A Moment of Silence

by Pierre Falzon
(Pickering, Ontario, Canada)

This gentleman was observing a moment of silence at a Remembrance Day ceremony. I was taken by his dignity in a moment when he was experiencing grief.

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by: Julie

You've captured a very compelling and moving portrait here. The gentleman's emotions are very apparent, in spite of his composure.

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The Wave

by Wendy Reeve
(Motueka, NZ)

When my grandson came to stay, I took him to the Wave Pool. He was a little wary at first but then got right into it. This is the moment the wave hit him for the first time. After that, it was hard to get him away.

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by: Julie

This is a great capture! You've caught very natural moment and expression. I like the square crop, and the diagonal of the wave really emphasizes the motion. Great job!

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Hey You

by Big Ben
(Corydon, Kentucky, USA)

This is a shot of the passenger in the car next to me at the bank drive thru teller.

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steven green NEW
by: Anonymous

what do you think of my new hair do? great pic.

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where is my treat? NEW
by: Anonymous

Good shot. cute dog.

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Always carry your camera! NEW
by: Julie

Here's a reason to always carry your camera! You never know who's going to pop up beside you. Your description helped me to understand why this was indeed, a decisive moment :). Thanks for sharing.

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The Headless Victor

by Lorna
(Saskatchewan, Canada/Jalisco, Mexico)

On a sunny day last summer, our grandson decided to instigate a wrestling match with his uncle while he relaxed on the lawn. Much to his surprise, the little instigator was suddenly upside down, suspended in mid air without any chance of retaliation. I was pleased that at the moment I released the shutter, it displayed minimal movement in the activity but laughed when I realized the winner of the wrestling match appeared headless. :-)

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by: Big Ben

I'll have to agree with Julie but the best thing is that you keep your camera with you. I'm glad you did. Thanks.

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Great expression! NEW
by: Julie

You captured a delightful expression on your grandson's face. The image does make you look twice to parse the two separate figures -- I can't decide whether that's good or bad! :-) What do others think?

I do wish there had been more light on your grandson's face so that we could see the expression better. I wonder if you could pull out more detail with a little dodging in post processing.

Thanks for sharing - it certainly made me smile!

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Ouch!

by Mabel Au
(Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)

Took this picture last Summer at the Orangeville Ram Rodeo. Captured the moment when the rider hit the dirt while the horse leapt into the air with anger.

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by: Big Ben

Great action shot. Lighting direction very good.

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Well done! NEW
by: Julie

I find rodeos can be challenging to shoot, but lots of fun! You caught a great moment here - love that the horse has all four feet in the air, and that there's some dust flying!

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Trust

by Liz
(Chipping Norton, UK)

Trust

Trust

I watched this woman feeding the birds outside Notre Dame in Paris. She obviously does it every day and the sparrows flock to her.

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Beautiful! NEW
by: Julie

I love her expression! It's a heart-warming shot. I do wish that the one bird by her armpit wasn't there (picky me! :). Did you take a few shots? This one certainly does have the right expression on her face, so I wouldn't want to lose that. Thanks so much for sharing!

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The Fine Print

by Doug Gray
(Guelph, Ontario, Canada)

Street photography in Port Dover on Friday 13th always yields gems. Caught this rider about to disembark his ride at what seems to be the same time he notices the sign on the post beside him, causing the briefest hesitation until he sees 'The Fine Print'.

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Certainly, It says.... NEW
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No Parking
Effective Friday the 13th
3:00am - 11:00pm
Motorcycles Exempt

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Great catch! NEW
by: Julie

Love the moment you caught, and I like the black and white treatment. Unfortunately, I can't read the fine print at this resolution. Can you share with us what it says?

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Mama Robin cleaning up

by Rick Adams
(Nashville, TN, U.S.A.)

I watched a mother robin tending her babies for several weeks this past Spring. I was a bit surprised when I observed her method for keeping the nest clean.

She would bring in a serving of worms to feed her brood. Then after feeding them, she would stand and watch them until one of them would turn its little bottom up toward her. This photo is one I made of her grabbing a batch of used worms which she promptly flew away with to drop somewhere in our yard.

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by: Big Ben

Great pic and very informative. Thanks.

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God's creations! NEW
by: Marsha Ide

This is such a beautiful picture. It's nice to be able to see this close up. Great picture!

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Turdus migratorius NEW
by: Anonymous

Nicely done.
Thanks for the information about the robin's nest cleaning habits. I had never thought of it before as being necessary but the nest would be quite foul if it was not cleaned regularly. They don't call them Turdus migratorius for nothing.
Actually Turdus refers to the Thrush family.

