Well I liked it! I've rarely seen so poor a place from an interesting and fitting challenge entry. I had it in the top ten.
Thanks both ad hello Mick I've not seen you around for a while. It's in the cormorant family and there are species in both your home countries. This one is quite a slightly built species with all dark, glossy green plumage and the striking yellow bee skin around the bill and those green eyes.It is taken on the Farne Islands where very close approach to breeding birds is possible for a couple of hours a day. Breeding success is monitored and not affected by the visitors.
Wow that took some taking. Well done!
Nicely taken picture that fits the theme very well
Great behaviour well captured.
A very technically accomplished picture of a smart quail.
Great picture. Could win another challenge one day perhaps. I just love the feet.
Nice to see a Bee Eater with complementary colours of the flowers. Well done and thanks for sharing
Lovely picture of a lovely scene. I thought this would win.
Great picture capturing a special moment
thelenspainter: I'm not a fan of the processing. It's such a stunning scene, it doesn't need such heavy handed detail enhancement. There is no tonal contrast between the light and dark parts of the scene - my eye doesn't know where to go because everyt part of the scene is equally detailed. This is because it's almost all at more or less the same luminance. A more naturalistic approach would have worked better IMO.
If you look on page 44 of finished challenges you will find a more naturalistic version that might suit your tastes more.
I'm a little bit surprised that people never seen a moon during the daylight......
Indeed. And thanks.
cjf2: Great photo but what is that orange colour? Is it vegetation?
Oh yes. It looks almost like molten lava in this picture here.
This was one of my favourites. Should have placed higher, I think.
Great photo but what is that orange colour? Is it vegetation?
Great shot. I love the lighting on the trees.
Constantine e: stunning. what post processing was done?
I cleaned it up with Topaz Denoise and altered colour balance, contrast and detail/sharpness mostly in MacPhun Intensify. I can thoroughly recommend both programmes. The contrast range was very large (maybe a Nikon or Sony Sensor would cope better) and part of the clouds and valley side was still sunlit (despite the ill informed accusations below) and so was rather yellow compared with the cool shadow and sky.A different version can be seen in my old challenge entries. There was no restriction on processing or using a previously entered picture so I went for it.
Nandalal De: Wonderful Shot..Was it shot from another peak?
No it is from a famous viewpoint half up the valley side. It is with a 200mm lens so looks very different to the classic wider "Tunnel View" pictures.It is from the same place as a shot taken earlier in the day that was placed 17th in the Pine Trees and Mountain Top challenge that finished the day before.
alcaher: Excellent photo, well deserve first place.Cjf2, correct me if im wrong but i think you already won some challenges before with similar pictures of the same landscape?...which in any case it says alot about the great job you did there in Yosemite.
Yes it was a fruitful visit. Had a good range of lighting and atmospheric conditions and it is a rather good view. I've used this original before but it did fit the challenge perfectly and better than any other picture I had. It is quite a different treatment though.
JohninTexas: Very nice photo!