This looked to be the winner to me. A great image from an unpromising starting point which was exactly the point of the challenge.
prymsnap: To cjf2: I do the bubbles outside on a partially enclosed porch. In my experience the best temps are 20F or colder. The day I shot this was on the warm side, low 20's. The colder the air, the more the crystals "crawl" up from the bottom. Pick a day with little or no wind and a time of day that affords strong backlight. I create the bubbles by dipping a straw into the bubble solution (lots of recipes online) and then blowing gently down onto the surface. Great fun.
Thanks. I guess here in the UK I'm going to struggle to get it that cold.Oh well you deserve some advantages for enduring that cold! I'm still wondering how to make dull wet weather look interesting.
Its the original scene and its reflection in a car bonnet then inverted isn't it?Nice shot, I placed it first.
That's clever. I've not seen a frozen bubble before. I see from your gallery you've done this before.Do you form it in a freezer or outside in a very cold place? What temperature do you have to reach for it to freeze in a spherical or near spherical shape?
Joachim Gerstl: "Great Shot!""It's supposed to be without the seagull in the frame.""In that case not so good."
Just joking. My favorite dialog from "The Lone Ranger".
A truly great capture!
I had to look the quote up. It's funny, I also sometimes have a quote or a song lyric suggested to me by a photograph. It really adds to the enjoyment of the picture for me.
I agree with the others. It has very good composition and lighting.Welcome to the challenges.
Great fun picture. I hope you've cleared up the mess by now!
Wilu: i think this is a cool picture. but photo bomb? were you really photographing a camera that was pointed at ...the empty sky?
Let that thought be a motivation to vote in the challenges! We need more logical people voting. You could have used the complain button and or voted it a low vote if you felt it did not fit the challenge. To be fair though I was set up on the other photographers lens and sky hoping for a bird to come from the right when this bird came from the left.
RuthC: Fantastic capture, as always, cfj2! Ruth :-)
Thanks Ruth,I don't know who was most displeased by the gull's presence at the time. Me or the puffin! But now he won me a challenge and the Puffin got away with his fish.
Great photograph of an interesting subject. Surprisingly effective in black and white.
Great picture and a worthy winner.
Nice photograph that fitted the challenge well. I'm surprised it did not place higher.
Great photograph. Well done.
cjf2: Wonderful picture. The water drops really make a nice touch.
Not a grab shot, then! Well worth all the effort.
250th is max synch speed for ordinary flash on a 7D. It's F10 and 320ISO so not much light other than flash to give ghost images other than the falling drops of water which are probably brighter than everything else. I'd have thought might be ghosting in wings (which I quite like) but perhaps caught at the point of turning when moving relatively slowly. The rest of bird and plant would be stopped with 250th on 200mm. Perhaps photographer will explain his great work.
Wonderful picture. The water drops really make a nice touch.
Great photo and a worthy winner.
Definitely one of my favourite winners this year. Well done.
photoman555: Great shot...Congrats.
Thank you. It's pretty good view.
RuthC: Once again, cjf2, you have delighted us with your superb images of puffins, and achieved a very well-deserved second place in this challenge. You've captured this little puffin, demonstrating its amazing food-carrying skills. The whole picture is stunning, from the bright colours, the fine details, the textures of the bird's feathers, to the silvery sheen of the hapless fish with their "What the..." eyes. Definitely one of your best. Ruth :-)
Thanks, Ruth. I'm intending to go back next breeding season. I wish there were some other species that were as endearing and so accessible.