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August Contest - Camouflage

Valentino

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Valentino Awarded for high level skills in landscape and wildlife photography Registered since 04th Dec 2004
Thu 01-Aug-13 11:57 AM

This months theme, selected by last months winner, slopoki1, is Camouflage.

From Rick, “Show wildlife subject that blends in, or hides, using the environment it's in. No captive subjects.”

Sample shot from Rick

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RULES:
--Post up to 7 images but only one image/post
--Include shooting info so we can learn from each other
--Previously posted images are welcome - but not previous contest winners
--When posting please do so by hitting the ‘reply’ link below this top post, not the reply link to another post.
--Include a title in the subject line
--Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens
--Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback
--WARNING posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge cannot qualify as finalists, and may or may not be removed by the moderators

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BillMarchel

Fort Ripley, US
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#1. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 0

BillMarchel Silver Member Charter Member
Thu 01-Aug-13 09:48 PM


I photographed this great gray owl using a Nikon D300, 200-400 Nikkor, f8 at 1/500.

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tgreenwald

High Springs , FL, US
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#2. "Georgia Copperhead " | In response to Reply # 0

tgreenwald Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Dec 2005
Thu 01-Aug-13 11:17 PM | edited Thu 01-Aug-13 11:19 PM by tgreenwald

Taken with a Coolpix 995 after nearly stepping on this beautiful snake. I hope you all see there are 2 snakes in this photo.























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cockers

Plover, US
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#3. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 0

cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Fri 02-Aug-13 06:22 PM | edited Fri 02-Aug-13 06:23 PM by cockers

Snowy Owl in the U.P.of Michigan.

Nikon D300s, Aperture Priority, ISO 250, -.3 EV, 1/5000 sec. Nikkor 500 F4P + 1.4 Kenko teleconverter, @f 7.1, on Induro AT413 tripod and BHD-3 Ball head.

Thanks for looking . . . Al

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Scotty45

AU
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#4. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 0

Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010
Sun 04-Aug-13 01:44 AM

Roths Tree Frog.

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newbird

Neuville, near Quebec City, CA
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#5. "If they don't move, chances are that we don't see them " | In response to Reply # 0

newbird Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006
Sun 04-Aug-13 04:16 PM

This one was taken in the shadow of a heavily forested area.

D200
Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 at 140mm
f/5
1/250 sec
ISO 400
Aperture priority


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newbird

Neuville, near Quebec City, CA
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#6. "What you see is not what you get" | In response to Reply # 0

newbird Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006
Sun 04-Aug-13 04:28 PM

In my early birding days (2008), I was making photos of the hard to see juvenile green heron when the black bird flew in. Although our eye is attracted by the black bird, it is the juvenile green heron that is the centerpiece of this photo.

D200
Televue astro telescope, 600mm f/7 with TC 1.4X Sigma
manual focussing
1/640 sec
f/10
ISO 400



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polarpics

Ontario, CA
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#7. "Ptarmigan" | In response to Reply # 0

polarpics Registered since 23rd Jan 2013
Sun 04-Aug-13 05:10 PM

FM2n, manual focus, and negative scan

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richardhodge1

Fareham, UK
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#8. "Rock Ptarmigan " | In response to Reply # 0

richardhodge1 Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Jan 2012
Sun 04-Aug-13 06:30 PM

Shot with D7000 and 80-400 AFS VR2, F/5.6, 1/640, ISO 1100 Handheld.
Regards
Richard

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larrycurrlymoe

Calgary, CA
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#9. "RE: Rock Ptarmigan " | In response to Reply # 8

larrycurrlymoe Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Feb 2009
Mon 05-Aug-13 10:30 PM

While my eyes are getting old, you have scared me out of the competition. A terrific capture and very fitting submission. Very nicely done, thanks for sharing!
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qanik

Smithers/Stewart, CA
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#10. "female willow ptarmigan" | In response to Reply # 0

qanik Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Dec 2007
Tue 06-Aug-13 05:54 AM

D800 and nikon 70-200mm
1/320
f 9.0
iso 250

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burchan

Sydney, AU
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#11. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 0

burchan Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2012
Tue 06-Aug-13 10:08 PM

Tawny Frogmouth
Nikon D7000 with 18-200mm at 150mm f10 1/125s matrix

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BillMarchel

Fort Ripley, US
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#12. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 0

BillMarchel Silver Member Charter Member
Wed 07-Aug-13 01:51 AM



I photographed this gray treefrog using a Nikon D300, 105 Macro, F11 at 1/5 sec.

