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Challenge: Zen Photography III (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Bronx, NY
Date: Apr 20, 2010
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 4/10
Galleries: Abstract, Blur
Date Uploaded: Apr 20, 2010

I took this shot of koi in desperation on deadline day because my Balloon entry wasn't doing so well. Good thing!

Not much processing because I didn't start until 11:40pm— crop, clone out some debris in the water, saturate the blue, add a little vignette at the bottom and a border.

Wow, thanks for the votes (except you 1 and 2 people). I didn't expect to ribbon with a 6.8 against tough competition, but racking up 12 favorites during the voting was awesome! :-)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 405
Avg (all users): 6.8793
Avg (commenters): 8.0345
Avg (participants): 6.7737
Avg (non-participants): 7.0316
Views since voting: 7491
Views during voting: 430
Votes: 232
Comments: 73
Favorites: 52 (view)


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05/04/2010 01:06:38 AM
Congrats on ribbon. This is so beautiful.
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05/02/2010 05:32:56 PM
Congrats Shannon, A truly beautiful image that nailed the challenge description.
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05/01/2010 03:38:20 PM
phenomenal
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04/30/2010 10:40:26 PM
Congrats, Shannon!
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04/30/2010 10:52:14 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon, it deserved the blue (IMHO).
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04/29/2010 10:17:24 PM
Shannon, well done, photography as art
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04/29/2010 07:32:52 PM
Upon seeing this, beautiful is the word that comes to mind.
Really glad the shot did well. Congratulations!
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04/29/2010 06:56:41 PM
Who knew a blurry shot of Koi could look so beautiful! Congrats on your ribbon!
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04/29/2010 11:34:33 AM
Dude. This is awesome. I'm delighted and surprised to see this get a ribbon here. I'm also delighted and surprised that this is yours. Not that I didn't think you took beautiful photos like this I just didn't think you would submit them here. Glad you took the risk and it paid off.
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04/29/2010 09:35:03 AM
Very nice colors and comp
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04/29/2010 08:13:13 AM
Congrats! Very nice especially since it was a last minute thing!
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04/29/2010 07:53:42 AM
Super dee duper! Congratulations!
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04/28/2010 11:58:19 PM
Lovely. This got a 5 from me, which is equal to my combined score for the other two ribbon-winners.

Message edited by author 2010-04-28 23:59:30.
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04/28/2010 09:55:31 PM
Oooooooooh!!! Awwwwesome, Shannon!!! That water looks like velvet! Congratulations!!!
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04/28/2010 09:15:23 PM
Beautiful... looks like a watercolor painting :-) I love it :-)
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04/28/2010 03:16:41 PM
Originally posted by kirbic:

I really hope you offer a print of this.

Done. It's the first time I've made a print available since 2004!
04/28/2010 01:10:13 PM
Wow! Great shot, Shannon. Perfect for the challenge. Congrats on the ribbon.
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04/28/2010 11:26:53 AM
Dude, this is just beautiful. I simply cannot believe that it scored a 6.9, especially since it meets the challenge really well.

ETA: I really hope you offer a print of this.

Message edited by author 2010-04-28 11:28:14.
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04/28/2010 10:40:13 AM
beautiful motion you've captured. congrats on the ribbon!
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04/28/2010 09:57:59 AM
Originally posted by Debbi:

Is that shutter speed right? 4/10? Maybe 1/10?

Yep, 0.4 seconds. I did have a monopod, but it was still basically handheld.
04/28/2010 09:42:26 AM
Is that shutter speed right? 4/10? Maybe 1/10?
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04/28/2010 09:40:55 AM
Amazing!
Love it
Debbi
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04/28/2010 09:23:50 AM
Great job, Shannon! Not bad for a blurry zoo shot! This would look absolutely gorgeous as a big print!
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04/28/2010 09:07:35 AM
Congrats!! One of my top picks :)
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04/28/2010 08:42:43 AM
beautiful image! I need to concider hang it in my living room.
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04/28/2010 05:21:56 AM
Awesome shot!! Well deserved ribbon.
I would hang it on my wall!
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04/28/2010 04:24:07 AM
nice one, Shannon! congrats!
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04/28/2010 03:55:07 AM
Love this one a lot!! Congratulations!
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04/28/2010 03:00:14 AM
Well done Shannon and well deserved ribbon. Color combination is amazing and the motion blur is spot on for the occasion.
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04/28/2010 02:51:35 AM
Good to see you on the front page again Shannon - congrats on the red
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04/28/2010 02:26:22 AM
Wow! I love it! Congrats on a ribbon. It's good to see you back on the front page.
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04/28/2010 02:00:26 AM
This is a great shot, very happy to see it front page.
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04/28/2010 01:51:50 AM
I would have never pegged this as yours which really makes me love it that much more. Just outstanding. Bravo!!!
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04/28/2010 12:50:17 AM
Way to go, Shannon. I gave two 10's, that ended up in the hands pointandshoot and clive patrick nolan, then three 9's, of which this was one. So you're my high pick of the mainstream shots, which isn't too surprising since this is pretty fringe for a ribbon winner, with its blur and all. I especially admire your willingness to leave the negative space at the bottom.
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04/28/2010 12:48:11 AM
Great work, I really loved this one!
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04/28/2010 12:37:44 AM
Congrats Shannon!!! this was one of my #10 picks!!! well done
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04/28/2010 12:18:03 AM
Congrats Shannon... this was one of my top picks in this challenge, beautiful capture ~:D
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04/28/2010 12:06:51 AM
Congratulations. It's an amazing shot.
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04/28/2010 12:05:47 AM
Good thing your balloon shot tanked! :P Congrats on the Red.
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04/28/2010 12:05:27 AM
The lighting, coloring and movement in this are superb, Shannon! Big congrats on your red!
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04/28/2010 12:03:36 AM
Wow, Shannon, this is beautiful!
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04/28/2010 12:02:57 AM
Very nicely done. Not typical Shannon, but looks great!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/27/2010 01:46:52 PM
wow?

