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  #131 Opening/s
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Guardian of the Cave       ©2013 ysal
Panasonic DMC-FZ150       2nd place, 139 points
1/1300s, f4, ISO 200, 177mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Adjusted exposure, saturation and sharpness with PS Elements.       Extra Info: None
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Sep 6, 2013
    Very well done. Congratulations!

Sep 3, 2013
    Congratulations on a great finish. What a beautiful sight to see, let alone have the opportunity to photograph.

Sep 2, 2013
    Wow, thank you so much for your votes!!!! I did not expect this.

Thanks to you all, I learned a valuable lesson during this challenge. I shot several shots of this subject this day. I then selected what I thought was the best and applied PP on my small laptop and entered it in this challenge. After reading some of your comments, I went back and reviewed all my shots on a good large monitor and, to my horror, I realized I did not select the best of the bunch to enter in this challenge. There were others where the bird was in better focus and the entire shot better exposed. I will have to remember to do all my editing on a real monitor in the future.

Sep 2, 2013
    Wow! Only 2 points from hitting #1. Congratulations!

Jade O.
Sep 2, 2013
    A Pair of thirds now followed by a pair of seconds - we all know what should be next! ;-) Congrats!

Sep 2, 2013
    Congratulations - Well done.
Edited on Sep 2, 2013

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Sep 2, 2013
    What a lovely photo. So tranquil and wonderful for the theme.

Old Finn
Sep 2, 2013
    Very nice, my first choice.

Sep 1, 2013
    Great choice of subject for the theme, however, a larger DOF would have been a way to get good focus on the bird and rock formation.

Jade O.
Aug 31, 2013
    This would easily have made my top picks if 1) the heron(?) were in tack sharp focus and 2) the background rock wall wasn't so overexposed.
Edited on Aug 31, 2013

Aug 31, 2013
    well spotted and used to interpret the challenge

Aug 30, 2013
    Great finding and perfect caption! Brilliant!

Aug 30, 2013
    Is that a Blue Heron? I like your composition, just think needs a little more pop.

Aug 30, 2013
    Nice capture and well titled. I think the photo would have had more impact with a tighter crop.

Aug 30, 2013
    I'd suggest a tighter crop, especially from the top. Not sure how you trained the heron to stand in exactly the right spot but it's perfect even if a little fuzzy. In my top picks for sure.

Aug 30, 2013
    Nice capture and good contrast. The bird is well defined.

Aug 29, 2013
    Even though the Heron is slightly out of focus, the concept and composition is first rate. In my top 5.
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