Great combination of colours in make up and scarf. Could have won but it was a strong week.
Great picture in a week of tough competition.
I love the lighting and her expression.
This was my favourite. Great composition and processing.
The Mick: I can't imagine getting a shot like that... great skill!Congratulations cjf2!Mick
Hi Mick. Fire up your imagination and plan for next year. Looks like you are on the East Coast of the USA and there are terns up in Maine so maybe there is somewhere you can go up there in the breeding season - June and July. Looks like there is at least one island with boat trips with many of the species we get here in the Farne Islands where this was taken. http://www.boldcoast.com/msi.htmOnce you are there it's just a matter of pointing the camera at the birds and pressing the shutter!
These Sandwich Terns nest in a compact colony in the middle of a Pufffin Colony and the wind was in a direction that led them to hover on landing at a suitable distance. It was too dull for darker birds so I spent some time on these.
Thanks Babalu, I'm really pleased this one won. It took a lot of work to cope with the contrast between the sky and the shady parts of the black steam engine in the foreground.I also like it in sepia and white but it was a shame not to see the colour in the trees.It is a passing loop on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Steam Railway.http://www.durangotrain.com It is a 60 mile long railway which as you say is single track. There are up to 4 trains a day in the busy season so there is a need for passing loops. The near train is a charter train for mainly English photographers and it is in the loop allowing the service train to pass. You can't get to this spot except on the train or with a very long walk but the railway has lots of easy photo locations and plenty of trains to photograph.
Great picture. You can almost hear and smell Paris! How did you prevent them reacting to the camera or are the French less camera shy than most?
Great shot, Steve. One day I must try taking snow flakes myself. You are told as a child that is what they look like but I've still never seen it for myself.
I'm not sure I want to look closely at leaves if this sort of creature is hiding there! Well done with so many good entries.
Wow that got you close!
Thanks Percy2. Next year I'm hoping for some sunshine!
Thanks. You're from Texas and I dare say you may not used to how bad the light can be in Northern England! A bit of flash made a heck of a difference. If you look at my picture of the much paler Sandwich Tern in the wings challenge that finished the same day you can see similar light without flash. Congrats on your win.
I really liked the composition and the feel of the processing.
Terrific Tyre Title
Thanks both. I had hoped it might win but I do like the winning shot too. I added a blurred vignette which really added to the appeal I think. Other than that it is just a magic monument captured for all time.I'm not heavily into rallying and this driver was not known to me. I was disappointed that my shot of Sebastien Loeb, no 9 times world champion, in a similar car was not as good. He retired and this driver, Sebastien Ogier has taken his place at the top but driving a Volkswagen. I'm now pleased I got him just before he became the star. Who'd have thought two Frenchmen, both called Sebastien could be both so dominant in rallying one after each other.
Just got back from a holiday without internet. Nice to see this won. There seem to have been plenty of grim faces in the Tour this year already.
Great interpretation of the letter Q!
Lovely picture, great colours.