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Challenge: Candid VIII (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II for Canon
Location: Orlando, FL
Date: Oct 7, 2014
Aperture: F/7.1
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/800 sec
Date Uploaded: Oct 9, 2014

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Place: 28 out of 59
Avg (all users): 5.7317
Avg (commenters): 6.5556
Avg (participants): 5.4571
Avg (non-participants): 5.9362
Views since voting: 260
Views during voting: 191
Votes: 82
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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10/19/2014 12:42:05 PM
Critic Club Comment:

I really like this capture - it's a wonderful candid shot, though it makes me really wonder what it is she's going for with that shot. And while I really like the moment captured, I'm not as crazy about the processing. The crop seems like it's set too high. I'd much prefer at least as much room above the swan as below, and perhaps more - crop up and in from the bottom right until the gaps match and I think it works just fine. The rest of the processing is just heavy handed for me - and I get that this can be a style thing, it's just not mine. Noise reduction seems heavy handed and many of your textures, from the shirt to the skin and hair and bricks, are nonexistent - it's painterly smooth, and while that could be exactly what you were going for I'm not a fan. At ISO 500 I can't imagine there was that much noise to begin with, so that you chose to apply it twice is very curious to me. The vignetting, in particular, is not only overdone but likely unnecessary for the shot, and the fact that it runs through the swan's head is a huge no-no in my book. The only purpose it serves, in my mind, is removing some of the potential distraction you have on the right - something the crop mentioned above would have solved. As I look at this, I'm thinking this would have played wonderfully as a more hi-keyed black and white.

Again, I'm happy to say that my complaints about the processing may be purely stylistic, so please take it with a grain of salt if all you find yourself saying is, "But that's what I was going for". However, the crop (too much room at the bottom) and the vignette across the swan's head are the two things that I would point to as the real issues with the otherwise wonderful capture, and I'd want to see them fixed even if nothing else was changed. It is truly well seen and something that appeals to this "bird nerd" who has witnessed his fair share of odd points of view taken by other photographers.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/16/2014 09:30:29 PM
I want to know whats under there??
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10/16/2014 03:49:04 PM
I now want to see the photograph that the subject took! Great picture.
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10/16/2014 09:13:30 AM
I never thought of taking a picture of a swans bunghole.
You even went through the trouble of adding vignette to the image.
Candid is candid no matter what the subject is.
All in all I like it I gave it an 8.
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10/14/2014 07:54:38 AM
Up close and personal....the object in focus being?..
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10/13/2014 05:39:33 PM
What a nicely captured moment, I wonder what the goose was thinking. "Yeah, I've been hitting the gym working on those glutes, let me flex 'em for ya"
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10/11/2014 10:25:52 PM
Yeah, that would be me. LOVE it.
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10/11/2014 05:59:33 PM
Yep, this is what we do! Great!
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10/10/2014 11:28:09 PM
hummm swan butt...
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10/10/2014 12:51:23 AM
What I find amazing is the goose is letting a person get so close. The ones near me will run off once I get to 15 feet or so.
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