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Great Nature story! NEW
by: Julie

This is a great Nature story! You're lucky to have such a good vantage point where you could watch all the action, and learn about robin house-keeping methods! :)

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Side Stroke

by Charles Luker
(San Angelo, Tx, USA)

While this duck was busy cleaning itself, I caught it doing the "side stroke". :)

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A well-timed shot! I don't think I've ever seen a duck doing the side stroke before :-)

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING "MEL"?

by LUIS A VERA
(LAFLIN, PA, USA)

WELCOME HOME?

WELCOME HOME?

IT'S IN SIMPLICITY THAT IT IS EASIER TO APPRECIATE HOW PERCEPTION IS REALLY IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. MY ORIGINAL THOUGHT FOR THIS PHOTO WAS "I AM HOME" AS THE MALE BIRD RETURNS HOME AFTER A NIGHT OF PARTY AND MRS BIRD IS NOT VERY HAPPY. BUT THE CONCEPT CAN BE EXPLAINED BY AS MANY WORDS AS THERE ARE INDIVIDUAL OPINIONS. IT MIGHT AS WELL BE "STOP SHOWING OFF MEL AND LAND" OR BE CAREFUL THE SPACE IS LIMITTED, OR GET AWAY,THIS IS MY PLACE...

WELL, YOU GET THE POINT. I EDITED THIS PHOTO SOMETIME AGO FOR AN ARTICLE ON BIRDS SIHLOUETTES I WAS WRITTING FOR A NATIONAL BIRDING MAGAZINE. THIS PHOTO ALWAYS REMINDS ME OF HOW WE LEARN TO EXTAPOLATE CONCEPTS AND IDEAS BASED ON ABSTRACT IMAGES, SHAPES OR FORMS. THE CRUCIAL MOMENT IS THERE, IT'S WHAT YOU MAKE OUT OF IT THAT REALLY TELLS THE STORY.

BIRDS ARE ONE OF MY FAVORITE SUBJECTS. IF YOU SPEND TIME OBSERVING THEIR BEHAVIOUR YOU MIGHT CONCLUDE THAT THERE ARE MANY SIMILARITIES TO OUR OWN WAY OF REACTING TO SITUATIONS IN LIFE. MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE ANIMAL WORLD SHARE THIS GIFT.

THANK YOU FOR LOOKING AND HOPE YOU HAVE SOME FUN CREATING YOUR OWN IDEAS ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE.

THNAK YOU JULIE FOR LETTING SHARE MY PHOTOS WITH OTHER FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHERS AROUND THE WORLD

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You're welcome, Luis. I always enjoy your photos.

I'm trying to figure out the silhouette here with the bird on the left. Is he merging with something he's carrying, or something attached to the post?

I love the open wings, and the open mouth of the bird on the right. You've definitely captured some good bird behaviour here, and it's easy to fit the action with different stories like you described. I do the same with my flower photos, finding expressions of human behaviour within, and imagining the personalities of my subjects.

Thanks, Luis!

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Feeding time

by Chuck
(Champaign, Illinois, USA)

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patience NEW
by: Julie

Hey, I admire anyone who can get a good bird shot! I know it is extremely difficult, and I personally don't have enough patience for it :). Given your comments, I think you did very well!

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I was sitting on the deck in the back yard and noticed the baby fly into the tree and a few minutes later the adult. At this time I've only been trying my hand in photography for about a year. So I was just a little over jealous and didn't take the time to set things correctly with the camera. I was using a Canon EOS Rebel XT with a 75-300mm 4.5-5.6 lens. I too am glad I had the depth of field set correctly. Thanks for the comments.
Chuck

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The right moment NEW
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You certainly caught the right moment here! The image does call out for an even longer (yes, $$$, I know :-) ) lens so that we can get in closer on that action, and fill more of the frame. You used a good depth of field to get a nice, soft background, without distractions. Thanks for sharing your image!

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Let's Leap

by Emily Mabee
(Henderson, KY USA)

Thousands of White Pelicans descend on Reelfoot Lake in N.W. Tennessee in late fall. I happened to catch two with my 150-500 lens as they leaped off a cypress stump.

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by: Big Ben

Great stop action.

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Let's Leap NEW
by: Emily

Yes Julie, I wished for the same thing.

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Great timing! NEW
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It almost looks like the one at the back has jumped on the end of a teeter-totter, and is about to catapult the one at the front into the air! :-) I do wish that the birds' heads were in the same warm light as their near wings, but you can't have it all :-) You captured a great moment! Thanks for sharing.

