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"S" is for Sleek and Silky
2nd Place"S" is for Sleek and Silky
SandyP


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Accidental Letters (Basic Editing III*)
Collection: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: A brick wall next to a little pond of water
Date: Apr 5, 2005
Aperture: F-6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 5, 2005

I took this in kind of a dark setting, in shade, with a shallow depth of field and a fast shutter speed. Then, when I opened it in raw, I increased the shadows feature to finish off blacking out the background. I also slightly saturated the yellows to help the beak to pop out.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 270
Avg (all users): 7.2697
Avg (commenters): 8.6087
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 7.4581
Views since voting: 7477
Views during voting: 453
Votes: 304
Comments: 75
Favorites: 19 (view)


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02/18/2013 08:10:17 AM
This is just stunning. Thansk for posting how you edited the image as well.
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04/23/2007 04:50:10 PM
thank u sandy for that wonderful email u sent me! Keep up the great work!!!!!!! Love this pic!
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03/08/2007 10:13:03 AM
How good anyone, possibly have given you a 1? I love your work.

Message edited by author 2007-04-30 21:42:14.
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02/08/2007 01:34:51 PM
Hehe, yes that was mine sandy... and I was worried I gave myself away with my comment below ;-)

And for the record, I live in Vancouver...if you look at my outtake, I never left the mountains:
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Like I said, as I was walking along the beach I saw this heron, and once it let me get real close, I got rather excited at having the opportunity to get a photo like this one! I have to say though...it is cold and windy on Vancouver beaches in January!
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01/27/2007 02:25:54 AM
I definitely thought of this photo while I was chasing a heron around a Vancouver beach this afternoon...
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08/19/2006 05:49:08 PM
This is great and well deserved a ribbon. The contrast is perfect. The egret looks like he is bursting out of the background
08/02/2006 01:56:43 PM
Great contrast between the black and white elements.
Perfectly focused and framed.
Congrats on the ribbon and deservedly so.
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06/12/2006 12:21:40 PM
Nicely done. I find it so hard to capture egrets and herons. I think their beaks are so long that unless you get a profile shot then something is going to be OOF.
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04/29/2006 02:30:57 PM
Very nice. An example of your excellent composition.
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08/09/2005 11:05:27 PM
OMG - CONGRATULATIONS!!! HEE HEE HEE - amazing - well done!

Message edited by author 2005-08-16 10:24:14.
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08/09/2005 09:08:09 AM
S is also for sexy,nice job ma'am!!
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06/13/2005 08:29:39 PM
Awesome. Would be great in the "birds" category!!! Love the dark background.
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06/09/2005 12:37:03 PM
I like this image, it shows that you have a photographer eye, good luck
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06/09/2005 12:36:13 PM
Thanks for your comments, i would like if you could pass through my portfolio. By the way im new member.
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04/19/2005 01:53:47 PM
how could someone possibly give this a 1
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04/19/2005 08:20:33 AM
Really outstanding. You captured not only the essence of the bird, but got an "S" thrown in as well. Way to go!!
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04/15/2005 09:01:22 AM
"S"tunningly beautiful image. well done & congratulations!
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04/14/2005 10:50:14 AM
A Huge congratulations on your first ribbon for this outstanding image!! Very happy you recieved this well deserved spot!!
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04/13/2005 05:19:59 PM
S is for Sandy iS Supreme!
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04/13/2005 03:27:16 PM
Absolutely no doubt about it! Conrats for a great photo and easy to see you will have many more to follow!
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04/13/2005 02:17:13 PM
Very cool...my favorite of the top three.
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04/13/2005 01:28:30 PM
THANK YOU . THANK YOU . THANK YOU GUYS FOR SUCH NICE COMMENTS AND ENCOURAGEMENT!!!!! IT MEANS MORE TO ME THAN YOU COULD KNOW!!! IN FACT, I'LL SAY THIS IS FOR EVERYONE OUT THERE WHO OFTEN FEELS LIKE QUITTING AND LIKE THEIR PHOTOGRAPHY IS GOING NOWHERE. . . HANG IN THERE. . . IT GETS BETTER :) :)

