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Autumn Drift
Autumn Drift

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Challenge: Impressionism (Advanced Editing II*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Lensbaby 1.0 (The Original)
Location: Yarrow Valley Nature Reserve, Chorley UK
Date: Nov 13, 2004
Aperture: ?
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400s
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2004

Continuing my quest for the perfect duck shot ...

I didn't plan to shoot another duck for this challenge! In fact this is the only duck shot I took which wasn't sharp and clear, but, this is my favourite shot so in it goes. At least I've got a different "star" this time, featuring a Coot rather than a Moorhen.

Shot with a Lensbaby, none of the blurring was done in Photoshop. Cropped, boosted saturation (no? really?!), some work on the contrast and a touch of sharpening.

Still not entirely sure what an impressionist photo is supposed to look like ...

Place: 4 out of 39
Avg (all users): 7.0865
Avg (commenters): 8.1429
Avg (participants): 6.8438
Avg (non-participants): 7.1111
Views since voting: 5081
Views during voting: 756
Votes: 347
Comments: 42
Favorites: 14 (view)

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06/11/2005 06:41:03 PM
A perfect shot for this challenge! I love Impressionism! Very nice! :)
11/24/2004 09:58:58 AM
good job, esp not using photoshop for the effect. : )
11/23/2004 08:08:49 PM
You were robbed so near and yet so far I gave you a 10 and I love it I am adding it to my favorites Lovely work
11/23/2004 09:25:21 AM
Congrats on the 4th place. Such a stunning shot makes me almost wonder if *I* could do something useful with a Lensbaby, but I doubt it. :)
11/22/2004 06:21:51 PM
Congrats on your 4th place this is just beautiful!
11/22/2004 02:15:40 PM
Bravo Paul!
This was one of my top five favorites in this challenge.
Congrats on a top 5 finish!
11/22/2004 09:53:38 AM
Sorry - voted this too low without much time for revisiting. I like this more than I've indicated.
: )
11/22/2004 07:35:19 AM
No doubt this one was right up there. Nothing more to say other than beautiful and congratulations on a fantastic entry.
11/22/2004 02:47:52 AM
My fave pic in the challenge, great shot! Nice to see you submitting again :)
11/22/2004 02:18:59 AM
This was my favorite in the challenge. Someone just showed me the lensbaby website yesterday Great to see that this one was done with it. you got any more taken with it?
11/22/2004 01:41:44 AM
this was one of my top picks in this challenge, congrats on the 4th, good job.
11/22/2004 12:07:46 AM
Happy to tag behind this beautiful image. Congrats on your 4th finish in this great competition.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/21/2004 09:41:15 PM
Very nice colors and effect, one of the best...
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11/21/2004 08:32:17 PM
This has a really 'dream-like' feel. I love the colors!
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11/21/2004 07:20:46 PM
Invitational Challenge Level: Experienced

Challenge link: strong

Image critique: appropriate subject for the technique. Strong, emotive colour and not too blatant post-processing. Nice composition.

Out-of-challenge appeal: yes - I like it.

Score: 7
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11/21/2004 03:28:25 PM
I have given one other 10 in this challenge this is the 2nd I love this nice colours and fits the challenge really well I hope you do well 10
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11/20/2004 10:02:43 PM
Except for the bird, this is just a smear of colors without any way to tell what you were photographing. This approach would be more effective if the colors were more pleasing to look at (the existing colors would work if there was less green) or if the bird made up a larger part of the photograph.
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11/20/2004 03:16:42 AM
Ah the requisite duck, ever omnipresent in most challenges. Your artistic spin works very well and gives this a dreamy look. One of the stronger entries in this challenge for sure, and should do well.
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11/19/2004 09:52:00 PM
returning for comments:
Indeed a beauty with soft flowing hues and silky all around with great wading. A very clever entry. bumping up.
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11/19/2004 07:07:02 AM
Did you use a long exposure zooming to achieve this? The reflections really do a great job of making this looked brushed on as oposed to photo captured.
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11/18/2004 09:55:08 AM
Two of my favorite colors.
11/18/2004 09:16:59 AM
Great picture here, my highest vote in this challenge
11/18/2004 12:30:59 AM
Great find! Colors are very magic. The image seems to "explode" as if you zoomed the lens. I don't think the wide white border is appropriate - but it is a great entry for the challenge subject.
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11/17/2004 10:24:47 PM
I just love the color combinations here... beautifully done.. congrats
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11/16/2004 11:54:49 PM
very lovely array of colors and impressive compostion.8
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11/16/2004 10:41:44 PM
this is a true impressionist image... the colors, the lines and light.. congratulations, very well executed!
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11/16/2004 07:11:17 PM
Ahhh Monet lives and he does digital, lol! Beautiful work.
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11/16/2004 05:40:44 PM
I like the ethereal feel of this - I feel like I'm falling in to the image and drowing in that rich colour and the wonderful shapes of reflections on the surface of the water. There is just enough detail in the duck (but not too much) and in the water trail behind it to ground the image and to provide the compositional focal point needed. In my top 3 for the challenge.
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11/16/2004 01:34:05 PM
Is this a lens baby effect?
11/16/2004 02:30:43 AM
Superb job in this challenge. Lighting and composition are perfect.
My pick for a top 5 placing.
Well Done ((10))
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11/15/2004 08:48:37 PM
Excellent dreamy effect
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11/15/2004 07:37:50 PM
Just a bit overdone for my taste. Still a very good shot.
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11/15/2004 07:08:38 PM
this is beautiful, just wish it wasn't so soft around the edges. the colors and lighting are outstanding. the overall image is just begging for a little more detail to keep the eye engaged for a bit longer.
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11/15/2004 01:03:25 PM
This is so gonna win...10
11/15/2004 11:00:34 AM
Beautiful example of impressionism, great colours and composition. Not sure your border really complements this picture. I like the selective graduations in blurring. 9
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11/15/2004 08:02:35 AM
Great work...like the primary colors dynamics here. Should finish on top. 10
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11/15/2004 07:56:50 AM
cool :)
11/15/2004 06:56:35 AM
nice color formations and the blue contrast is brilliant.. good job
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11/15/2004 06:38:43 AM
I really like the way you have mastered a painted feeling to this very colorful and Impressionistc picture. The subject is simple and yet very effective.
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11/15/2004 04:30:08 AM
Very well done, the colors work well together and the movement of the duck draws my eyes to the center of the image. 9.
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11/15/2004 12:41:11 AM
Very interesting use of radial blur (?). I like how the coot is swimming into the clear area. 8
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11/15/2004 12:17:45 AM
gotta love single element lens. lensbaby?
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