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.
Isn't the host asking for all entrants to work on and enter the same picture, HIS/HER sample picture? The first four entries are just other pictures of Kingfishers.
If you look at the many entries this entrant has submitted none of them has a spike of 5 star votes. I think this picture just appealed to many people. I'm not a parent but even I think the child looks cute. Apart from the folds of material to right I can't think of anything that spoils the composition overly much. I for one congratulate UdayanSankarPal on his win.
tecnoworld: Pretty stunning! Did you zoom in while shooting to get that effect?
Thanks. No zooming, the effect round the edges is a blurred vignette applied with onOne Perfect Effects software.
ms18: Loves it
I'm glad you and DAPAL liked it. I'm pleased it did so well as there were some good entries. The tunnel is wider than the one track that runs through it and the drive knew I was there. It was such a dull, wet day the tunnel was the best place to stand!
NilsBV: That's a pretty stunning picture. Makes we want to go out and photograph rally cars.
I'm glad NilsBV and Alex liked it. Sadly the place where I stood was not open to the public when I went back in 2014 so I could not try to recreate it.
This was one of my favourites. I think it should have been placed higher in this challenge. It fitted the theme so well. If you don't ,ind me saying it would be better with the wall cropped off as it is a little distracting.Also a bit of the left to tsp it being too unbalanced, maybe.
Well I liked it! I can't understand the adverse voting for something that fitted the challenge and was like one of the examples.
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Saw these guys back in the 1990's at Oshkosh when I think that they were flying Alphas... They REALLY put-on a helluva' show!
Yes they are my favourite of the teams. The Red Arrows do good cross overs and look good against the blue sky but these guys have style.You just have to respect any team of that size that can land in formation.In fairness they don't have swept wins so some things are easier than for those with faster jets.I think they would have an earlier version of an Aermacchi trainer when you saw them. They wouldn't buy French when they have their own!
RuthC: These are strange birds, cjf2, in my opinion, but you have captured the essence of its distinctiveness beautifully for this 'Shades of Pink' challenge. Pink, definitely, with this wonderfully curved neck and head. I really like the way you have cropped the picture to highlight the flamingo's colour, and its uniqueness. Another well-deserved top place in the challenge. Ruth :-)
Yes they are definitely more elegant when viewed from a distance than close up. I liked the drips falling from the bill.
RuthC: Congratulations, cjf2, on your well-deserved first place in this 'Shades of Pink in Nature' challenge. Your delightful capture of a roseate spoonbill meets the theme of the challenge perfectly, and your title adds a wonderful note to this beautiful picture. Ruth :-)
Thanks Ruth. I'm glad you liked the title too!
Great photo. Well executed and perfect for the challenge.
Great photo for this challenge. I thought it would be the winner.
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