This months challenge chosen by Pakku is Joyous moments.
We are looking for captures of moments depicting a joyful mood. Captive animals ok, but avoid man made subjects in the images.
Participating in our monthly contests can help us to become better photographers. We can see and learn from all of the entries as our members showcase their best work each month. These monthly contests are the preliminary rounds for the Annual Nikonians Photo Contest where you have the opportunity to win attractive prizes and have your images highlighted in the Winners Galleries and published in the eZine. The top images will be selected by the winner of the previous months challenge and will be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. Please keep in mind that images will be selected based on image quality, subject matter, relevance to the theme, and creativity just to name a few.
I look forward to seeing how you fulfill this challenge!
RULES: -- Post up to 5 images but only one image per post -- This is a contest Please present your best, portfolio quality, work -- 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 will not be selected as finalists and may be periodically removed by the moderators without notice.
I live in San Jose CA which is the 10Th largest city in the US. Yet we are very close to wildlife, as you can see coyotes in the hills within 10 miles and an occasional cougar has shown up in residential neighborhoods within 5 miles of me. There is also a nice reservoir/park/preserve called Vasona Lake that is less than 4 miles from me that has many ducks, geese, egrets and herons. But it seems because of my location and the fact that I have a pool, that I can expect at least once a year or more that some bird wildlife in the area will stop in for a visit, today I was visited by wild Mallards as I was eating my breakfast. So I grabbed my D700 and 300 mm lens and took these shoots through a thermo pane door. All shots were f/4, 1/1000 of a second and ISO 400.
I think it is difficult to tell if an adult Eagle is experiencing joy, it seems to me that they always look somewhat angry-certainly serious. I think this one must be feeling 'Eagle joy' though with these two cute eaglets.
Joy of Mother Egret & Chicks: Mother Egret protecting her chicks from scorching sunlight by spreading her wings & chicks playing comfortably under her shadow / protection. One Chick sleeping comfortably & the other two playful. Mother Egret gets the joy as she she bears the pain for her chicks & her joy is quite visible on her face. . Exif: Camera: Nikon D7100 Lens: Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Focal Length: 220mm Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/800s ISO Sensitivity: 400 Location: Kanpur, India