Birds in nature

Challenge #19 in the Eclectic series. Hosted by Ro13.
Challenge has finished
Your best bird shots....but they need to be in nature....no caged birds or from a zoo!
Show full rules
submission
phase has
ended
365 entries
voting
phase has
ended
12692 votes
The power of many
Click here for full size original image
148th place (joint)
2.551
 
low
high
These are starling flocks over the sky of Rome (Italy) during Fall season. A starling is 15-20cm long. They sleep in the cities and feed in the countryside during day. It is amazing to think that in all these flocks (from tens of birds to 100.000 birds for 300-500m diameter) every element looks only at its first 7 neighbours. Only birds can express in such impressive way the power of collective behaviour.
Camera:
Lens:
Submitted: Friday, 28th May, 2010 05:23 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 21st December, 2006
Focal length: 35 mm
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Aperture: F4
ISO: 800
Notes: Exposure was very difficult. Birds perform this flocking behaviour during sunset. ISO needed to be pushed to 800 for having short exposure times. Sensor was not clean so I did retouch on two very small part on the sky. Exposure curve and colors where modified to have this romantic scene. Absolutely no PhotoShop or similar, I didn't touch anything of the birds! It's a real picture.
Views: 218
Provide complaint details
Your complaint (along with the complaints of others regarding this entry) will be reviewed by the challenge owner. Depending upon the nature and applicability of the complaint, the entry may be disqualified. In extreme circumstances the user who submitted the entry may receive a ban from the challenge or series in question.
Reason:
Comments:
Saving ...
Complain
Keyboard shortcuts:
p previous n next c challenge f full size r retract vote # vote