Fall Flying

© Pamela K

Fall Flying

Uploaded: November 17, 2004


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!


Karma Wilson November 17, 2004

WOW WOW WOW! GREAT JOB! So clear and lovely! One of your best.

Karma #189346

Pamela K November 17, 2004

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

Pam #922444

Sharon Day level-classic November 17, 2004

Totally outstanding, Pam!!! I love the color, framing and mountains in the background. Just excellent! #922447

Pamela K November 17, 2004

Thank you, Sharon!!

Pam #922451

Wendy M. Amdahl level-deluxe November 17, 2004

WOW is right Pam...excellent! I love the background in this one and the colors. Superior capture indeed! #922546

Robert A. Simpson November 17, 2004

Soft Sailing along. The BGD I love also adds to the great image. Nice JOb! #922552

Dan Holm level-classic November 17, 2004

Wow! Awesome shot, Pam! Excellent in every respect! #922583

Paul Michko November 18, 2004

Pamela, What am I going to do without my socks now. This is absolutely breath taking. Magnificent job. #922680

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict November 18, 2004

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

-Debby #922734

Kenton L. Elliott November 18, 2004

Excellent shot, and your final little treatments done to perfection. Fantastic work!!! I love it. #922813

Barbara Kehoe November 18, 2004

This is totally wonderful. It looks beautiful. #922851

Tammy McAllister November 18, 2004

Wow! This is beautiful! Lovely capture! #923144

Dorothy Neumann November 18, 2004

Wow, Pam, this one is really nice! The lighting is perfection, and your composition is great, too! #923184

Pamela K November 18, 2004

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 #923325

Gloria B. Wood November 18, 2004

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! #923351

Pamela K November 18, 2004

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 #923365

Julie Abston November 18, 2004

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!!!!! #923446

Pamela K November 18, 2004

Thank you, Julie!!!!

Pam #923470

Peggy Wolff November 18, 2004

Breath taking Pam! I love the lighting on his wings and that amazing background of the mountains. He is crystal sharp as well. #923591

Marcie A. Fowler November 18, 2004

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!! #923607

Pamela K November 18, 2004

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 #923622

Judy S. Fung November 18, 2004

Breathtaking shot, Pamela! Nice work. #924003

Pamela K November 18, 2004

Thank you, Judy!!

Pam #924019

Greg McCroskery level-deluxe November 19, 2004

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 #925846

Pamela K November 19, 2004

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 #925879

bob cornelison November 22, 2004

Well when I saw this I was going to say wow...but everybody beat me to it.
~:O) #930527

Pamela K November 22, 2004

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

Pam #931519

Eric Highfield level-deluxe December 15, 2004

Congratulations #2!!! Well done, Pam! #974489

Pamela K December 15, 2004

Thank you again, Eric!!!

Pam #974614

Jim Kinnunen level-deluxe December 15, 2004

Fantastic image Pamela!! Congratulations!! #974622

Pamela K December 15, 2004

Thank you again, Jim!!!

Pam #974630

Tammy McAllister December 16, 2004

Beautiful shot...congratulations Pam! #975204

Diane Addonizio level-classic December 16, 2004

Congrats, Pam! #975411

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict December 16, 2004

Congratulations on this awesome finalist, Pam!

Best Wishes,
Debby #975677

Patricia A. Kuniega December 16, 2004

You hit the jackpot with this location! Congratulations on this fantastic finalist! Good luck Pam! #975707

Barbara Kehoe December 16, 2004

congrtulations Pam #975714

Pamela K December 16, 2004

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 #976764

Judy S. Fung December 16, 2004

Congrats, Pamela! #979122

Pamela K December 16, 2004

Thank you, Judy!

Pam #979642

Mette Vendelboe Allison level-classic December 17, 2004

Just wonderfully composed! Congrats and good luck! #980667

Pamela K December 17, 2004

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

Pam #981136

Sharon Day level-classic December 17, 2004

Congratulations Pam!!! Outstanding image! Good luck! #981709

Pamela K December 17, 2004

Thank you, Sharon!!!

Pam #981723

Pamela K December 19, 2004

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 #986781

Pamela K December 19, 2004

ok, that lost a little too much sharpness. Here's a version with USM applied.

Pam #986785

Melissa L. Zavadil May 15, 2005

What a fabulous shot! It makes me feel like I am flying with this bird!--such a neat perspective! #1355757

Pamela K May 15, 2005

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

Pam #1355889

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