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Today I was at my desk working when I happened to look out the patio door and say my neighbour's cat running towards me with a starling in his mouth. I noticed that lots of starlings were clinging to the washing line pole and flying all over the place. I went out side to see lots of them sitting on top of the television aerial on the roof all looking in exactly the same direction as the squeals I could hear coming from a neighbouring garden and, presumably, the injured starling. The panic of the other birds was palpable. I grabbed my camera to take some shots as they were flying all around - at about the same time two seagulls landed on the garage roof and almost immediately took off. The atmosphere was electric for a few moments -the air just seemed full of terror. I was bit upset if truth be known - though I do appreciate it is the way of things.

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Jun 2011 - 9:09 AM
Focal Length:95mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Pandemonium
Username:Suehh Suehh
Uploaded:6 Jun 2011 - 9:37 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated
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User_Removed
6 Jun 2011 - 9:46 PM

Great write up Sue. You should finish off with.... "this is Kate Adie reporting from the back garden...." Wink just kidding, it's very well written. The text explains the image very well, I think you've acheived the feel you were looking for. Great job!

Al.

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Carrie_1
Carrie_1  4 Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 9:48 PM

Super image and write p.
Caroline

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
6 Jun 2011 - 9:50 PM

Gorgeous manipulation here Sue. Wish I had your talent for this type of stuff. Wouldn't know where to start. These things are upsetting, but that's nature I suppose. Moira

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Gemma9
Gemma9  5 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 - 9:51 PM

Excellent work, it's a shame it was made possible by a sad event.
Gemma

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 9:54 PM

Great image. paul

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User_Removed
6 Jun 2011 - 9:56 PM

... plus, I learned how to spell 'pandemonium' Grin ... though I notice I spelt achieved wrong Tongue

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Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 10:09 PM


Quote: Great write up Sue. You should finish off with.... "this is Kate Adie reporting from the back garden...." Wink just kidding, it's very well written. The text explains the image very well, I think you've acheived the feel you were looking for. Great job!

Al.


Quote: ... plus, I learned how to spell 'pandemonium' Grin ... though I notice I spelt achieved wrong Tongue



You cheeky fella you - you trying to say I talk too much!!!?? I have been home alone working all day with no-one to talk to so I had to make up for it by giving EPz's the verbals! Now, would you like me to give you a lesson on the i before e rule?? But then again, there are two spelling (well typing actually) errors in my narrative so we will call it quits eh.

Thanks for the comment - you did make me smile - this is Sue Hadnett from the dining room, at my desk, beside the patio door with a cuppa and a choccy biscuitTongue

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6515 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 10:12 PM

I can imagine why you would feel upset I would too, you captured the madness of the moment well. - gary

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 10:13 PM

superbly captured with good spread of wings in each of the upper 4 birds even making great pattern work

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 10:15 PM

How lovely, great work...........Sandy

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User_Removed
6 Jun 2011 - 10:19 PM


Quote: - you trying to say I talk too much!!!??

I wouldn't dream of it!! Wink

Your reporting is first class!... moving and descriptive (checked spelling first).

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EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 10:30 PM

Dramatic image and a write-up to match. It's the local Sparrowhawks we worry about with little birds. Nature in the raw!

Ann

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Sean_Dillon
6 Jun 2011 - 10:35 PM

Love the creativity here, great work.
John

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 - 11:08 PM

Ah Nature can be so cruel and the starlings have lots of babies at the moment who are just learning to feed themselves. I can feel the terror in your image.
Mavis

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andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 11:20 PM

fantastic work sue brilliant write up love the title a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 11:25 PM

Sounds like a scene from the horror film ,The Birds,Sue !!
I can't recall Tippi Hedren having a Nikon in her hand and taking some pics though !!
I took a girlfriend to the pictures to see that film.I liked taking them to horror films as they were all over me like a rash at the scary bits.
It did not work out on this occasion.It turned out she had the hots for Rod Taylor and spend the entire time swooning and gushing over him when he came on screen.Dunno what he had that I have not got ? That was the last I saw of her and it was her loss really.She got no fish supper and her bus fares home that night !!
Mick.

