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  Mini#14 Best of 2007
Entry 1 of 94
   
 
Touchdown       ©2008 Gerryd04
Nikon D50       1st place, 414 points
1/2500s, f4, ?, 300mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: USM, levels, crop       Extra Info: Late afternoon with the 80-200 f2.8
 
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Gerryd04
Jan 21, 2008
    Thx again all, humbled by all the responces :)

And thanks Plebian, took a long time to get a winner eh :)

Plebian
Jan 21, 2008
    Congrats winning the Open Gerryd! An amazing capture!

ps: another congrats on your 30th Open entry :-)
Edited on Jan 21, 2008

RolandB
Jan 21, 2008
    Congratulations. This was my #1 pick also!

Aeroal
Jan 21, 2008
    Congratulations, superb picture. Aeroal.

LindyB
Jan 21, 2008
    Congratulations! A very well deserved 1st place!

dp
Jan 21, 2008
    Congratulations Gerry, a real cool capture. dp

Gerryd04
Jan 21, 2008
   
thx everyone. appreciated.

LaRee, thx for your comments on smugmug, I'm pretty slack at responding as I rarely look at comments there and forget all about them, it was nice to 'hear from you' :)

tinosa
Jan 20, 2008
    Congratulations. A very beautiful and exciting capture.

LaRee
Jan 20, 2008
    Congratulations Gerry. This is a mighty fine capture!

aprilesole
Jan 20, 2008
    Congratulations on an awesome image!!! BEST of the BEST! WOW!

magich
Jan 20, 2008
    Congratulations Gerry!
A well deserved first place!

Rino

Image-Anne
Jan 20, 2008
    Congratulations!! This is an exceptional shot!! :O)

Gerryd04
Jan 20, 2008
    Thx for the kind words everyone, lucky for me to be in the right place at the right time for the shot. Was the 2nd in a sequence of 4 of the pelican landing. These guys really are the John Cleese of the bird world and a delight to watch, not too difficult to capture due to the large size and predictable flight paths.

On the processing, the USM was applied selectively to the bird and spray, and opacity reduced on edges, the eye was not pp-ed in any way separately, though in hidsight the image had a small saturation bump.

Sharpness / clarity / contrast supplied by the lens which is a great bit of glass (nikon 80-200 f2.8 ED twin ring).

Once again thanks for all the nice comments, very much appreciated.

One very chuffed Gerry :)

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timcoop
Jan 20, 2008
    Wow. Simply amazing. I also appreciate the conservative use of USM. Too may times it's so horridly overdone. In this, it's so perfect that I had to check the PP info to see if you had even used it.

Amberbug
Jan 20, 2008
    Fantastic shot, great exposure, detail and timing, in my tt.

SteveBee
Jan 20, 2008
    Great action shot! Very sharp and well-exposed.

Image-Anne
Jan 20, 2008
    Excellent capture!! Color, comp, detail and exposure..all superb!! This one coming in for a landing in my TT!

dp
Jan 20, 2008
    Hahahaha, LOL! Not sure but that eye looks shopped. Still a very cool capture! TT good luck, dp.

LindyB
Jan 20, 2008
    Superb capture! This is good enough to be on a magazine cover. My #1 favourite with no hesitation. Good luck!

audiredred
Jan 20, 2008
    What a catch!...high in my tt.

out_of_focus
Jan 19, 2008
    A perfect shot.

Timing, sharpness, contrast colors, frame and great pose by the model looking into camera. Amazing display.. blue water adds charm..

ellaVic
Jan 19, 2008
    One of my definite favorites! You captured a great moment, with lots of sharpness. Just wonderful, in my T5!

kletkeman
Jan 19, 2008
    Awesome. Timing, color, sharpness without halos. #1

Old Finn
Jan 19, 2008
    Perfect timing, good sharpness and composition, beautiful colours. In my TF

Hiho
Jan 19, 2008
    Nice shot! Beautiful colors.

Andris
Jan 19, 2008
    Excellent shot...in my TT

vanpraag
Jan 19, 2008
    Not exactly an elegant landing! Well captured and nice crop! Favs.

dodrizzt
Jan 19, 2008
    Wonderful shot, lucky you :-) :-)

Bepar
Jan 19, 2008
    This is a perfect shot. The exposure is spot on, the colors are rich but not over saturated, and it is fantastically sharp .. I would expect that with the 1/2500 shutter speed. This was an obvious first place image for me. Great Job!

aprilesole
Jan 18, 2008
    LOL this is sooo funny! Excellent capture with great colors. I love it! BEST! In my TT~!

Joaquin Honda-Moon
Jan 18, 2008
    Great photograph - full of humour, sharp as a tack, brilliant composition - even the whites are perfectly exposed. Easily in my TT.

citymars
Jan 18, 2008
    Wow, great moment. One can almost hear the cartoon screech of the tires! :-) Seriously, terrific clarity, you've blurred the background yet the focus is perfect. Nicely composed without feeling cramped. Love the deep blue of the water. In my first draft (top 15) for sure.

oneeleven
Jan 18, 2008
    Such a great shot. And exceptional detail. A great capture!

RolandB
Jan 18, 2008
    This is a wonderful capture. Very sharp and well exposed. In my TT.

magich
Jan 18, 2008
    This is a great picture. Everything is perfect. Composition, exposure, timing, colors, sharpness, subject and pose.
In my first draft list! Good luck!

broph
Jan 18, 2008
    Great landing. Colors are fantastic. In my Top Ten.

harpazo_hope
Jan 18, 2008
    Love the title! Nice photo, too. :)

XXPOZURE
Jan 18, 2008
    This is a wonderful shot. Birds in action are difficult to capture without blur...you did an excellent job. My #1

MzMunchken
Jan 18, 2008
    What a great action shot. Very well done

wangi
Jan 18, 2008
    Should think about submitting this one of JPG Magazine's 'split second' theme for their next issue.

http://www.jpgmag.com/themes/64
Edited on Jan 18, 2008

kankushok
Jan 17, 2008
    That's some amazing timing and skill. You captured it perfectly.

LaRee
Jan 17, 2008
    Awesome!
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