golfgti2012: great shot. but I am sure afterburner is off. unqualified entry
Nice to think someone is still looking at the picture so long after it was taken and after it was submitted. If you you are suggesting I added the orange flames and heat haze after the picture was taken you are wrong. You can see the actual take off at the following Youtube link. It is taken from further to the right from where I was standing but you can see where the aircraft turns right and starts the wing tip smoke.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtgyrlyPqM8
Is this outside at Pima still? I was there many years ago and I don't remember it. The only one I'd seen was indoors at Dayton.
Joshua123: Well deserved win. Lovely capture.
Thank you. I'm pleasantly surprised it won. Normally I'd try to take such a picture with the sun behind me but for once I took it into the sun. The flare in the lens reminds me of hours at airshows over the years staring into the sun with dust on my spectacles waiting for "the" shot!.
Not that it matters for the challenge but I think this is the Georgetown Loop railroad rather than the Royal Gorge. Still in Colorado though.
I really liked the lighting an composition. Should have been in top 3!
Better than a Cormorant, it's an Anhinga.
Nice close shot but I don't think it is a Merlin.
It's not got the genes of a Least Bittern, though. It's a Green Heron.
It's a Kingfisher. An adult male Alcedo atthis I think. We get it in the UK but it is widespread and looks darker blue than the ones we have here.
Thanks. I liked the light the underside reflected off pale earth below
I'm glad so many people have enjoyed the picture. For those of you that are wondering what happened next I've put the picture of the touchdown, called "What happened next" in my gallery. The Puffin then ran along and got down his burrow safely with the meal for his chicks.
Thank you both. I had a week's holiday on the coast where you get boats for the Farne Islands which are a mile or so off shore and went out several days and took many, many pictures but this was the by far the best.
Remiaus: es un fotomontaje :(
How rude! No it is not a montage so I guess reality is not good enough for some people.
It's not a montage so I guess the original doesn't look much better!
Russ Houston: Well done!
Thanks. I was testing a used cameraI'd bought and hit lucky with the light.
The Mick: Great shot!
Thank you. Looks like it was just you and me that liked it!
santamonica812: Thanks, folks, for voting. There were very few DQs for this, unlike many prior challenges. I was surprised at the results . . . I thought some very good photos finished relatively low, and a few average shots finished relatively high. So, it was interesting to see where my opinion matched that of the collective voters, and, where it did not. :-)
Oops forgot to vote in time. Sorry!
Great photo. This should have won. Looks like very odd voting.
Beautiful photograph. Well done.
Thanks everyone. Puffins are great subjects. I had a lot of trouble with my 4.5 year old and very well used camera not being able to focus properly. Oh we'll it's a good excuse to buy a new camera if only I could decide which one!It's nice to win but that second place shot is very good.