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The decisive moment "CHARGE" !!!

by Manfred Meilinger
(Wasaga Beach, ON)

Our family spent Christmas in Florida this year. We hang out in the Florida Panhandle. Apalachicola is one of our favorite places to visit. There is this wonderful place called the Tin Shed. It features thousands of marine artifacts of all kinds, you name it they have it. Couldn't help myself grabbing this shot. Just loved her facial expression :-). I had no idea it would fit this month challenge. Cheers Manfred

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by: Julie

I'm sure it was the facial expression that caught your eye ;-))

A bit of a stretch for this month's theme, since it wasn't really your camera that captured that particular decisive moment. Had she been real, then I'd agree!

Hope you had fun in Florida, and not trying to pick on you too much this month, Manfred :)

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Perfectly Timed Right Hand

by Rick Bender
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Perfect right cross

Perfect right cross

I was late arriving to get set up in my preferred seat and was frantically getting my gear out after having ducked into the nearest arena entrance. Round one had started and I was resigned that any shots from here were sure to be throw-aways and was anxious for the round to end so I could get set up properly, nonetheless I followed the action into the far side of the ring, good lighting, figured I could get a safety shot while both competitors were open to my camera. Then an exchange took place and I shot a single frame just as the right hand connected right on the button.

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by: Bob

Great shot. Your past experience as a boxer also helps. I allows you to anticipate what is coming next.

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You even caught the motion in each boxers face ....the right place at the right time....your camera settings were bang on ....thank you for sharing your work

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You even caught the motion in each boxers face ....the right place at the right time....your camera settings were bang on ....thank you for sharing your work

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You even caught the motion in each boxers face ....the right place at the right time....your camera settings were bang on ....thank you for sharing your work

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"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" -- Seneca

This is a perfect example of that! Great shot, and perfect for this month's theme. Thanks for sharing!

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Waiting

by Jamie Carrier
(Loveland, Colorado, USA)

While in Portugal, I found my husband patiently waiting for just the right moment. I positioned myself so that the sun would be directly behind him, creating a silhouette.

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The photo has a nice mood to it. There's a real feeling of stillness to this image created by the silhouette and monochromatic colour palette. Thanks for sharing!

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Hideki Matsui Game Tying Home Run

by Gary Wiesner
(Hillsborough, NJ USA)

Game tying home run

Game tying home run

I took this photo from the "nosebleed' seats during the inaugural season of the new Yankee Stadium. I am not a Yankee fan, just love baseball. This shot is a game tying home run in the 8th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on 8/11/2009. I personally like the clarity of the photo with the exception of the blurred bat and the ball leaving the bat. I have taken many baseball photos yet this is my decisive photo of a decisive moment.

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Talk about timing...
by: Anonymous

Absolutely perfect shot in time.

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A moment in time!
by: Carl A

This photo is simply perfect! It captures an historic moment in sports! The framing, the contrast, color and them is well worth a 6 star rating!!!!!!

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Its outta there!!!!!!
by: AnonymousBarb Pordy

As a Yankees Fan , Picture Perfect! Reminds me of fField of Dreams.

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by: Marco

I like it.

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Crack!
by: Lucky

Love that you captured the ball! Pretty good shot for a Mets fan!

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Awesome!
by: Dude

Puts a new meaning to keeping your eye (lens) on the ball - eh!. Great shot Gary!

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Awesome Shot
by: Anonymous

Nothing like putting one of those many "perfect" lenses you own to fantastic work. :-> Great Shot Gary!

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I was there that night
by: Wilson

I saw this in person (from the seat next to Gary) and have to commend Gary for capturing the moment. Took a lot of tries to get the timing right, but when he got it, he NAILED it!

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Not only did you capture the perfect moment of action, but you created a great composition by using the lines on the field to enhance the sense of motion in the shot. Well done! Perfect for this month's theme. Thanks for sharing.

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a funny moment

by paddy howes
(south africa)

a funny moment

a funny moment

A funny moment,in our little village of Franschhoek: I was up early (to do the SCOTT KELBY walk) & caught this man in a decisive moment displaying his models out side his shop ...we had a laugh!!!

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by: Julie

This one gave me a good giggle :-). You definitely caught him at the right moment!

I think you have enough room around the main subject to be able to straighten the horizon a bit; that would improve the image. I like the fish eye look, though; it adds to the quirkiness of the subject.

Thanks for sharing!

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