< Mini Challenge #72 – Urban Wildlife

jrnylstjrnylst tickledPosts: 69Registered Users Big grins
edited March 13, 2009 in The Dgrin Challenges
And no, party animals don’t count! I don’t know that zoo animals count, either, but if the shot is good, definitely try it. I’m looking for wildlife co-existing with humans. Going on about their daily business even though we’ve sprawled all over their territory.

When I see wildlife in an urban corridor, I typically do everything I can to make it look like I’m not in the middle of the city. But sometimes showing the animal in its natural setting can be fun and/or humorous. Like watching a peregrine devour a pigeon on the window ledge of a high rise during a board meeting with wide-eyed, mouth agape out-of-town guests or clients who’ve never seen more than songbirds. Or finding an elk chewing cud in your front yard when you get home from a long day of work.

This challenge begins now (2:02 PM MST 27 Feb 09) and ends 12 PM MST 13 Mar 09.

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1. Have fun sharing and seeing what others share!
2. The host supplies a topic and you post 1-3 images. The host judges the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and is not eligible to enter.
The 1st place winner then chooses the next topic, judges the winner and passes on the baton to the new champion.
3. Any photo you’ve taken is eligible, regardless of when taken or camera used.
4. Any amount of post-processing is allowed. However, it is helpful if you list your camera and lens along with your photo.
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5. The winner has up to three days (72 hours) to begin a new mini-challenge, or the honor goes to the #2 finisher and so forth.

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5. Enjoy discussion with members about their images, don’t let this just be an entry thread!
6. Don’t be hesitant – share 'em and enter!
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  • jrnylstjrnylst tickled Posts: 69Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 27, 2009
    samples
    After seeing some of the great entries that have already been posted, I'm hesitant to post my ancient, dinosaur samples. You all need no inspiration from me! You're doing great on your own!

    These are all 100 years old or older eek7.gif , scanned from 4x6 prints, taken back in the days of 35mm film. But I teased about two of them in the intro, so I suppose I need to put my pictures where my mouth is...

    Raptor Rap
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    Lawn Ornament
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    You Decorated My Life
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    You are all doing great. Keep 'em coming!
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  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 7,079Super Moderators moderator
    edited February 27, 2009
    1, Invasion of the iguanas...
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    2. why fly when you can take a boat!...
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    3. gulls on a hot tin roof..
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  • TangoTango Major grins Posts: 4,592Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 27, 2009
    jeez JAG, talk about setting the bar.... where the heck am i going to find lizards in the streeteek7.gifrolleyes1.gif


    thanks Jrynlst, excellent theme
    Aaron Nelson
  • jeffmeyersjeffmeyers Major grins Posts: 1,535Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 27, 2009
    jeez JAG, talk about setting the bar.... where the heck am i going to find lizards in the streeteek7.gifrolleyes1.gif


    thanks Jrynlst, excellent theme

    Just go buy something exotic and release it in a crowded mall. Snap the pictures and return the wild thing to the pet store. Then you win the mini challenge and can retire on the prize money. I've got it all figured out. :jfriend
    More Photography . . . Less Photoshop [. . . except when I do it]
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  • TangoTango Major grins Posts: 4,592Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 27, 2009
    jeffmeyers wrote:
    Just go buy something exotic and release it in a crowded mall. Snap the pictures and return the wild thing to the pet store. Then you win the mini challenge and can retire on the prize money. I've got it all figured out. :jfriend

    deal.gif you have me figured out... this is what i was thinking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nko_RQGCDm8
    Aaron Nelson
  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 7,079Super Moderators moderator
    edited February 27, 2009
    deal.gif you have me figured out... this is what i was thinking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nko_RQGCDm8

    hahaha! You crack me up!rolleyes1.gif

    Those iguanas are all over the place in St. Thomas...there like roaches all over the place!
  • W.W. WebsterW.W. Webster Happily mirrorfree New ZealandPosts: 3,204Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 27, 2009
    Standing room only on the town wharf in Oamaru, New Zealand!

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  • TrevlanTrevlan The Dark Eye Posts: 649Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 27, 2009
    Jesus Christ. The only 'Wild Life' I get in the bronx on Squirrles and crap of that sort. :-(

    "Trees are for the less sophisticated"
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    "She never showed up..."
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    "So that's where all the chicks hang out..."
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  • dlplumerdlplumer Major grins Posts: 8,045Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 27, 2009
    Standing room only on the town wharf in Oamaru, New Zealand!

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    This is very cool.
  • dlplumerdlplumer Major grins Posts: 8,045Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 27, 2009
  • climbbikeclimbbike Making it up as I go Posts: 23Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 27, 2009
    I don't have any great entries for this category but I do have one funny one:

    Confused Gull
    This was taken in Vancouver BC while I was walking around the city. I thought it was so funny finding this poor gull on the blue tarp on top of a roof like he thought it was water or something. Just gave me a good chuckle.

