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Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Sky Fa (SkyF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
Género: Lugares
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2007-05-07
Categorias: Humoristico, Natureza, Action, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Câmara: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, 70-300mm Nikon
Exposição: f/9.0, 1/250 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Tema(s): Century Club (more than 100 points) [view contributor(s)]
Data de Submissão: 2007-05-14 18:40
Visto: 3843
Favoritos: 3 [ver]
Pontos: 140
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
The race was to close see who actually won. The photo reveals the winner, Flying Thunder ( in first lane) streaked across the finish line 1.7373 seconds in front of Running Goose for the first victory of the year.

Picture consists of two shots; lassoed Flying Thunder and copied it into the 2nd photograph. Changed lighting with filter.

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Wonderful work Sky, you've presented a really great photo, I cannot find fault in it, superb PP work.
Congrats and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Very nice picture!!! Love the contrast and colors. Perfect POV and details. Well done!!

Wow Sky! This is very well done! I like the colors on this picture and those beautiful movements you caught. This is very original and well done! Thanks,
PS for once, we can see a Canada goose photographed in Canada :)

Hello Sky!
Wonderful colours and great momment in your composition!
Excellent done!

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  • kateb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 486 W: 147 N: 338] (2991)
  • [2007-05-14 19:13]

A fun product - I think adding the second goose worked well.

Very impressive shot, super timing!

The slight blur on the wings allied with the sharpness of the head and neck gives a great impression of speed. The feet sklimming the surface are wonderful and great pp work as well - super stuff!

hi sky, thats funny, thats exactly what it looks like, the photo finish, really well doen, thanks for the chuckle, scott

Hi Sky.
Great shot,good timing,nice saturation.Well done.
Best Regards

* Piotr *

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  • Palmi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 5 N: 25] (397)
  • [2007-05-14 20:39]

Hi Sky Fa

I like this photo because its not so easy to catch this good shot of birds but I see you have good equipment so it shouldnt be so hard for you


Hello Sky,

What a beautiful take off. Excellent result of your work.
You could manage to capture water drops nicely. Starting point of above bird is creating an image of Anchor !! What an abstraction, isn't it? Cool color tones, and nicely framed.
Thanks for sharing.

hi Sky,
nice to see this portrait.
good POV and DOV, the focus and colours are great.
you are the lucky photographer to had this great time and moment.

Talk about walking on water! Amazing capture that pans perfectly with the geese. They look so fast. The rough reflections make the shot dynamic, full of color, and emphasize the movement and lift of the central goose's foot. Excellent lighting used and great contrasts, the colors look natural and rich. I would only recommend decentering the top goose and avoid cropping the foot of the bottom goose. Amazing post-processing, I literally thought that this was actually two geese in the same scene. Great burning all around to spotlight the geese and their movement. The simple black frame ties in the dark tones and blacks on the geese. Great shot, TFS!

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2007-05-14 23:00]

great capture well done

Espectacular, felicitaciones Sky.

LOL!!! Great pp work Sky! I love photos like this they are so much fun...needless to say I backed Running Goose!!! (~_~)!!! Wonderful capture of the action, great clarity, colors and fantastic composition, well done. TFS,
Just call me Goosed!

Hi Sky,
Great PP work and great picture, the colour and sharpness are good with a nice reflection in the water.
Great title too.
Tfs Andy

Wow! Sky..
this really looks like these two were racing!
superb shot!
Excellent PP skills shown here!
Wonderfully done!
my best regards,

:) follows

Very nice work sky! Some nice action caught here. The colors are awesome, and the reflections and colors in the water is even more awesome. Very nicely presented with this black border. Good Pp work in adding Flying Thunder:) Very well seen and taken! TFS!


Hello Sky

Visual, big beautiful capture.
Beautiful the flight of these geese, their majestic wings and the drops arising above.
Big visual!


Hello Sky,

Oh, so its a geese race!! Very nice capture of their action and motion. TFS


Hello Sky.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Great capture. At first, I thought the lower bird was a reflection! My eyes still aren't focusing too well yet.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-05-15 10:28]

Hi Sky,
Very beautiful, well captured and titled. Excellent DOF and colors. Bravo! Annie

OH MAN!! This is just the BEST! Superb shot here Sky! One of your best! Love the action in this! Excellent catch and pp work on this!

