Thursday, October 14, 2010

You Capture - Animals

Our You Capture challenge this week was to capture animals. This should have been one of my favorites and one of my best. I spend half my life taking pictures of animals. After all, I don't have children around all the time to capture and I spend a lot of time observing and photographing the wildlife at Striebel pond.

Of course the swans are going to hog up a lot of the room on this post but first here are a couple of other birds, a grebe and some geese.

I had to include this shot because this guy swam right up to me and smiled. He actually wanted his picture taken.

The wingspan displayed in this picture was very impressive to me.

Then the swans got a little crazy and I had to photograph them. These photos would never win in a photography contest since they're so dark but I'm including them because of their content and the fact that if it weren't for Beth and You Capture, I wouldn't have them at all. They were far too distant for my flash and it was way too dark to shoot in auto. Thanks, Beth, for the little bit of knowledge I had that let me shoot in manual and capture the moments.

The money shot.

Then there was this little amphibian visiting the small pond at home. What is it? Frog? Toad?

Of course, I'm always on the lookout for deer when I visit Striebel Pond and this week, I caught a couple.
The end. Finally right?

For animals of every kind, visit Beth at Ishouldbefoldinglaundry.

28 comments:

  1. The swan shot is incredible and that creepy frog is awesome, too!

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  2. The swan shot is beautiful, but I love how serene your first photo looks. Great animal captures!

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  3. Wow! I am so impressed with all the amazing shots you got! Love them!!

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  4. Those swan shots are great! Great shots as always!

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  5. The swan shots are so cool! I love how you captured all that action!
    The shot of the two swans facing each other made me think of those blown glass figurines they used to (still do) make. :)

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  6. Nice work! I love the swan in flight shot. And the money shot. :-)

    That's a frog. Not sure exactly what kind (am guessing a young Bullfrog or Green Grog).

    Don't "yell" at me for not playing this week. It's been a bit nuts.

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  7. Love the money shot :). The birds in flight are awesome too. I like the frog shot the best. I think it is the way the light is bouncing off his back. He has great texture.

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  8. AMAZING SHOTS!!!!! I love the swans landing - the darkness adds mood to the photographs. And the one with the reflection!!!!! WOW :D Love this set.

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  9. You caught some absolutely gorgeous images! : )

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  10. Yeah, I love the money shot. I also love the toad or frog (what's the difference?).

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  11. Oh, the money shot! So, so lovely!

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  12. Okay, you MUST frame the swan/heart/reflection shot!!! I literally gasped when I saw it! SO beautiful. These are all lovely but that one is A-MAZ-ING!!

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  13. Wow, the final swan shot is gorgeous! And the deer is so cute!

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  14. Wow...you definitely have to frame the money shot! Lovely. Great job!

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  15. Wonderful shots, I love that frog!

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  16. Gorgeous photos! I love the frog/toad.

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  17. I am in love with the first photo. And the frog made me pick my feet up off the floor, just in case he was here.

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  18. How did I know you'd take shots of ducks? ;) Great shots, though! They're really gorgeous.

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  19. I think the smiling swan is my fav of this set. I'm sure you had a great time capturing these!

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  20. I love all your swan shots - wow! But that wing-span...I don't even know what to say! Beautiful!

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  21. Wow, awesome shots. I love the wing span on the one, it is amazing!!! Also, the money shot is gorgeous, I really love it. All of the shots are great, you always catch the best animal pictures! Oh yeah, and the deer pictures are awesome too!!!

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  22. These are so amazing it's hard to pick a favorite. :)

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  23. The swans are definitely the money shot. Great job.

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  24. Love the money shot! And the wingspan - definitely impressive!

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  25. You are so lucky to have that pond close by. I love your bird shots. Love them love them love them.

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  26. You take the best wildlife shots, Mary!

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