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Murry Grigsby 2/25/2003 5:26:05 AM

Love the colors and motion, Sharon. #24119

Sharon E. Lowe

Murry - thanks! Just glad I didn't drop anything down there! #59237

Joy Brown

Great shot, Sharon! #59301

Sharon E. Lowe

Joy - thanks! #59305

Jean-Francois Schmutz

I am a big supporter of this picture , Sharon

Bravo !

JF #59572

Sharon E. Lowe

JF - thanks so much! Lots of duck to eat.... #59581

Gerald E. Tracy

Sharon,great work! I know a great shot when I see it. Its the one that makes me say I wish I took that.Great work,Keep improving your quality of life. #59594

Sharon E. Lowe

Gerald - thanks. I can point you to them if you like! #59618

Gary Minish

Frenzy is certainly the word for what you feel when you view this photo! Very nicely shot and a great title! #59701

Sharon E. Lowe

Gary - thanks. Not exactly a cuddly animal photo! #59787

Mark Oxley

Teriffic capture Sharon, I love the motion you have managed to portray in this shot. Congrats making the finalists! #61870

Sharon E. Lowe

Mark - thanks! I was glad I had my camera with me that day! #61977

Murry Grigsby

Congrats, Sharon!! #62076

Sharon E. Lowe

Murry - thanks! #62170

Debbie S.

What a great capture ! Love the whirl of activity and splashes of color! Nice blur, without loosing whats going on. Congrats! -Debbie #62319

Sharon E. Lowe

Debbie - thanks! I just let the ducks do the whirling for me! #62403

lyn winans

Love this shot Sharon, congrats and best of luck !
lyn #62579

Cathy M. Gromball

Congratulations on finals, Sharon! Wonderful shot!

Cathy :) #62593

Sharon E. Lowe

Lyn and Cathy - thanks!! #62670

Dolores Neilson

OH my...this makes me feel almost claustrophobic!! I hate to be in the middle of this frenzy! Congrats on making finalist with this shot, Sharon!!! #62781

Gary Minish

Congratulations, Sharon! Very well deserved! #62873

Sharon E. Lowe

Dolores and Gary - thanks!! And to think I almost didn't submit this one because it wasn't a cute cuddly animal shot! #62946

Elaine M. Johnson

It is as if, one says… behave, someone is taking our picture! Congrats. #64081

Sharon E. Lowe

Elaine - thanks and yes, I agree with you - the one duck looks so regal compared to the others! #64129

Cathy M. Gromball

Congratulations on your Second Place win, Sharon!

Cathy :) #64266

Carolyn M. Fletcher

Congrats, Sharon!! #64371

Sharon E. Lowe

Cathy and Carolyn - thanks!! #64406

Murry Grigsby

Congrats again, Sharon!! Great color and action. #64493

Donna R. Moratelli

What a shot! Great work Sharon and Congratulations.. #64552

Elaine M. Johnson

CONGRATULATIONS! on 2nd Place! #64559

Sharon E. Lowe

Murry, Donna, and Elaine - thanks! And, thanks for taking to time to congratulate me - much appreciated!! #64587

Kerry Drager

Verrrry nice color-and-motion shot, Sharon! Congrats! Kerry #64720

Sharon E. Lowe

Kerry - thank you. Very nice of you to comment. #64727

Jean-Francois Schmutz

Big Bravo to my great co-student :)

JF #64728

Sharon E. Lowe

JF - thanks you very much! #64729

Bernard B. Travers

Congratulations, Sharon. #64904

Sharon E. Lowe

Bernie - thanks! #65115

Gary Minish

Way to go Sharon! Congrats on 2nd place! #65521

Sharon E. Lowe

Gary - thanks! #65621

Lisa Young

Congrats Sharon on second place. Didn't realize we both entered similar shots of duck's in a feeding frenzy. But,we took our shots differently, mine's a fast shutterspeed and your's is a slower shutter speed which is cool. Will have to try that next time I'm at our zoo. #66312

Bernard B. Travers

Sharon, my wife wanted me to tell you that this picture so reminds her of Thanksgiving around the table at our house.

