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Red-winged blackbird
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Red-winged blackbird
Red-winged blackbird
f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, focal length 135 mm. Enhanced and cropped (I wish I had a longer lens) in PictureProject and PSE 3.
Spring is here! Yesterday this Red-winged blackbird was singing so beautifully at Crown Hill Park in Wheat Ridge, CO (thank you so much, BP member Cary Rogers for directing me there!). This morning I woke up to another layer of snow on the ground. Spring in Colorado...

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Dominick M. Dimacale
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    Great image and colours here, Elvor.

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2/26/2008 5:08:08 AM

 
Anna M. Halasz
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Beautiful image. Anna

2/26/2008 5:14:20 AM

 
Kathy L. Clark
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This is really beautiful Eivor. Wonderful color and composition. I like the distance you have on this image as the bird stands out in stark contrast to the lovely wheat field. Very well done.

2/26/2008 5:15:12 AM

 
Cyn D Valentine
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Beautiful image...wonderful detail and color!!

2/26/2008 5:43:22 AM

 
Michael S. Lazarus
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Eivor, I really think you have done a terrific job on this one. I think everything is in the correct position and I love the field's color tones in stark contrast to the birds plumage. Very nice (think EP and beyond).

2/26/2008 6:25:08 AM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Thank you, Dominick, Anna, Kathy, Cyn, and Michael!

2/26/2008 8:20:18 AM

 
Susan Heath
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What a wonderful capture! Lovely sharp detail and color. Well done.

2/26/2008 10:07:36 AM

 
Wanda B. Anderson
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Great capture, Eivor! Love the composition and the way the bird pops out against the lighter colored bkgd.

2/26/2008 11:04:19 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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great colors, clarity & pov!

2/26/2008 1:35:37 PM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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Beautiful capture with great bokeh!!

2/26/2008 3:17:15 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Eivor,beautiful capture of that blackbird on those cattails.Red wings are rare down here.Sad to hear about that snow,near 80 degrees all this week for us!!!!!!!!

2/26/2008 3:41:44 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Beautiful tones/colors, detail, & dof here, Eivor!!! Seperb job on this, my friend!!!

2/26/2008 5:02:09 PM

 
Ellen L. Zaslaw
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Striking

2/26/2008 5:38:24 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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FANTASTIC, Eivor!!!!! Wonderful details and lighting!!!!!! ♫ k

2/26/2008 7:21:06 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Eivor - Wonderful composition, colors, lighting and details! I guess that makes it a great shot! - Mike

2/26/2008 7:40:10 PM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Thank you, Susan, Wanda, Tiia, Ronald, Robert, Patrick, Ellen, Kitty, and Mike!

2/26/2008 7:44:40 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Beautiful!
Such a lovely composition!
--Lisa

2/27/2008 4:38:05 AM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Thank you, Lisa!

2/28/2008 9:14:01 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Just great, with the dark bird against the gold. Couldn't be better.

3/6/2008 12:10:59 PM

 
Bill Houghton
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This is just beautiful Eivor. A great shot. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my goose shot. I sincerely appreciate it. Bill

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Bill Houghton

3/18/2008 1:36:55 PM

 
Mitch Spence
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I love this shot, Eivor, and I'm so pleased to see it among the finalists.

3/22/2008 12:09:53 PM

 
Michael S. Lazarus
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Congratulations Eivor on your finalist here. I had that feeling about this one. Let's see what happens now :-)

3/22/2008 1:08:33 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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WOWIE!!!!!
congrats, Eivor, on this beautiful finalist!
Good luck!!!
~Lisa

3/22/2008 1:12:20 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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A big congratulations,Eivor!!!!!!

3/22/2008 3:54:40 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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WHOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!
BIG congrats on your finalist, best of luck in the next round!!!

3/22/2008 4:43:39 PM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congratulations!!!

3/22/2008 5:36:20 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Congratulations!

3/22/2008 6:08:57 PM

 
Ken Smith
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Super job, Evior! Congrats!!

3/22/2008 6:56:49 PM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Thank you all for your congratulations! This was so exciting, getting a finalist for the first time. A wonderful surprise after a busy day with skiing and egg coloring.
Michael, you were so right in your first comment.

