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Waiting for bats
Waiting for bats

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Challenge: Your Corner of the World (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Austin, Tx
Date: Sep 21, 2002
Aperture: f8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4sec
Date Uploaded: Sep 22, 2002

The Austin 'bat bridge' over 1.5 million bats leave this bridge every evening to feed...

Place: 6 out of 245
Avg (all users): 7.0927
Avg (commenters): 8.0938
Avg (participants): 7.1790
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 3177
Votes: 313
Comments: 40
Favorites: 12 (view)

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10/20/2006 02:51:16 PM
Hey, hell of an image! Glad I saw it!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/26/2004 02:27:22 PM
I did not know that, thank you!
03/24/2004 12:08:00 PM
Did you know that African heart-nosed bats can hear the footsteps of a beetle walking on sand from a distance of more than six feet? I bet you didn't. Now you've learned 2 things from comments, ever.

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  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/03/2002 10:45:00 PM
I visited Austin for the first time last weekend during the Austin City Limits Festival. I saw a bunch of people line up on a bridge out my hotel window, and couldn't figure out why. I stayed at the Hyatt Regency on Barton Springs. Is this the bridge that the hotel overlooks? I really loved Austin, by the way!
09/30/2002 12:16:00 PM
Thank you for all the comments. For more details on the bats, please go here:

09/30/2002 10:45:00 AM
Great shot Gordon... love this photo. Congrats on the strong finish!
09/30/2002 12:04:00 AM
Ooooh good color! Excellent silhouette.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/29/2002 09:04:00 PM
I love the tiny people on the bridge. They really add interest.
09/29/2002 05:48:00 PM
Nice atmosphere. What was the exposure time.
09/28/2002 10:04:00 PM
I'm not sure I get the bats reference, but I like the shot a lot. The rippled water is beautiful!
09/28/2002 04:41:00 PM
fantastic color! bold graphic image and wonderful symmetry...great work. (10) ~mcmurma
09/28/2002 02:07:00 PM
Very nice...i love the 'texture' effect on the water
09/27/2002 07:34:00 PM
are those people really waiting for bats??? is that common?? great comp. 8--shutterfly
09/27/2002 11:54:00 AM
Awesome colors and a cool theme! 9 nards656
09/27/2002 09:27:00 AM
My favorite of all!
09/27/2002 09:20:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background9,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing10,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 9,
Total Averaged Rating9. Autool
09/27/2002 12:34:00 AM
What the fuck?......
09/26/2002 10:47:00 PM
Initial=for bats? OMG! Like how the sunset enhances this scene rather than being the focal point.
Composition=well done. Like the choice of the figures on the bridge.
Clarity (focus, details)=very good.
Interesting or Emotive=sunsets or similar lighting always elicits warm emotions for me and I'm sure others... The movement in the people and the water is also interesting.

I am using a this new detailed commenting method inspired by autool. (Thanks
autool!). I hope you find it more helpful than my former comments.
Thanks for submitting, and good luck! ;0)
09/26/2002 05:43:00 PM
Normally I would not like a photo with so many horizontal lines cutting it into segments, however something here works for me. Great color. Awesome contrast.
09/26/2002 02:51:00 PM
wonderful colors and reflections.
09/26/2002 02:25:00 PM
Is this Austin? Very nice picture. Beautiful colors.
09/26/2002 12:52:00 PM
bats? beautiful...
09/26/2002 08:35:00 AM
excellent. the rippled on the water saved this.
09/26/2002 05:53:00 AM
Beautiful shot. Bats? :)
09/26/2002 01:42:00 AM
Great shot. Love the people on the bridge. 8. byetko.
09/25/2002 10:55:00 PM
Fabulous color, I love the composition and all of the curves and lines going on in the shot. This is lovely. lhall-9
09/25/2002 01:48:00 AM
What a wonderful shot, and the people on the bridge watching the sunset makes it even better. Very nice and one of my favorites this week. Good luck in the challenge. Grayce aka Gracious
09/24/2002 04:45:00 PM
I really like the sunset and the reflection in the water.
09/24/2002 04:30:00 PM
Would be a great entry this week. JEM
09/24/2002 07:51:00 AM
Simply stunning. Especially like the colours and the composition. The people on the bridge makes this shot interesting. I love the light reflections off the water as well. 10/10 in my book. Very good capture.
09/24/2002 05:12:00 AM
wow, beautiful colors! Love this shot
09/23/2002 09:19:00 PM
Confusing title. Nice picture.
09/23/2002 08:34:00 PM
very nice! I love the rich orange in this sunset... the reflections in the water and the symmetry of this photo work very well... The only minor issue I see here is a little image degradation in the sky above the bridge... great shot :) = 9 - jmsetzler *************** Update :) - Is this Congress Avenue????? ;)
09/23/2002 08:31:00 PM
Great Job! (hopefully more comments later) 10
09/23/2002 04:06:00 PM
Awesome colors and composition. Even the textures (the smooth sky versus the 'wrinkled' water) are great!
09/23/2002 02:03:00 PM
interesting premise. i think that without more context though, the title might be baffling or seem whimsical. this is a great 'time of day; shot. good lighting and dof. overall this shot doesnt really give me an emotional response, but it is pretty. mag99
09/23/2002 11:36:00 AM
09/23/2002 11:34:00 AM
The colors here are perfect. Wonderful capture. Score 8 Justine
09/23/2002 06:18:00 AM
Beautiful! I love your composition and color saturation. I wonder about the title, will you explain it afterwards please?
09/23/2002 01:38:00 AM
This must be Gordon, the other Austinite, i guess. Congress bridge, at dawn, taken on Saturday (the only day in the week when the weather was clear) :-) Should've taken one where the clouds were abound, would've been much more interesting as a photograph instead of a graduated change of color (and quite noisy too possibly due to sharpening). In case you're not Gordon, Bats in Austin are very popular. paganini

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