My Pick Six Favorite « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

My Pick Six Favorite

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This image was created with the handheld Canon 100-400 IS L lens, the same lens that I used to create the wider Chinstrap Penguins on iceberg image in the “Pick Six” post.

First off, congrats to Paul Mckenzie whose comment nailed the correct answer:

May 17th, 2010 at 4:52 am “Artie – they are all excellent but the stitched pano is definitely my favourite. Exactly my kind of pic. #2 choice is a toss up between the chinstrap penguins and the backlit geese/cranes. The connection? – my wildcard guess is that they have all been shortlisted for the final round of judging in this year’s BBC WPOTY competition.”

WPOTY is the presitgioius Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. I suspect that Paul’s guess was based on his having several images make the finals of this year contest.

My very favorite image as you might guess is the Chinstraps on the iceberg photograph. We spent nearly 30 minutes with our Zodiac just inches from the iceberg and I had made lots of images like the one above. It was only as we pulled away from the majestic iceberg that I was able to see the forest for the trees. As is often the case, tt turned out that a shorter focal length was the better tool….

Thanks to all who played. And good luck to me in the final round of judging 🙂 If there is one image in the group that is successful I will be thrilled.

3 comments to My Pick Six Favorite

  • Artie, you are at least twice the photographer that I am as I only have 3 images in the final round of judging! I should add that of the 12 images I submitted, these were probably the 3 that I least expected to be chosen.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I wish that that were true. Thanks, however, for you kind words. And yes, the judging is often hard to understand….

  • avatar Subhrashis

    Best of Luck Artie!

    Just a thought, we all notice again that the shortlisted images are not your ‘signature’ ones.. (except for maybe the terns..) So, can this be because that style is the purest and natural way we think of a bird, and we are seeing what the mind remembers the bird like, we love it! But, in a contest,judges go looking for ‘something unique’ among the numerous entries, so the ones like these get selected which offer us something new ‘outside our visual thought process’?
    What do you think?

    PS dunno if i am able to make myself clear…