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Taking A Dive
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MarcusArmani


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Shallow DOF III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 400mm EF f/4 DO IS USM
Location: Half Moon Bay, CA.
Date: Jan 24, 2007
Aperture: F/5.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2007

This Red Tailed Hawk was diving for prey....

I wanted to thank all that commented and voted on my photo, I never in a million years expected to do this well! I love shooting birds and to see that many of you appreciate my work is wonderful. Thanks Again..

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 413
Avg (all users): 7.4103
Avg (commenters): 8.3000
Avg (participants): 7.3626
Avg (non-participants): 7.4519
Views since voting: 15075
Views during voting: 382
Votes: 195
Comments: 89
Favorites: 53 (view)


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07/04/2007 11:12:52 PM
What an incredible shot! They need to create 11's for shots like this.
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07/04/2007 02:06:54 PM
This is an amazing action shot, very well deserving of the ribbon.
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02/19/2007 09:11:18 PM
Added this as a favorite...thought I did already. Again, an excellent capture.
I'll trade you my 85 RX7, my 2.0 extender and five barn cats for your lens. ;)
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02/13/2007 09:13:32 PM
what a beautiful shot!!! congratulations!!!!
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02/13/2007 06:03:25 PM
Wow, what a shot, congratulations, well deserved!
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02/13/2007 05:17:48 PM
Amazing image and beautifully captured. Well done and congrats!
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02/12/2007 11:24:51 PM
Awesome shot!!
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02/12/2007 04:53:27 PM
National Geogrpahic called and they need their photographer back..
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02/12/2007 02:05:59 PM
This is one well deserved WIN!!! Incredible pohoto!!!
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02/11/2007 10:00:40 PM
Coming in here, who do I find? Marcus.. and taking a blue ribbon to boot. No doubt why, congrats.

Dave
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02/11/2007 06:59:13 PM
awesome shot!! Congratulations!!
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02/11/2007 03:49:54 PM
Knew it wouldn't take you long.... show'em how it's done Marcus. Congratulations, go you good thang!! ;)
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02/11/2007 02:57:22 PM
Brilliant shot and well deserved ribbon.
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02/10/2007 12:15:09 PM
Ah.. awesome! Can be used as an inspirational poster for sky divers or focus or determination... endless posibilities!
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02/09/2007 11:57:23 PM
excelent!!!!
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02/09/2007 04:50:58 PM
Originally posted by eyewave:

Excellent shot, congrats on your first ribbon. Do you do anything else than shooting birds?


Thanks eyewave, I do at times shoot the spectrum, however my passion for photography does revolve around birds, This is were I think this site can motivate me to expand into other areas..
Take Care.
02/09/2007 04:47:12 PM
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

What an incredible shot! You should be proud........some photographers never get a shot like this in their whole life.
Thanks N-Jeb, I am proud and a bit shocked that this photo did so well, I hope to post within many more challenges, I Really do cherish this blue ribbon, I realize with the quality of work here I may never see another..
Thanks again.
02/09/2007 10:25:25 AM
WOW! WOW! WOW! what an incrediable shot, and what timing! WOW!
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02/08/2007 09:06:23 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon after only a couple of challenges Marcus...and a BLUE one at that. Looks like you will get many more...welcome
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02/08/2007 07:16:14 PM
I don't know how this is shallow dof, but it is a truly remarkable capture. congratulations.
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02/08/2007 10:32:55 AM
What an amazing shot - I can only dream of getting a pic like this!
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02/07/2007 10:29:27 PM
Amazing capture! Simply amazing.
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02/07/2007 08:46:17 PM
Easily one of the best shots I've ever seen here on DPC.
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02/07/2007 07:28:52 PM

Great shot Marcus.

Nice to see an image I rate as number one in a challenge finally finish there.

All the best,
Ed
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02/07/2007 07:08:39 PM
Beautiful photo, and a well deserved blue!
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02/07/2007 06:37:18 PM
Fantastic shot, congrats!
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02/07/2007 06:26:57 PM
This is such a great capture, i am totally jealous fo this shot, the only thing I would recommend is to darken it a little, or use shadow and highlight to take away some of the brightness.

But I really do love it! congrats
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02/07/2007 05:23:34 PM
That's great, superb capture of a beautiful and so very fast bird!
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02/07/2007 12:18:47 PM
Another fine example of your bird photography Marcus.
Congrats on your ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib1.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' !
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02/07/2007 11:08:44 AM
Wow that is cool...
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02/07/2007 10:07:04 AM
Amazing capture - Excellent! Congrats on the Blue Ribbon!
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02/07/2007 09:51:03 AM
Wow! Absolutely FABULOUS!!! Congratulations!!
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02/07/2007 09:49:50 AM
That is an incredible shot!
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02/07/2007 08:16:44 AM
Great action shot, Well deserved "Blue" Van
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02/07/2007 07:57:17 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Absolutely awesome shot.
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02/07/2007 07:16:03 AM
Congrats. Well deserving photo.
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02/07/2007 06:08:11 AM
Congratulations on the blue Marcus, great shot!!!
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02/07/2007 04:23:09 AM
Perfect!!!! Congrats on your well deserved blue!
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02/07/2007 03:44:02 AM
Congratulations! Excellent timing and capture!
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02/07/2007 03:28:29 AM
Didnt vote on the Challenge, but my First impression was that this is an excellent photo irespective of meeting the challenge.
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02/07/2007 03:26:35 AM
That's pretty awesome. You have quite the knack of shooting these birds.
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02/07/2007 03:13:28 AM
Congratulation on your first ribbon, Marcus!
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02/07/2007 03:11:19 AM
Wow, what a shot! Congrats
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02/07/2007 03:01:46 AM
Excellent shot, congrats on your first ribbon. Do you do anything else than shooting birds?
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02/07/2007 02:25:16 AM
What an incredible shot! You should be proud........some photographers never get a shot like this in their whole life.
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02/07/2007 01:18:55 AM
Congratulations on the blue Marcus, great shot!!!
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02/07/2007 12:32:27 AM
This is Brilliant.. what a capture. :)
*edit* forgot to congratulate you on your Blue ;) was so taken with the shot... again.. beautiful :)

