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Fall Flying
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Fall Flying
Fall Flying
A Sandhill Crane soaring over the yellow cottonwoods in front of the rolling New Mexico foothills; Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico; f4.0 1/400s at 70.00mm with telephoto extender, handheld; Cropped slightly and enhanced in Photoshop; Feedback greatly appreciated!
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Karma Wilson
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    WOW WOW WOW! GREAT JOB! So clear and lovely! One of your best.

Karma

11/17/2004 9:00:30 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Karma! I'm really proud of this one... the sun and cranes were cooperating really well today!

Pam

11/17/2004 9:06:33 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Totally outstanding, Pam!!! I love the color, framing and mountains in the background. Just excellent!

11/17/2004 9:13:28 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Sharon!!

Pam

11/17/2004 9:15:51 PM

 
Wendy Amdahl
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WOW is right Pam...excellent! I love the background in this one and the colors. Superior capture indeed!

11/17/2004 10:43:22 PM

 
Robert A. Simpson
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Soft Sailing along. The BGD I love also adds to the great image. Nice JOb!

11/17/2004 10:49:24 PM

 
Dan J. Holm
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Wow! Awesome shot, Pam! Excellent in every respect!

11/17/2004 11:59:38 PM

 
Paul Michko
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Pamela, What am I going to do without my socks now. This is absolutely breath taking. Magnificent job.

11/18/2004 1:35:34 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Magnificent image, Pam, great capture of the bird flying into the scene and beautiful background as well, awesome!!!

-Debby

11/18/2004 3:01:29 AM

 
Kenton L. Elliott

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Excellent shot, and your final little treatments done to perfection. Fantastic work!!! I love it.

11/18/2004 3:47:32 AM

 
Barbara Kehoe
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This is totally wonderful. It looks beautiful.

11/18/2004 3:58:07 AM

 
Tammy McAllister
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Wow! This is beautiful! Lovely capture!

11/18/2004 5:11:40 AM

 
Dorothy Neumann
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Wow, Pam, this one is really nice! The lighting is perfection, and your composition is great, too!

11/18/2004 5:25:36 AM

 
Pamela K
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  Flying High -- Original
Flying High -- Original
Same as "Flying High" without any Photoshop adjustments.
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Woah! Thank you, Wendy, Robert, Dan, Pablo, Debby, Kenton, Barb, Tammy, and Dorothy!!!!!!!!!
I really appreciate all your support and detailed comments!

Kenton, thanks! I had to use a little unsharp mask because the bird's head was slightly out of focus (shallow DOF with my telephoto extender) and just a touch of contrast enhancement. I'm glad you like what I did!

Here's the original if you're interested.

Pam

11/18/2004 6:00:32 AM

 
Gloria B. Wood
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Hi Pam,
I hope it's not tooo late to say I love this shot too! This looks like a winner to me...it is sooooooo outstanding! Is it ok to say that it looks like a winner?...I do that occasionally, when that is what I think!!! AND THAT IS WHAT I THINK RIGHT NOW!

11/18/2004 6:08:28 AM

 
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Thanks so much Glo! I don't mind at all! (How could I?)

I was just looking at my gallery, and I hope that the judges this month like birds (especially cranes)!! Maybe I should branch out a bit, just in case....

Thanks again,
Pam

11/18/2004 6:12:05 AM

 
Julie Abston
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Another "WOW" from me!! That is just the first thing you think when seeing this stunnning image!!! The whole image is so very gorgeous! You should be extremely proud of this!!!!!

11/18/2004 6:35:03 AM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Julie!!!!

Pam

11/18/2004 6:42:37 AM

 
Peggy Wolff
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Breath taking Pam! I love the lighting on his wings and that amazing background of the mountains. He is crystal sharp as well.

11/18/2004 7:51:09 AM

 
Marcie A. Fowler
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WOW!! What an amazing image. Your slight adjustments just perfected an already fabulous image!! Your timing was perfect on this Pamela!! Gives the feeling of flying along with the crane. The background is simply breathtaking. BRAVO!!!!!! You ought to frame this one and sell it!!