THANKS AGAIN!!!
Sandy
04/13/2005 12:58:49 PM
Hey Sandy! Congrats...really happy for you :)
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04/13/2005 12:42:34 PM
Good job Sandy!! Very nice picture!
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04/13/2005 11:43:46 AM
Your first ribbon is well deserved. Congratulations!
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04/13/2005 10:54:42 AM
Great photo, Sandy. You must have gone to some effort to achieve this: it paid off!
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04/13/2005 10:42:23 AM
A divine capture and one to adorn any wall. Congratulations on your red.
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04/13/2005 10:17:08 AM
I knew you were bound for greatness! Congrats!!!!
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04/13/2005 10:02:54 AM
Congratulations. Well doen with this beautiful image.
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04/13/2005 10:02:50 AM
Congrats on 2nd.
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04/13/2005 09:09:07 AM
Congratulations Sandy! A beautiful image.
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04/13/2005 08:44:44 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, well done. A really nice shot.
debbie
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04/13/2005 07:22:06 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. Well deserved for such an excellent shot. I look forward to seeing more from you in future.
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04/13/2005 03:43:50 AM
Finally a ribbon, and a well deserved one ! Congratulations, great shot !!!
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04/13/2005 03:06:42 AM
Told you this was a winner, Sandy. Congratulations!
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04/13/2005 01:43:11 AM
This stood out in my mind Sandy, simple and elegant. Could have easily taken the blue too !
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04/13/2005 01:20:52 AM
Well done...congrats!!!
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04/13/2005 01:07:04 AM
Congrats on your first and Red Ribbon Sandy!
Well composed and aptly chosen title too.
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04/13/2005 01:02:34 AM
well done sandy!
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04/13/2005 12:38:14 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon Sandy. This is an excellent image. I missed the chance to vote on this particular challenge, but I would have given it a 10. Also had a look at your portfolio, Nice Work! :)
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04/13/2005 12:08:22 AM
One of my top 5...I coulda called this one too...congrats!
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04/13/2005 12:08:06 AM
Wow Sandy you did it!!! Congrats on your first ribbon!! Should have been first place, but second is great!! Keep up your good work.
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04/13/2005 12:06:32 AM
About time you got one!
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04/13/2005 12:02:32 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2005 02:55:41 PM
I predict a ribbon with this one. Great natural find of the letter 'S'. I like the composition, filling the frame as you've done. The only negative I really have is it seems a bit soft around the eye and top of the beak where you expect it to be very focused and defined. 9
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04/12/2005 12:50:07 AM
Truly nice image. Well conceived, well done! 9
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04/11/2005 09:54:00 PM
Gorgeous - 10
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04/11/2005 08:54:14 PM
Very well-defined letter. Perfectly in focus. Beautiful shot. The more I look at it the more I like it. Bumping up to 10.
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04/11/2005 12:52:55 PM
The best one I've seen so far in this competition. I see border potential.
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04/11/2005 11:43:55 AM
Wonderful lighting
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04/09/2005 10:17:55 PM
Is there a more beautiful "S". I do not think so. Expertly captured.
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04/09/2005 06:37:13 PM
Another realistic Egret pose. I especially like the worn beak and beady eye.
I would have preferred a more natural background even at the expense of the black v white contrast.
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04/08/2005 03:56:35 PM
What an incredibly striking photograph! Very elegant! Way to go!
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04/08/2005 02:29:06 PM
Stunning! Wow factor is off my meter. My pick for the blue. The perfect contrast from black to white. Amazing...
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04/08/2005 05:50:33 AM
Just love this pic. bump up. Best pic in challenge by far, bump to 10.
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04/08/2005 12:50:03 AM
Beautiful...
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04/07/2005 10:19:31 PM
Very elegant.
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04/07/2005 09:16:54 PM
Sweet shot.
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04/07/2005 06:51:13 PM
Beautiful shot. Your lighting is excellent. Focus is perfect. Great use of background and border. First pass of voting I will start you with a 10. Good luck!

Back for a second pass. Sure hope the voters have this right as it is a Blue Ribbon. I will mark this as a favorite. I would give you a 12!
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04/07/2005 02:05:40 PM
I like it! Nice capture!
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04/07/2005 11:29:59 AM
really nice
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04/07/2005 09:55:29 AM
This is a nice image. I like how the birds neck is almost in a perfect S shape and I also like the fact that the background is dark. Nice work.
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04/07/2005 09:51:58 AM
WOw nice shot! This is beautiful...The swan is gorgeous, and his neck really looks like an S. I also like how the background is just black, because the white bird looks great on it. Very nice shot!
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04/07/2005 06:43:37 AM
G? Maybe it's just me.
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04/07/2005 05:30:23 AM
Sharp and clear image, well framed "S".
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04/07/2005 01:16:35 AM
Beautiful shot, beautiful bird. 8
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04/06/2005 11:14:59 PM
Really nice composition and lighting. Excellent shot.
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04/06/2005 10:27:28 PM
Great clarity and cropped just right. Super job using nature at it's best!
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04/06/2005 10:36:44 AM
very nice
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04/06/2005 09:30:59 AM
Nice egret
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04/06/2005 09:00:10 AM
Nice clean crisp image, The curves and lighting are very pleasing. Easy to spot and obviously fits the challenge.
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04/06/2005 04:28:52 AM
Beautifully captured.
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04/06/2005 02:45:49 AM
Use of the colors black and white, outstanding.! Excellent focus and composition. Yes, the "S" is there.
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04/06/2005 01:28:51 AM
Ok...dramatic, fits the challenge very well, technically very neat...
"R" is for "Ribbon" :)
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04/06/2005 12:52:36 AM
Gave you a 10. i usually hate borders, but it really works here. Excellent work!
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