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  • dniednie Major grins Posts: 1,351Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Major grins
    edited February 27, 2009
    Trevlan wrote:
    Jesus Christ. The only 'Wild Life' I get in the bronx on Squirrles and crap of that sort. :-(

    "Trees are for the less sophisticated"

    Ok, so it isn't as exciting as a Moose in your front yard, but what ya gonna do? You get the best dang squirrel picture anyone has ever seen. Laughing.gif
  • PaulThomasMcKeePaulThomasMcKee Ars Gratia Artis Posts: 429Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 27, 2009
    Urban Hunter...
    Too Cool!clap.gifNice shot Dan.
  • TangoTango Major grins Posts: 4,592Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 27, 2009
    Along the bike path...at sunrise

    "its a big big world out there"
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    at the city fish ponds we get visitors all the time... it took me close to an hour to get close enough with my G10 to photograph this Great Blue Heron
    (and i was rather excited to watch him snap a fish out of the water right in front of me...)
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    city center....
    a bronze masterpiece at sunrise
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    Aaron Nelson
  • dniednie Major grins Posts: 1,351Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Major grins
    edited February 27, 2009
    Along the bike path...at sunrise

    at the city fish ponds we get visitors all the time... it took me close to an hour to get close enough with my G10 to photograph this Great Blue Heron
    (and i was rather excited to watch him snap a fish out of the water right in front of me...)

    city center....
    a bronze masterpiece at sunrise

    All very cool!
    The little bird looks like he is sitting on a mountain top, love the DOF.
    I get Herons a lot, but never, never ever, that close. Good job.
    The bronze looks great... certainly says urban wildlife to me.
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Posts: 3,116Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 28, 2009
    I think the iguana shot will be tough to beat, but I'll try.:D

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    dave.

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  • TrevlanTrevlan The Dark Eye Posts: 649Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 28, 2009
    Along the bike path...at sunrise


    city center....
    a bronze masterpiece at sunrise
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    Am I alowed to curse? bowdown.gif
    Frank Martinez
    Nikon Shooter
    It's all about the moment...
  • TrevlanTrevlan The Dark Eye Posts: 649Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 28, 2009
    dnie wrote:
    Ok, so it isn't as exciting as a Moose in your front yard, but what ya gonna do? You get the best dang squirrel picture anyone has ever seen. Laughing.gif

    Thanks Donna. You are too kind. ;-)

    These shots are amazing. Good luck to the judge. Hahahahaha!
    Frank Martinez
    Nikon Shooter
    It's all about the moment...
  • lisasolonynkolisasolonynko Happy to Grin Posts: 97Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 28, 2009
    First Challenge Entry
    Hi all,

    This is my first entry. I have to say the images so far are amazing. I am hoping to become more involved with the forums and the challenges. Unfortunately, there is next to no "wildlife" in Cyprus ... not even squirrels, lol. If anyone were to actually see a bird, they should get their eyeful before someone comes along and shoots it with buckshot. Dogs and cats are the closest thing to wildlife here and they are mostly left to fend for themselves on the streets. Some people will own dogs so that when there are no birds to hunt they will hunt the dogs. Sad by true. I took this image yesterday as my husband and I were walking in the Occupied Territory of North Cyprus. Sorry for the long explanation, but I figured that some might wonder why I am posting an image of a dog.

    Feedback is always welcome.

    Lisa

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  • TrevlanTrevlan The Dark Eye Posts: 649Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 28, 2009
    Hi all,



    Feedback is always welcome.

    Lisa

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    Wow! That dog almost looks like a man. (The expression in his face.) Great entry!thumb.gif
    Frank Martinez
    Nikon Shooter
    It's all about the moment...
  • lisasolonynkolisasolonynko Happy to Grin Posts: 97Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 28, 2009
    Thanks for the feedback! That is exactly what I said to my husband when I saw him there. When seen much larger, he definitely looks like an old tired man. His eyes look exhausted but so full of wisdom.

    I am glad you like it.

    Lisa
  • SystemSystem Posts: 8,195Registered Users moderator
    edited February 28, 2009
    Normal Operation
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  • lisasolonynkolisasolonynko Happy to Grin Posts: 97Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 28, 2009
    Hilarious, and a great capture!

    Lisa
  • dlplumerdlplumer Major grins Posts: 8,045Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 28, 2009
    Too Cool!clap.gifNice shot Dan.

    Thanks Paul. It was a very lucky find.wings.gif
  • clutch13clutch13 Beginner grinner Posts: 6Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited February 28, 2009
    1. Deer in the yard

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    2. Evil Eyes


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    3. Bed head

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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 28, 2009
    #1 At the fountain

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    #2 Sharing the street

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    #3 Power-line deco

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  • Luke J. PhotographyLuke J. Photography Sports Photographer Posts: 204Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 28, 2009
  • JackieHollowJackieHollow Big grins Posts: 30Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 28, 2009
    This is about as wild as we get. Laughing.gif I'll keep looking though. ;)

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  • AnnasPhotosAnnasPhotos Big grins Posts: 66Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 28, 2009
    My Backyard Friend
    Here are a few shots of a female deer in my yard. Every inch I got closer, I think her eyes got bigger. :D

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    Photography is just not about taking pictures....
    It's a learning experience. :D
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  • coscorrosacoscorrosa Major grins Posts: 2,284Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 28, 2009
    dlplumer wrote:
    Thanks Paul. It was a very lucky find.wings.gif

    No kidding! Wow, a bobcat. I've seen a cougar in the wild before (before I started taking photos) but never a bobcat.
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