11/18/2004 8:08:23 AM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Peggy and Marcie!!!

I actually have some cards and matted pieces for sale at the Bosque del Apache... Maybe I'll add this one... My poor little 2.1 megapixels won't let me go much larger than 8x10, though... Thanks for the vote of confidence, Marcie!

Pam

11/18/2004 8:23:35 AM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Breathtaking shot, Pamela! Nice work.

11/18/2004 12:59:20 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Judy!!

Pam

11/18/2004 1:16:34 PM

 
Greg McCroskery
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Pam,
Congratulations on this wonderful image! Even the unprocessed original is a great capture. I shoot with an Olympus E-1, and I would love to capture a shot like this -- it once again goes to show that it's the photographer that really counts!
God Bless,
Greg

11/19/2004 7:45:09 AM

 
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  Typical Panning Shot...
Typical Panning Shot...
Does it even matter? That was a Sandhill Crane, though...
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Thanks so much, Greg!!! (You should have seen the ones that got away, though....)

Here's what most of my shots that day looked like...

Pam

11/19/2004 8:06:33 AM

 
bob cornelison
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Well when I saw this I was going to say wow...but everybody beat me to it.
~:O)

11/22/2004 12:58:13 AM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Bob!! I don't mind hearing it again... :)

Pam

11/22/2004 8:41:28 AM

 
Eric Highfield
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Congratulations #2!!! Well done, Pam!

12/15/2004 10:59:27 PM

 
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Thank you again, Eric!!!

:-)
Pam

12/15/2004 11:22:43 PM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Fantastic image Pamela!! Congratulations!!

12/15/2004 11:24:15 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you again, Jim!!!

Pam

12/15/2004 11:25:47 PM

 
Tammy McAllister
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Beautiful shot...congratulations Pam!

12/16/2004 3:49:09 AM

 
Diane  Addonizio
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Congrats, Pam!

12/16/2004 4:20:32 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Congratulations on this awesome finalist, Pam!

Best Wishes,
Debby

12/16/2004 5:09:52 AM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
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You hit the jackpot with this location! Congratulations on this fantastic finalist! Good luck Pam!

12/16/2004 5:17:26 AM

 
Barbara Kehoe
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congrtulations Pam

12/16/2004 5:21:06 AM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Tammy, Diane, Deborah, Pat, and Barb!!!!! Pat, I love going to the Bosque del Apache when the cranes are there! I highly recommend a visit to anyone interested in photographing wildlife.

:-)
Pam

12/16/2004 9:06:11 AM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats, Pamela!

12/16/2004 5:29:41 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Judy!

Pam

12/16/2004 7:47:42 PM

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison

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Just wonderfully composed! Congrats and good luck!

12/17/2004 5:21:26 AM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you Mette!!! The bird was very cooperative!

Pam

12/17/2004 7:25:39 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Congratulations Pam!!! Outstanding image! Good luck!

12/17/2004 1:37:47 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Sharon!!!

Pam

12/17/2004 1:42:53 PM

 
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  Fall Flying - Different crop
Fall Flying - Different crop
Fall Flying cropped a little differently and the background despeckled in Photoshop. What do you think?
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Ok, I'm thinking about re-entering this in December. Here's what I've come up with so far. What do you think?

Pam

12/19/2004 1:41:46 PM

 
Pamela K
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  Fall Flying - new crop and sharpened
Fall Flying - new crop and sharpened
A little USM applied and a different crop from the original.
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ok, that lost a little too much sharpness. Here's a version with USM applied.

Pam

12/19/2004 1:47:23 PM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
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What a fabulous shot! It makes me feel like I am flying with this bird!--such a neat perspective!

5/15/2005 8:16:00 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Melissa! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Pam

5/15/2005 11:33:48 PM

 
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