Second “Y” stories voting reminder . . . and falcons

The “Y” stories voting block is live and running, and because we’ve been gone for so long, I plan a few extra reminders, this being the second (hence the title).

As usual, if you like a particular story, in addition to voting for it — and if you feel like it — forward it to friends and family. Ideally, they should read all three and make up their mind, but it’s OK if you bend them to your will . . . as long as they still vote.

No matter how one comes to the stories, if you read them and vote, thank you for voting for your favorite. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge Y-Stories” are HERE(link). Votes will be accepted until  Noon (Central Time) on Monday, March 15th, 2021.

So, falcons . . . .

I’m going back to 2009 for this photo of a sculpture found at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

For the above, I used the on-camera flash to fill in shadows since the subject was backlit. Positioning the sun at the edge of the frame gave me some natural rays and flares that I liked (I could have added them manually, but didn’t).

Here’s a photo that includes the pedestal supporting the sculpture.

You can see the reflection of the flash on the polished base.

The on-board flash was one of the reasons I opted for the D7500 as opposed to the D500 (I don’t like the idea of having to install a flash on the occasions when I need one). Without the flash to fill in the shadow, this would’ve been a silhouette shot.

Here’s another close-up of the birds (a falcon is the mascot of the Academy).

I don’t mean to take anything away from the sculptor, but the heads remind me a bit of vultures rather than falcons . . . here’s my few falcon photos I’ve ever managed to get.

Anyway, as usual, here are some variations of the sculptures, starting with monochrome offerings . . .

And here are other “creations” using the Topaz Impression plugin and Topaz Studio . . .

This LINK will take you to the SmugMug gallery that has the full-size versions of the above and also photos in recent reminder posts.

For them wanting a look-see at previous stuff I did with photos from the USAFA Cadet Honor Court sculptures, please click on this LINK. I aim to do a post with multiple shots of the planes spanning photos taken with the D100, D200, and D7000, along with identifying the planes . . . soon(ish).

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