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It’s such a thrill when you happen to be at the right place at the right time! (Sanibel Island, FL, 2008)

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  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...over 6 years ago

    Great action shot Karen

  • Thank you so much, Anne-Marie!

    – Karen Checca

  • Gili Orr
    Gili Orralmost 6 years ago

    Lovely shot, Karen! I wonder if it’s “as is”… If so, I wonder if playing a bit with levels and sharpen tool could make it even more impressive.

  • Hi, Gili and thanks for your comments. The only thing I did was correct the white level a bit. I’d love to hear any suggestions you would have. Perhaps take the color cast off? :) karen

    – Karen Checca

  • Gili Orr
    Gili Orralmost 6 years ago

    Well, I would try to go a bit up with the shadows in levels (darken a bit) – it gives more contrast… and sharpen a bit with the “unsharp mask”. It’s a matter of playing with these tools somewhat, enough to see a difference but careful not to make it look unnatural… I play a lot with my photos;-)

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yageralmost 6 years ago

    What a magnificent capture, Karen! A rare pose indeed! Thanks for sharing it with us! – Pat

  • Thank you for your kind words, Pat! I was so taken aback when I looked up and it was coming in for a landing, I’m surprised I got it at all, lol! :) Karen

    – Karen Checca

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 6 years ago

    A FABULOUS capture – wow!!!!

  • Thanks so much, lorilee! I was very excited to see it uploaded b/c I couldn’t see it on the beach due the strong sun. :) karen

    – Karen Checca

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 6 years ago

    Light and timing are the most important ingredients for me and a lot of passion for the art of it all! This is a fantastic image! Dee

  • Thank you, Dee! In the right place at the right time - can’t beat that! lol :) Karen

    – Karen Checca

  • Jenny Ryan
    Jenny Ryanalmost 6 years ago

    You have placed in the top ten in a challenge in
    The Woman Photographer

  • Woooo HOooo!! Thank you so much, Jen! In this case, I guess it was good to be a “loser,” huh? LOL :)Karen

    – Karen Checca

  • Magnum1975
    Magnum1975over 5 years ago

    Very unique shot of this bird. Well done.

  • This is one of those, I-can’t-belive-I’m-standing-in-the-right-shot capture, lol! Thanks so much for the kind words, Magnum! :)Karen

    – Karen Checca

  • Gloria Abbey
    Gloria Abbeyabout 5 years ago

    I’ve had the same feeling, but the results were not as spectacular as yours. This is a fantastic shot.

  • Thank you so much, Gloria; I appreciate your very kind feedback!! I was just thrilled to get the camera up in time, lol!! :)Karen

    – Karen Checca

  • Zefira
    Zefiraalmost 5 years ago

    stunning capture

  • Thank you very much, Zefira!!! :)Karen

    – Karen Checca

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