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Expressions In Flight
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Expressions In Flight
Expressions In Flight
70-300mm... late morning...

© Jill A. Johnson
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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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    This is really pretty!

3/30/2005 5:29:41 AM

 
Kelly Abernathy
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Beautiful capture! -K

3/30/2005 5:40:19 AM

 
Casey A. Hanson
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Wonderful shot, Jill!

3/30/2005 5:44:25 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thanks so much for viewing & taking the time to comment Carolyn, K & Casey... I appreciate that...

Jill :)

3/30/2005 5:49:45 AM

 
Judith G. Secco
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Nice action shot, Jill.

3/30/2005 5:55:37 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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Awesome capture Jill!!!!!!!!!!!!

3/30/2005 6:31:04 AM

 
Stephen F. Methot

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Great capture, Jill! The eye is tack sharp. Well done.

3/30/2005 7:01:17 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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Wonderful detail, Jill. :)

3/30/2005 10:52:59 AM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
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Beautiful Jill Nice Close Up!!

3/30/2005 4:55:37 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thank you all Judith, Charlene, Stephen, Kathleen & Terry for taking the time to view & comment... I do truly appreciate that...

Jill :)

3/30/2005 6:56:37 PM

 
Carol Brill
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Now that is close, Jill, you can almost hear what he's thinking! Terrific capture of wing action and feather detail!

3/31/2005 12:51:36 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thank you Carol I appreciate your viewing & taking the time to comment...

Jill :)

3/31/2005 4:24:31 AM

 
Debra Booth
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Excellent capture, Jill!

3/31/2005 6:01:47 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thanks Debra...

Jill :)

3/31/2005 7:55:54 AM

 
Bill Houghton
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Jill
Congratulations on being chosen finalist. Great photo.

4/21/2005 1:25:20 AM

 
Wong Chek Poh
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Great capture. Congrats.

4/21/2005 1:35:31 AM

 
Janet L. Skinner
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This is awesome, Jill!!! Congrats!

4/21/2005 2:35:59 AM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats, Jill!

4/21/2005 3:07:36 AM

 
Deb Holmes
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Beautiful capture Jill, Congratulations on your finalist!

4/21/2005 4:32:51 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thank you everyone...
now if anyone can tell me why out of 4 duck flight photographs posted for March did the one I feel had the least in it's offering get a finalist and the other 3 not??? I am so confused... do they only allow you one per month in the catagory??? I don't believe so I see others have more then one... ok I guess I have a sad feeling this morning on contests...
had a photograph ready to post but feel like hummmmm it's a duck & flight and I already have more then one entered for April so maybe I best save until next month... sigh...
sorry I should know better contests are not what makes a winner print...
oh well... sigh...

4/21/2005 4:34:57 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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4/21/2005 4:37:46 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Congrats on your finalist! They is still the winners to come! Keep your head up high! Your great at what you do!

4/21/2005 5:10:39 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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Jill, I was wondering the same thing. But BIG congrats! This is an awesome photograph!

4/21/2005 5:29:29 AM

 
Casey A. Hanson
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Jill, I'm happy to see this here! I understand your frustration, as I've had several images that I thought were worthy but they didn't share my opinion. We've all been exactly where your at. One thing it does for me, it's made me better! I get more determined than ever to do better than my best! You go girl! Congrats on a wonderful image:0)

4/21/2005 6:04:39 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thank you three Linda, Laura & Casey for the kind words...
although frustration is something that with time will pass is nice to know that it's not just all in my head...lol
but not good to hear you feel that frustration too...
again thank you...

Jill :)

4/21/2005 6:16:40 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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Quack, Quack, Quack..........!!!
That's "congratulations" in duck..:-)

Bob

4/21/2005 6:28:24 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Congratulations Jill!!

4/21/2005 6:38:49 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thank you both Bob & Kara...
Bob you speak duck very well...lol
perhaps you can come along with me on Sunday to horicon marsh & talk the ducks into moving in the right positions for my shots... heheeheee

Jill :)

4/21/2005 7:05:37 AM

 
Jack Nevitt
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Contest judges, what do they know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. All of your images are GREAT. I think I hear the wings flapping on this one. How on Earth did you get sooooooo close?

4/21/2005 7:16:33 AM

 
Tom Andersen
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Congratulations on this fantastic finalist, Jill!

I don't know how the judges come up with their picks, but I too have had some of my favorites ignored. Such is life I guess, but please don't let it get you down! Just continue to post your wonderful images and let our comments serve as your reward and any prize will be a bonus!

4/21/2005 7:25:51 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thank you so much Jack...
Jack I have been a duck fan for oh gads hate for my age to show here...lol oh wait lets just say sense I was about 12 years old...LOL
my family are great wildlife lovers & hunters... I could never shoot a gun so my daddy got me a camera...lol
anyways I spend alot of spare time even steal time... days of it...lol
to go view & enjoy the ducks & geese... so over the years I have learned some spots very well and know just where they fly in at and how to be there when and if they fly in... still some luck to it some would say but I like to think of it as a big challenge... but it's all been worth it... I still always leave after a few hours or the day with them not getting one really great shots of flight but still feel very pleased... they are amazing & fun... oh gads that gal can ramble... lol sorry...
anyways it's just about checking them out and working like them... well in a sense... LOL
again thank you for you kind comments Jack I do appreciate that...