GOOD JOB, AGAIN, LADY. #66317

Sharon E. Lowe

Lisa - great minds think alike but you would be surprised at the shutter speed on this one 1/125! That's how crazy they were!!

Bernie - thanks, thta's too funny! Thankfully, it isn't like that in our house but Christmas last year was - we had 17 family members staying in our house and eating Christmas dinner! And, of course, it helps to have a few vegetarians in the family to keep everyone from chasing the Christmas goose (or turkey or whatever!) #66347

Lisa Young

I looked at mine and it took 1/320th of a shutterspeed to freeze the water and duck action which just like yours the main ducks were mallards. :-) You sure you weren't next to me at the Denver Zoo when I took mine? ;-) #66357

Sharon E. Lowe

Lisa - I wish I was. I had taken my son and a friend to UMass Amherst to see what the campus was like. It was a frigid day to say the least - probably about +5F or so and there were *hundreds* of ducks (and a swan couple) on this mostly frozen pond. They followed us around but we didn't have any food for them. As we were getting ready to leave, a couple showed up with several grocery bags full of bread (I assume they went to the local store and got all the really old bread). As soon as the ducks saw them, they went into a frenzy and I pulled the camera out from under my coat and started shooting. It was on aperture priority and was set at f/16 so my inital photos were really blurry. But, I had the presence of mind to change it to f/8 and got some better shots, including this one. I asked the couple about their feeding habits and they said they came every Sunday to feed the ducks and swans - likely the only reason there were so many of them because it has been a very, very cold winter and most of the water fowl have disappeared around here - all our local ponds are basically empty of wildlife because they have been frozen solid for so long! And, I think I've spent more on food for the songbirds (and squirrels) this winter than I have on people food - a really bad winter here in the northeast; likely to go down as one of the worst in history. #66481

Lisa Young

You must have a slr then Sharon. I have a Sony DSC F707, so my highest fstop is 8 and I had 2.8 for my version and it wasn't cold for February either. :-) We need your snow to get out of the worst drought, according to the tree rings, since the 1600s. #66485

Sharon E. Lowe

Lisa - you're right - I have a Canon EOS D60 (Christmas present but already discontinued by Canon!!). With all the snow we have had this season (I think we're about 20 inches above normal but I could be wrong), we're still below normal precip - amazing....but, I also think we're not as bad as Denver so we'll keep dancing those Indian rain dances for you!! #66490

Many Feathers

Hi Sharon,

Glad you won on this fantastic shot!

I also enjoyed your description of how you took it. Always great to have that camera available. :-)

Congratulations!


MF #66658

Sharon E. Lowe

Many - Thanks! I'm sure your birds would never do this though - they are much too pretty!! #66663

Many Feathers

Aha Sharon,

Now you've inspired me to take a photo of their "feeding frensy". When a couple of them eat something sticky that they really like, like spaghetti or refried beans or oatmeal, they get it all over their beaks. I'm going to have to try a closeup of that with their beaks submerged under the food or something. Ha!


MF #66679

Sharon E. Lowe

Sounds like great subject matter for our lighting class with Jim!! Looking forward to seeing your birds with spaghetti all over their faces! #66682

Many Feathers

:-) Okey, Dokey, I have my first assignment...


MF #66685

Lisa Young

Yes, I was going to buy a D60 later this year, now it will be the 10D. Hopefully by the time I have the money to get one the wait won't be months. #66749

Sharon E. Lowe

Lisa - hope so too! I'm sure you will be happy with it and at least it is less expensive than the D60 was and has a better focusing screen. #66783

Lisa Young

And once I get it, I may ask what lenses worked for you. :-) #66889

Sharon E. Lowe

Lisa - happy to help - feel free to email me too (sharon@photosbysharon.com), anytime. #66909

Lisa Young

Thanks Sharon, added you to my address list as Sharon D60. :-) #66919

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