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Old August 23rd, 2006, 02:15 PM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
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Default Action or behavior of animals, creatures, (& carnivorous plants), of the wild!

Challenge, Action, Animals of the Wild, 2006_08 Wildlife Action Your image can have been taken on any date, all the way back to the beginning of the 20th century as long as you shot it!

They have to be of a quality approaching one might expect to be able to sell or show in a gallery.


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Old August 24th, 2006, 10:50 PM
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Default Wildlife Action 01

Here are my three

Titled: I'll show mama who's boss




Titled: Mama's the boss







Titled: Monkey Business




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Old August 26th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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Brian, I guess the big cats have to rough up the cubs! What are those chimps doing?

Dierk,

That is a work of art. It transmits to me more than the recorded image. It is tranquil but has risk, a path through life itself. The dead roots in the foreground attest to a cycle that requires death.

Those are my feelings when I look at your picture. Thanks for sharing.

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Old August 26th, 2006, 10:42 PM
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Sandpiper.

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Old August 26th, 2006, 11:41 PM
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Great shot Don,

I really like the tonalities of the blues and their correlation to the waves of sand. I personally would suggest exploring cropping the right side and bottom to the better balance the negative space of the composition with the action and body language of the bird. It might improve it, it might not, but it is only exploration I susggest.

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Old August 27th, 2006, 01:03 AM
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Great shot Don,

I really like the tonalities of the blues and their correlation to the waves of sand. I personally would suggest exploring cropping the right side and bottom to the better balance the negative space of the composition with the action and body language of the bird. It might improve it, it might not, but it is only exploration I susggest.
Thanks Sean,

I had considered cropping it - although I'm basically a "full frame" shooter this is often difficult with bird shots, particularly with these hyperactive critters where a tripod and careful composition is impossible. The problem cropping this image is the strong diagonal lines which fall reasonably well with the FF shot. If I were willing to vary the aspect ratio this would be easier, but here's a crop try and I think it works pretty well.

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Old August 27th, 2006, 01:21 AM
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but here's a crop try and I think it works pretty well.
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I really prefer the FF version, more depth, more environement, more space...
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Old August 27th, 2006, 01:22 AM
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Beautifull shot!
With what did you feed that bird, he really looks sick!
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Old August 27th, 2006, 01:55 AM
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Could even be wider! Do have others in the same series?

asher
I had the same thought - wish I had a little more room to the top and left. I have a few others but none have the nice clear diagonals.

Sandpipers have got to be the most frustrating birds to photograph. Gulls and Egrets sit quietly, move slowly, look at you, blink, and even pose. But sandpipers need ritalin - they're constantly on the move, usually a flock in unison, flitting this way and that, landing, digging, running, taking off - down the beach, back, all as one.

I don't understand this unison thing. Gulls do it too - I was down on the bayfront once and a flock of gulls swooped in, reversed direction, dipped, and all in unison shat - twenty splats on the street in front of me at the same time. How do they do this?

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Old August 30th, 2006, 03:02 PM
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Great Egret and California Vole

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Old August 30th, 2006, 03:11 PM
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Mike,

That's the CDC Egret. It's sampling the rodent population for ticks.

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Old August 31st, 2006, 05:37 AM
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Here is my contribution:

Hope this one qualifies as "of the wild", it surely was wild enough to try and eat my lens ;)


Caged

and another brief encounter, a crested Carima:


Too close

Both are full frame shots, no cropping in post-processing.

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Old August 31st, 2006, 09:37 AM
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Here's my entry, I initially thought of the title "Caught in action", or "Squeeze me until my .... break" ok a bit provocative, so i'll stick with the former!
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Old August 31st, 2006, 10:42 AM
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Wonderful, wonderful!

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Old August 31st, 2006, 11:55 AM
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A couple of images from earlier this year - couldn't help but join in the fun here (not for voting).

What A Day I'm Having! - Sculpin vs Pied-billed Grebe (Ding Darling NWR, FL):




Osprey Mating - Blue Cypress Lake, FL:



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Old August 31st, 2006, 10:36 PM
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Wow, I have too many pictures to choose from, so I'll try a couple from this year.
Sorry to bore those that have already seen them.


[
B]AFRICA - Kruger National park[/B]

THAILAND





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Old September 1st, 2006, 02:51 PM
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Anna's Hummingbird and Salvia

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Old September 1st, 2006, 03:01 PM
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Mike,

I rarely get jealous, but humming birds are one of my likes and so far, I never have my camera with me when I see one.

