cjf2

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On photo The Critter in the Color - Monochrome challenge (1 comment in total)

I liked this picture a lot and think it deserved a higher placing. Mind you it was a difficult challenge to work out!

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 12:30 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Sleeping Safely In Numbers - Californian Sealions in the Safety in Numbers (Nature) challenge (3 comments in total)
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RuthC: What a great image of sleeping bodies, cjf2, and it has earned you another top place in this challenge. I am amazed at the variations in the colour brown, seen here in these intricately detailed, moulting sealions. I tried counting the bodies, but gave up at eight; none of them look particularly comfortable, but this is an example of safety (and warmth) in numbers. I guess the aroma of sealion was forgettable?
RuthC :-)

Thanks Ruth,
They were a little way off as this is with a 400mm lens and thankfully I could not smell anything. I dread to think what it smells like to the ones in the middle of such a squash. Plus imagine having to wait for a few layers of your tribe to wake up before you can get up and use the loo!

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 09:11 UTC
On photo Monarch butterflies winter roost at Pismo Beach in the Safety in Numbers (Nature) challenge (3 comments in total)
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RuthC: Congratulations, cjf2 on your very well-deserved win in this 'Safety in Numbers' challenge. This is a really spectacular capture of one of nature's amazing phenomena, and you have captured it with amazing clarity, detail, and range of colour. Few of us will have the opportunity to see this migration, but we can all appreciate its beauty through your superb photography.
RuthC :-)

Thanks Ruth,
The roosts in California are occupied from October to February so no use at the moment. I had wanted to see the huge roost from the David Attenborourgh programme in Mexico but it was going to take too long and too much money so this was a more realistic alternative.
Prospective visitors would be best to go in the middle of a warm sunny still day when there is a chance of a number of them being active with wings open to show their colourful upper surface. At rest they show the rather drab under surface and without sun (or in this case flash) they look like a bunch of dead leaves. Take flash and a long lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 09:07 UTC
On photo 5 Seconds in the Moonlight in the long exposure 5 sec. or more challenge (4 comments in total)
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abiquiuense: Totally zoned! Detail in shadows and highlights. All it needs is a frame and a wall.

Thank you. The detail was brought out with MacPhun Intensify. It is a plug in for Photoshop which allows the details in highlights, midrange and shadows to be varied with sliders independently of each other. The exposure of the highlights and shadows can be adjusted at the same time which is invaluable in a photograph with such a large tonal range. It was taken on RAW to make the best of the single image the sensor recorded. Bracketing and combining more than one exposure would probably have worked even better.
MacPhun, as the name suggests, specialise in software for Macs only. Alternatives for PCs would include the Nik collection which is now available for free has similar capabilities but not so easy to use I find. Topaz adjust is worth exploring too.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 22:48 UTC
On photo Birds in Aldrich Park (1) in the A Big Year - birds challenge (1 comment in total)

Black Phobe I think.
http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/black-phoebe

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 07:32 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Lift to the heaven in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (1 comment in total)

I withdrew my entry as I was sure this would win! Shows how much I know. Anyway I really like it and although there were some other good entries 14th is way to low a position for this.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 23:17 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Beauty in the dark in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Great photo. 4th isn't bad but in the right challenge this should win.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 23:15 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Old Stool in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

I thought this was really good and am surprised it placed so badly. Try it in another challenge or show it elsewhere. Maybe it would fit the colour and monochrome challenge that has just been announced.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 00:21 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Bohemian Waxwing eating fruit in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)
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jeffpix: Stunning photo!

Thank you. I fear it will not win though as there are a number of good creative pictures here. I think I'll save it for another challenge.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 22:11 UTC
On photo unknown in the A Big Year - birds challenge (1 comment in total)

It is a White Breasted Waterhen from South Asia.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 22:45 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Dodge Viper. Born to Run in the Dodge challenge (6 comments in total)
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Jose Olivares: Congratulations!
Great shot

Thank you.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 21:04 UTC
On photo Dodge Viper. Born to Run in the Dodge challenge (6 comments in total)
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Fishchris: Great shot of an awesome car ☺ In fact, my favorite for many years, but their are just so many amazing cars nowadays, I'd prefer a 20 or 30 car collection 😉

Glad you liked it. How would you ever decide what to drive if you had so many cars?!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 21:04 UTC
On photo Dodge Viper. Born to Run in the Dodge challenge (6 comments in total)
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Dave: What track is that?

It is at Prescott Hill Climb in Gloucestershire

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 21:03 UTC
On photo Black-capped chickadee in the Small Birds challenge (2 comments in total)

Great photo of a charming bird. Sadlt these large entry limit challenges can result in good pictures getting lost in the mid field.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 06:57 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Spotted Pardalote in the Small Birds challenge (3 comments in total)

Great photo. My favourite in this challenge.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 06:54 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Triplet Reflections in the A Big Year - birds challenge (1 comment in total)

Great composition. Amazing to get all three in suitable positions.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 05:23 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Hooded merganser hen in the A Big Year - birds challenge (2 comments in total)

Great shot. Love the low angle and muted colours. It was my favourite.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 05:18 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Piper Warrior in the Turboprop incoming. challenge (1 comment in total)

It's a Piper PA28 which when I was a lad was a Cherokee with a big thick wing but this has a more tapered wing which I think does make it a Warrior variant. It is not a turboprop however as the propellor is turned by a piston engine. You are not the only entrant to mistake a propellor aircraft with a piston engine for a turboprop. Perhaps you have another picture.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 20:07 UTC as 1st comment
On challenge Vintage fighter aircraft (5 comments in total)
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cjf2: Hello Alex,
Do you have a date range for what would count as vintage? For cars in the U.K. It would be between 1929 and 1930 but that is a bit restricted.
Also would a more recently built replica of an aircraft type from your date range be acceptable?

Oops sorry 1919 and 1930

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 10:02 UTC
On challenge Vintage fighter aircraft (5 comments in total)

Hello Alex,
Do you have a date range for what would count as vintage? For cars in the U.K. It would be between 1929 and 1930 but that is a bit restricted.
Also would a more recently built replica of an aircraft type from your date range be acceptable?

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 09:35 UTC as 2nd comment | 3 replies
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