great shot and captures the theme very well. Good luck!
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