NBPS Flickr Contest (Rajesh Satankar)

CSC_0590, originally uploaded by rajesh satankar.

This is a lovely shot Rajesh.
I love to see that not everyone is shooting nature in color. Your composition is nice and your subject is quite interesting.
A few technical tips though to make this piece sensational, would be to dodge the lower left-hand corner out, its really distracting that its the only corner of the image where it darkens. You can also see how light the petals are where the light is coming through if you shot this image as a RAW file, you can go in with camera raw (if you have photoshop), and burn it in, so it doesn’t look so blown out.
The buds on the stem are a bit distracting too, but that might just be me.
What could have been really awesome is to be completely behind the flower and have the light coming through it so all you could see is the textures of the petals (maybe). Try it out let me see how it goes.
GREAT job, and keep shooting & sharing on Flickr.

-Emma Canfield.

NBPS Flickr Contest (Lindsey Buchmann)

Happy Thanksgiving!, originally uploaded by ♥Birdgirl0123♥.

Hey guys sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit. It’s been a pretty crazy end of the semester for me, and I will now be updating some new Flickr contestants over the next couple of weeks (and possibly days to make up for the lost time, so bring on the new posts), I’ll also be announcing some of the new photographers of the month so keep tuned in. – Hope you all had a good new years too.

Back to the point of this post though.
Lindsey! nice shot!
I love how the plant looks so perfectly encased in the ice, like its waiting for the warm wether to return. Your usage of depth of field is great too, having your eye drawn to what you want the viewer to look at. Something that could take this picture to the next level though is to try shooting from a different angle, you’re obviously looking down on the plant, and it could be interesting to get on the same level as the plant, or even look up at it. Also don’t be afraid to try something crazy with lighting, since you’re shooting ice in this image anyways sunlight could reflect though it in some really spectacular ways, and intensify the colors.
Nicely done though, keep them coming!
-Emma Canfield

What on earth is going on!?

‘Bertie, Bertie, come quick’,  my brother shouted to inform that there was an enormous bright orange butterfly in his room. After appreciating its beautiful wing patterns and intricate body structure we decided that we should let it go; I cupped it in my hands and walked down stairs to the front door. Once outside, I opened my hands and it flew up into the air and away. My brother and I watched it climb higher and higher until it brought our attention to something a bit larger in the sky. Directly above us, no more than chimney height, a Red Kite was gliding with something in its talons. At the sight of this amazing bird so close, I told my brother to keep watching as I sprinted into the house to fetch my telephoto lens. To my horror, the wide angle was on the body!

That was a fast lens change.

By the time I had got outside, the Red Kite had drifted away but it was still clearly in view. I raised the viewfinder to my eye to discover that the Kite was raising its talons to its beak and taking chunks out of what it was holding.

That was the point at which I burst out laughing.

In this formidable predators talons, was my puppy’s fluorescent pink toy bone! Moments before we came out to release the butterfly, the Kite must have swooped down and taken it off my patio thinking it was a real bone. I have never witnessed behaviour like this before, and I doubt I will ever again, if anyone has seen this before I’d love to know…

Shortly after taking this photograph, the Kite dropped the bone into the next door neighbours garden. It took photographic evidence to convince the neighbours that the bone’s transport between our garden and theirs  involved a bird of prey!


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