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  Mini#14 Best of 2007
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Grebie -- Pied-billed Grebe       ©2008 rschofield
Panasonic DMC-FZ20       1st place, 432 points
1/320s, f4, ISO 80, 432mm, Normal Program, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Levels, minimal cloning, shadows/highlights, USM       Extra Info: Taken shortly after dawn 9-Feb-2007 at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Florida
 
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rschofield
Jan 24, 2008
    Thanks, Plebian.


I agree with your comment and would have preferred more space at the top and bottom. If I ever develop enough post-processing skills to extend the photo up and down I will. (Those ripples are my main nemesis.)


As I mentioned in my other comments, I was taking shots of this grebe as he/she paddled around, dove under to get food, and surfaced again at any random spot on the water. When it reared up it filled the frame and I was lucky to get both it and its reflection without cutting one or the other off.


Plebian
Jan 24, 2008
    Congratulations on your win rschofield! Framing is a bit tight on the top and bottom but still a fine image! Wonderful lighting!

imontobbio
Jan 21, 2008
    Congratulations! Great shot. I love the composition so much.

LindyB
Jan 21, 2008
    Congratulations! I'm delighted for you! A stunning shot and a very well deserved 1st place!

liamb
Jan 21, 2008
    congratulations. a well deserved winner.

rschofield
Jan 20, 2008
    Thank you all. I am both honored and humbled.


There were so many great entries...I hope that 'The Best of...' becomes an annual affair.


I am so glad that this was a MiniChallenge so that I don't have to come up with the topic for the next challenge! :)


tinosa
Jan 20, 2008
    Congratulations! This was my #1 at first glance.
A beautiful capture in every way !

aprilesole
Jan 20, 2008
    Contratulations! WOW BEST of the BEST! What a list of fabulous photos and what a great thrill to be number 1!
A great shot!!!

Image-Anne
Jan 20, 2008
    Congratulations!! Beautiful shot, well deserved!!

magich
Jan 20, 2008
    Congratulations rschofield!
A well dederved win!

Rino

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rschofield
Jan 20, 2008
    Thanks all for your very kind comments.

wangi
Jan 20, 2008
    Right light, right moment - great shot.

out_of_focus
Jan 20, 2008
    wow... such a lovely shot.. sunlight alone lifted this shot to 2nd place from 20th in my voting..

Uloo
Jan 20, 2008
    Brilliant reflection !! TT

johnimage
Jan 20, 2008
    Terrific composition and, you captured personality too!

Maike13
Jan 19, 2008
    Great capture. Love the colours and reflections. Unfortunately with so many great entries, ridiculously small details are separating those shots in my TT from those in my 10-20. In the case of this shot, the framing feels just a little wrong. I think the duck and it's reflection are better suited to a vertical frame, instead of the horizontal one used here. Crop the left and right of the present shot so it becomes 3x4 (instead of 4x3) and it probably makes my TT.

Old Finn
Jan 19, 2008
    Thatīs a good take, perfect timing, nice reflections in the water. In my TF

spragers
Jan 19, 2008
    Amazing timing on catching the reflection on the otherwise still water!

Hiho
Jan 19, 2008
    Beautiful shot! Perfect timing of flapping away in the water.

ccapon
Jan 19, 2008
    Excellent shot!! I love the detail in the reflection, the light, the movement, everything!
My #1

dodrizzt
Jan 19, 2008
    Great lighting and composition, got a top shot :-)

LindyB
Jan 19, 2008
    With so many excellent entries, this challenge is a very difficult one for voting. I struggled terribly to decide on my top ten. This shot was the exception. I had no hesitation to make it my #1 favourite. It is an awesome capture and simply stunning! Well done!

Raghu
Jan 19, 2008
    I know this beginner! Lovely image and definitely in my TT.

audiredred
Jan 18, 2008
    Beautiful capture, the backlit wings/body and reflections really set it of well. High in my tt..good luck

pixpixie
Jan 18, 2008
    This picture is very interesting to me. I like how you've captured the moment and I believe it was hard to do. I like the lighting and the rings in the water. Nice job!

rschofield
Jan 18, 2008
    Thank you all for your kind comments. Here is a little background.


When taking bird photos, I almost always use high-speed burst mode because one never knows what those little critters are going to do next. If you know these grebes, you know that they are constantly diving for food before surfacing for a brief moment. In this particular case, I was trying to capture the grebe with the reflected rising sun in the background.


It was only when I was back home going through the shots of that morning that I found that because of burst mode I had managed to capture Grebie (as my friends have nicknamed him/her) flapping and shaking lots of little water droplets everywhere. After much thought and discussion with some professionals, I decided that these droplets were distracting and cloned them out. It's too bad because I wanted to keep the image as near as could be to the actual moment. In any case, I was very pleased with the final result.


Now that my post processing skills are a little better, I may go back and try accentuating the water droplets so that they add to, rather than distract from, the photo.


tinosa
Jan 18, 2008
    Outstanding capture ! The perfect reflection, backlit wings, and ripples on the calm water. Beautiful.
Definitely in my top 3.

RolandB
Jan 18, 2008
    Excellent use of backlighting and a teriffic capture.

broph
Jan 18, 2008
    Beautiful image and reflection.
One of my favorites.

magich
Jan 18, 2008
    Great shot! The more difficult conditions, the best the results (when the shooter is skilled).
Nice subject, nice reflections, nice lightening effect. I like that overall soft look too.
Great capture.
In my first draft list! Good luck!

nrgaudet
Jan 18, 2008
    Great colour, great reflection. Really well done photo.

liamb
Jan 18, 2008
    wow...This is magnificent! Very well captured and a shot we would all like to take :)

kankushok
Jan 17, 2008
    That light is wonderful. It really makes the shot.

LaRee
Jan 17, 2008
    You worked the light extremely well in this image. Excellent camera work!

citymars
Jan 17, 2008
    Wow, terrific photo. A really interesting subject -- I don't think I've heard of the grebe! Good clarity, but the outstanding feature is the beautiful light. I like that the subject is backlit but still visible (i.e., not a silhouette). Good luck!

aprilesole
Jan 17, 2008
    Awesome and you were so lucky to be at the right place at the right time. EXcellent Capture! BEST! In my TT~!
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