Well thanks very much everyone for you kind words. It is hard not to love a Puffin and that have everything a photographer could want - cute looks, carrying fish visibly back tot he nest and relative approachability. The main problem with flying puffins carrying fish is that they are a target for gulls who harass them in the air and on the ground to try to get them to drop their fish. They therefore fly in an erratic manner like bomber aircraft trying to evade fighters and so they are hard to keep in the frame and in focus. They come over an area of many nest burrows but of course the photographer has no idea which one any bird is aiming for so much time is wasted following ones that never get near you whilst others drop near your feet unnoticed!The head on spread winged shot was one I saw in a forum on this site and it was this that persuaded me to give it a try. It is quite easy to go to see them on an island group a mile of the English coast. It just takes time, money and patience.
This was surely the best image in the challenge.
A very worthy winner.
Mine was the 5 star vote as I really liked this and it was my favourite in the challenge. It fitted the theme better than the ones above it. I liked the colour balance but maybe the filter was not to everyone's taste. Anyway well done.
cjf2: A great moment captured. I hope no-one was hurt in the making of this picture!
Like the customer being right you have to accept that we are judged by the voters so we need to learn what they go for. I kind of knew the George Shuttleworth motorcyclist - make me smile picture would do badly but I like it a lot. It's too British a joke though and the voters come from all over the world.It is also funnier if you've seen him in real life as he looks like a painting of something from 1950s England and when he rides the motorbike he does so incredibly slowly as a joke about the speed demon epithet. The voters have not seen this and I knew it, so I've only myself to blame. The one I cannot understand is this one of a Kitten. http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=831550It has several votes of virtually all scores. It clearly fits the challenge as something beginning with K and I love the close cropping and the processing (which annoyingly I've forgotten) but the voters as a group gave it the thumbs down. I tried it later in b&w and it didn't do much better!
A great moment captured. I hope no-one was hurt in the making of this picture!
I'm glad it's not in smellyvision! Good entry for this challenge.
Great photo in general and in particular for this challenge. Well done on winning.PS I think a little cropping on each side would make it even better.
bolesautomotive: Congratulations! Thank you for entering my challenge. Have a great day!
Thanks and thank you for becoming a host. Did I get the sort of picture you were after? I like pictures with a combination of blurred movement and sharp flash and rarely have a chance to use them. I don't think the voters like them but this challenge was right for it.
Saucy Clevs: hey... was this a canon L
Sorry for delay in replying. Yes it was the 70-200 F2.8L II with a 1.4x II converter.
cjf2: This was one of my favourites. I like the balance between the natural light on the mountain and the artificially lit church.
Good idea. Improving on creation!
Another nice shot Archie. It deserved to be placed higher.
I thought this might be a winner. Nice subtle tones. It attracted a lot of votes but rather widely spread.
This was one of my favourites. I like the balance between the natural light on the mountain and the artificially lit church.
Buzz Lightyear: Not to take away from your fine image, cjf2, but in several similar type challenges, I noticed that people always seem to give high marks to these RED selective color shots. I wonder why that is?
The next four places selected different colours though I'm always drawn to red. Mind you if you are concentrating on the red bits in this picture you may be in a minority!
papa natas: Simply...Gorgeous..!!!
Thanks. I was lucky to be able to take this picture at a photographic show just at the right time.
This was by far my favourite, Ruth. The circles and lines in both the reflector and reflection are just great. After the other recent reflection challenge it was nice to see something other than skies reflected in bodies of water. Thanks to Steve Throndson's thread I made sure I voted. Bravo.
Steve Throndson: I'm impressed with your technique. The rider's eye is tack sharp, and the 50D was not really a 'sports' camera. There were some great photos in this challenge. Congratulations on 3rd.
Thanks, Steve. I had higher hopes for this one but the people have spoken! I really like the texture in the dust and the looks on the faces. the 50D was a real favourite of mine. It rather got dismissed by many whereas the 7D seemed to get over hyped. I like the image quality up to 400 ISO and the focussing was pretty good I thought and the results with the 7D were not much of an improvement. I wore it out unfortuneately!
thejohnnerparty: Very nice.
Thank you. I'm glad someone liked it!
Rastoff: Congrats on the win. This image fits the challenge perfectly and is a really good pic. You took something that normally would have no interest to anyone and make it into a really nice picture. Well done.
Thank you both. I like the way the metal has been worn away and polished by expert hands over the years. The machine was in the Eritrean railway workshop in the Capital, Asmara. The railway was built by the Italians during their brief colonisation of the country.