Jill :)

4/21/2005 7:25:58 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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oh gads... Tom looks like we crossed in space...
I do so understand what you are saying because on most days that is how I go about all this... but sometimes we just get frustrated... gads what a waste of emotion... sigh...
okaz I will move back to just enjoying the fact that other photographs find my work well done...
again thank you Tom I so appreciate that...

Jill :)

4/21/2005 7:29:41 AM

 
Lucia De Giovanni

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Wonderful! Congratulations Jill!

4/21/2005 7:56:32 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thank you so much Lucia...
Congrats to you too...

Jill :)

4/21/2005 8:08:12 AM

 
Jack Nevitt
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Looks like she's taking off I see beads of water in the picture. What lens were you using?

4/21/2005 8:34:44 AM

 
Stephen F. Methot

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Congratulations on making the 'Finalist' selection. I've always liked that shot and it deserves regognition.

4/21/2005 8:44:37 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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First and foremost Jill let me send a huge congratulations. Your pictures more than likley competed against each other. If you look at all the finalist there are not usually two winners of the same animal from the same person. I do know from listening to different judges they have preferences just like everyone and some of the very best photos are sometimes overlooked. If you really feel strongly about it post them again. I know someone that posted the same picture 3 times and the last one won First Place! Go figure

4/21/2005 8:45:36 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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she was up for maybe a mintue when this shot was taken Jack... every move for some time from the water into flight they seem to carry water beads...I have flight shots where I am following them in air for over 3 minutes and still have alot of water beading on the breast and falling into air...
as stated above I was using the Nikon 70-300mm...
had some misfortune in the past & am rebuilding over $25,000 in photography equitment so really am shooting with just the basics right now... but as photographs we all learn that we can do wonderful things even with the simplist of equitment... but the toys sure are nice...LOL

Jill :)

4/21/2005 8:46:07 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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oops sorry Donna we crossed in space...
first off thank you for taking the time to help me with my frustrations...
well I don't think that should matter about who submitted the photograph.,,it doesn't matter in flowers or macro's or a couple other catagories I see several people that get more then one finalist & have even seen them get more the one in place...
but your right they are the judges of this contest... I held my own & all mine won... LOL LOL
am feeling better about it all really... is because of your nice words & others that make me remember winning is not why I post... so I will move out of that wasted emotion of frustration on this and just keep on showing the best I can...
again Thanks Donna!!!

Jill :)

4/21/2005 8:52:41 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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gads double sorry Stephen I so got reading Donna's post and didn't realize you had commented... sorry...
thank you for taking the time to do so I do appreciate it...

Jill :)

4/21/2005 8:55:33 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Congratulations on your finalist, Jill, for this marvelous capture!
-Debby

4/21/2005 10:17:50 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thank you Deborah...
congrats to you & everyone for all your great postings...

Jill :)

4/21/2005 10:40:25 AM

 
Karen Bacon
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Congratulations Jill on this wonderful capture!

4/21/2005 11:03:03 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thank you Karen...

Jill :)

4/21/2005 2:21:50 PM

 
Kate Jackson
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I have really enjoyed reading all these amusing responses and your passionate replies. But hey Jill I have just looked at your gallery and every one is a finalist!! Have you deleted all the ones that didn't make it? If so, had you thought that your fans might prefer the other ones that didn't make it? It's great that you know these ducks so well and I shall certainly return to your gallery to catch up on them. Ohh congratulations!!

4/21/2005 2:30:19 PM

 
Debra Booth
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Congratulations, Jill!

4/21/2005 2:41:50 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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LOL Kate... yes I have managed to get a finalist every month sense I started here at BP... I only place them in the gallery area because it only allows you so many there... but someone was telling me that I can place my current work & then take them off of display as I have new ones... so I will maybe try that in the future...
thanks so much Kate for following up with your comments...
thank you Debra...
I truly appreciate both you & Kate taking the time to comment...

Jill :)

4/21/2005 3:39:25 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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Kate ok I think I got the thing figured out so I have some current a I think one extra from the past placed in there well not a duck but hey we can't all be ducks... LOL
again thanks for your comments :)

4/21/2005 3:53:39 PM

 
Dan J. Holm
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WHOA!!!! An INCREDIBLE catch and a gorgeous capture, Jill!!!! Much deserved CONGRATULATIONS on this truly exceptional Finalist!

4/21/2005 5:34:42 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thanks so much Dan... do appreciate your wonderful comments...
congrats to you on all your wonderful work too :)

4/21/2005 5:44:51 PM

 
Marie Fields
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Congratulations on this AWESOME finalist, Jill! Love it!

4/21/2005 7:24:23 PM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Congrats on this wonderful finalist, Jill!!!

4/21/2005 8:35:39 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thank you Marie & Jim... it's so appreciated...
it's all BP memebers words that say it all... I so apprecaite the on going support...

Jill :)

4/22/2005 4:43:40 AM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Jill, after staring with amazement at the curvature of the wings in this capture, I came into your discussion thread and read from top to bottom...
My thoughts:
A.) CONGRATULATIONS! TOTALLY DESERVED!
B.) Tom A. said it VERY well around 7:25 AM Thursday. Maybe we should all have a needlepoint sampler of his words made up, and hang it over our computers. ;)
C.) CONGRATULATIONS! TOTALLY DESERVED!!!

4/22/2005 7:00:43 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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thank you so much Mary...
and yes you are right Tom has the best way of thinking... you all make me feel that alot of my work are Winners..
more important then judges who view for a short period and move on...
I usually try to keep that outlook and am glad that frustration has past...
again thank you so much Mary...

Jill :)

4/22/2005 7:44:43 PM

 
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