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  Mini#22 Best of 2011
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You lookin' at me?       ©2012 rschofield
Panasonic DMC-GH2       8th place, 108 points
1/320s, f13, ISO 800, 846mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Noise Reduction, crop, levels, unsharp mask       Extra Info: I waited and waited for this American Bittern to look directly at me -- they look cross-eyed when they do so. Just as I snapped this photo a Common Green Darner (a species of dragonfly) decided to perch on the bittern's beak. Perfect!
 
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LaRee
Mar 6, 2013
    Just caught this on the sidebar. What an AWESOME shot! I love it!

brown04
Jan 12, 2012
    Fantastic shot!!! I'm finally at the airport with time to look at Main.

Adirondack Gal
Jan 11, 2012
    Congrats on your finish! This just goes to show you..... You have to be in the right place at the right time! (and the timing was perfect! LOL!)

Jade O.
Jan 9, 2012
    Congrats on your top ten finish! (Personally, I think this has great qualities and frankly, I really like a lot of your stuff hence you stand out for me as one of the "better" Panachallenge photogs. eg. I consider "Ready..Set..." and, "With a nod to Andy", particularly memorable for me, and no denying the quality in your Best of 2007 and Best of 2008 entries. Consistent quality and frankly I don't see how the voting seems sometimes to rank you below where I think you should be. That said, I don't know how big a Bittern is but to me the tip of the beak and Darner's head seem "soft" and unsharp. Just my impression. But your wildlife shots still have a mark of someone who knows what he's doing. These are not easy by a long shot. And I am flattered by your votes. All votes count equally but votes from those whose work we admire mean a lot.) Wish we could see you in every challenge!

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rschofield
Jan 9, 2012
    Thanks, all, for your comments.

I don't happen to agree with Jade O. that the dragonfly is out of focus. At f/13 everything within a foot of the bird's head would be in focus. It might be the gossamer wings that give you that effect.
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mrsawyer
Jan 9, 2012
    What fortunate timing! Did the dragonfly pay the "ultimate price" for being a camera hog?

Zooker
Jan 9, 2012
    Well captured !
Did the dragonfly easily carry its prey away !

Old Finn
Jan 8, 2012
    A really lucky take and well executed. In my favorites.

Jade O.
Jan 7, 2012
    Extraordinary shot! Now some will not agree with me, and I'm sure you will get a number of votes but I find the dragonfly out of focus and so, instead of a two subject image I feel I have one subject with one distracting element.

Lo
Jan 7, 2012
    Awesome shot - your patience certainly paid off!

JaneyKay
Jan 6, 2012
    He/she does look slightly confused! Great colour ... thanks for your patience!

forkcandles
Jan 5, 2012
    You could wait a decade and still a picture like this doesn't happen .... Then oh boy what a knockout.
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