Bren Dyer: Well done Cjf2...great image and a well deserved win
Thanks Bren,I'm glad you stuck it out with the hosting.
Fabulous photo. I've never seen such regimented rows of trees.
Well I liked it!
I had this down as the winner. It really screams "cliff!" The climber's pose really makes the shot.
Great entry for this challenge. I must go there one day myself.
Searching: Don't know how this could win first place, the composition could be way better than this.
The way to have influenced the outcome was to have either entered a better picture or to have voted but I see from your profile that you did neither. You've only entered one challenge and have never voted. It is a shame that you come to our celebration party and make grumpy comments.
Thanks everyone for the once comments. Well nearly everyone!I'm looking down a valley and the train had (off to the right of the frame) passed away from the camera on the other side of the valley before turning left over a viaduct and left again to come back towards me. It was very windy and this was the only location at this time of day where the steam was not blowing over the sunny side of the train. I have a shot taken a moment later as a 24" x 30" print on my office wall at work. This was a scan from an original 10" x 8" print and I'm surprised how much detail has come out.
OttoVonChriek: Gettting such a good shot after being thrown about the skies is no mean feat!
Do I get Brownie points for guessing that's the A1 you're flying over?
Glad you liked it. It was good to get it out of the back of the cupboard after all these years. No brownie points though as it is not the A1, it's the M40. We were flying from Booker aerodrome near High Wycombe in south east England.
SigmaChrome: Great shot!
Thank you. It is not often you can get to see a crossing there as the scheduled trains don't stop and it is miles from a road. We were on a special train and could get out to catch the moment.
Saleen1999: Nice HDR. Not too much. Just right amount.
Agreed. Great image.
Great image that I think would win a slightly different challenge.
Love the composition. Well done.
An impressive beast nicely lit against a pleasingly dark background.
An interesting composition using an interesting object.
I agree with Ruth. Is it taken in Bulgaria?
Thanks both. It is one of a pair of Robins nesting in Ivy on the wall near my front door. It's on the gate where it pauses to look for danger before flying back to the nest.
The host has responded by pm to say that it is OK to submit pictures taken on fixed focal length (prime) lenses of 200mm or more. It does not have to be taken on a zoom lens.
A well deserved winner. Well done.
T bird: This is too good it isn't fair.
But not good enough to bet the very good winner! Glad you liked it T Bird.
Thanks to everyone who commented on Curious Kitten. I was going to respond to the comments after the voting but it has now been disqualified as it appeared to the host "as 'point-and-shoot' that gives the impression that little thought went into taking it," so I guess I can't.I can see that the features I like, the tight cropping, the processing (in particular the heavy grain on the background that I thought echoed the skin of the nose and the marks in the eyes) were not appreciated.