3/22/2008 7:24:38 PM

 
Cyn D Valentine
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Congratulations Eivor!!

3/23/2008 7:17:08 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your finalist Eivor!!

3/23/2008 12:54:56 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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congratulations!

3/23/2008 1:31:59 PM

 
John Connolly
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Marvelous color and detail here Eivor! Congratulation on your award!

3/23/2008 2:17:43 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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HEYYYYYYYYYYYY, EIVOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your first finalist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am thrilled for you my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ENJOY the thrill!!!!!!! It is a great feeling, eh?

3/23/2008 4:30:19 PM

 
Dianna Murphy
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Congratulations

3/23/2008 8:33:38 PM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Thank you, Cyn, Donna, Tiia, John, Patrick, and Dianna, for your congratulations!
Yes, Patrick, it's a very great feeling with the first finalist!

3/23/2008 9:31:19 PM

 
Birgitta Brostrom
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Congratulations Eivor on your finalist here! Very beautiful capture!

3/24/2008 12:53:39 AM

 
Hendrik Storme
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Wonderful finalist! Big congrrats Eivor!!!

3/24/2008 2:53:54 AM

 
Cary Rogers
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Hi Eivor, and CONGRATS! A wonderful capture with great image composition, visual contrast and nice colors! I can (and often do) spend hours out at Crown Hill Park with all the great things to point a camera at out there! Congratulations again!

3/24/2008 10:49:10 AM

 
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Eivor.
CONGRATULATIONS in this wonderful photo.
YSA

3/24/2008 4:09:02 PM

 
Reynaldo D. Reyes
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Congratulations on this awesome finalist. The details are clean and sharp on this well composed shot. Very impressive indeed!

3/24/2008 10:10:00 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Eivor - Congratulations! - Mike

3/25/2008 5:23:33 AM

 
Michael G. Marshall
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Congratulations on your finalist Eivor! A beautiful image! - Michael

3/25/2008 9:14:09 AM

 
Kathy L. Clark
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Congratulations Eivor on your awesome finalist. I loved this when I first saw it. Way to go....

3/25/2008 10:06:23 AM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Thank you, Birgitta, Hendrik, Cary, Ysa, Reynaldo, Mike, Michael M., and Kathy!!

3/25/2008 8:24:51 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Outstanding capture, Eivor! I love everything about it. I've been enjoying looking through your gallery; you have so many wonderful wildlife photos. If I were a BP judge, this wouldn't be your only finalist, and there would be GOLD badges, too! :D

4/1/2008 6:59:52 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Congratulations Eivor on your finalist!! Awesome capture!

4/2/2008 9:27:41 AM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Thank you, Colleen and Rakesh, for your kind comments!

4/2/2008 8:16:03 PM

 
David A. Simons
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Evior, congratulations on being photo finalist. It's a beautiful photo.

4/4/2008 12:06:19 PM

 
Ivan Jensen
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Nice composed, it deserve at least a 2 place,among the competitors.

4/7/2008 2:00:47 PM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Thank you, David and Ivan, for your kind comments!

4/8/2008 5:23:33 AM

 
Anita Bower
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Lovely! The contrast of the red, yellow and black of the bird agains the soft tans of the grasses helps the bird stand out and provides lots of interest. I think the focal length of your lens worked really well here.

4/14/2008 3:48:16 PM

 
Raymond Pauly
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Lovely capture with great composition.
Congratulations on your finalist.

5/24/2008 10:49:29 AM

 
Robert Baer
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wonderful image and colors. congrats on your finalist!

5/27/2008 8:06:03 AM

 
Joni Earley
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This is a stunning shot! These birds' songs bring back such wonderful early childhood memories of living near a park and lake in Northwest Denver and seeing this photo reminds me of how beautiful they are. Great job!

10/18/2008 8:18:41 AM

 
Kathleen M. Rinker
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Fabulous image Eivor, love it!!

3/23/2009 12:14:54 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Super capture and setting. Very nice

4/5/2009 3:55:17 PM

 
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This is gorgeous, I love everything about it.....red wing blackbirds are one of my favorite birds to photograph. Although, I have not many chances to do that!

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