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<p>  Another set of the more artistic pictures from our recent Australia trip.</p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/52785/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="Uluru Sunrise with Tree KR.JPG" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="13171" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/13171/width/640/height/417" style="; width: 640px; height: 417px"></a></p>
<p>"Uluru Sunrise"</p>
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<p>  Uluru is the Aboriginal name of Ayers Rock, and there are several different sunrise tours available. They've set up a viewing area SE of the rock, and you get there well before dawn. This is kind of "the back side" of the rock, as most of the pictures of the whole rock are taken from the north.</p>
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<p>  We all tried to capture the entire sunrise starting well before dawn, and all had mixed success. This was the last in the series I took, trying to show the sun on the rock while zooming in on the sunward side.</p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/52787/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="Feeding Frenzy KR.JPG" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="13172" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/13172/width/420/height/313" style="; width: 420px; height: 313px"></a></p>
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<p>"Feeding Frenzy at Manly Beach"</p>
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<p>  This started out as your typical "look at the sea gulls" picture, and I've cropped out some extraneous elements. I like how it seems like everyone is 'indifferent' to the food being offered. The guy is just standing there looking off to one side, the birds on the ground are looking at the food but just can't be bothered to go after it, and even the two in the air look like they're flying past to find something better.</p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/52790/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="Manly_birds_and_girl.JPG" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="13173" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/13173/width/693/height/500" style="; width: 693px; height: 500px"></a></p>
<p>"Two gulls and a girl"</p>
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<p>  This one is one of my wife's pictures, taken with a digital point-and-shoot and cropped to remove extraneous elements. Without the birds this would be just another 'girl playing in the surf' picture, but they add an accent that offsets the sand's texture and highlights the girl.</p>
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<p>  As usual, comments appreciated.</p>
 

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<p>In the first one, I like how the height of the elements drops as your eye tracks from left to right. </p>
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<p>In the 2nd one, what caught my eye is that the man in the foreground has his arm extended and that imaginary line goes through the birds and ends at the people grouped in the background.  Again, more interesting to me than if the 3 elements were disjointed.</p>
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<p>In the 3rd one, I like how the color of the young girls clothing mirrors that of the gull.  Her skirt also drapes a little like the feathers on his wing.  An echoing of the elements, I guess you could say.</p>
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<p>All lovely and that 1st one makes me want to visit Australia even more than I already do.</p>
 

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<p>I love pic #1, but I think a crop at the top and to the right would make Uluru stand out even more.</p>
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<p>I like the alignment of person/birds/group at water's edge and how it compares to the almost rounded formation of the birds on the ground in #2</p>
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<p>#3 makes me wish I were able to see the feet of the bird.  The wave coming in on the top is kinda' distracting to me.</p>
 
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