I love the iridescent green on the birds back. What lens, distance and speed?

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Old September 1st, 2006, 03:02 PM
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and how did you manage such a clean background?

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Old September 1st, 2006, 03:18 PM
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I'm glad you enjoy it. Perhaps I'll get a few other hummingbird shots posted.

The lens was a Canon 600 f/4 IS L with a 2x teleconverter. The distance was exactly at the lens's minimum focusing distance... I think about 17 feet. I think the shutter speed was 1/1,250 second, aperture f/8, ISO 800, with high speed flash.

The clean background comes from shooting 1,200 mm, f/8, from 17 feet away, with the nearest background objects about 75 to 100 feet behind the subject.

I shot this in the Kern Audubon Preserve during the hummingbird migration. This is what I was shooting when I contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

I'm working on getting a bunch of stuff put up on my website, so there should be some fun pics coming over the next few days.

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Old September 1st, 2006, 03:22 PM
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As near to perfection as one can get in this world. Bravo, Mike!

I have seen this bird, at the feeder just off the porch rail at my aunt's house in Glendale, Oregon, in June, 1989. More than one, and so unafraid from long use of that station, that we could sit on that high porch and watch, morning and evening.

Also observed the Rufous Hummingbird there.

This was out in the country, in a broad clearing two-thirds of the way up an immense hill, ringed round with fine, huge pine trees, a mini-forest owned by my aunt's daughter and her husband.

My mind is so full of bright images from that trip that I sometimes dream them in color, still.

Beautiful picture, Mike.
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Old October 11th, 2006, 03:01 AM
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Mike,

You've made a beautiful picture, of a beautiful bird.

And now for something completely different. One would suppose that a young bird would benefit from inconspicuous coloring, not this young coot as it was climbing back into the nest after a short swim:




The sad part of it is that none of the 5 chicks made it (probably eaten by a fish), but then the second litter of 6 all seem to have survived, sofar.

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Old October 11th, 2006, 03:21 AM
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And now for something completely different. One would suppose that a young bird would benefit from inconspicuous coloring, not this young coot as it was climbing back into the nest after a short swim:
It is beautiful. Lovely coloring about its head.
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The sad part of it is that none of the 5 chicks made it (probably eaten by a fish), but then the second litter of 6 all seem to have survived, sofar.
I hope the second set do make it. Would you have further photos of the coots to share?

I have seen coots many a time on the Barren River as it flows through Bowling Green, Kentucky. My husband used to take me fishing on it--or just to float over the shallow gravel bars of a bend of the river south of town. One morning a mother coot with 7 little sooty chicks in a line behind her swam past. Disturbed a small turtle sunning himself on a log, and into the water he went with a splash.

Scenes only in my memory--never recorded with a camera.

That's one of the things that's so great at OPF. Expert photographers show me images that call up others waiting in my head.

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Old August 10th, 2007, 09:20 AM
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Cottontail high tailing it! :)




Barn Swallow feeding young.




Northern Hawk Owl about to grab lunch.

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Old August 10th, 2007, 01:31 PM
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Cottontail high tailing it! :)

Barn Swallow feeding young.

Northern Hawk Owl about to grab lunch.
Jody,

Wonderful images. Excellent examples of good timing, after long times of waiting. One has to stay alert, especially when nothing seems to be happening. Well done.

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Old August 10th, 2007, 01:43 PM
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OK, the rest of us can just go home now ;)

Incredible shots Jody.

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Old November 24th, 2008, 03:09 AM
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Hi Jody,
'Superb' is an understatement. Your timing accuracy is unbelievable. That's the definition for 'action shot', I think. I'm really intrigued how you do it. Does it cost a lot of patience, or do you get lucky all the time?

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Old November 24th, 2008, 10:03 PM
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Title: Flight School 3

Walt Conley 2007

(also my first post to this forum)
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Old November 24th, 2008, 10:48 PM
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Walt,

This is a great way to start! Welcome and kudos on the shots. could you explain how you made the picture? You might also say "Hi" to the folks and introduce yourself in that Introduction forum! We like to really greet you!

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Old November 25th, 2008, 04:14 AM
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Unusual shot, Walt, and welcome! I really like the title as well!

I would also be interested in the details on how this shot came to be (location, gear, settings, etc.). Here at OPF, we stress posting to help the others in the forum learn more about photography, and benefit from each individual's approach, experience, etc.
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