Hallo Sky,
beim letzten Mak hast Du mit einem ähnlichen Bld deinen Urlaub angekündigt :-)
Wunderbare Nahaufnahme der gerade startenden Vögel.
Viele Grüße

Hi Sky,
Wonderful work.Greet photo and composition.photo name superr.Congrats and thanks for sharing.Greetings.

Hi Sky,
LOL! Well seen, particular the finish line! The 'running' goose are perfectly captured with nice lighting and fine (sepia) colour tone. Excellent my dear Sky! TFS.

Bonjour Sky
Love your title, made me laugh. Great pp work that really works with the "line" shadow. Creativity was at the rendez-vous, excellent presentation.


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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2007-05-15 16:17]

Hallo Sky,
Eine herrliche Aufnahme von natur mit guten Farben und Kontrast. Gutes licht und Detail. Sehr gute Komposition und ein sehr interessantes Bild.

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2007-05-15 17:34]

Hallo Sky,
Ein bild wie eine Postkarte. Das ist schönes blick auf dem Photo. Ein wundervolles Details und Komposition.

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  • BMYNBR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 2 N: 129] (1409)
  • [2007-05-15 17:46]


  • Refugee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3317 W: 415 N: 7009] (25554)
  • [2007-05-15 18:18]

Excellent Sky. I love that skipping movement on the water. Well timed, good colour and lovely detail. TFS,


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  • Pops71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 252 W: 24 N: 523] (2093)
  • [2007-05-15 21:04]

Hi Sky,
Superb capture of the take off and PP work. Great sharpness and colors. Very well done

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  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2007-05-16 4:11]

Hi Sky,
Excellent capture of the birds, a good close-up with fantastic details. The focus is spot-on. The composition is very good as well as the DOF.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 3 N: 199] (1317)
  • [2007-05-16 5:17]

What a marvellous capture and great title, Sky!
A great action shot!
I like a lot the colors and reflections on the water.
Superb job!
Congratulations and TFS.

wwoooooooooooooooowww! this is wonderful moment to shot! excellent capture! good sharpness and your reflex!TFS
greetings AGa:)

Hi Sky, superb! Very well done. No signs of 2 pics combined. Very smooth transition.

I love the colour tone!

Cheers, Yan :)

this is excellent catch and very funny title :-)
i like it.

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  • tracer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
  • [2007-05-16 13:36]

whooho! couldt say anything more here Sky! a real wildlife winner!

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  • WTS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 52 N: 275] (1434)
  • [2007-05-16 20:31]

One word "exceptional" nothing else to say.
Thanks Sky


hello Sky

wonderful composition of these two ducks flying+



Hallo Sky,
diesen Wettlauf hab' ich übersehen - bin froh, noch darauf zu stoßen ...
Gefällt mir super - wer war der Gewinner?!?
Es ist nicht leicht fliegende Vögel so gut zu erwischen, ich bin da kein Experte - aber Du hast es super gemacht, vielen Dank
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Sky,
This is a very good one!
Action is well captured, and those guys are soooo funny when they take off...
Good details and the right amount of motion blur, excellent post work!
Pablo -

merhaba my friend sky
wonderful picture and wonderful composition.beautiful reflection.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Superb action shot Sky. Well captured detail and colour. Beautiful picture.

Regards Mark :)

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 238 W: 150 N: 413] (2882)
  • [2007-05-19 11:08]

Wow, stellar capture here, Sky. Great action, and the inclusion of the splash on the left really explains what's happening and gives it a sense of motion. I think it is great with the 2 gesse, but would work well with the center goose, too. That would eliminate the crop of the bottom gooe's slash and foot, which I find very slightly distracting.

A bit of trivia: I know of some academic research that shows we tend to scan the picture based on reading biases -- those of us who read left to right expect motion to occur in that direction, those who read right to left (Arabic, for example) expect right to left, and some Asian languages, do vertical constructions, though not of motion (some Japanese Hiroshige prints come to mind with vertical layers).

