cjf2

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On photo Tactical Approach in the Wildlife - Birds in Flight challenge (35 comments in total)

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.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 18:17 UTC as 1st comment
On photo at the duck pond in the Kodak Ektar 100 challenge (2 comments in total)

This was surely the best image in the challenge.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 18:05 UTC as 1st comment
On photo World War 2 Memorial in Skopje, Macedonia in the Tribute to our freedom defenders challenge (2 comments in total)

A very worthy winner.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 12:07 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Got a Light.... in the Trash! challenge (2 comments in total)

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.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 12:43 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Broken Bat in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (5 comments in total)
In reply to:

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=831550
It 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!

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 22:23 UTC
On photo Broken Bat in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (5 comments in total)

A great moment captured. I hope no-one was hurt in the making of this picture!

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 12:24 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On photo Fly on Stinkhorn in the Macro - Smell challenge (1 comment in total)

I'm glad it's not in smellyvision! Good entry for this challenge.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 12:19 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Snake Tongue in the Macro - Smell challenge (4 comments in total)

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.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 12:18 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Sync Flash Cycle Race in the Rear Curtain Sync Flash - Action Frozen in Time challenge (3 comments in total)
In reply to:

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.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 18:50 UTC
On photo Sharp Eyed Golden Eagle in the Wide Open - Shallow Depth of Field challenge (2 comments in total)
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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.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 05:33 UTC
On photo At the foot of the mountain in the night photography challenge (4 comments in total)
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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!

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 18:59 UTC
On photo DOON THE CLYDE in the night photography challenge (1 comment in total)

Another nice shot Archie. It deserved to be placed higher.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 15:45 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Capela do Senhor da Pedra in the night photography challenge (1 comment in total)

I thought this might be a winner. Nice subtle tones. It attracted a lot of votes but rather widely spread.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 15:44 UTC as 1st comment
On photo At the foot of the mountain in the night photography challenge (4 comments in total)

This was one of my favourites. I like the balance between the natural light on the mountain and the artificially lit church.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 15:42 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies
On photo Simply Red in the Selective Color challenge (6 comments in total)
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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!

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 07:33 UTC
On photo Simply Red in the Selective Color challenge (6 comments in total)
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papa natas: Simply...Gorgeous..!!!

Thanks. I was lucky to be able to take this picture at a photographic show just at the right time.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 07:30 UTC
On photo Reflected Tables in the Reflection challenge (4 comments in total)

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.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 05:49 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Grasstrack Gladiators in the anything you can do I can do better challenge (2 comments in total)
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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!

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 21:36 UTC
On photo Snow on Oxenfell, Cumbria, England in the Landscape Photo with Natural Framing. challenge (3 comments in total)
In reply to:

thejohnnerparty: Very nice.

Thank you. I'm glad someone liked it!

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 07:32 UTC
On photo Old machine parts in the Things that don't make good pictures challenge (3 comments in total)
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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.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 19:27 UTC
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