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Antero52

Vantaa, FI
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#13. "Treecreeper" | In response to Reply # 0

Antero52 Silver Member Awarded for his expertise in post-processing, being  consistently helpful and professional. Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009
Fri 09-Aug-13 04:52 PM

Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, BC, Canada

D800E, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8, 1/640s, f/8, Auto-ISO @4500

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larrycurrlymoe

Calgary, CA
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#14. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 0

larrycurrlymoe Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Feb 2009
Tue 13-Aug-13 03:43 AM

Snow Bunting
D7000 Aperture Priority, ISO 400, +1 EV adjusted back -.8 in post
F8- 1/800, spot metering

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I didn't think I had anything worth posting.

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gmth

Lewisville, US
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#15. "Being green" | In response to Reply # 0

gmth Gold Member Awarded for sharing his excellent work and continued contribution to the forums, most notably at the Aviation forum. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 10th Feb 2012
Thu 15-Aug-13 03:51 PM

D800, f5.6, 1/125, 100, 300mm

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Phil Pound

Co Cork, IE
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#16. "Camouflage - Red Leg Partridge 1" | In response to Reply # 0

Phil Pound Silver Member Nikonian since 31st Oct 2011
Thu 15-Aug-13 05:18 PM

Red Leg Partridge, photograhped in north Wales.

D3x
600 mm f4 VR
1/800 sec
f6.3
ISO 200
- 0.7 EV

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Co Cork, IE
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#17. "Camouflage - Red Leg Partridge 2" | In response to Reply # 0

Phil Pound Silver Member Nikonian since 31st Oct 2011
Thu 15-Aug-13 05:22 PM

Red Leg Partridge.

D3x
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1/1000 sec
f6.3
ISO 200
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#18. "Camouflage - Red Leg Partridge 3" | In response to Reply # 0

Phil Pound Silver Member Nikonian since 31st Oct 2011
Thu 15-Aug-13 05:24 PM

Red Leg Partridge hiding in the long grass at the edge of a crop field.

D3x
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1/400 sec
f4
ISO 640
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#19. "Camouflage - Hare" | In response to Reply # 0

Phil Pound Silver Member Nikonian since 31st Oct 2011
Thu 15-Aug-13 05:27 PM

Hare, photographed in a hay meadow, Anglesey, North Wales.

D3x
600mm f4 VR
1/200 sec
f4
ISO 640
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AartPapaya

Hectorspruit, ZA
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#20. "RE: Georgia Copperhead " | In response to Reply # 2

AartPapaya Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011
Thu 15-Aug-13 07:51 PM

I think back with fondness of my Coolpix 995. I almost step on to a Gabon adder in, believe it or not, at Lope in Gabon. The coloring of the snake reminded me of that unbelievable beautiful snake.

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Hectorspruit, ZA
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#21. "Grasshopper" | In response to Reply # 0

AartPapaya Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011
Thu 15-Aug-13 08:00 PM

This fellow was on dead leaves in a papaya orchard.
D300S 1/60 105(Nikor18-105) with flash. Not the preferred lens for this shot.

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BSchirm

Rolling Hills, US
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#22. "Owl" | In response to Reply # 0

BSchirm Gold Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 07th Dec 2005
Fri 16-Aug-13 01:42 AM

Ranthambore National Park, India
D300 | Nikkor 18-200 @ 200mm | f/6.3 @ 1/160 | ISO 400 | handheld

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Smithers/Stewart, CA
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#23. " while walking along the road- Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 0

qanik Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Dec 2007
Sun 18-Aug-13 02:59 AM | edited Sun 18-Aug-13 03:01 AM by qanik

as noted, while walking back from fishing felt something looking at me and I looked to the left, a few quick!!! pictures and I kept on walking to my car - quickly

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Nikon 80-400
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niknac37

Mysore, IN
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#24. "Stick Insect" | In response to Reply # 0

niknac37 Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 03rd Dec 2007
Sun 18-Aug-13 03:03 PM | edited Sun 18-Aug-13 03:10 PM by niknac37

Shot this long time ago, in my garden.

