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Ducks in Flight
Ducks in Flight

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Silhouettes IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Newbury Park, CA
Date: Sep 12, 2007
Aperture: 6.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2007

Evening shot, just after sunset, pointing more-or-less to the west. Only editing is cropping.

Place: 265 out of 273
Avg (all users): 4.0542
Avg (commenters): 2.7500
Avg (participants): 3.8108
Avg (non-participants): 4.2500
Views since voting: 610
Views during voting: 228
Votes: 166
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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09/26/2007 05:54:35 PM
Birds fly where and when they fly; I can't control the sky. Settings were for something else; the ducks just flew up out of nowhere and I pointed and clicked; I was surprised the shot was as good as it was, under those conditions. Granted, comments are valid, as far as they go, especially the one about the sensor dust, which I just did not see, but generally show no understanding or appreciation for wildlife. If a cosmetic blemish is more important than the subject, something is dramatically wrong. I think I'm wasting my time in here, to be honest. I'll just go back to taking shots that please me, without worrying about pleasing anyone else, on a fake schedule such as this site requires. In short, as President Abraham Lincoln put it, "People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like."
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/23/2007 08:57:56 PM
kind of out of focus...
09/21/2007 02:35:27 PM
this would have been better for me if the sky was more interesting.
09/20/2007 01:40:07 AM
A bit too blurry.
09/19/2007 08:49:29 PM
Sorry to tell you but your pictures does not have a lot of impact. While the triangular formation is a good choice by itself, a more intersting background or boosting the saturation of the sky could change your photo completely. A faster shutter speed would freeze the motion of the birds and would show more details. THe way you present the birds is just blured, and does not create the impression of intentional motion blurness. You could have removed the sensor dust in the lowere right corner (even in basic editing)
09/19/2007 01:02:39 AM
not sharp, not really a silhoutte, weird blotch in the corner, boring sky.
get your things in focus (unless the softness is intentional to add to the photo) then worry about the rest.

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