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You be the Judge: Action

New York City Weekend Nature Photography Seminar December 8-9, 2012

Detail for this great weekend seminar are available here. Do consider joining Denise Ippolito and me for a great learning experience. Do click on the link to see many of Denise’s incredible tree and flower images. Camera club discounts available; see the details at the link.

5D Mark III Guide Pre-publication Version Still Discounted

Click here for details. When the guide is complete it will sell for $50. Folks who purchase now will receive the final version and any updates for no additional charge so ordering now is a win-win proposition. If you click on the link above you will see that the list of items not yet covered is continues to shrink….

I spent the better part of Tuesday and today working on the 5D III UG; when I am done, the price goes to $50. Buy now to save! The more I study this camera the more I learn how complex it is. Rudy Winston at Canon has been a huge help and so as Denise who helped me with the section on Multiple Exposures today. I still have some work to do.

Nickerson Beach/JBWR Photo-Tour August 15-17, 2012: Only 1 slot left!

Nickerson Beach/JBWR Photo-Tour August 15-17, 2012: $999. Co-leader: Denise Ippolito. Introductory slide program: Tuesday August 14 at 7pm. Limit 8/Openings:1.

This photo-tour is almost sold out. But with two great leaders each tons of experience at this site and the promise to learn a ton of great Photoshop stuff it does make a lot of sense.

For more info and a collection of images click here.

You Be the Judge: Action

The judging for the BIRDS AS ART 1st International Bird Photography Competition has been complete for some time. All of the judges including me were stunned by the quality of the images. We have been and will continue to be posting all of the images that were sent to the judges category by category. Each of you will have a chance to judge each category. Please read the directions below carefully. Your votes will not determine the winning images but it has been and will continue to be fun to see how everyone’s votes compare to the votes of the judges. So far the top pick of the public vote has matched the top pick of the judge’s panel in three of the five categories. I am not sure what might happen in Action….

This was a popular category with 445 images submitted. 15 images were sent to the five judges. Three images were disqualified after we received the RAW files, 2 of those for cropping more than 25%. Here is another big time thank you to Darrell, Chris, Julie, and Tim. And a big time thanks also to Peter Kes and Denise Ippolito for pitching in during the first rounds of image selection. We worked very hard for nearly three full days to get from more than 5500 images down to the final 163.

The Action category was designed for images that feature a bird or birds in action. Pretty straightforward. But spectacular.

Before you vote, please sure to click on each image so that you can view it at full size. Then pick your five favorites and vote them 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 with 5 being your very favorite. Like this:

Roseate Spoonbills squabbling: 5
Siskins fighting: 4
Snowy Egrets midair combat: 3
Great Crested Grebe displaying: 2
Common Tern feeding chick: 1

The “Sample Vote” above is for illustrative purposes only. Please do not let the sample vote, the votes of others, or the names assigned to the images influence your vote. Please put each of your five favorites on its own line by hitting “enter” after each one. No ties; please assign a single digit, 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 to each of your five favorites. As you will see there are a great many dramatic images here.

Please Note

If you wish to comment on any or all of the images, please do so below your five voting lines; this will make tallying the votes easier. Votes cast by those who fail to follow the formatting directions will be relegated to the Trash Bin.

The voting will be closed in about two days and the actual winning images for this category will be posted soon thereafter. A tally of the public vote along with my analysis and comments will follow.

Thanks for voting and please remember to breathe deeply and have fun.

Great Crested Grebe displaying


Galahs battling


Bald Eagle face off


Long Billed Curlew flapping after bath


Snowy Egrets midair combat


Upside down Bald Eagle fight


Siskins fighting


Bald Eagle ground warfare


Roseate Spoonbills squabbling


American Oystercather chicks chasing


Common Tern feeding chick


Dalmatian Pelican fish grab

62 comments to You be the Judge: Action

  • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Voting is closed as of 9:45pm eastern time. Thanks to all who participated.

  • avatar Robert Glassmaker

    Great Crested Grebe displaying: 5
    Roseate Spoonbills squabbling: 4
    Common Tern feeding chick: 3
    Siskins fighting: 2
    Snowy Egrets midair combat: 1

  • common tern feeding chick 5
    siskins fighting 4
    roseate spoonbills squabbling 3
    great crested grebe displaying 2
    american oystercatcher chicks chasing 1

  • avatar Mark Hendricks

    Roseate Spoonbills squabbling: 5
    Bald Eagle ground warfare: 4
    Common Tern feeding chick: 3
    Siskins fighting: 2
    Dalmatian Pelican fish grab: 1

  • avatar Carol Nichols

    Roseate Spoonbills squabbling: 5
    American Oystercatcher chicks chasing: 4
    Bald Eagle face off: 3
    Galahs battling: 2
    Siskins fighting: 1

  • avatar Frank Kratofil

    Great crested grebe displaying. 5
    Upside down bald eagle fight. 4
    Siskins fighting. 3
    Bald eagle face off. 2
    Snowy egrets midair combat 1

  • avatar Alan Lillich

    Bald Eagle face off: 5
    American Oystercather chicks chasing: 4
    Roseate Spoonbills squabbling: 3
    Siskins fighting: 2
    Dalmatian Pelican fish grab: 1

  • Roseate Spoonbills squabbling: 5
    Common Tern feeding chick: 4
    American Oystercather chicks chasing: 3
    Galahs battling: 2
    Siskins fighting: 1

  • avatar Daniel Riggs

    5- Dalmation Pelican Fish grab
    4- roseate spoonbills squabbling
    3- common tern feeding chick
    2- eagle face-off
    1- siskins fighting

  • 5-Upside down bald eagle fight
    4-Spoonbille squabbling
    3-Snowy egret midair
    2-Oyster catcher chicks
    1- Bald eagle face off
    Again a very difficult choice of images as most of them show some pretty good action and again I based my voting on what showed some serious action, not just behavior. I felt a few of these images were not really action but more behavior being the tern feeding and the curlew shot. Both great images IMO but not in the proper category. I feel all images were excellent and don’t mean to put any down by any means. Congratulations to all finalists.

  • avatar Kathleen Hanika

    5-Common tern feeding chicks
    4-Siskins fighting
    3-Galahs fighting
    2-American oystercatcher chicks chasing
    1-Bald eagle ground warfare

    Congrats to all. Great work.