D300S, Nikkon 105 VR Macro, 1/200, f:5, ISO 320

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Mysore, IN
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#25. "Flying Lizard" | In response to Reply # 0

niknac37 Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 03rd Dec 2007
Sun 18-Aug-13 03:09 PM

This Draco Dussumieri was shot in Western Ghats during a family holiday.

D300S, Nikkon 105 VR, ISO 400 1/250, F:5

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High Springs , FL, US
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#26. "Amblycorypha oblongifolia (katydid)" | In response to Reply # 0

tgreenwald Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Dec 2005
Mon 19-Aug-13 03:55 PM


Shot yesterday with this contest in mind at Corkscrew Swamp in Naples Florida.

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Nikon V1-FT1-Nikon 80-200mm D AFS on Gitzo tripod
Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
F-Number: f/5.6
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
ISO Speed Rating: 800
Exposure Bias: -1/3 EV
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TAHAWUS_53

Washington, US
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#27. "Nuts at the National Arboretum" | In response to Reply # 0

TAHAWUS_53 Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2005
Mon 19-Aug-13 09:08 PM


Cloudsplitter
DC

D7000 ISO400 f/7.10 1/250 sec
Sigma 150-500 @ 270mm

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Washington, US
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#28. "Frog on Raquette Flow" | In response to Reply # 0

TAHAWUS_53 Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2005
Mon 19-Aug-13 09:12 PM


Cloudsplitter
DC

D300 ISO 400 1/250 sec. f/5.6
Nikon 600mm 1.4 TX

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San Francisco, US
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#29. "Western fence lizard" | In response to Reply # 0

natashadak Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2004
Tue 20-Aug-13 08:39 AM

Western fence lizard on manzanita

D200
105 Micro 2.8
f/18 1/6sec ISO100 +.67ev AP


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Washington, US
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#30. "Green Heron at Nanjemoy Creek" | In response to Reply # 0

TAHAWUS_53 Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2005
Tue 20-Aug-13 04:37 PM


Cloudsplitter
DC

D300 1/250 sec f/8 ISO200
Sigma 150-500mm @ 500mm

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Washington, US
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#31. "In The Weeds" | In response to Reply # 0

TAHAWUS_53 Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2005
Tue 20-Aug-13 04:45 PM | edited Tue 20-Aug-13 04:47 PM by TAHAWUS_53

Cloudsplitter
DC

D300 ISO200 f/10 1/60 sec
Nikon 600mm with 1.4 TC


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High Springs , FL, US
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#32. "Florida Fence Lizard" | In response to Reply # 0

tgreenwald Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Dec 2005
Wed 21-Aug-13 02:28 PM | edited Wed 21-Aug-13 02:29 PM by tgreenwald

Taken in my front yard.
D200 with Nikon 70-180mm f4.5-5.6 macro zoom on tripod.


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Exposure Time: 1.3 sec
F-Number: f/11.0
Exposure Program: Normal Program
ISO Speed Rating: 100
Exposure Bias: 1 EV
Metering Mode: Spot
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Sonoita, US
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#33. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 0

Dgastrong Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Oct 2012
Fri 23-Aug-13 11:18 PM



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Sonoita, US
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#34. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 33

Dgastrong Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Oct 2012
Fri 23-Aug-13 11:24 PM

Sorry Folks, uploaded with no info...
D7000, 105mm f/2.8g, 1/500, IOS500, f/7.1
The little fellow was nested in a weed having supper. Could hardly see him/her; looked like just another weed.
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buckojimbo

Thornton, US
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#35. "Katydid on Apple Leaf" | In response to Reply # 0

buckojimbo Registered since 09th Dec 2010
Mon 26-Aug-13 10:48 PM


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Milwaukee, US
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#36. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage: In the Green" | In response to Reply # 0

jdroach Platinum Member Fellow Ribbon awarded. John exhibits true Nikonian spirit by frequently posting images and requesting comments and critique, which he graciously accepts. He is an inspiration to all of us through constant improvement in his own work, keen observations and excellent commentary on images posted by others. Donor Ribbon. Awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 21st Mar 2009
Tue 27-Aug-13 10:22 PM

Taken with Nikon Coolpix P7000, Shutter Priority, 42mm (equivalent), f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 200.

