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Michele Rossi level-addict 3/20/2012 1:51:46 AM

Fantastic #1450710

Aernout Zevenbergen 3/20/2012 8:08:34 AM

Very nice! #10046299

Debbie E. Payne 3/20/2012 9:28:19 AM

Very nice, Dale. Love the eye! Are you now back from your most recent travels??? #10046381

Dale Hardin 3/20/2012 9:29:23 AM

Michele and Aemount, thanks so much. #10046384

Dale Hardin 3/20/2012 9:31:04 AM

Thank you Debbie. Yes, just returned last night and had to get at least one image ready for the Phellos. :o) So far, am loving the new camera but have so much more to learn. #10046388

Teresa H. Hunt 3/20/2012 10:25:44 AM

Wow!! Love this Dale :) Look at those lashes #10046437

Rita K. Connell level-addict 3/20/2012 1:48:46 PM

cngrat on the EP looks really great glad to see you are back. I must have missed what kind of camera did you buy. #10046667

Rita K. Connell level-addict 3/20/2012 1:50:03 PM

the POV is wonderful on this. #10046668

Jeff E Jensen 3/20/2012 1:56:48 PM

Very nice, Dale! Welcome back.

Dale Hardin 3/20/2012 2:45:16 PM

Thanks a bunch Teresa.

Rita, thanks. The camera is the new Sony A77.

Good to be back Jeff. Will start catching up as soon as I'm able to review the shots I took while in Arizona. #10046715

Anthony L. Mancuso 3/20/2012 5:05:08 PM

Excellent shot Dale...welcome back!! #10046849

Jeanine M. Bailey 3/20/2012 5:14:25 PM

Welcome back Dale!! I thought I had posted on here earlier today!! LOVING this shot!!! #10046858

Michael Kelly level-addict 3/20/2012 6:42:46 PM

I really love the filled frame and the great detail on this shot. Wonderful DOF too. This is an outstanding shot! Glad you beat the snow home. #10046959

Beth Spencer level-addict 3/20/2012 7:58:49 PM

Welcome Back! I missed you. I love the lines in this one and the eyelashes are fantastic!! #10047062

Dale Hardin level-addict 3/20/2012 8:56:05 PM

thanks so much everyone. Had a great time visiting our daughter in their new home. Will be going back often. The first day there, they took me to a local zoo so had a chance to play around with my new toy. Here is another shot taken that day. #10047154

Stephen Shoff level-addict 3/20/2012 9:03:04 PM

Impressive #10047173

Dale Hardin level-addict 3/21/2012 9:54:07 AM

Thanks Stephen. Took this while seated at a little show they put on at the zoo. This is hand held using a 16-50, f/2.8 kit lens. #10048008

Dale Hardin level-addict 3/21/2012 9:54:07 AM

Thanks Stephen. Took this while seated at a little show they put on at the zoo. This is hand held using a 16-50, f/2.8 kit lens. #10048009

Michael Kelly level-addict 3/21/2012 3:49:46 PM

Dale on the bird in the hand shot, I might reduce the saturation a little bit. Nice angle. Of course I love kestrels. I don't know if we are going to get ours to nest here this year or not. They are around but don't seem to be inclined to moving #10048449

Dale Hardin level-addict 3/21/2012 4:07:14 PM

Thanks for identifying this bird for me Mike. I'd forgotten the name even though it was mentioned at the show. I missed the flying shot because I wasn't prepared. #10048491

lisa anderson level-addict 3/22/2012 6:48:08 AM

I love this photo, even more bigger. I love the whiskers and the dof. #10049259

Aimee C. Eisaman level-addict 3/22/2012 8:08:22 AM

So glad you are enjoying your new camera! :~) I love your first post!!! Beautifully framed, although I would have suggested cloning out the stray white hair on the black, but it seems I'm too late to the party and you already entered it. Beautiful detail on the bird! #10049331

Dale Hardin level-addict 3/22/2012 9:27:58 AM

Thank you Lisa. Visited your gallery and noticed the places you've filmed. Would love to go their sometime.

Aimee, I'm liking it more and more each day. Couldn't resist posting the shot on BP because I haven't entered much during the last two months. Need to get back in the habit. Thanks for the positive take on the zebra. #10049412

lisa anderson level-addict 3/23/2012 7:33:58 AM

Thanks for visiting my gallery, Dale. I need to do some more work on it. One of the reasons I want to get better at photography is to take better photos of the places I visit. I recommend them all :) where did you get the zebra shot? #10050667

Dale Hardin level-addict 3/23/2012 9:10:10 AM

Lisa, this is just to let you know that I know it shoud be "there" and not "their" LOL!! Darn spell checkers.

Would like to hear more about your visits and how you happened to go there. (got it right that time) We'll have lots of time to talk as time goes on with the club. Welcome aboard.

