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  Mini#22 Best of 2011
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Angel Wings       ©2012 rafinmelb
Nikon D300       1st place, 212 points
1/6410s, f5.6, ISO 400, 300mm, Aperture Priority, Center Weighted Average, no flash
 
Post-Processing: crop/rotate, tonal adjustments, sharpen, vignette,       Extra Info: None
 
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Adirondack Gal
Jan 11, 2012
    Congratulations on your top finish! This image is stunning!

Lo
Jan 10, 2012
    Absolutely beautiful and worthy of #1

doto
Jan 10, 2012
    Indeed very special and a worthy winner. Makes all those hundreds of shots trying to get the bird in flight worth it. Our sages say that if you toiled and achieved - believe in you achievement.

mrsawyer
Jan 10, 2012
    An enviously beautiful shot. Congrats on the win!

rafinmelb
Jan 9, 2012
    Thanks all. I may never manage a better bird shot, but I will keep trying.

wrosenthal
Jan 9, 2012
    Congratulations on a fine win!

Jade O.
Jan 9, 2012
    Still classic and a well deserving winning image. Maybe we could persuade you to enter the Challenges again?

drivingback
Jan 9, 2012
    Congratulations Raf! Well deserved being the best of the best! Cheers!

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Ronoz
Jan 9, 2012
    Great backlit shot, well done & a TT

Mepo
Jan 9, 2012
    Absolutely wonderful shot and it's great to see it again. I didn't notice the bit of eye (complete with highlight) you got in until I saw it this time - fantastic!

rafinmelb
Jan 8, 2012
    Thanks all.

Forkcandles, this is a white tern not a gull. The terns move even faster, which is why this is one out of hundreds of shots attempting to get the terns this way. Most of the hundreds are rubbish, many of them with only bits of tern in shot. a couple are OK and this one grabbed me.

Much easier when they are still
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ambaker
Jan 8, 2012
    The light coming through the feathers makes this image something extra special. I could easily see this in a gallery or in a magazine. My top score this round.

Jade O.
Jan 7, 2012
    Remember the story of this one and have to agree, this is a fine fine shot - one of those that comes along only once in a very long time. My no. 4.
Edited on Jan 7, 2012

wrosenthal
Jan 7, 2012
    The translucency of the wings makes this shot for me. Nice to see it again.

elliott
Jan 7, 2012
    great shot that audubon would have loved.

forkcandles
Jan 7, 2012
    When I saw this or similar earlier I tried it with the local swans when they fly as i can't get a focus quickly enough for the Sea gulls. Nice to see it again.

JaneyKay
Jan 6, 2012
    Splendid!
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