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On photo Merry horses in the Best Pictuere Period! challenge (2 comments in total)

Congratulations on the photo and the win. I too would be intrigued to know how this wonderful photo was taken.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 06:02 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Oil Pastels in the Circular challenge (2 comments in total)
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Robert Evagelista: Almost :)

Maybe in another challenge it might win. I'm always looking at things like this but never seem to get a picture I'm pleased with.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 18:21 UTC
On photo Orange Bubbles in the Circular challenge (1 comment in total)

Excellent entry Ruth. I'm sorry I did not vet in this challenge.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 18:19 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Black Sea Nettle Jellyfish from west coast of USA in the Salute to Jellyfish challenge (7 comments in total)
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maxnimo: I assume that flash was used here since 1/50 sec seems kind of slow to freeze a moving creature.

Give it a go if near Monterey though you'll need something to bounce if as walls are distant and dark plus permission will be needed as flash is discouraged.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 05:51 UTC
On photo Apocalypse Now in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (17 comments in total)
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T bird: I didn't know how to vote on this photo. Obviously interesting but no context. War scene or what? What does it mean?

Like Van Morrison sang - "It ain't why, it just is." I thought it was my best picture of that week. I could not decide if it would help by putting details in so I left them out.
See below the host's comments for details. The helicopters are British military with a Royal Navy Wildcat on the left as you look at it and an army Apache on the right. The explosions are set off on the ground as a loud finale to a tactical helicopter assault demonstration. No helicopters were hurt during the taking of this picture!

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 12:16 UTC
On photo Apocalypse Now in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (17 comments in total)

Thanks for the comments. Details of the what went on are in a reply to the host below.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 12:09 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Apocalypse Now in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (17 comments in total)
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RuthC: This picture is Adrenalin Heaven, cjf2, and it deserves first place in 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge. It's a fantastic capture, with so much dramatic action, all the bells and whistles Airshow junkie could hope for. The soft blue sky above, with two hovering helicopters contrasts with the raging furnace below, in its awesome magnificence. I can only imagine the powerful noise accompanying this inferno!
Ruth :-)

Thanks Ruth. I'm interested to note that the blue sky should come out first in a list of aspects of the picture worthy of mention!
This is the finale of the Yeovilton airshow in England which is the main base for the Royal Navy's fleet air arm. The finish each year with a mock battle and I'd watched from the other side f the aerodrome before and wondered if it was possible to get helicopters with flame and or smoke in the background. It was but I was a little disappointed that the helicopters (which are in front of the wall of flame) were not hovering low enough to have a flame filled background. There were other helicopters above the picture and nearer to me so as you say it was pretty noisy. Having said that the number of helicopters involved seem to reduce each year but then we haven't got as many any more.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 12:08 UTC
On photo Apocalypse Now in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (17 comments in total)
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Robert Evagelista: You are going to win...
Land slide...

You got my Vote!

You were right! I wasn't so sure people would like it but I'm pleased they did.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 05:41 UTC
On photo Black Sea Nettle Jellyfish from west coast of USA in the Salute to Jellyfish challenge (7 comments in total)
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maxnimo: I assume that flash was used here since 1/50 sec seems kind of slow to freeze a moving creature.

No it is not taken with flash. It is behind glass and flat on lighting would not show the same detail. The lens has IS, the jellyfish is not moving quickly as it floats and the shutter speed is not so slow for the focal length. I took a number of shots and some had a bit of blur.
Oh I forgot to say this is in the aquarium at Monterey.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 19:13 UTC
On photo Black Sea Nettle Jellyfish from west coast of USA in the Salute to Jellyfish challenge (7 comments in total)

I'm glad people enjoyed it. As you can see from some of the other entries this presentation of jellyfish with mood lighting and a contrasting blue background is not uncommon in aquariums. The creature and the aquarium deserve most of the plaudits but I did hold the camera ready and frame it! Oh and I also inverted it as it looked better that way up.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 19:09 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Arctic Tern in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (6 comments in total)
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Grant1958: Awesome

Glad you likes it. See details above.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 12:51 UTC
On photo Arctic Tern in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (6 comments in total)

Thanks both.
It's a 24mm on full frame so it is pretty close but not as close as it was just before or after as it pecked the camera. It is protecting its young or eggs as I walk with others on a marked path through the nesting colony on Inner Farne. Over all the ones that nest next to the path have better breeding success probably due to reduced predation close to human contact. The island is only open for 3 hours a day and if it is raining it is closed as the downy chicks would get wet when the parents flew to attack. There are rangers in place watching to ensure the birds don't get hurt by panicking visitors.
As Ruth knows I've been here a few times before but this is the first time I've had a long period with blue sky as a background. They appear white to the eye but as the sun is above them in photos the underside can look quite dull so I used flash to illuminate the underside. I was pleased with the result though as you can imagine there were lots of scrap pictures too!

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 12:29 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo A Pony in the Random Items - Challenge 15 challenge (1 comment in total)

Very good entry.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 05:38 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Hampstead Heath, London in the Local Park challenge (2 comments in total)

Strong composition making a great picture.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 05:34 UTC as 1st comment
On photo He's Got a Silver Machine in the A Silver object challenge (3 comments in total)
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SamTrekker: Fascinating! Is this real life action photo? Would love to hear details!

Yes, SamTrekker, it's a restored aircraft flying at an airshow at Duxford in England last year. This year's show is next weekend if you can get over! It does have a kind. Of model like look for some reason but not deliberately created. Glad you liked it.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 04:35 UTC
On photo Reflection of Sunrise over Pacific in the Best Picture Period! challenge (1 comment in total)

Great lighting on a great cloud. Looks like a jellyfish.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 12:46 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Full Cycle in the From Little Things, Big Things Grow challenge (2 comments in total)

I love this picture. It captures the size of the trees and the damp green depths of the forest.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 06:30 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Not so ugly ducklings in the From Little Things, Big Things Grow challenge (3 comments in total)

This was my favourite. Great angle and they look so unaffected by the presumably close proximity of the camera and you.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 06:26 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Our sense of sight - Focussed c in cjf2's photo gallery (3 comments in total)
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Mister Spock: Wow. Nice DOF and pin-sharp focus.

Thanks. It is a captive bird but pleasing all the same.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 20:07 UTC
On photo Our eyesight - Fisheye view with a 400mm lens in cjf2's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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Mister Spock: Lovely shot!

Thank you. Funnily enough I was photographing Puffins today on the same islands. Got rained off but nice to see the birds again.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 20:04 UTC
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