Message edited by author 2007-02-07 00:33:17.
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02/07/2007 12:27:33 AM
Huge congratulations on your blue, Marcus. What a fantastic shot.
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02/07/2007 12:24:38 AM
What a fantastic shot! Amazing detail.
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02/07/2007 12:23:49 AM
Awesome and blue ribbon pride! Congrats!
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02/07/2007 12:15:53 AM
Great image congrats on the blue ribbon.
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02/07/2007 12:05:26 AM
Congrats on ribbon
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02/07/2007 12:05:06 AM
Wahooo congrats Marcus.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2007 01:33:51 PM
Holy cow!
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02/06/2007 11:15:11 AM
UNBELIEVABLE ACTION SHOT
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02/06/2007 01:50:46 AM
FANTASTIC capture! I really like this shot. Kudos! Not my favorite for shallow DOF, but an excellent case of right spot at the right time! Well done and best of luck in the challenge! Wow!
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02/05/2007 02:38:02 PM
stunning picture.. and although it has a low dof I expected pictures that push the challenge title a bit further.
02/05/2007 02:05:46 PM
awesome picture man, great shot
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02/05/2007 01:43:56 PM
very nice capture
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02/04/2007 11:48:32 PM
Awesome image, the dof is exactly on and the detail is fantastic. well done -10
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02/04/2007 10:04:27 PM
Great capture and shallow dof. Good Job. :)
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02/04/2007 12:47:23 AM
So awesome! I would love to take a photo like this someday. I see redtail hawks everyday and hope to catch a shot like this. What an inspiration!
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02/03/2007 11:45:45 PM
Beautiful
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02/03/2007 08:38:03 PM
Great capture
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02/03/2007 04:52:33 PM
Wow!!! As this picture was loading and I saw the feet pointing skyward, I knew this was going to be spectacular! Fantastic DOP, sharply focused, excellent colour tones. Well done! Out of curiosity, was this picture rotated or is this a real dive?
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02/03/2007 01:55:53 AM
Wow. really, wow!
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02/02/2007 11:55:35 PM
This is an amazing photograph! DOF, lighting, focus, everything is perfect...10
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02/02/2007 09:21:24 PM
Incredible!
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02/02/2007 03:19:57 PM
One of my 5 favorite in this category. Don't know if this was "right place at the right time" or very well planned, but nice work.
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02/02/2007 09:34:56 AM
great capture!
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02/01/2007 09:26:08 PM
The bird really pops with the choice of DOF though the sparkle in the eye seems to be missing. The diagonal makes the image dynamic though I feel the angle is a little too acute. Also, I would like to see more to give the image context. As it is, the bird is floating with no connection to it's environment.
02/01/2007 12:36:23 PM
awesome shot...love it!
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02/01/2007 06:34:50 AM
WOW'''''''''''''''''''''Great shot 10
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02/01/2007 04:49:59 AM
Great capture!!!
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01/31/2007 11:28:15 PM
Amazing..... great capture here.....
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01/31/2007 10:09:09 PM
amazing capture!
props to you! 9!
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01/31/2007 07:07:28 PM
amazing photograph .... incredible capture ..... =10
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01/31/2007 06:57:42 PM
A great capture
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01/31/2007 06:01:10 PM
Superb, great bird shot and good DOF picture
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01/31/2007 02:18:52 PM
WWW.WOW.WOW one of the best I've seen - EVER. 10'r
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01/31/2007 01:40:27 PM
D U D E !!!!!!!!! A top 5 for sure...Maybe the winner.

Post Contest: I called it Dude.

Message edited by author 2007-02-07 09:53:01.
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01/31/2007 01:38:33 PM
That's awesome.. Looks like someone is going in for dinner.. I love the crop & you got this at the perfect time of day with perfect lighting. 10 for me.
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01/31/2007 01:23:05 PM
wow thats amazing good shooting
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01/31/2007 11:32:13 AM
WOW!! I don't think I have ever seen a picture of one in a dive before. Amazing capture! 10
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01/31/2007 09:35:53 AM
What a great capture and great DOF
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01/31/2007 09:16:30 AM
wow - one of my favorites
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01/31/2007 01:48:20 AM
wow, incredible capture!
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01/31/2007 01:29:49 AM
WOW! Fantastic capture! 10
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01/31/2007 12:18:57 AM
Great image, I know how hard this is to capture well done.
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