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  Mini#20 Best of 2009
Entry 13 of 45
let's get the flock out of here       ©2010 elliott
Olympus E-620       13th place, 59 points
1/160s, f7.1, ISO 200, ?, Creative, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: contrast and little saturation, crop, resize, denoise.       Extra Info: i got a few good shots as this storm cell approached. it came up so quickly from the northwest that it took many by surprise. beachgoers didn't see it coming till it blotted out the sun. then they all started to scramble. but i liked (and most who have seen this photo) this one with the boat and flock of birds trying to outrun the approaching storm front.
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Jade O.
Jan 11, 2010
    elliott, I see you tally your anticipation in the same way I do. It's fun to guess where we are placing by the number of comments though if you look, you'll see the number of comments in this Challenge weren't a sure indicator of placing. Honestly there is nothing I think your image needed more that some sharper definition in the details (focus, shake, or just limitation of the reach of the lens, I can't tell.) Still one of those images which any of us would be pleased to have captured. Who knows what you'll get this year!

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Jan 11, 2010
    few hours left before voting ends. i see overall commenting is around 300 so i don't feel like this is going to make top ten in a field of 45 entries. but on the good side i'm really happy with the comments alone. i have worked a few different versions of this and unfortunately this is pretty much how it looked. if i lightened the cloud tops, detail went away. if i fooled with contrast, noise would appear. i haven't tried bw yet but may when i get home. on the good side, it does do big very well so i may have this blown up. it was fun to post something not governed by theme. thanks again. el
Edited on Jan 11, 2010

Jan 11, 2010
    Being in the right place at the right time gives us those special pictures, in my top 10.

Jan 10, 2010
    What this photo may lack in technicals it MORE than makes up in the feeling it gives. Excellent use of being at the right place at the right time... and with a camera :) Good luck.

Jan 10, 2010
    wow what a way to be in the right place at the right time. TT~! GL

Jan 10, 2010
    Wonderful shot, great caption and soo funny!
This is a perfect example for the reason why we all are carrying cameras with us all the time! Great picture!

Jan 9, 2010
    Woah! That is one scary looking cloud. Yikes! Congratulation on capturing this image. The birds and boat add to the story. Nice.

Jan 8, 2010
    Scary looking storm. I'd run too.

Jan 8, 2010
    Oh my goodness! It looks apocalyptic! Great catch. :)

Jade O.
Jan 7, 2010
    A clear top ten placing in my list, the drama and unique aspects in the photo are extraordinary, but the lack of sharpness and definition (the elements appear blurred a little with sort of a water colour effect) and somewhat flat lighting keeps this from being my top pick. [Edit] Still worthy of my no. 7 vote simply because the others ahead I thought were technically near perfect.
Edited on Jan 9, 2010
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