P.S. Thanks for letting me use the goose/geese plural I learned in 3rd grade! That makes about the 1st time every in writing!

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  • aperis Gold Star Critiquer [C: 81 W: 5 N: 31] (1159)
  • [2007-05-19 14:51]

Hi Sky
Fantastic work. A big work of an incredible perfection.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-05-20 7:44]

This is an amazing capture, Sky!
Truly fabulous in every way
(back with :)

Great action shot. Nice tones and sharpness.
I love the dark edges (that could just be my old computer screen)
well done,

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-05-20 15:17]

Hi Sky
wonderful PP work... funny notes..
Well seen and done.. from the TN I was thinking a reflection but your PP work is amazing...


Hello Sky

A very clever shot.I really enjoyed it.Excellent PP work quite seamless.The details are sharp.Nice colour saturation.Very well thought out and executed.TFS


Hello Sky, Again,

And this one her is really awsome, I really do not no how I missed this one for sure, excllent shot well composed great colors BG POV framing well done my friend and
TFS Kyle

who was the winner
i think the one at the bottum
very funny shot and title
and good compesed and sharp
great job

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  • mell Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 2 N: 4] (435)
  • [2007-05-23 13:44]

Fantastici shot.

  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-05-23 18:05]

Hi Sky,
una maravilla,
tonos y detalles excelentes,
buen momento y original...
saludos amiga.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 391 W: 118 N: 752] (4553)
  • [2007-05-25 15:36]

haha, das ist ja eine klasse idee, sky! :-)
tooler pp-job, sieht fast echt aus und man kann eine sonst etwas störende linie auf dem
wasser perfekt verwenden.
superb job & viele grüße, thor.

I like the watre surface - with the splash!!
Superb capture.
Well done and have a great weekend.

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  • orkhan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 632 W: 152 N: 366] (3549)
  • [2007-05-27 15:19]

Excellent job ! and very good pp, Sky.
You did it really well.

Hi Sky,

Great timing, resulting to a great action shot,with lovely natural colors, well exposed and presented.

excellent catch here sky :)
beautiful action photo
the symetry of the birds looks great
well done :)


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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 730 W: 0 N: 110] (2983)
  • [2007-05-29 19:25]

Bonjour Sky
As Concord airplanes these powerful birds speed up on runway prior to take off!
Your allusion to a racetrack is also quite funny and well depicted by the out of focus line !
Au revoir.

Magnifique image ! Il fallait être là au bon moment ! Bravo et merci de partager

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1631 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2007-06-05 5:33]

Hi Sky...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... what can I said beside WOOOOOOOOOOOOO? its awesome! I like the moment you captured here, look like you just snap your fingers and make everything freeze up! Good action shot, love the colours, wonderful captured, thanks for sharing


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  • sufi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 580 W: 7 N: 106] (1336)
  • [2007-06-05 20:05]

Merhaba Sky, my friend...
What a perfect timing!... It's a big race... Your title is great... Wonderful colors, light, clarity and sharpness too...
Stay well..

quel atterrissage !
Une prise de vue juste au moment où il le fallait.

Merhaba Sky
Very nice photo. Good work.
Good time. Well done.
Thanks for sharring.


Great shot.
Very nice


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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2007-07-05 14:05]

you're at the right time and place Sky. ;)
a shot for National Geo! excellent timing and clarity.
Nice one on the PP. Tfs


Nice PP work to create a really good picture - I like the idea of the geese in a neck and neck photo finish!
Thanks for sharing

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  • DAM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 513 W: 67 N: 268] (1110)
  • [2007-08-20 20:19]

Super, super, super. Totally blown by it. This is good staff now.


Great composition, Sky! Your pp-work seemed flawless. Great selection and lighting on both shots.
Freddie :)

Hello Sky !

You have been absent for a while. never mind , I missed this one when you posted it. Pretty cool idea , hilarious note and perfect POV indeed .

Beeep Beeep !!!! Well done !


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