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ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 12:33 AM

Sue, that is fabulous! You really caught the feeling, esp. by that big white swipe of the seagull. It is disturbing that the other birds were so upset. I once was feeding some swallows at a feeder and a large white heron came by and tried to eat a swallow! The poor thing was screeching and I tried to save it but the heron flew off with it. Nature can be grim. I have added your picture to my favorites to study - I'm not sure how you did this but I am going to try to figure it out!
Christina

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JustDucky  3 Canada
7 Jun 2011 - 12:52 AM

very beautiful image, great work - nature can be cruel
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fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 8:14 AM

A beautiful and very creative piece of work.

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 8:27 AM

Cracking image Sue and a really apt title, reminds of Hitchcock's 'The Birds'. Have a great day, don't work to hard Smile

Hugh

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Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 8:38 AM

Good morning one and all - hope the day is good for you - the sun is shining here - blast as I typed that it disappeared behind a cloud!

Thank you for all your c/c's - much appreciated x




Quote: Sue, that is fabulous! You really caught the feeling, esp. by that big white swipe of the seagull. It is disturbing that the other birds were so upset. I once was feeding some swallows at a feeder and a large white heron came by and tried to eat a swallow! The poor thing was screeching and I tried to save it but the heron flew off with it. Nature can be grim. I have added your picture to my favorites to study - I'm not sure how you did this but I am going to try to figure it out!
Christina

Christina - I will pm you

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 9:21 AM

Great and such an amazing story Sue, and to do this with the shots taken...beautiful!Grin
and scary...well done
Lillian

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HobbitDave
7 Jun 2011 - 9:36 AM

This is wonderful, Sue, you have captured the moment perfectly. Cracking image, love it!
Dave x

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gingerdelight

Stunning work Sue! Very well done!
Carol

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SlowSong e2 Member 54169 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 9:47 AM

Terrific capture and interpretation.
Chris

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NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 10:20 AM

great drama in both image and text,well captured moment.

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garymc
garymc  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 12:21 PM

Very creative image, dreamlike.

Gary.

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diamondgeaser

Super image and commentary Sue, so well done,

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Eviscera
Eviscera  81096 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 7:26 PM

Beautifully abstract Sue , and the birds over confusion , a touch of class !

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Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 8:08 PM


Quote: Beautifully abstract Sue , and the birds over confusion , a touch of class !

Thank you Dave - means a lot!
Grin

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bricurtis e2 Member 91885 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 8:53 PM

A swirl of feathers and flight - love it Sue.
Brian.

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 9:17 PM

you have captured every word of your story Sue, and I love the effect....

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franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2011 - 12:18 AM

Horrific story but makes an enchanting abstract, the touch of fractalius (if that's what it is) has given it an edgy feel which bodes well with your story. I like the blob of the seagull across the diagonal. Nice work indeed.

Fran

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8 Jun 2011 - 2:44 PM

Beautifully put together, to portray the scene in the garden, including the electricity in the background.

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Adderwatcher
8 Jun 2011 - 6:03 PM

A wonderful work of art Sue, Love this!!
Scott

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mikan  3 Romania
8 Jun 2011 - 6:10 PM

Great work

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barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2011 - 6:17 PM

WOW !!!! Speechless here !

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8 Jun 2011 - 6:43 PM

Brill

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jamestheboy
8 Jun 2011 - 7:48 PM

Just WOW !


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Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2011 - 9:05 PM

Outstanding work here. Gary

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9 Jun 2011 - 8:12 AM

Tremendous Sue.

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11 Jun 2011 - 3:24 PM

Excellent and powerful work
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Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2011 - 3:46 PM

Nice write up to compliment the image,,

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posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2011 - 3:31 AM

Superb image. Love it.
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