I guess you needed a drone!Without a way of getting a higher viewpoint I think it would be best to forget the sky and roof. Either retake with camera angled down slightly or crop this to remove the roof and sky.
Nice composition and colour
Congratulations on the win, Bill. Mind you I have no idea what the upper man is doing or why he is doing it!
Yes this was my favourite for this challenge.
Congratulations on your podium finish, Bill.
gbdz: You need to be a bit lucky to get a shot like this as well.Congratulations.
You should see all the ones that get deleted! It certainly isn't a subject that many would have succeeded with in film days.
Steve Throndson: Excellent capture! Congratulations on first place. Babies will be happy that lunch is on the way. Sushi?
Thanks Steve. I'm glad I'm not a Puffin. I'm not a great fan of fish and certainly not cold and raw.
Steve Throndson: cjf2 - I forgot to thank you for all the votes you've cast. More voters = better Challenges. Thank you for doing your part!
Thank you for prodding me in the right direction!
jaykumarr: excellent shot... i liked the detail in web of feet.
I did not know the Tamron150-600 can be this much good. How would you compare this lens with 100-400mm mk-II
I've never used the 100-400II but I hear good things about it. I did have the original 100-400 which I used on a 50D and 7D but replaced it with this Tamron to get some more reach when I bought a 5dMkIII. The lens is great for stationary birds but less so for flying ones though as you can see from this it is capable of good flying shots though it with the 5D does not have a very high success rate in my hands. I swapped to using the 400f5.6L which is a great lens but of course it is a bit short for a full frame camera.
mingleby: How do you get notified on photo contests? I always just see the winning entries... I have lots of good birdie shots that would've wiped the floor with the competition! :-)
You have to go looking. See the Challenge menu accessed from the far right of the row of white font words at the top of al the screens. You wan to select challenges open for submission and also announced challenges which give you warning before they become ready to accept entries.Good luck but hope you don't beat me!
Vandyu: Fantastic shot. I was surprised to see how many small fish this one bird captured to carry home. Everything just comes together in this one.
Yes they don't catch them all at once they can hold them with their tongues whilst fishing for more. Some mouthfuls are better than others so the aim is to get an attractive mouthful and a bird that drops into a burrow at medium distance.
Trevor Carpenter: The unquestionable winner, beautiful
Thanks Trevor, I like your Nuthatch and was interested to hear your method. That might be something to try for these Puffins. Have you been to the Farnes? The season is about to start and I've decided on a long weekend in June so avoid that the weather will be awful!The Nuthatch was the bird that got me into bird watching bit I've never got (or even tried) to get a flight shot.
Sean65: Great shot. I'd have been laughing too much to capture that one!
To the eye they are moving so quickly you don't see what the wings are doing until you look at the picture. Any tim spent looking at the pictures on the camera means many missed opportunities so evenings are spent deleting lots of rubbish pictures. This day I pretty much only got this one worth having.
Well thanks very much everyone for you kind words. It is hard not to love a Puffin and that have everything a photographer could want - cute looks, carrying fish visibly back tot he nest and relative approachability. The main problem with flying puffins carrying fish is that they are a target for gulls who harass them in the air and on the ground to try to get them to drop their fish. They therefore fly in an erratic manner like bomber aircraft trying to evade fighters and so they are hard to keep in the frame and in focus. They come over an area of many nest burrows but of course the photographer has no idea which one any bird is aiming for so much time is wasted following ones that never get near you whilst others drop near your feet unnoticed!The head on spread winged shot was one I saw in a forum on this site and it was this that persuaded me to give it a try. It is quite easy to go to see them on an island group a mile of the English coast. It just takes time, money and patience.
This was surely the best image in the challenge.
A very worthy winner.
Mine was the 5 star vote as I really liked this and it was my favourite in the challenge. It fitted the theme better than the ones above it. I liked the colour balance but maybe the filter was not to everyone's taste. Anyway well done.
cjf2: A great moment captured. I hope no-one was hurt in the making of this picture!
Like the customer being right you have to accept that we are judged by the voters so we need to learn what they go for. I kind of knew the George Shuttleworth motorcyclist - make me smile picture would do badly but I like it a lot. It's too British a joke though and the voters come from all over the world.It is also funnier if you've seen him in real life as he looks like a painting of something from 1950s England and when he rides the motorbike he does so incredibly slowly as a joke about the speed demon epithet. The voters have not seen this and I knew it, so I've only myself to blame. The one I cannot understand is this one of a Kitten. http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=831550It has several votes of virtually all scores. It clearly fits the challenge as something beginning with K and I love the close cropping and the processing (which annoyingly I've forgotten) but the voters as a group gave it the thumbs down. I tried it later in b&w and it didn't do much better!