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All dressed up and nowhere to go
All dressed up and nowhere to go

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Challenge: Unusual Objects (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: James River, VA
Date: May 30, 2009
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2009

This is a great blue heron that was sitting on the pier. Luckily, he had an itch behind his head and just finished scratching and was in the process of straightening back up. I'd never seen the feathers on the head standing up like this!

I'm excited about the shot, and I'm hoping that it will do really well. I'm worried that people will think that object needs to be an inanimate object, or that great blue herons (gbh's in my family) aren't unusual enough. But he sure looked unusual that day!

Place: 78 out of 109
Avg (all users): 5.1182
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 4.8649
Avg (non-participants): 5.2466
Views since voting: 679
Views during voting: 223
Votes: 110
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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06/08/2009 03:49:49 PM
He definitely has an unusual pose going! He almost looks like he's lit from underneath - those front feathers are almost glowing, which is really quite striking. I suspect scorewise folks didn't think a bird was all that unusual of an object.
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06/08/2009 11:43:24 AM
Fun hair-do and odd pose. Too bad the focus didn't come out sharper.

I have a lot of trouble getting tack sharp focus with my 70-300 lens too, unless I use a tripod. I am disappointed in the image stabilization, because wildlife is why I bought the lens, and I don't use a tripod for that. However my top rated photo, with a yellow ribbon, was taken with that lens using a tripod, so it is capable of good things.
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06/08/2009 12:16:10 AM
My eye keeps being drawn to the eye...but the facial area is out of focus...as is raised foot...which is really distracting. Plus, I think people were looking for something out of the ordinary, subject wise.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2009 09:56:36 AM
wish your bird was a bit sharper in focus
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06/03/2009 09:26:01 AM
Nice crisp wildlife shot.
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