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MaryO


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Challenge: Magic & Mystery II (Expert Editing)
Collection: Herons and Other Water Birds
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: Alexandria, VA
Date: Feb 1, 2012
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2012

Not terribly complicated. Really liked the reflection in this image so I tried to make it more interesting. Sort of fantasy-like. I am a big fan of this Egret and am just thrilled every time I get to see him ... trying to portray some of that.

A single capture, with a lot of junk in the water cloned out, color shift, a bit of glow, and a gradient filter. The clouds were reflections in the water. Probably not as literal an interpretation of magic as I could have done (we do actually own a top hat), but nothing else I played with was as interesting to me.

Oh, and I cropped it. Not sure how I left that step out; it was pretty significant since my 28-300 was/is broken!

[Feb. 7th, 2012 08:57:33 AM]

2/7/2012 - I am pretty stunned at the score on this one. I'm past 100 votes and still comfortably in PB territory. Now I like this Egret even more :-)))

2/10/2012 - THANKS, everyone, for the lovely score and comments. The ribbon is a pretty bonus :-)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 55
Avg (all users): 7.3625
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
Avg (participants): 6.8158
Avg (non-participants): 7.5328
Views since voting: 4514
Views during voting: 393
Votes: 160
Comments: 53
Favorites: 16 (view)


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06/27/2012 08:20:19 AM
AWESOME IMAGE I LOVE IT XOX ADDING IT TO MY FAVORITES FROM SHEZ
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02/28/2012 12:00:47 PM
how about this for colour?
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02/16/2012 06:58:36 PM
Mary!! This is... stunning.
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02/15/2012 11:12:43 PM
Mary, this is just beautiful!!Congratulations on your ribbon and pb! Well deserved!
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02/15/2012 08:54:25 AM
Simply superb. Congratulations.
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02/13/2012 01:28:24 AM
Congratulations, Mary, on your ribbon and new PB. This is such a lovely, dreamy image.
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02/12/2012 09:45:42 PM
WOW. Congrats, Mary! I love to see relatively minor editing winning in expert editing challenges. While I love the things people like Gyaban come up with, this is proof that DPCers still appreciate photography, not just digital art.
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02/11/2012 03:49:33 PM
Beautiful, Mary! You enhanced it without going beyond the realm of possibility. And it is a magical title. Well done; congrats on the ribbon.
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02/10/2012 03:45:00 PM
awesome photo.

the title is interesting and reminiscent of one of my own photos ;)
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02/10/2012 02:54:03 PM
Congrats, Mary..was really happy to see this do so well.
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02/10/2012 02:13:28 PM
Excellent shot. Lucky to have been so close. Whenever I try and take a picture of an Egret he flies away so fast. So hard to get close.
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02/10/2012 12:23:34 PM
Beautiful
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02/10/2012 11:21:23 AM
One of my faves for the challenge. Great work and congrats on your ribbon and a new PB!
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02/10/2012 11:00:26 AM
Love your image and Egret. You make a great team. Congrats on your Yellow.
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02/10/2012 10:52:37 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. I gave it a ten, and it was at the top of my list. You nailed the fantasy feeling, and with a one-frame image IMO is an accomplishment.
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02/10/2012 10:24:44 AM
Pleased to see this ribbon,Congrats to you.
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02/10/2012 09:38:31 AM
Look at you!!! What a great job...congrats on your ribbon!!!
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02/10/2012 09:04:03 AM
Beautiful! Congratulations on the ribbon!
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02/10/2012 08:52:30 AM
Beautiful image, Mary. It's elegant and eye-pleasing. Big congratulations on your well deserved ribbon.
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02/10/2012 08:35:13 AM
Congrats! This is a beautiful image.
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02/10/2012 08:31:26 AM
WOOT~~ look at you Miss Mary O!! I had no idea that was yours. What a wonderful win. Congrats.
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02/10/2012 08:08:52 AM
There's a lot to love about an image like this (especially) in an Expert Editing challenge. Congrats on a well deserved ribbon! Great job!
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02/10/2012 08:08:13 AM
congrats on the ribbon and the PB, this deserves to be on the front page
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02/10/2012 08:00:10 AM
Congratulations! Fantastic capture.
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02/10/2012 07:52:31 AM
whoo hooo!!! Way to go, Mary! Huge congrats on the PB!
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02/10/2012 07:20:33 AM
My one and only 10 handed out in this challenge - so glad to see this image made it to the top! Very well deserved ribbon. Congrats!
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02/10/2012 06:54:32 AM
Way to go! So simple and yet scoring so high among the graphic wizardry. excellent work.
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02/10/2012 06:20:04 AM
Crikey! I thought this would come first without a doubt. Beautiful image!
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02/10/2012 03:58:26 AM
I don't know how much magic there's in it but surely this is an extremely elegant image, I love it!

Congrats!
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02/10/2012 01:57:48 AM
beautiful image! congrats on your ribbon!
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02/10/2012 01:04:07 AM
Congratulations Mary, what a beautiful image! I am a great wildlife admirer, and I must say you are totally right: it is an absolutely magical scenery, and you rendered it perfectly.
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02/10/2012 12:57:54 AM
Congrats on the 7 and a new PB!
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02/10/2012 12:15:54 AM
I'm so happy another one of your birds (and a wildlife image) is right up there Mary. Fabulous colours, pose and fitting title.
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02/10/2012 12:12:51 AM
Beautiful! Congrats!
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02/10/2012 12:12:33 AM
Knew this had to ribbon. Congrats, Mary. Just divine.
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02/10/2012 12:08:05 AM
Congratulations!
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02/10/2012 12:07:18 AM
I am ever so pleased to see this did well! Huge congratulations to you!
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02/10/2012 12:03:28 AM
And well you should like this egret. This beautiful bird also knows you and performs a lovely dance for you.
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02/10/2012 12:03:13 AM
Why did this not win the blue?!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2012 10:48:45 AM
This is incredible!!!

(I'm guessing MaryO from her score post... :)
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02/09/2012 05:15:31 AM
Lovely and soft, delicate as, with a wonderful sense of hesitancy.
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02/06/2012 10:29:29 PM
Magically soft and wonderful.
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02/06/2012 11:52:02 AM
that is beautiful
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02/05/2012 01:53:49 PM
Beautiful capture that holds its own against the "expertly" edited images.
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02/04/2012 09:08:11 AM
stunning
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02/04/2012 02:06:35 AM
magic capture. Love it
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02/03/2012 09:05:54 PM
Voted earlier in the day, coming back to comment now.
Absolutely stunning!!! Indeed this crane is floating between the layers of heaven and earth. Excellent find and beautifully captured and composed. Love the delicate pastel hues of the clouds reflected on the water. The pose of the bird looks as if he/she is dancing. Great, great work - I truly hope this lands a spot in the top three.
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02/03/2012 12:08:54 PM
This is one lovely shot.
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02/03/2012 10:40:51 AM
What an exquisite image. That shadow/reflection is extraordinary. Simple IS oftentimes better.
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02/03/2012 09:03:27 AM
Oh my goodness!!! This is just stunning. Straight out a fairy tale or fantasy book. I adore it on all levels. 10
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02/03/2012 05:05:06 AM
Beautiful image!
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02/03/2012 03:02:00 AM
Some might say shoehorn. I reckon give it a chance. Great shoehorn! The bird certainly is between heaven and earth and it creates magic (shade) to lure the fish right? Interesting colours and pleasing PP. Almost as if you had a strobe above him.
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02/03/2012 01:04:15 AM
Beautiful image! The reflection is gorgeous. I'll be surprised if this doesn't ribbon
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