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Richmond, US
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#37. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 0

Snapshott Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Sep 2007
Wed 28-Aug-13 02:34 AM

Crabby Patty

D7000, Nikkor 300mm f4 af-s, 1/1000, f 7.1, ISO900

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Wilmington, US
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#38. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 37

debalbe Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd May 2011
Thu 29-Aug-13 02:44 AM | edited Thu 29-Aug-13 02:50 AM by debalbe

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richardhodge1

Fareham, UK
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#39. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 0

richardhodge1 Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Jan 2012
Thu 29-Aug-13 08:06 PM

Moth, dont know what type.

D7000 f/9, 1/500, 105VR + 1.4 TC. ISO 800

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Asheboro, US
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#40. "RE: Georgia Copperhead " | In response to Reply # 2

EAPhoto Registered since 16th Jan 2013
Sat 31-Aug-13 07:47 PM

Really cool shot, a Northern Copperhead hanging with a Southern Copperhead. Good to see everyone finally getting along.

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Jim Pearce

Grimsby, CA
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#41. "Screech Owl calling..." | In response to Reply # 0

Jim Pearce Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004
Sat 31-Aug-13 10:27 PM | edited Sat 31-Aug-13 11:00 PM by Jim Pearce

D300 w/ 500 f4 AF-S & TC-14E, 1/80 f7.1 ISO 400.

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Sonoita, US
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#42. "RE: August Contest - Camouflage " | In response to Reply # 0

Dgastrong Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Oct 2012
Sun 01-Sep-13 12:52 AM

Okay, here are two more photos for the Camo-Theme. The first is the actual "bug" in disguise. The second depicts the "bug" after I spooked her with the lens. In the first image she had already dispatched one of her prey. All I can say is I'm glad these things are not the size of dogs.... Enjoy.

Dale.

Photo 1. D7000, 24-70mm, f/5, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.
Photo 2. D7000, 24-70mm, f/7.1, ISO 100, 1/200 sec.

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Arvada, US
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#43. "ptarmigan in autumn, Colorado" | In response to Reply # 0

scottashley Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded as a Winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 23rd Apr 2002
Sun 01-Sep-13 04:42 AM | edited Sun 01-Sep-13 05:08 AM by scottashley

Ptarmigan are grouse-like birds that live high in the Colorado mountains and in northern latitudes. In summer and autumn their feathers match the rock terrain in which they live, and in winter they turn solid white—except for their black eyes and beaks. Perfect camouflage for their environment! This one's belly and leg feathers have already turned white for the quickly approaching winter snows, and its upper plumage is just beginning to turn.

D300, 150-500, ISO 400, F/8@1/500

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#44. "Lynx resting" | In response to Reply # 0

scottashley Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded as a Winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 23rd Apr 2002
Sun 01-Sep-13 05:09 AM | edited Sun 01-Sep-13 05:10 AM by scottashley

In many trips to Alaska only once have I managed to photograph a lynx—this young male resting up after fruitlessly pursing its main prey, the snowshoe hare. Unfortunately he was well camouflaged in deep brush and very difficult to photograph.

D300, 150-500, ISO 3200, F/6.3@1/80, monopod

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#45. "Mother marmot and babies" | In response to Reply # 0

scottashley Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded as a Winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 23rd Apr 2002
Sun 01-Sep-13 04:55 AM

Marmots live high in the Colorado mountains where their grayish-brown coats match the rock terrain in which they live. This mother and three of her babies blended very well with the rock outcropping in which they'd made their den.

D300, 500mm, ISO 400, F/27@1/45, tripod

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#46. "Alaskan ptarmigan" | In response to Reply # 0

scottashley Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded as a Winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 23rd Apr 2002
Sun 01-Sep-13 05:00 AM | edited Sun 01-Sep-13 05:07 AM by scottashley

Ptarmigan are grouse-like birds that live at high altitudes and in northern latitudes. In summer and autumn their feathers match the rock terrain in which they live, and in winter they turn solid white—except for their black eyes and beaks. This one's plumage had a strong reddish tinge to match the quickly changing colors of its Alaskan tundra home, and its belly and legs are turning white to match the soon-coming snows.

D300, 150-500, ISO 400, F/8@1/100

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scottashley Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded as a Winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 23rd Apr 2002
Sun 01-Sep-13 05:04 AM

Although bighorn sheep prefer staying in wide-open spaces, they're surprisingly hard to spot because their grayish-brown fur blends so well with their surroundings. This big ram's white rump even blended in with the patchy snow.

D200, 500mm w 1.4X converter, ISO 400, F/8@1/500

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