The Zebra shot was at a local zoo in Surprise, Arizona, where I was visiting our daughter. #10050762

Peter W. Marks level-addict 3/23/2012 3:21:02 PM

We don't get many of those stripey horse things where I come from Dale. A very unusual viewpoint and I like it friend.
And a belated welcome home. #10051102

Dale Hardin level-addict 3/23/2012 4:30:20 PM

Thanks Peter. Good to hear from you. Have done a few more and will post them on my blog tomorrow. There are some images from that shoot already there. #10051175

Aimee C. Eisaman level-addict 3/25/2012 8:32:41 AM

Just got back from you got some great shots...nice detail. The tiger looked so bored with you. Reminded me of a snooty model! lol Very cool that they allow people to pet the giraffes. Did you? My favorite shot so far other than this zebra shot is the headshot of the giraffe with the great bokeh in the background. :~) #10053400

Dale Hardin level-addict 3/25/2012 8:53:46 AM

Thanks Aimee. All zoos in this area have giraffe feeding pellets for the tourists. Have a few shots of my daughter also. She loves it.

The tiger was a bit bored and was hiding. The part that intrigued me was getting the shot through the wire fence without it showing. Couldn't have done that with my old lens. #10053423

Phyllis A. Houghton level-addict 5/1/2012 8:36:56 PM

Congratulations on your terrific close up finalist, Dale. #10117077

Dale Hardin level-addict 5/1/2012 10:37:39 PM

Thanks Phyllis. #10117360

Jeff E Jensen 5/2/2012 5:19:04 AM

I'm smellin gold on this one, Dale! #10118013

Vicki Hunt 5/2/2012 5:19:12 AM

great image! #10118014

Carla Capra level-addict 5/2/2012 6:55:49 AM

Congratulations, Dale.
An outstanding image. #10118365

Debbie E. Payne 5/2/2012 7:08:02 AM

Congrats on your Finalist, Dale. #10118420

Emile Abbott level-addict 5/2/2012 7:55:34 AM

congrats on this superb finalist, Dale. #10118613

Dale Hardin level-addict 5/2/2012 8:15:41 AM

Thank you everyone. Much appreciated. #10118693

Patricia A. Stalter level-addict 5/2/2012 8:21:27 AM

Hope your trip to Morro was good! Sorry I couldn't get away to meet you. Next time, ok?
This is great. Good luck. Anyone besides me wonder what happenend to March? #10118722

Dale Hardin level-addict 5/2/2012 8:32:28 AM

Hi Patricia, thanks for commenting. The trip to Morro went great except I sure could have used your know how of the area because I never did find access to the dunes and will definately be going back to try again.

It's all spelled out in my blog at You may have to go to the archives to find it 'cause I've added a few posts since then. #10118768

Wm Nosal 5/2/2012 10:48:00 AM

Beautiful Shot, Dale!
Congratulations #10119096

Dale Hardin 5/2/2012 2:20:36 PM

Thanks WM. #10119436

Aimee C. Eisaman 5/2/2012 5:11:52 PM

Horray...I know this is one you are proud of...very happy to see this in the phinalists!!!! Congrats! :~) #10119711

Dale Hardin 5/2/2012 5:23:38 PM

Thank you Aimee. #10119746

Beth Spencer 5/3/2012 2:45:02 AM

Congratulations! #10120389

Dale Hardin 5/3/2012 9:27:41 AM

Thanks Beth. #10121004

Michael Kelly level-addict 5/3/2012 1:20:31 PM

Guess the judges agreed with my original assessment of this one - congratulations Dale! #10121256

Dale Hardin level-addict 5/3/2012 2:42:00 PM

Thanks Mike for bending their ear. I need all the help I can get. :o) #10121368

Inge Linden level-addict 5/4/2012 3:26:37 AM

Wonderful,Congratulations! #10122036

Dale Hardin level-addict 5/4/2012 8:10:59 AM

Thank you Inge. Would like to see more in your gallery. What I saw was very good. #10122404

Merna L. Nobile 5/6/2012 2:33:16 PM

Well here we are, through thick and thin. It is a joy to be able to be supportive and to congratulate each other for another month of magnificent photographs during May, 2012. I send all of you my very best, Merna Nobile #10126529

Teresa H. Hunt 5/6/2012 3:36:07 PM

Congrats on your Finalist Dale!! :) #10126624

Dale Hardin 5/6/2012 3:59:52 PM

Thank you Merna and Teresa. #10126652

Laura L. Gonzales 5/12/2012 10:31:19 PM

Congratulations Dale on this beautiful finalist! It has been a real treat to visit your gallery again my friend. Excellent work and most beautiful images! :) #10135358

Dale Hardin 5/13/2012 8:25:11 AM

Thank you so much Laura. As you can see, your habit of filling the frame finally began to sink in for me. :o) #10135633

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Exposure Time: 1/320 F-stop: f/5.6
Focal Length: 300.00

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/320 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 300.00 mm, Model: SLT-A77V

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