This was my favourite. Not an animal you see in pictures every day and a nice setting too. If I may be so bold I think I'd crop a bit more off the right hand side to give it relatively further to go in the frame if you know what I mean.
CO Boy: Very nice! Should have placed higher.
Thank you. I'm glad you appreciate it.
RuthC: What a beautiful, delightful and unexpected capture, cjf2, and it deserves a top place in this 'Nature's Early Morning Light' challenge. I really like the serenity of the image, its warm sunlit colours and the joy of knowing that there are still beautiful scenes such as this in today's troubled world. Ruth :-)
Thanks Ruth,There was low cloud and there was a glorious moment when the sun hit the group briefly after a dull start. I took a series of pictures but on all most of them one or more birds would be in an odd pose as they preened. I like the way the light reflects off the ripples onto their feathers.
Great series, Steve. Some stiff competition but I liked yours as it was such a clever idea not just a record of something that was observed.
Thank you. It was a splendid sight. The woman in the picture was one of the many volunteers who's spent July to November 2014 putting out 888,246 ceramic poppies in the moat of the Tower of London.
A worthy winner. I love the treatment.
It is definitely not a Pochard or any type of duck or goose. Isn't it a Common Moorhen? See example here:-http://jean.michel.peers.oiseaux.net/common.moorhen.2.html
I really liked this one. It deserved to place higher.
Steve Throndson: Wonderful photo! The expression is pensive, perhaps sad, and very human-like. Nice BW conversion too.
Hi Steve. He's in the wild in Uganda so don't fear he's sad due to being stuck in a Zoo. He's one of a "habituated" group that is visited by tourists every day (when they can be found!). This one is known to be very tolerant of visitors. He was just looking around completely uninterested by those odd hairless apes that visit each day and for just two frames out of many he looked straight into the camera.You aren't supposed to look them straight in the eye as it is seen as a threat but the camera hides the photographer's eyes.
Mirra Alwin: Awesome !!!
Glad you liked it.
Glad you liked it. He looks right into your soul.
I'm glad you all liked it. The sun is just in the right place for one of the Santa Special and Mince Pie Special trains that are run around Christmas on the Severn Valley Railway. The trouble is the sun is not out that often here in England in winter!
Thanks both. He does rather look into your soul doesn't he?
Nice shot. I thought this was a top 10 at least. I guess most non aircraft enthusiast voters preferred flying aircraft even though an aircraft on the ground was allowed.
Now THAT was green! Well done Percy!
I had this down as the potential winner.
I loved this. I suppose the background is less scenic than some entries but I like the quality of the image and the different lighting of the boat and background. Could you clone out the pale obstruction in the bottom right to stop the distraction?
Great photo. I had it in the top three. I suppose the winner had the scenic background more emphasised but the low angle and narrow depth of field of yours makes a great image. I hope my wife doesn't read the story though or she'll be worrying about him!
This is certainly a true high key picture which so few of the entries were.
This was my favourite. I've tried, unsuccessfully, to get such a picture but you have really nailed it. There were so few true high key pictures in this challenge and clearly this should have been placed much higher.