This is beautiful. Such an inspiring image.
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04/27/2010 11:49:18 AM
This is just AWESOME! Only minor nitpick is that blue border, it's a little distracting.9
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04/27/2010 10:38:29 AM
Stunning image.....hope this one gets the blue! A 10 from me and a favorite.
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04/27/2010 12:07:37 AM
Didn't feel it told me a story about zen.
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04/26/2010 09:35:00 PM
Very cool! The only thing that would make it better for me, would be the see through border instead of black after the blue.
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04/26/2010 09:56:25 AM
cool. the border is a bit distracting to me though. Love the motion blur of this and colours 8
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04/25/2010 08:23:54 PM
Excellent. Calming and gorgeous.
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04/25/2010 09:18:41 AM
This is a lovely treatment of the Koi !

Although I am a fan of digital frames...I think for the simplicity of the Zen challenge, this might have been better unframed...

Beautiful !
Thanks for Sharing
Walter
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04/25/2010 02:06:37 AM
This is beautiful!
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04/24/2010 10:07:48 PM
For some reason I really like this photo. Can't put my finger on it but it is really relaxing to look at.
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04/24/2010 05:29:38 PM
Joyful. (not voting)
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04/24/2010 09:36:54 AM
Great title. Wonderful energy.
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04/24/2010 09:23:32 AM
dancing is exactly what i see here - lovely
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04/22/2010 11:43:22 PM
I like this a lot. Silence and movement. I might have made the foreground (bottom) a tighter crop.
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04/22/2010 07:46:50 AM
This is amazing.
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04/22/2010 06:49:05 AM
LOVE THIS!
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04/21/2010 06:39:38 PM
Great shot, my favorite of the challenge. The motion is really well rendered, and the colours are full of harmony. Love it!
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04/21/2010 06:38:42 PM
I really like the colors and movement in this shot
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04/21/2010 05:33:48 PM
Voted earlier - this is a stellar shot! Now that I have some time to comment I wanted to say why I love this shot (and favoriting it too). I love the brilliant colors that pop visually off of the blacks & blues of the water. While the Koi fish are not in sharp focus, I love how the sweep and swirl of the motion shows pleasing curves and a dreamy feel. With the movement it is almost like brush strokes. It is very impressionistic - hmmm, impressionistic zen and very well done I might add. This would be a wonderful print to hang on the wall.
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04/21/2010 12:53:58 PM
Wonderful processing....I love the quiet movement, colors, and composition (8)
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04/21/2010 11:53:46 AM
bound to do well - this looks great
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04/21/2010 10:34:49 AM
I just wish the subject (fish) was a little smaller compared to blue background. I really want to see more of blue and the fish in one of the corners. It would really make it my top pick for this challenge. Never-the-less, I still like it a lot!8.
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04/21/2010 09:38:46 AM
Lovely blur. It works so well with this subject.
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04/21/2010 09:11:38 AM
Gorgeous abstract! Love the movement, though I don't know how Zen it is. Well, maybe. Swimming is certainly a big part of the essence of being a fish.
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04/21/2010 09:01:30 AM
Oh wow. What a gorgeous painterly image. One of my favorites. I'd love to see this (without the border) on a HUGE canvas. It's magical.
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04/21/2010 08:46:29 AM
Really excellent photo, I just love the movement and the colours. Good luck.
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04/21/2010 04:57:18 AM
good one,,,,,6
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04/21/2010 04:36:43 AM
This is lovely. Well done.
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04/21/2010 03:21:06 AM
excellent! 10
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04/21/2010 01:40:39 AM
This is beautiful !!
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04/21/2010 01:31:24 AM
lovely
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